Valerie A. Dondero

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Valerie Dondero specializes in all aspects of first and third party insurance defense litigation with a strong focus on insurance coverage, premises liability, product liability, trucking, environmental and toxic torts, and other special lines claims. Valerie also represents several insurers throughout Florida on their electronic signature challenges and has assisted insurers in developing and creating their online application processes. Valerie handles broker and agency liability claims, ATV and other recreational vehicles claims, and marina operator and vessel claims. Valerie is the co-chair and frequent lecturer for the firm's First Party Practice Group and has presented to Florida and London market insurers on topics ranging from Uninsured Motorist claims, bad faith, marina operators liability and the defense of traumatic brain injury claims.

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Credentials

Education

  • St. Thomas University, Miami, FL (J.D., 1988)
    Who's Who in American Colleges & Universities, St. Thomas University; School of Law (1986-1987); American Jurisprudence Book; Award, Bankruptcy (1987); American Jurisprudence Book; Award, Law & the Aging (1987
  • Immaculata College, Immaculata, PA (B.A., 1983)

Admissions

  • State of Florida, 1990
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida

Certifications / Specialties

  • Certified Continuing Education Instructor, State of Florida

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Kubicki Draper First Party Practice Group, Co-Chair
  • Kubicki Draper Hospitality and Retail Practice Group, Member
  • Florida Bar Association
  • Dade County Bar Association
  • Dade County Defense Bar Association
  • Florida Association of Women Lawyers

Special Awards and Recognitions

  • United States Who's Who of Executives & Professionals (2006 -2007)
Presentations

Speaking Engagements / Presentations

  • "Fraud in Hurricane Irma Roof Leak Claims," Florida Insurance Fraud Education Committee (FIFEC), 2018
  • "How to Handle Wind and Water Damage Claims," Frontline, 2018
  • "Cost Effective Ways of Resolving Plaintiff Fees and Costs and Navigating through the Jones Act," CJW, 2017
  • "Liar, Liar: Proving Material Misrepresentation and Fraud in Florida," Kubicki Draper, A Day at the First Party Property Oscars, 2017
  • "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde: The Two Faces of the Concurrent Cause Doctrine," Kubicki Draper, A Day at the First Party Property Oscars, 2017
  • "Best Practices to Prevent E&O Claims," Windhaven, 2017
  • “Best Practices to Prevent E&O Claims," Windhaven, 2017
  • "UM and Medicare Liens," Direct General, 2016
  • "UM/UIM and Medicare," National General, 2016
  • "Assignment of Benefits," Lloyds of London, 2016
  • “Agent Errors and Omissions and Best Practices," Windhaven, 2016
  • “Uninsured Motorist Coverage – A Detailed Analysis,” Progressive, 2016
  • “Florida 5-Hour Law and Ethics Update,” MAPFRE, 2016
  • “Arson Mock Trial Presentation,” Florida Insurance Fraud Education Committee (FIFEC), 2016
  • “Fire Origin and Burn Stages Explained,” Kubicki Draper Earth, Wind and Fire: Music of Property Claims First Party Claims Conference, 2016
  • "Defending Against Fraud: Litigation Strategies," Florida Insurance Fraud Education Committee (FIFEC), 2015
  • "Florida 5 - Hour Law and Ethics Update," United Automobile, 2014
  • "Mediation Techniques," GEICO, 2013
  • "Advanced Medical Issues in Personal Injury Cases," Florida Defense Lawyers Association (FDLA), 2012
  • "Defending Traumatic Brain Injury Claims in Cruise Ship Litigation," South Florida Cruise Ship Industries, 2012
  • "Uninsured Motorist Coverage: An Overview," Progressive, 2011
  • "Traumatic Brain Injury," Florida Defense Lawyers Association (FDLA), 2011
  • "Defending Traumatic Brain Injury," London Market, 2011
  • "Settlement and Negotiation Strategies," Allstate, 2010
  • "Marina Operator's Liability," Chubb Group, 2008
  • "Florida Tort Reform," London Market Briefing, 2009
  • "Insurer's Bad Faith," Chubb, 2008
  • "The Life of a Coverage Suit," Progressive Regional Mentor Program, 2003
  • "How to Successfully Litigate Declaratory Relief Actions," Progressive Regional In-House Training Program, 2002
  • "Uninsured Motorist Claims," Progressive Miami In-House Training Program, 2001
Authorships

Published Works

  • New Law Regulates Lawsuit Lending Businesses, Claims Management Magazine, September 2014
  • To be, or not to be (a vessel), that is the question, Kubicki Draper Quarterly, Winter, 2013
  • Electronic Signature Challenges, Kubicki Draper Quarterly, Winter, 2013
  • REVISITING FLORIDA’S UNINSURED MOTORIST LAW AFTER TRAVELERS COMMERCIAL INS CO v. HARRINGTON", Kubicki Draper, Fall, 2013
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locations

Miami

Miami Office

25 West Flagler Street, Penthouse
Miami, FL 33130

T: 305.374.1212 F: 305.374.7846

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Miami-Dade

Key West

Key West Office

402 Applerouth Lane, Suite 2C
Key West, FL 33040

T: 305.509.7300 F: 305.374.7846

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Ft. Lauderdale

Ft. Lauderdale Office

One East Broward Boulevard, Suite 1600
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

T: 954.768.0011 F: 954.768.0514

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West Palm Beach

West Palm Beach Office

515 North Flagler Drive, Suite 1800
West Palm Beach, FL 33401

T: 561.640.0303 F: 561.640.0524

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Indian River | Martin | Okeechobee | Palm Beach | Saint Lucie

Tampa

Tampa Office

400 North Ashley Drive, Suite 1200
Tampa, FL 33602

T: 813.204.9776 F: 813.204.9660

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Hernando | Hillsborough | Manatee | Pasco | Pinellas | Polk | Sarasota
Orlando

Orlando Office

201 South Orange Avenue, Suite 475
Orlando, FL 32801

T: 407.245.3630 F: 407.245.7685

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Brevard | Highlands | Orange | Osceola | Seminole
Ocala

Ocala Office

101 Southwest 3rd Street
Ocala, FL 34471

T: 352.622.4222 F: 352.622.9122

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Alachua | Citrus | Dixie | Gilchrist | Lake | Levy | Marion | Putnam | Sumter | Volusia
Jacksonville

Jacksonville Office

76 South Laura Street, Suite 1400
Jacksonville, FL 32202

T: 904.396.0062 F: 904.396.0380

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Baker | Bradford | Clay | Columbia | Duval | Flagler | Hamilton | Lafayette | Madison | Nassau | Saint Johns
Pensacola

Pensacola Office

125 West Romana Street, Suite 550
Pensacola, FL 32502

T: 850.434.0003 F: 850.434.0223

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Escambia | Holmes | Okaloosa | Santa Rosa | Walton

Tallahassee

Tallahassee Office

1705 Metropolitan Boulevard, Suite 202
Tallahassee, FL 32308

T: 850.222.5188 F: 850.222.5108

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Bay | Calhoun | Franklin | Gadsden | Gulf | Jackson | Jefferson | Leon | Liberty | Wakulla | Washington

Ft. Myers

Ft. Myers Office

13350 Metro Parkway, Suite 401
Fort Myers, FL 33966

T: 239.334.8403 F: 239.939.0700

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Charlotte | Collier | DeSoto | Glades | Hardee | Hendry | Lee

Mobile

Mobile Office

11 North Water Street, Suite 10290
Mobile, Alabama 36602

T: 251.308.3351 F: 251.287.1624

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Seattle

Seattle Office

800 5th Avenue, Suite 4100
Seattle, WA 098104

T: 206.453.3030 F: 206.829.9046

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