Valerie A. Dondero

Shareholder

overview

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 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.

Practice Areas
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

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Kubicki Draper First Party Practice Group, Co-Chair
  • Kubicki Draper Hospitality and Retail Practice Group, Member
  • Kubicki Draper Trucking, Transportation and Logistics Practice Group, Member
  • Florida Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI), Trial Tactics Committee
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI), Insurance Coverage Committee
  • Dade County Bar Association
  • Dade County Defense Bar Association
  • Florida Association of Women Lawyers
  • Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association
  • Greater Miami and the Beaches Hotel Association
  • Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau

Special Awards and Recognitions

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

Speaking Engagements / Presentations

  • "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
  • Overview
  • Practice Areas
  • Credentials
  • Presentations
  • Authorships

locations

Miami

Miami Office

25 West Flagler Street, Penthouse
Miami, FL 33130

T: 305.374.1212 F: 305.374.7846

view location | map location | Contact Us

Miami-Dade

Key West

Key West Office

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

T: 305.509.7300 F: 305.374.7846

view location | map location | Contact Us
Monroe
Ft. Lauderdale

Ft. Lauderdale Office

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

T: 954.768.0011 F: 954.768.0514

view location | map location | Contact Us
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

view location | map location | Contact Us

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

view location | map location | Contact Us
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

view location | map location | Contact Us
Brevard | Highlands | Orange | Osceola | Seminole
Ocala

Ocala Office

101 Southwest 3rd Street
Ocala, FL 34471

T: 352.622.4222 F: 352.622.9122

view location | map location | Contact Us
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

view location | map location | Contact Us
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

view location | map location | Contact Us

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

view location | map location | Contact Us

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

view location | map location | Contact Us

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

Mobile

Mobile Office

11 North Water Street, Suite 10290
Mobile, Alabama 36602

T: 251.308.3351 F: 251.308.3352

view location | map location | Contact Us

hover over location name to preview, or click it for full details

Our Firm

our(hi)story

In 1963, Gene Kubicki founded the firm based on dedication to excellence. The same high standards have been maintained for over five decades -- years which have seen the firm’s ranks swell to over 100 attorneys.

ourattorneys

Our team knows return clients are the life blood of any law firm and this is why we ensure client satisfaction by an exacting attention to service and quality.  Client service coupled with a spectacular work ethic, makes our team hard to beat... Literally!

find an attorney

ourPractices

In response to the growing needs of its clients, the firm began expanding in the early 1980's and today is a diverse full-service law firm providing trial, appellate, coverage, commercial and real estate transaction services.

browse our practice areas

ourresults

Kubicki Draper enjoys a national reputation for expertise in the handling of complex, high stakes litigation matters, as well as, appellate, general commercial and real estate practice.

preview our results

ourreach

With a dozen offices throughout the State of Florida and other key points in the southern parts of Georgia, Alabama and Mississipi, our firm is familiar to every venue statewide and will never get home-teamed.

find the location near you