Stuart C. Poage



Stuart Poage is a Board Certified Construction Attorney and office-managing shareholder at Kubicki Draper's Tallahassee office. He is also admitted on the American Arbitration Association’s Construction Arbitration Panel. Stuart arbitrates matters throughout Florida and in Georgia, and he is licensed to practice law in Florida, Georgia and Kentucky state and federal courts.

Stuart's practice areas include construction defects, premises liability, product defects, automobile and trucking accidents, as well as complex civil litigation including wrongful death claims and property disputes. During his legal career, he has worked for and on behalf of both insurance companies and individual corporate entities in additional areas of law including worker's compensation, disability claims, and federal black lung litigation. In his spare time he enjoys running marathons, playing golf and spending time with his wife Stacey and their two children Alexa and Ryan.

Practice Areas


  • Florida State University College of Law, Tallahassee, FL (J.D., 2000)
  • University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY (B.B.A., 1997)


  • State of Florida, 2000
  • State of Kentucky, 2001
  • State of Georgia, 2010
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida, 2000
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky, 2002
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida, 2007
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Georgia, 2011
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida, 2018

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Kubicki Draper Hospitality, Retail, and Premises Liability Practice Group, Member
  • Kubicki Draper Construction Practice Group, Member
  • Kubicki Draper First Party Practice Group, Member
  • Florida Bar Association
  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • Georgia Bar Association
  • Claims & Litigation Management Alliance
  • Gulf Coast Association of Insurance Professionals

Certifications / Specialties

  • Certified Continuing Education Instructor, State of Florida
  • Florida Bar Board Certified - Construction Practice
  • Construction Arbitration Panel, American Arbitration Association
  • Florida Supreme Court-Approved Arbitrator
  • Panelist – American Arbitration Association National Roster of Arbitrators
  • Certified Florida Circuit Civil Mediator

Special Awards and Recognitions

  • "AV Preeminent" Rating by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Named Florida "Rising Star" by Florida Super Lawyers Magazine (2013 - 2015)
  • American Arbitration Association 
  • Martindale-Hubbell 
  • The Florida Bar 

Speaking Engagements / Presentations

  • "Construction Indemnity Contracts and Florida Statute 725.06" and "Construction Project Policies," FCCI, 2018
  • "Construction Indemnity Contracts & Florida Statute 725.06" and "Chapter 558: Purpose, Procedures, Effectiveness and The Altman Decision," Travelers, 2018
  • "Florida 5-Hour Law and Ethics Update," Mercury, 2018
  • "Virtual Technology Solutions for Forensic Construction Litigation," CLM & Business Insurance Construction Conference, 2017
  • "Handling Traffic, Roadway and MOT Claims," Travelers, 2017
  • "Florida 5-Hour Law and Ethics Update," GEICO, 2017
  • "Trucking Case Law and Regulations Update," FIGA, 2016
  • "The Long Road Ahead - Handling Construction Roadway Claims," Claims Litigation Management Alliance (CLM), 2016
  • "PIP Hot Topics and Good Faith Handling," Progressive, 2016
  • "Proposals for Settlement," CNA, 2016
  • "Legal Documentation: Daubert Standard, Utilization of Motions & Production of Documents," Liberty Mutual , 2015
  • "Bad Faith Avoidance," United Fire Group, 2014
  • "Transferring Risk in Construction Defect Cases," Travelers , 2013
  • "Percutaneous Discectomy" & "Bad Faith - Top ten Pitfalls to Avoid in Florida," Travelers Insurance Seminar, 2012
  • "We're Cooking Now - Construction Defect Case," Rimkus Seminar, 2012
  • "We're Cooking Now - Construction Defect Case," Kubicki Draper, Claims Management Conference, 2012
  • "Construction Defects," Main Street America, 2011
  • "Proposals for Settlement," Kubicki Draper Claims Management Conference, 2010
  • "Bad Faith: Avoidance Strategies," Kubicki Draper Claims Management Conference, 2009

Published Works

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  • Presentations
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Miami Office

9100 S. Dadeland Blvd., Suite 1800
Miami, FL 33156

T: 305.374.1212 F: 305.374.7846

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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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Tampa Office

400 North Ashley Drive, Suite 1200
Tampa, FL 33602

T: 813.204.9776 F: 813.204.9660

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Orlando Office

201 South Orange Avenue, Suite 475
Orlando, FL 32801

T: 407.245.3630 F: 407.245.7685

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Ocala Office

101 Southwest 3rd Street
Ocala, FL 34471

T: 352.622.4222 F: 352.622.9122

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Jacksonville Office

76 South Laura Street, Suite 1400
Jacksonville, FL 32202

T: 904.396.0062 F: 904.396.0380

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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 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 | Madison | Lafayette | Taylor 

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 Office

11 North Water Street, Suite 10290
Mobile, AL 36602

T: 251.308.3351 F: 251.287.1624

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Baldwin | Washington | Clarke | Escambia | Covington | Geneva | Houston | Henry |  Dale | Coffee | Barbour | Pike |Crenshaw | Butler  | Monroe | Clarke | Choctaw | Wilcox | Bullock | Russell


Seattle Office

800 5th Avenue, Suite 4100
Seattle, WA 98104

T: 206.453.3030 F: 206.829.9046

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King | Pierce | Snohomish 

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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 170 attorneys.


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.

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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.

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

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