Stephanie Martin joined Adams and Reese in 2010 following the firm’s expansion into Florida. Practicing law since 2006, she has a strong background in commercial and business litigation, financial services litigation, and real estate litigation.
Stephanie’s representative experience includes:
As a commercial litigator, Stephanie has litigated a diverse array of business matters, including contract disputes, business conflicts, creditor rights matters, consumer protection claims, and equipment leasing matters.
In the financial services industry, Stephanie has extensive experience with special assets and collections-related litigation. In this arena, she has handled many residential and commercial foreclosures, asset recovery cases, and other collections matters.
In real estate, Stephanie has litigated many property
disputes, including residential and commercial landlord-tenant matters, real estate sales contract disputes, restrictive covenant compliance cases, mobile home park sale disputes, and homeowners’ and condominium association matters.
Stephanie is experienced in all stages of the litigation process. She has extensive experience drafting pleadings, motions, and discovery; conducting depositions; arguing dispositive motions; handling evidentiary hearings; presenting expert testimony; assisting with trials; and handling appeals. Stephanie is particularly adept at complex motion practice; by combining the information gained through discovery and depositions with her careful legal research, she is able to prepare and argue motions in order to narrow the issues and eliminate meritless claims and defenses raised by other parties during the early stages of litigation. Stephanie is also experienced in negotiation, mediation, and arbitration.
Stephanie is a board-certified attorney in real estate law. Board certification identifies Stephanie as an attorney with special knowledge, skills, and proficiency, as well as a reputation for professionalism and ethics, and is the highest level of evaluation by the Florida Bar of competency and experience. In achieving board certification, Stephanie has been distinguished by the Florida Bar as a specialist and expert in the area of real estate law. As of 2013, Stephanie is one of 459 Florida attorneys (out of over 90,000 attorneys in Florida) who have achieved board certification in real estate law from the Florida Bar.
Stephanie’s real estate knowledge, coupled with her strong litigation skills, enable Stephanie to truly partner with her clients in order to provide them with better and more strategic guidance in their real estate matters. For example, Stephanie is uniquely able to guide her banking and lending institution clients through the process of foreclosing on a property while simultaneously advising them as to the title issues that will affect their future ownership of the property and ability to market and sell it down the road. This experience and forward-thinking approach allow Stephanie’s clients to vet these issues properly before they own the property and, therefore, adjust their litigation strategy accordingly.
Stephanie is also very committed to performing pro bono work in order to aid those individuals who would not otherwise be able to afford legal counsel. Since 2010, Stephanie has provided more than 350 hours of pro bono work to those in need. Stephanie is a member of the Florida Bar Appellate Practice Section’s Pro Bono Committee, and, as a member of this committee, has accepted at least one appellate pro bono case per year. In her recent pro bono case (Hirsch v. Hirsch, District Court of Appeal of Florida, Second District), Stephanie represented a single mother of three children. During the bulk of her 20+ year marriage, this mother stayed at home to care for the children. After her husband filed for divorce, she was hired as a teacher’s aide in the public school system, but only received a meager salary to support herself and her children. Following trial, her husband filed an appeal. As she could no longer afford her legal bills, Stephanie stepped in to help. On appeal, the former husband sought to overturn the trial court’s judgment awarding the mother alimony and attorneys’ fees and requiring the former husband to designate the mother as beneficiary to his military life insurance policy while their children were minors. Stephanie helped obtain a favorable ruling from the Second District Court of Appeals in Florida, which affirmed the trial court’s award of alimony and attorneys’ fees and afforded the mother and her children the right to the monetary support they needed. Additionally, Stephanie has handled various domestic violence cases in the Tampa Bay area and, in doing so, has assisted the victims of domestic violence in obtaining injunctions to protect themselves from further contact by their aggressors. Stephanie has been recognized twice for her pro bono contributions by the Supreme Court of Florida, the Young Lawyers Division of the Florida Bar, the Florida Pro Bono Coordinators Association, the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit of Florida in Tampa, and the domestic violence pro bono organization, Are You Safe. In 2012, Stephanie was also honored by Adams and Reese with the Tampa office’s HUGS award in recognition for her community service and pro bono work.
Originally from the Chicago suburbs, Stephanie graduated from the University of Notre Dame Law School in 2006. While studying at Notre Dame, Stephanie was hand-picked to serve on the editorial staff for the Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics & Public Policy. She also was chosen for both Notre Dame’s moot court trial team and moot court appellate team and competed at several competitions around the country in conjunction with same. Additionally, Stephanie studied international law at Notre Dame’s London campus through its summer law program and lived and worked as an assistant rector at Lewis Hall, the largest women’s dormitory on campus. Prior to law school, Stephanie earned her Honors Bachelor of Arts degree, Magna Cum Laude, from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 2003, with a major in Writing Intensive English and a minor in Criminology and Law Studies. She earned this degree in three years. At Marquette, Stephanie competed on the national-qualifying mock trial team and served as president of the Marquette chapter of the Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society. Her academic performance also merited selection into the university’s Academic Honors Program, Pre-Law Scholars Program, and Alpha Sigma Nu Honors Society. After graduating from Notre Dame, Stephanie relocated to Florida and spent the first couple of years of her legal career with a national law firm in Naples, Florida, before relocating to the Tampa Bay area. Stephanie joined Adams and Reese in 2010 following the firm’s expansion into Florida.
In the community, Stephanie is active in various civic, religious, charitable, and pro bono organizations. In 2012, she was appointed to the Board of Trustees of Catholic Charities for the Diocese of St. Petersburg, Inc., which operates extensive life, social service, and shelter ministries for residents of the extended Tampa Bay area. Stephanie also volunteers for Nativity Catholic School and speaks periodically at Nativity Catholic Church events.
In her spare time, Stephanie enjoys spending time with her husband, children, and extended family. She follows Notre Dame football and country music and likes to spend time with her family at Disney World. She enjoys reading, horseback riding, salsa dancing, watching HGTV, and learning to play the guitar.
Stephanie looks up to Susan B. Anthony, Jennifer Fulwiler, and Pope Francis. She deeply respects and admires her husband and her mother.