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Stephanie M. Martin

Special Counsel

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 real estate litigation, commercial and business litigation, and financial services litigation. Stephanie’s representative experience includes:

  • In real estate, Stephanie has litigated many property disputes, including commercial and residential landlord-tenant matters, real estate sales contract disputes, restrictive covenant compliance cases, code enforcement challenges, fraudulent representation cases concerning property marketing and acquisition, mobile home park sale disputes, and homeowners’ and condominium association matters.
  • As a commercial litigator, Stephanie has litigated a diverse array of business matters, including contractual disputes, creditor rights and collections matters, consumer protection claims, vendor disputes, entity management disagreements, 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, floorplan financing recovery matters, asset recovery cases, and other collections matters.

Stephanie is an experienced litigator, who is also board-certified 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. Less than 1% of all Florida attorneys have achieved board certification in real estate law from the Florida Bar. As a litigator, Stephanie has extensive experience drafting pleadings, motions, and discovery; conducting depositions; arguing dispositive motions; handling evidentiary hearings; presenting expert testimony; assisting with trials; negotiating settlement; participating in mediations and arbitrations; and handling appeals.

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 financial 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 over 600 hours of pro bono work to those in need. These cases include appellate matters (see, e.g.Hirsch v. Hirsch, District Court of Appeal of Florida, Second District) and domestic violence cases. Stephanie has been recognized 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. Stephanie also has been honored by Adams and Reese with the Tampa office’s H.U.G.S. award in recognition for her community service and pro bono work.

In the community, Stephanie is active in various civic, religious, charitable, and pro bono organizations. Since 2012, she has served on 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.

Hailing from the Chicago suburbs, Stephanie graduated from the University of Notre Dame Law School in 2006. While studying at Notre Dame, Stephanie served on the editorial staff for the Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics & Public Policy, was chosen for both Notre Dame’s moot court trial team and moot court appellate team, studied international law at Notre Dame’s London campus, 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, in just three years from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with a major in Writing Intensive English and a minor in Criminology and Law Studies. At Marquette, Stephanie competed on the national-qualifying mock trial team, served as president of the Marquette chapter of the Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society, and was selected into the university’s Academic Honors Program, Pre-Law Scholars Program, and Alpha Sigma Nu Honors Society.

In her spare time, Stephanie enjoys spending time with her husband, children, and extended family. She loves Disney World, Notre Dame football, superhero-based TV shows and movies, reading, and all kinds of music. Recently, she has taken up running.

Stephanie looks up to Susan B. Anthony, Marco Rubio, and Pope John Paul II. Her role models are her husband and her mother.