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Hi, We’re Brandon Cathey and Stephanie Miles, the Co-founders and Lead Trial Attorneys

After succeeding together at a law firm in Tampa for three decades, Stephanie Miles and I started our own firm in 2022 in St. Petersburg where we live.
Our greatest strength is helping personal injury lawyers whose clients face litigation and liability insurance challenges (BI, UM, CGL, coverage investigations).
Having co-counseled on hundreds of personal injury cases over our combined 39 years, we have seen a wide array of roadblocks and have consistently found a successful path forward, even when it meant cutting a new one.

Whether we serve as your coverage, bad faith, trial, or appellate counsel, our results speak for themselves. We love talking to plaintiff’s lawyers, defense lawyers, and clients about their personal injury cases, so please contact us with your questions today!

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Co-founder, CEO, and Lead Trial Lawyer


Brandon is known for achieving exceptional results in catastrophic injury cases. He lives for the moment when a client’s face lights up, realizing their life is about to take a remarkable turn for the better, thanks to a lawsuit’s outcome.


Notable recent results

Brandon’s results speak for themselves. Some of the more notable results of the last 5 years:

August 2023


Client with herniated neck won jury verdict of $509,698.30, plus attorneys’ fees and costs, after liability insurer offered referring counsel $130,000 in highly disputed car wreck case against Florida Aquarium.

August 2023


Satisfaction of $495,000 excess judgment after client was sued by Esurance seeking a declaration that it acted in good faith when it failed to settle for client’s $10,000 policy limit because of a lien.

May 2023


Satisfaction of $4.25 million excess judgment after client sued liability insurer for failing in good faith to settle a wrongful death case within client’s $100,000 insurance policy.

December 2021

$2 million

Client recovered $2 million for the wrongful death of his wife in an Orlando head-on collision, where the defendant had only a $1 million policy with competing claims against it.

August 2021

$10 million

Client received a $10 million settlement after breaking his neck on a tackle at a summer football camp in Deland that required all participants to sign pre-activity liability releases.
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June 2021

$4 million

Client received an opinion from the Second District affirming the denial of a $4 million set off.

May 2021

$7.1 million

Client received an opinion from the Second District reversing a directed verdict for the defendant, resulting in a $7.1 million judgment against the defendant.

April 2020

$2.99 million

Client settled a Jacksonville bad faith lawsuit for $2.99 million on a $100,000 policy.

March 2020

$2 million

Client won a $2 million settlement on a premise liability claim in Orlando with no indemnity coverage.

May 2019

$3.8 million

Clients’ won a $3.8 million jury verdict after breaking his foot in a motorcycle accident in Riverview.

March 2019


Brandon’s arguments about when an insurer’s duty of good faith arose did not persuade the Georgia Supreme Court to affirm the Court of Appeals in a case over a $5.3 million judgment.

March 2019

$30.1 million

Clients won a $30.1 million jury verdict after suffering a TBI in a T-bone collision in Thonotosassa. The insurance company refused to agree to more than $148,000 in damages. Click to watch local tv news report.
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June 2018

$6.7 million

Clients won a $6.7 million verdict in a food poisoning case against a Tampa restaurant after its insurance company made its highest offer of $20,000. Click to watch local tv news report.
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March 2018

$1.7 million

Clients received a $1.5 million settlement for the wrongful death of their adult daughter in Atlanta where the defendant had a policy limit of only $25,000.

December 2017

$12.5 million

Clients received a $12.5 million settlement for a paralysis case in Port Charlotte where the insurance company’s highest prior offer had been its $300,000 policy limit.

August 2017

$10 million

Following a bad faith jury verdict in Atlanta, affirmed by the United States 11th Circuit, his clients recovered $10 million over a $100,000 policy limit

June 2017

$717,000 UM

Client won a $717,000 UM verdict in Orlando against State Farm after it made its highest offer of $100.

Reported Decisions

Brandon has been at the forefront of landmark legal issues, in both Florida and Georgia, establishing himself as an accomplished appellate advocate in the federal and state courts of appeal for Florida and Georgia.

Ellison v. Willoughby

No. 2D19-1961 (Fla. 2d DCA 2021)

Martinez v. Lobster Haven, LLC

320 So. 3d 873 (Fla. 2d DCA 2021)

Harmon Parker, P.A. v. Santek Mgmt., LLC

311 So. 3d 213 (Fla. 2d DCA 2020)

Hughes v. Mid-Continent Cas. Co.

264 So. 3d 1053 (Fla. 3d DCA 2019)

Gray v. AHCA

288 So. 3d 95 (Fla. 1st DCA 2019)

First Acceptance Co. of Ga., Inc. v. Hughes

826 S.E. 2d 71 (Ga. 2019)

Hughes v. First Acceptance Ins. Co. of Ga., Inc.

836 S.E. 2d 634 (Ga. App. 2019)

Moxley v. U-Haul Company of Florida

308 So. 3d 91 (Fla. 2d DCA 2019)

USAA v. Lynch

255 So. 3d 818 (Fla. 2d DCA 2018)

Moxley v. Infinity Indem. Inc. Co.

Case No. 2D16-3973 (Fla. 2d DCA 2018)

Ray v. Fowler White

Case No. 2D17-2697 (Fla. 2d DCA 2018)

Hughes v. First Acceptance Co. of Ga., Inc.

808 S.E. 2d 103 (Ga. App. 2017)

Willoughby v. AHCA

212 So. 3d 516 (Fla. 2d DCA 2017)

Allstate v. Schlichting

174 So. 3d 1000 (Fla. 2d DCA 2015)

Belizaire v. Gray

173 So. 3d 969 (Fla. 3d DCA 2015)

New Hampshire Indem. Co. v. Gray

177 So. 3d 56 (Fla. 1st DCA 2015)

Gray v. Belizaire

146 So. 3d 1175 (Fla. 1st DCA 2014)

Lydacker Lee et al v. Brown

156 So. 3d 1092 (Fla. 2d DCA 2014)

Camacho v. Nationwide Mut. Ins. Co.

13 F. Supp. 3d 1343 (N.D. Ga. 2014)

Moxley v. U-Haul Co. of Fla.

148 So. 3d 132 (Fla. 2d DCA 2014)

Markel Am. Ins. Co. v. Baker

152 So. 3d 86 (Fla. 5th DCA 2014)

Roman v. Bogle

113 So. 3d 1011 (Fla. 5th DCA 2013)


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Served as the President of the Tampa Bay Trial Lawyers Association, improving the quality of its educational seminars, social events, and judicial engagement.


Served as the President of the Florida State College of Law Alumni Association, initiating the creation of a national and statewide network of local FSU Law alumni associations.

since 2015

Advocated for Florida’s insured customers, testifying in legislative committees and meeting with elected officials in Tallahassee about insurance bad faith issues.

Since 2004

Brandon has been an Eagle member of the Florida Justice Association since graduating from law school.

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Brandon has remained at the cutting edge of the law, having consulted with and given seminars to hundreds of lawyers throughout the United States on the challenges facing attorneys who represent catastrophically injured clients. Some of the more notable seminars:

”Closing Argument Demonstration”

FJA Al. J. Cone Trial Advocacy Institute

August 2023

“Jury Selection: Civil Cases”

Hillsborough County Bar Association State Court Trial Seminar

June 2023

“Why Do I Need to File a Civil Remedy Notice: Violations by the UM Insurer”

FJA Civil Remedies Webinar

December 2022

“Jury Selection”

Hillsborough County Bar Association State Court Trial Seminar

June 2022

“The Mammal: Letting Love Lead the Way in Plaintiff’s Direct”

FJA Annual Convention Advanced Trial Skills

June 2022

Guest Lecturer in Insurance Law

Stetson Law

October 2022, 2021

Demonstration of Direct of a Lay Witness

FJA Al. J. Cone Trial Advocacy Institute

October 2022

“Why Do I Need a Civil Remedy Notice?”

FJA Civil Remedies Webinar

December 2021

“Million Dollar Mistakes in Auto Cases”

FJA Masters of Justice: Auto

September 2021

“Multiple Claimant Cases”

FJA Masters of Justice: Insurance & Bad Faith.

September 2019

Guest Lecturer on Mediation at University of Tampa

Mediation University of Tampa’s Negotiation Class

2019, 2018, 2015

“Mediation Magic: Getting the Adjuster to Go All In”

FJA Annual Convention

June 2018

“How Do We Get There? The State of the Law on Coblentz Agreement”

FJA Masters of Justice: Bad Faith

October 2017

“Bad Faith Law in Florida”

Tampa Bay Inn of Court

October 2017

“Corporate Greed: How to Find It, How to Prove It in Bad Faith Cases”

FJA Annual Convention

June 2017

“Bad Faith 101”

FJA Personal Injury Bootcamp Webinar Series

April 2017

“The Traps that Kill Great UM Bad Faith”

FJA Workhorse Seminar

March 2016

“Don’t Let Slippery Insurance Issues Jackknife Your Case”

FJA Masters of Justice

September 2016

“Insurance Bad Faith Legislative Update”

FJA Annual Convention

June 2015

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Best Lawyers in America

2016 - Present

Florida Super Lawyer

2010 - Present

Florida Legal Elite, Florida Trend Magazine


National Trial Lawyers Top 100


“Preeminent” AV Rating, Martindale-Hubbell

2012 - Present

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In 2004, Brandon graduated from the Florida State College of Law, where he was a member of the Moot Court Team, awarded Best Brief among first-year law students who competed to join the moot court team, and chosen to present his oral argument before the Florida Supreme Court as a member of the prestigious “Final Four.”

He was also a Co-Champion of the American Bar Association, FSU College of Law Negotiation Competition and was awarded the Distinguished Pro Bono Service Award for his efforts to assist the wrongly convicted through the Florida Innocence Project.
In 2000, he earned his bachelor’s degree, with double majors in English and History, from the University of South Florida.

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About. Stephanie is known for

If a person was measured by how many units of their life they gave for the benefit of others, Stephanie would beat Mother Teresa. She just happens to be a world-class trial lawyer instead of a nun.

Stephanie is the absence of pretentiousness. She is an incredible listener, has an amazing memory, and is astoundingly resourceful. She doesn’t judge; she’s quick to understand and forgive; and those (family, friends, colleagues, clients) who share a bond with her know how her immense powers have improved their lives.


Who is She?

Stephanie has built great cases from scratch, turned brand new law grads into skilled trial lawyers, and won repeatedly for her clients when she has been the only attorney facing dozens of defence lawyers in cases against heavy industry, insurance companies, and hospitals. During trials, she enjoys a reputation for being the last to bed and the first to rise, even if it means sleeping on the couch in her office. If the job needs to be done, it will get done because of Stephanie.
Stephanie has handled a wide variety of high-stakes cases arising from sports injuries, defective products, car accidents, medical malpractice, and insurance bad faith. She has tried bad faith and catastrophic personal injury cases in federal and state courts in Tampa, Miami, Jacksonville, Naples, and Deland. Recently, recovered $10 million for a young man who was paralyzed at a summer football camp. She was also part of the appellate team that convinced Florida’s Supreme Court to hold insurance companies liable for attorney’s fees that result from unaccepted proposals for settlement.

Reported Decisions

Some of Stephanie’s Reported Decisions:

Ortiz v. Regalado

113 So. 3d 57 (Fla. 2d DCA)

Milling v. Travelers Home & Marine Ins. Co.

311 So. 3d 289 (Fla. 2d DCA 2020)

Ellis v. Trevino

Case No. 2D20-458 (Fla. 2d DCA 2020)

Bove Grand, Inc. v. Diamond

Case No. 2D17-4955 (Fla. 2d DCA 2019)

Bove Grand, Inc. v. Diamond

243 So. 3d 350 (Fla. 2d DCA 2018)

USAA v. Lynch

255 So. 3d 818 (Fla. 2d DCA 2018)

GEICO v. Macedo

228 So. 3d 1111 (Fla. 2017)

Bottini v. GEICO

859 F. 3d 987 (11th Cir. 2017)

Belizaire v. Gray

173 So. 3d 969 (Fla. 3d DCA 2015)

New Hampshire Indem. Co. v. Gray

177 So. 3d 56 (Fla. 1st DCA 2015)

Gray v. Belizaire

146 So. 3d 1175 (Fla. 1st DCA 2014)

Claudio v. Regalado

116 So. 3d 451 (Fla. 3d DCA 2013)

New Hampshire Indem. Co. v. Scott

910 F. Supp. 2d 1341 (M.D. Fla. Dec. 13, 2012)

Kearney v. Auto-Owners Ins. Co.

Case No. 8:06-cv-595-T-24 TGW (M.D. Fla. Apr. 21, 2011)

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She serves on the Standard Jury Instruction Committee (Civil), having been appointed by Florida’s Supreme Court in 2019. Stephanie’s passion and determination also extend beyond trial lawyering. For more than a decade, Stephanie contributed 100+ pro bono hours annually, advocating for neglected children in Hillsborough County as an attorney ad litem and guardian ad litem.
Stephanie is also the repeat female Champion of the American Lung Association’s Tampa Climb for Air, beating hundreds of competitors, and still holds the record for the fastest female to climb the 42 floors of Tampa’s Bank of America building with a time of 6 minutes, 5 seconds. She also volunteers as a Co-Troop Leader for the Girl Scouts.

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Stephanie has been recognized by Martindale with an AV Preeminent Rating, the highest available. Many of the exceptional peer reviews she received came from courtroom opponents she has faced over the years.
Back in 2013, one adversary wrote:


“Our defence team estimated Ms. Miles trial experience well beyond her actual experience. She is an excellent trial attorney, always prepared and quick on her feet.”



Stephanie has guest lectured law students in upper-level insurance law at Stetson College of Law for the last 7 years.

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Stephanie served as the Research Editor for the Stetson Law Review and graduated cum laude from Stetson Law in 2005.
She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh in 2002 where she was a University Scholar. Stephanie grew up in Wampum, Pennsylvania, where she was a salutatorian in her high school class of more than 200.


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