Steven P. Befera has joined Cole, Scott & Kissane, P.A. as a partner.
Mr. Befera received a Juris Doctor degree, cum laude, from the University of Miami, School of Law in 1983 and Bachelor of Arts degree from University of Minnesota, Duluth, in 1980. Mr. Befera was honorably discharged from the United States Marine Corps in 1978.
Mr. Befera was admitted to practice law in Florida in 1983. He is also admitted to practice in the United States District Court, Southern District of Florida including the Trial Bar, the United States District Court, Middle District of Florida including the Trial Bar, the United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, and the Minnesota Supreme Court.
Mr. Befera is a member of the prestigious Million Dollar Advocates Forum, a distinction awarded to counsel who have obtained verdicts and settlements in excess of $1,000,000, and the firm has attained the highest possible rating of “AV” from Martindale Hubbell, the national directory of attorneys, indicating preeminent legal ability and the highest ethical standards in the practice of law.
As an active member of the legal community, Mr. Befera currently serves as an Adjunct Professor, teaching Litigation Skills, at the University of Miami School of Law. He is active in the Dade County Bar Association (DCBA), serving as a member of the DCBA Civil Litigation Committee since 1983. Mr. Befera also served as the DCBA Elected Director in 1998 and 2002, was elected Treasurer in 2005, Secretary in 2006, Vice President in 2007, President-Elect in 2008, and served as President in 2009-2010. He previously served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Dade County Bar Association Bulletin, between 1994 and 1997. Mr. Befera was named Outstanding Committee Chair (1995-1996) and was a recipient of the Pro Bono Award in Insurance Law in 2001.
Mr. Befera also maintains membership in many other legal organizations, including the Florida Bar, the Minnesota State and Federal Bar Associations, the District of Columbia Bar (member of the Litigation Section), the American Bar Association (member of the Litigation Section).
Befera’s practice includes complex civil litigation with an emphasis on construction law, professional liability law, and high value catastrophic damages cases. He will work out of CSK’s Miami and Key West offices.