Mario E. Lopez was born in Managua, Nicaragua. In 1978, he came to the United States with his family and has lived in South Florida since arriving from Nicaragua. He was raised and attended school in Miami, Florida. Mr. Lopez is a Senior Partner of the first-party insurance and third-party departments. His litigation experience in the fields of Personal Injury Litigation, Premises Liability, Construction Law, Medical Malpractice, Property Litigation, Nursing Home Litigation, and Products Liability (which includes Chinese/American Drywall cases) has given him the ability to handle clients’ issues with efficiency and effectiveness to obtain successful outcomes.
In 2002, Mr. Lopez began defending property insurance claims as well as concentrating on hurricane claims and complex contractual issues arising from said claims. With over seventeen years of experience representing insurance companies, Mr. Lopez is uniquely qualified to handle property claims ranging from standard losses to complex commercial property claims for insureds. Mr. Lopez understands insurance carriers’ practices and has been able to guide client’s claims from inception and throughout the claims process to ensure the adequate payment of claims. Mr. Lopez works closely with numerous experts to protect insureds’ rights under their property insurance policy after a loss. He will approach an insured’s claim with meticulous attention to safeguard that their rights will be protected for the prompt payment of claims. He will not hesitate to file a lawsuit if an insurance company is delaying or slowing an insured’s claim to the detriment of the firm’s clients.
Additionally, Mr. Lopez has handled wrongful death cases involving different insureds in cases ranging from automobile negligence to premises liability claims including negligent security cases. He also represented clients in construction cases from injuries in work sites to property dry wall multi-district litigation. He also handles automobile negligence cases ranging from single vehicle accidents to large commercial vehicle cases. He keeps honing his ability to assess both sides of cases by also doing defense work for a large commercial retailer.
He graduated from Florida International University (F.I.U.) with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science in 1992. While in F.I.U., he joined the Delta Chi Fraternity and was a Senator in Student Government.
Mr. Lopez obtained his Juris Doctor from Nova Southeastern University in 1995. Since being admitted to the Florida Bar, he has been active in the community, including providing pro bono work through the Put Something Back, Pro Bono Program of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit in and for Miami-Dade County, Florida, and the School and Professionalism Committees of the Dade County Bar Association. He was a member of the Florida Bar Ethics Committee for the Eleventh Judicial Circuit in and for Miami-Dade County and was Chairman of his committee when his term ended in 2015. Mr. Lopez has been reviewed by his peers and designated as an AV-rated preeminent lawyer by Martindale-Hubbell. He has served as mock judge in the local high school trial competitions sponsored by Dade County Bar Association Young Lawyer’s Division as well as Nova Southeastern University’s Trial Advocacy competitions.
Mr. Lopez has donated his time to charitable organizations such as the Health Crisis Network, American Red Cross, and the American Heart Association. He has brought this commitment to give back to his community to the firm to make his South Florida home a better place to live for all.
Education and Experience
Nova Southeastern University School of Law, Juris Doctor.
Florida International University, Bachelor of Arts and Science.
Peer Rated for Highest Level of Professional Excellence
Top Rated Insurance Attorney in Miami, FL since 2016 through 2018, Super Lawyer
Florida Association of Public Insurance Adjusters (FAPIA)
Pre-Suit Investigations, 2009
Proper Use of Releases, 2012
Premises Liability in Florida, 2013
Technicalities and Insurance Case Law Outlook - FAPIA Spring Conference 2017, Key West, Florida
Adjusting Condominium Claims– FAPIA Fall Conference 2017, Orlando, Florida