Stephanie E. Bendeck
Stephanie E. Bendeck focuses her practice on Construction and Insurance litigation. She advises and litigates on behalf of clients in disputes involving private and public construction contracts at all stages of the contract process, from initial bidding through post-construction litigation, including failure to make payment, defective work, changed scope of work, change orders, termination, delay, mechanic’s liens and bonds.
An experienced trial lawyer, she has taken over fifty cases to trial, both jury and non-jury, and argued complicated motions involving complex legal issues to the court. She is experienced in preparing, defending, and cross-examining both lay and expert witnesses.
After being admitted to the Florida Bar in 2009, she joined the State Attorney’s Office of the Twentieth Judicial Circuit of Florida, serving in both Lee and Hendry counties. During her career as a prosecutor, she handled a wide variety of cases, from simple misdemeanors to violent felonies, including firearms offenses. She served as co-counsel on homicide and Special Victims Unit cases, including those that involved the physical and sexual abuse of adults and children. She also served in an “on-call” capacity for law enforcement, responding to legal questions that emerged during active investigations, as well as reviewing search warrants.
Ms. Bendeck’s experience includes defending first party actions involving the interpretation and application of insurance policies, including those with fraud and bad faith claims. Ms. Bendeck has defended community associations throughout Southwest Florida in premises liability matters and has also defended third-party matters involving claimed mental injury, physical injury, product defect, liquor liability, wrongful death, aggravation of pre-existing conditions, and construction defect. She has also worked diligently on behalf of contractors and community associations in construction defect, lien, breach of contract, encroachment, negligence, and other commercial litigation matters. Ms. Bendeck has worked closely with engineers, general contractors, and other consultants to achieve positive results for her clients.
Ms. Bendeck is licensed in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Florida state court, and the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida.
Ms. Bendeck serves on the Florida Bar Committee on Diversity and Inclusion. She is a current member of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers, serving on the Judicial Nominating Commission Oversight Committee. She is the past President-Elect of the Lee County Association for Women Lawyers and a past president of the Hendry-Glades Bar Association.
Ms. Bendeck is also a Guinness World Records title holder. She completed the 40th London Marathon which was held virtually on October 4, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. She was part of a total of 37,966 finishers. This event earned the title “Most users to run a remote marathon in 24 hours.”