Julie Cunningham Aiello

Associate

When it comes to casualty litigation, clients rely on Julie for her ability to effectively and efficiently resolve claims. Focused in the areas of admiralty and maritime litigation, insurance coverage, personal injury, property, premises liability, and transportation litigation, Julie has successfully defended clients in both Florida’s state and federal courts.  Her attention to developing an effective strategy tailored to each case shows in the results she obtains for her clients.   In addition to working world’s largest and most recognizable insurance companies, she is frequently retained by individuals and companies on claims that are not covered by insurance based upon her performance and history of effectively resolving cases for those clients. 

Julie has significant trial experience handling jury and bench trials, successfully defending insurance coverage, property damage, and cargo loss claims in state court.

Active in numerous bar and maritime insurance organizations, she is a member of the Hillsborough County Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the Maritime Law Association, the Propeller Club, and the Tampa Bay Mariners Club. Julie is admitted to the Florida Bar

Significant Representative Matters

Complete defense victory and successful counterclaim on behalf of a leading heavy civil marine contractor in the trial of a negligence claim brought against it resulting from a subaqueous utility strike, which occurred during the construction of a bridge in Florida.

Defense verdict on behalf of one of Florida’s largest homeowners insurers concerning a claim of damage to an insured’s home from nearby quarry blasting.

Defense verdicts in the trials of claims brought by two separate homeowners against their homeowners insurer as a result of damage allegedly caused by the explosion of a neighboring marijuana grow house.

Defense jury verdict in a sinkhole trial in which the proper method of repair was disputed.

Defense victory on behalf of a common carrier concerning claims brought for damaged and lost goods.

Admissions
Florida
2010
U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida
U.S. District Court Northern District of Florida
U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida
U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit
Education
Florida Coastal School of Law (J.D., 2010)
Florida State University (B.A., 2007)
Honors & awards
Florida Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2014-2019
Associations & memberships
American Bar Association, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section
Hillsborough County Bar Association
Maritime Law Association
National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF)
Tampa Bay Mariners Club, First Mate, former Purser
The Propeller Club - Port of Tampa
Claims & Litigation Management Alliance (CLM)
Year joined
2018