Julie Cunningham Aiello


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

Successfully obtained summary judgment on behalf of our insurance carrier client in a  declaratory judgment action seeking a determination that plaintiff was entitled to defense and indemnity under the liability coverage afforded by his homeowner’s policy.  The Plaintiff was a passenger in a vehicle driven by his wife when she veered off the road and struck a pedestrian, nearly killing him.  The pedestrian sued Plaintiff for negligently failing to render aid and assistance because plaintiff allegedly observed the injured pedestrian’s condition, but left the scene without doing anything to help.  We argued there was no coverage in the first instance because the the insured’s conduct was not “accidental.”  In addition, we argued certain exclusions barred coverage, including an exclusion for bodily injury arising from the “use” of a motor vehicle, and exclusions for expected or intended injury and willful or malicious acts.  The court agreed and granted final judgment in favor of the Firm’s client.

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.

Classes/Seminars Taught

Civil Litigation State of Affairs – The Impact of COVID-19 in Florida & What’s Next, Marshall Dennehey Client Webinar, June, 2021

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
Florida Coastal School of Law (J.D., 2010)
Florida State University (B.A., 2007)
Honors & awards
Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch©, Insurance Law, Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
Florida Super Lawyers Rising Star
Associations & memberships
American Bar Association, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section
Claims & Litigation Management Alliance (CLM)
Hillsborough County Bar Association
Maritime Law Association
National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF)
The Propeller Club - Port of Tampa
Tampa Bay Mariners Club, First Mate, former Purser
Year joined