Lefferts L. Mabie, Jr.
(1925 - 1996) received his law degree from the University of Florida in 1948. He was continuously active in civil trial practice, specializing in personal injury/wrongful death and insurance bad faith litigation, having handled over fifty excess judgment cases against insurance companies, including 28 jury trials to recover excess over policy limits (with only one adverse verdict). He was the leading authority in Florida on the subject of insurance bad faith litigation. Mr. Mabie was a past president of the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers and the Escambia/Santa Rosa Bar Association (First Judicial Circuit). He was a former director of the American Board of Trial Advocates and a former member of the Executive Committee of the Trial Lawyers Section of The Florida Bar. Mr. Mabie was listed in the publication "The Best Lawyers in America" up through the time of his death, and was awarded the Al J. Cone Career Leadership Award as trial lawyer of the year by the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers in 1992. Additionally, in 1996, Mr. Mabie received the "Perry Nichols Award," which is the highest honor bestowed by the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, and is in recognition for lifetime achievements in the pursuit of justice. He was a regular lecturer before the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, The Florida Bar, the American Board of Trial Advocates and the American Trial Lawyers Association in the field of trial practice and insurance bad faith litigation. He successfully tried three cases which became the subject of annotations in American Law Reports.