Stephanie Koutsodendris

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Area of Focus: Trial & Litigation
Stephanie Koutsodendris
As a member of Bilzin Sumberg's Trial & Litigation Group, Stephanie Koutsodendris assists the firm’s clients inside and outside the courtroom on matters involving commercial litigation and class action defense. Working alongside industry-recognized litigators, Stephanie advises companies and private individuals on complex litigation matters that typically involve multiple parties across various related actions. Stephanie’s cases have run the gamut from cases involving breach of contract, fraud and misrepresentation, breach of fiduciary duty, FDUPTA, defamation, and the resolution of real estate-related disputes.

Stephanie also supports the firm’s clients by assisting them in strategically growing their businesses through advising them on mitigating legal exposure as they expand their operations. Whether it be counseling on litigation, arbitration, mediation, settlement negotiation, or other forms of dispute resolution, Stephanie ensures that her clients always receive the best representation due to her attention to detail and dedication to her clients’ cases. Stephanie is no stranger to complex cases. In fact, clients often appreciate her out-of-box thinking and willingness to take on novel legal issues. In addition to advising on client matters, Stephanie serves as a member of Bilzin Sumberg’s Litigation Technology Committee, which assesses ways in which the firm can adopt new technologies to improve the efficiency of service delivery to clients seeking dispute resolution counsel from Bilzin Sumberg. 
Q & A
As an attorney focused on dispute resolution, what do clients most appreciate about your approach to their matters?
Clients have told me that my passionate dedication to serving their interests has been a significant factor in their satisfaction with my work. This passion in my representation of clients comes from two places. First, I humanize my clients and try to relate to their challenges as much as possible. You can’t “win” for your clients if you don’t understand them personally. Second, I adopt the mentality that “there’s always a way.” Dispute resolution cases can be daunting, but with a mentality of never giving up, you bring your best work to the client, and in my experience, the client always views it as an essential part of my value-added to their matters.
What is one thing that you think clients should know about attorneys who specialize in dispute resolution?
There is a widespread notion that you are only supposed to retain an attorney once the prospect of litigation between parties becomes imminent. While it is clearly the case that companies and individuals need to retain competent legal counsel when involved in litigation, retaining an attorney early on can help avoid costly litigation in the first place. One of the essential things a legal counsel can do for their client is to advise them on how to avoid costly and lengthy litigation. As dispute resolution attorneys, typically, by the time we get involved, many months or sometimes years of back and forth between the parties have already transpired. This tends to make the process that much costlier for the client once litigation commences. However, when clients come to me early on, I take proactive action to assist them in avoiding this legal exposure and litigation gamesmanship that could affect their business from the beginning.
  • University of Miami, J.D., cum laude, 2016
    University of Miami, B.A., 2013
  • Chapman Partnership for the Homeless
    Nextgen, Member
    Cuban American Bar Association
    Federal Bar Association
    Florida Association for Women Lawyers
    MDFAWL, Business Development Committee, 2023
    Hispanic National Bar Association
    Miami Children's Museum
    Be a Kid Again Gala Committee, 2023
  • Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
    U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
    U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • Greek