Fred A. Cunningham is a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer and shareholder in the law firm of Domnick Cunningham & Whalen. He has a statewide and national practice devoted solely to trial work with a focus on litigating complex cases involving insurance company bad faith, insurance coverage, and catastrophic injuries. Many of Florida’s best personal injury attorneys rely upon Mr. Cunningham to handle insurance bad faith claims arising out of their clients’ personal injury claims. Mr. Cunningham has recovered close to 500 million dollars in settlements and verdicts for his clients.
Florida Justice Association
International Academy of Trial Lawyers
International Society of Barristers
Florida Bar Association
Florida Justice Association
American Board of Trial Advocates
American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel
The Melvin M. Belli Society
Palm Beach County Justice Association
Palm Beach County Bar Association – North County Section
“I was involved in a permanently life changing injury and needed the very best representation available. Fortunately I was introduced to Domnick Cunningham & Whalen. At forty three years old they made the difference between me living the rest of my life independently at home instead of at an assisted living facility. There abilities and professionalism are allowing me to have a life of my own and raise my son. There is no better choice than this law firm.”
Service to the legal profession is paramount to Mr. Cunningham. In 1997, he was elected by his peers to serve on the Board of Directors of the Florida Justice Association (FJA), a statewide organization of attorneys who fight to preserve the civil justice system. Over the past two decades, he has served on and chaired numerous FJA committees, and ultimately served as FJA President in 2012. His service has earned him numerous awards, including the President’s Award for leadership in 2015 and the W. Mckinley Smiley Jr. award in 2018. In 2016, the FJA honored him with the Perry Nichols Award, the most prestigious award given by the organization, to an attorney whose “perseverance, commitment, and unmatched dedication to the civil justice system is at the forefront of their lives.” In addition to the FJA, Fred has served on the Board of Directors and as President of both the North County Section of the Palm Beach County Bar and the Palm Beach County Justice Association.
Since 2001, Mr. Cunningham has been included in every issue of The Best Lawyers in America in the field of personal injury and insurance. In 2015, 2017 and 2018, Best Lawyers recognized him as the best insurance lawyer in Palm Beach County. Since 2006, he has been included in the Florida Trend “Legal Elite”, as well as Florida “Super Lawyers”, including being voted by his peers to be one of the “Top 100” lawyers in the state of Florida in 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2019. As a result of his courtroom success and professionalism, he is a sought after lecturer on the topics of trial practice and insurance company bad faith.
Mr. Cunningham serves on the Board of Directors of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, an esteemed, invitation-only privilege that is limited to 500 active trial lawyers in the United States and 100 trial lawyers outside the United States. Mr. Cunningham is also a Fellow of the American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel and the International Society of Barristers. In 2016, he was inducted as a member of The Melvin M. Belli Society, a national organization whose stated purpose is to promote the international exchange of ideas among lawyers through meetings and education. In 2017, Mr. Cunningham was inducted as a member of The American Board of Trial Advocates, an invitation-only organization whose membership is extended only to trial lawyers with high personal character and an honorable reputation.
Mr. Cunningham earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of North Carolina School of Law in 1988 and was admitted to practice in Florida in October of 1988. He and his wife, Robin, and their son, Sebastian, live in North Palm Beach, and are active in many local charitable and philanthropic organizations.
U.S. Supreme Court, 2016
Florida Bar, 1988
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
University of North Carolina, J.D. degree, 1988
Belmont Abbey College, (Summa Cum Laude), B.A., 1985
Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer,
Florida Bar Board of Legal
Specialization and Education
DCW shareholder Fred Cunningham was featured on the Florida Justice Association’s Titans of Trial podcast on October 9, 2020. In the episode, Mr. Cunningham discussed his impact on bad faith law in Florida over his career…
Fred Cunningham and Greg Yaffa, shareholders of Domnick Cunningham & Whalen, were featured at the Florida Justice Association’s 2020 Masters of Justice Seminar. The event was held virtually this year due to the impacts of coronavirus.
Domnick Cunningham & Whalen is proud to announce all four Shareholders have been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2021 list. Fred A. Cunningham, Sean C. Domnick, Jeanmarie Whalen, and Gregory M. Yaffa were each recognized for Plaintiff Personal Injury Litigation. Mr. Domnick was also selected for the Medical Malpractice Law category.
DCW Shareholders Fred Cunningham, Jeanmarie Whalen and Gregory Yaffa will be in the Palm Beach Illustrated September 2020 issue “Top Lawyer” feature. Palm Beach Illustrated is a magazine that showcases the Palm Beach lifestyle and businesses.
Cunningham spoke at the Melvin M. Belli Society Webinar titled, “Law Firm Lessons from Covid-19 – What Worked, What Didn’t, and What Steps you can Take to Get Insurers to Stop Delaying and Settle Cases Now,” on June 10th. This 90-minute webinar featured Mr. Cunningham and four other experts…
Attorneys Jeanmarie Whalen, Fred Cunningham, and Matthew Christ win $2.7 million after Palm Beach…
Fred A. Cunningham, a Shareholder at Domnick Cunningham & Whalen, served on a national panel hosted by Mass Torts Made Perfect and The National Trial Lawyers on April 21, 2020. The program “Loss of Business Claims”…
Fred A. Cunningham, a Shareholder at Domnick Cunningham & Whalen, was a featured speaker on the Florida Justice Association (FJA) Business Interruption Claims Webinar on April 23, 2020. Mr. Cunningham’s topic, “Bad Faith in Business Interruption Claims,” detailed the responsibility…
Palm Beach County Justice Association
Fred A. Cunningham and Sean C. Domnick served on a panel during the 2019 Palm Beach County Bar Association Bench Bar Conference
Domnick Cunningham Whalen Shareholders Awarded Highest Honors by Florida Justice Association
Restoring The Good Faith In Florida’s ‘Bad Faith’ Insurance Litigation