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Fred Cunningham

Shareholder

PRACTICE AREAS:

  • Insurance Coverage and Insurance Bad Faith
  • Catastrophic Injury / Wrongful Death

EDUCATION:

  • Belmont Abbey College, (Summa Cum Laude), B.A., 1985
  • University of North Carolina, J.D. degree, 1988

BAR ADMISSIONS:

  • Florida Bar, 1988
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2016
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida

CERTIFICATES & SPECIALTIES:

  • Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer,
  • Florida Bar Board of Legal
  • Specialization and Education

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 400 million dollars in settlements and verdicts for his clients.

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.  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 and 2017, 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, and 2015.  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.

In 2015, Mr. Cunningham was inducted into 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, an invitation-only group of 230 attorneys around the country. 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.

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Florida Justice Association

  • Centurion Award (2017)
  • Perry Nichols Award (2015)
  • President’s Award (2015)
  • FJA PAC Leadership Award – Excellence in Political Fundraising (2014)
  • “Rough Riders” Legislative Service Award (2011)
  • #1 Eagle Recruiting Champion Award (2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2015)
  • Crystal Eagle (2008)
  • Gold Eagle Award (2001, 2005, 2007-2015)
  • Silver Eagle Award (1999, 2000, 2003, 2017)
  • Talon/Bronze Eagle Award (1998, 2016)
  • EAGLE Workhorse Award (1998)
  • Vanguard Award (2007)
  • FPP “Tiger in the Bush” Award (2005)

National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers
The Best Lawyers of America (2001-2017)
Best Lawyer for Insurance Law (2015, 2017)
Florida Super Lawyers (2006-2017)
Florida Super Lawyers Top 100 (2012, 2013, 2015)
Florida Trend Legal Elite (2009-2016)
South Florida Legal Guide “Top Lawyer” (2017)

Florida Bar Association
Florida Justice Association

  • President (2011-2012)
  • President-Elect (2010-2011)
  • Treasurer (2009-2010)
  • Secretary (2008-2009)
  • Executive Committee Member
  • Board Member (1997 – Present)

American Board of Trial Advocates

American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel

  • Fellow

The Melvin M. Belli Society
Palm Beach County Justice Association

  • President (2009)
  • Former Board Member

Palm Beach County Bar Association – North County Section

  • Past President
  • Former Board Member

American Association for Justice
International Academy of Trial Lawyers

  • Inducted in 2014

Palm Beach County Bar Association

  • Lecturer: “Significant Changes in Bad Faith Law,” The Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America National Interstate Trucking Super Summit (2017)
  • Lecturer: “Help Me Help You:  Don’t Let Your Handling of The Personal Injury Case Lose The Insurance Bad Faith Case,” Florida Justice Association Workhorse Seminar (2017)
  • Lecturer: “Recognizing and Preserving the Insurance Bad Faith Claim in Trucking Litigation,” APITLA National Interstate Trucking Super Summit (2016)
  • Lecturer: “The Current State of Florida Insurance Bad Faith Law,” Palm Beach County Justice Association (2016)
  • Lecturer: “Winning the Powell Bad Faith Case,” Florida Justice Association Workhorse Seminar (2016)
  • Lecturer: “Insurance bad faith in Interstate Trucking Cases,” Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America, National Trial Lawyers Summit (2016)
  • Workshop Leader: Al J. Cone Trial Advocacy Institute (2015)
  • Lecturer: “Applying Florida Bad Faith Law to Florida Accidents with Non-Florida Drivers Insured Outside the State of Florida,” Florida Justice Association Workhorse Seminar (2015)
  • Lecturer & Program Co-chair: “Bad Faith in Florida: the Past, the Present, and the Future,” Florida Justice Association Masters of Justice, Insurance Bad Faith (2014)
  • Lecturer & Workshop Leader: “Demonstration from the Plaintiff: Direct Examination of an Expert Witness,” Al J. Cone Trial Advocacy Institute (2014)
  • Lecturer: “Third Party Bad Faith Law and Strategy – The Four Most Important Things You Need to Know About First Party Bad Faith Law in the Handling/Litigation of Automobile Neck and Back Injury Cases,” Florida Justice Association Workhorse Seminar (2014)
  • Lecturer: “Creating the Proper ‘paper trail’ of the Settlement Opportunity(ies),” Florida Justice Association Masters of Justice, Insurance & Bad Faith Seminar (2013)
  • Lecturer: “Handling Cases in Light of the Recent Developments in Florida Bad Faith Law,” Florida Justice Association Annual Convention Advanced Trial Skills Seminar (2013)
  • Lecturer & Program Co-Chair: “The Future of Bad Faith in Florida,” Florida Justice Association Masters of Justice, Insurance & Bad Faith Seminar (2013)
  • Lecturer: “Steps You Can Take to Strengthen the Bad Faith Case,” Florida Justice Association Workhorse (2012)
  • Lecturer: “The Behind-the-Scenes Analysis of Goheagan,” Florida Justice Association Case Law Insider Call (2012)
  • Lecturer: “An Insurance Bad Faith Recap of 2011 and the Forecast for 2012,” Florida Justice Association Insurance Bad Faith (2012)
  • Panelist: “Bad Faith,” Manatee Trial Lawyers (2012)
  • Lecturer: “The Trial of the Bad Faith Case,” Florida Justice Association Annual Convention Trial Skills (2011)
  • Program Co-Chair: Florida Justice Association Annual Review (2011)
  • Lecturer: “Update, Overview, and Analysis of First Party Bad Faith Law,” Florida Justice Association Workhorse (2011)
  • Program Co-Chair: “Considerations in Handling the Underlying Tort Case,” Florida Justice Association Insurance (2010)
  • Lecturer: “Brainstorming on Bad Faith”?(Session Theme: Paradigms in Advocacy – Changing Times), Florida Justice Association Workhorse (2010)
  • Lecturer: “Necessary Steps Which Must be Taken by Trial Counsel in the Underlying Case in Order to Prevail in the Bad Faith Case – Third Party Bad Faith,” Florida Justice Association Workhorse (2008)
  • Lecturer: “Gauging the Complexities:? Multiple Claim Insurance Cases,” Florida Justice Association Insurance (2008)
  • Program Co-Chair: Florida Justice Association Annual Convention (2007)
  • Lecturer: “Nuts and Bolts of a Bad Faith Case,” Florida Justice Association Insurance Bad Faith (2007)
  • Program Chair: “New Horizons for Your Practice: Emerging Areas of Law Providing Opportunities for Firm Expansion,” Florida Justice Association (2007)
  • Lecturer: “Bad Faith: Getting to the Heart of the Matter at Mediation,” Florida Justice Association Mediation (2006)
  • Lecturer: “Tips for Proving the Bad Faith Case,” Florida Justice Association Insurance (2006)
  • Lecturer: “Recognizing and Preserving the Bad Faith Case,” Florida Justice Association Civil Litigation For Paralegals and Legal Assistants Seminar (2006)
  • Co-Lecturer: “Law 102: First Party, Third Party Practice,” Florida Justice Association Insurance Bad Faith Seminar (2005)
  • Medical Malpractice – “Dealing with the Medical Malpractice Bad Faith Law,” (2005)
  • Program chair: “A Comprehensive Review of the Theory and Practice of Insurance Bad Faith,” Florida Justice Association Insurance (2004)
  • Lecturer: “The Basics of Bad Faith”, Florida Justice Association Insurance (2003)
  • Lecturer: “Litigating Bad Faith Cases in the 21st Century,” Florida Justice Association Fall Convention (2003)
  • Lecturer: “Preserving a Bad Faith Claim in the Auto Case,” Florida Justice Association Auto Negligence (2003)
  • Program Co-Chair: Florida Justice Association Insurance (2001)
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2401 PGA BOULEVARD SUITE 140
PALM BEACH GARDENS
FL 33410
Phone: (561) 625-6260