Mr. Beecher graduated from Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1999 with a B.S. in International Studies with a concentration in German. During his college years, he was a member of Drexel’s Honors Program and participated in a study abroad program in Bonn, Germany which included an internship with the German Defense Ministry. Mr. Beecher also completed a Navy ROTC Scholarship program through the University of Pennsylvania, and upon completion received a commission as an officer in the U.S. Naval Reserves.
Mr. Beecher obtained his Juris Doctor from Stetson University College of Law in 2006, and an L.L.M. in Intellectual Property and Information Law from the University of Houston in 2008. Mr. Beecher was selected for inclusion in Who’s Who Among American Universities and Colleges and received two certificates for achieving the highest grades in law school courses.
Upon graduation from college, Mr. Beecher began his military career on assignment to the U.S. Mission to Germany, during which he assisted in the transition of the U.S. Embassy’s relocation from Bonn to Berlin. He served his first tour of duty in Mayport, Florida as an engineering officer and the ship’s legal officer, in which capacity he assisted the Commanding Officer in the prosecution of non-judicial punishments and administrative separations. It was during this tour that Mr. Beecher became involved with the U.S. and allied forces’ response to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Mr. Beecher served his second tour of duty in Gaeta, Italy as an assistant operations officer for a command ship which controlled operations for all U.S. naval forces in the Europe-Mediterranean Sea region. While there, Mr. Beecher also participated in the opening operations of the 2003 Iraq War. Mr. Beecher received an honorable discharge from the Navy as a Lieutenant and in his military career received numerous medals and commendations, among them a two-time recipient of the Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medal.
Mr. Beecher has a wide range of litigation experience in first-party and third-party coverage and liability defense matters, and has handled matters in over 35 Florida counties. Specific to first-party matters, He has participated in the aggressive defense of insurers in state and federal court in claims involving:
and various other first-party coverage matters – often litigating against the best policyholder’s advocates in Florida. Mr. Beecher has handled first-party claims from inception through completion to include examinations under oath; mediations; dispositive motion practice, and pre-trial/trial litigation. He also prepares coverage opinions based upon his investigations.
Mr. Beecher also provides aggressive defense to policyholders in third-party liability claims involving dram shop liability, automobile and trucking liability, bodily injury, premises liability, negligent security, employment and discrimination claims, landlord/tenant disputes, municipal liability, and professional liability. Where the existence of coverage is at issue, Mr. Beecher has also analyzed liability claims and insurance policies to provide coverage opinions on an insurer’s duty to defend and indemnify insureds. Mr. Beecher brings a strong motion practice and has successfully obtained involuntary case dismissals and summary judgment in both state and federal court, and has helped to preserve issues for appeal at trial.
Mr. Beecher provides consultation to insurers and policyholders alike to improve claims handling and business practices, and has assisted in various continuing learning education presentations. He has been selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers as a Rising Star as well as National Trial Lawyers’ Top 100.