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Protecting the Personal Interests of the South Florida Community

Justin D. Petrie brings his passion for helping South Florida residents, business owners, and their families to secure the best possible outcome for their insurance coverage needs to his everyday practice as a partner at Kandell & Kandell.

A native of the Adirondack Mountains in upstate New York, Justin attended the University of Rochester, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in physics while playing basketball for the NCAA Division III Yellowjackets. He then moved south and graduated from the University of Miami School of Law in 2010.

Justin helms the insurance law practice within Kandell & Kandell, overseeing all first-party dispute litigation from filing to trial, including coverage disputes, denied or underpaid homeowners and commercial property insurance claims, and statutory bad faith claims. He also handles hurricane, windstorm, and water damage claims and public adjusting for property damage claims.

Mr. Petrie began his career handling litigation related to denied and underpaid commercial and residential claims following Hurricane Wilma. His background in physics and knowledge of the construction field was then, and continues to be, particularly beneficial in establishing the scope and estimation of damages and in the evaluation and coordination of expert witnesses, which often requires a deft hand and prudent mind.

From private homeowners to local businesses, Justin’s clients appreciate his attentive service and determined advocacy as he works efficiently and skillfully to deliver each claim’s true value.

Over the past few years, Justin has quickly established himself as one of the top first-party insurance litigators in the state. He is an AV Preeminent attorney, the peer-reviewed rating bestowed by industry standard-bearer Martindale-Hubbell to lawyers who have achieved the highest levels of professional excellence. The accomplishment earned him a spot in American Law Media’s 2015 ranking of “South Florida’s Top-Rated Lawyers,” as well as being named to Super Lawyers’ Rising Stars 2016 list. He was the only South Florida attorney dedicated exclusively to insurance claims and insurance litigation to make these lists.

A baseball enthusiast, Justin spends his time outside his practice cheering on the Atlanta Braves, keeping physically active playing in the AUBL Miami league,, and enjoying the beautiful South Florida outdoors.

Areas of Practice:

  • Commercial Insurance Claims/Disputes
  • Insurance Coverage Disputes
  • Bad Faith Claims Handling
  • Condominium Insurance Claims
  • Commercial Litigation
  • New Claim Presentation/Adjustment
  • Denied Insurance Claims
  • Underpaid Insurance Claims
  • Business Interruption
  • Business Income Loss
  • Homeowner’s Insurance Claims/Disputes
  • Commercial Insurance Claims/Disputes
  • Hurricane/Windstorm/Weather-Related Insurance Claims

Florida, 2010
U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida, 2010

University of Rochester, 2007
University of Miami School of Law, 2010