Stephen G. Mellor is a partner in the Deerfield Beach office of Roig Lawyers.
He joined the firm in 2008 and concentrates his practice in PIP/No-Fault litigation, bodily injury and premises liability. Stephen is experienced in the interpretation of out-of-state insurance contracts, including the application of Canadian and other substantive state law to Florida insurance claims. He also handles complex cases involving admiralty and maritime issues.
Stephen’s handling of out-of-state policy cases includes medical providers requesting First Party Benefits for services rendered to patients who were involved in automobile related accidents and who have been treated in Florida. Often medical providers attempt to have Florida law apply to the out-of-state policy.
Stephen has been successful in regularly persuading the Courts (in Doctrine of Lex Loci Contractus or “Choice of Law” provisions) that the law of the jurisdiction, where the contract was executed, governs the rights and liabilities of the parties in determining an issue of insurance coverage. As such, he has used his knowledge in studying the various No-Fault statutes throughout the United States to successfully defend these cases. Stephen has also provided consultation on defending cases in other States where lawsuits were filed and Florida No-Fault law was being applied.
Prior to becoming an attorney, Stephen built a successful career as a business executive where he served as a regional general manager for Colombian Emeralds International, a large Caribbean-based jewelry retailer while living in the Bahamas, Bermuda and the Cayman Islands.
Experienced in real estate management, he was President of a land development and real estate company in Freeport, Bahamas. In this capacity, he acted as legal liaison and risk manager for many real estate transactions.
Stephen gained an introduction to insurance defense law while working as an associate with Rudd & Diamond, P.A. prior to joining Roig Lawyers.
He is a native of Freeport, Grand Bahama, Bahamas.
- Northwood Sports Medicine and Physical Rehab. (James Krumenacker) v. State Farm Mutual Automobile Ins. Co.; County Court of Palm Beach County, Order Granting Defendant’s Motion for Summary Judgment entered by Honorable Reginald L. Corlew; September 16, 2011. “Exhaustion.” Defendant insurer’s Motion for Final Summary Judgment granted based on exhaustion of benefits pre-suit and finding that State Farm did not act in bad faith. The Court held that State Farm was not required to set aside a reserve fund for services that are denied or reduced as it would be unreasonable and detrimental to the insured.
- Hallandale Beach Orthopedics, Inc. (Monette Bonhomme) v. State Farm Mutual Automobile Ins. Co.; County Court of Broward County; Final Judgment for the Defendant entered by Honorable Linda Pratt; August 4, 2011; “MRI Re-read.” Hallandale Beach Ortho. submitted bills to State Farm for the re-reading of two MRI scans. State Farm had previously paid the technical and professional component of these MRIs to another provider. State Farm argued that it was not responsible for the re-read having already paid, and that the readings (CPT 72141 and 72148) were unbundled from the more comprehensive evaluation code of CPT 99244 and should not be paid separately. State Farm relied on the No Fault statute itself which provides that insurers are not required to pay for unbundled services, and the Physician’s Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) book which is referenced in F.S. 627.736(5), and which provides that review of diagnostic tests is included in CPT 99244 as part of the complexity of medical decision making. State Farm submitted an affidavit of coding expert, Connie Coleman in support of its position. The Plaintiff failed to produce counter evidence on the issue of coding and argued expert testimony was not warranted. The Court agreed with State Farm’s reliance on the CPT book and agreed the re-read was included in the evaluation code and Plaintiff had unbundled the charges. Final Summary Judgment entered in favor of State Farm. This Summary Judgment was affirmed on Plaintiff’s appeal by the Circuit Court sitting in its Appellate Capacity.
- North Lauderdale Chiropractic Center, Inc. (Carline Simon) v. State Farm Fire and Casualty Company; County Court of Broward County; Final Judgment for the Defendant entered by Honorable Robert W. Lee; June 7, 2011; “Demand Letter.” Defendant’s Motion for Final Summary Judgment was granted because the Plaintiff’s pre-suit demand letter included a service (CPT 99215 for $300.00) which was not received during the claims handling process and prior to receipt of the pre-suit demand letter. State Farm advised the Plaintiff of this issue before it filed suit and a new demand letter was not sent. Plaintiff filed suit and Defendant moved for summary judgment on the grounds that the Plaintiff failed to strictly adhere to the requirements of F.S. 627.736 (10) and did not seek or specify the exact amount due. The Court agreed and held the Plaintiff failed to meet a necessary condition precedent to suit and granted State Farm’s Motion for Final Summary Judgment.
- Gary Simmons v. M/V Lady Katherine, et al , U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida. “Admiralty/ Maritime Salvage Lien”. Stephen was successful in negotiating a substantial settlement for the Plaintiff, Gary Simmons who was a professional salvage master who had rescued a luxury yacht from sinking after it had run aground of Freeport, Bahamas. Filing both an “in rem” action against the vessel and an “in personam” action against the owners of the vessel, this case was vigorously litigated in both the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi before being settled.
- Partner Stephen Mellor Wins Summary Judgment for State Farm
December 19, 2016
- Stephen Mellor Wins Summary Judgment On Behalf Of State Farm
May 9, 2016
- ROIG Partner Gets Two Suits Voluntarily Dismissed For State Farm One Day Before Trial
April 19, 2016
- Roig Lawyers Litigation Partner Wins Judgment for Defendant
December 10, 2014
- Roig Lawyers Obtains Judgment on Behalf of Client
September 16, 2011
- Stephen G. Mellor Secures Defense Judgment
August 4, 2011
- Roig Lawyers Secures Summary Judgment
June 7, 2011
News & Events
- Roig Lawyers Sponsors and Presents at the 2018 Florida Insurance Fraud Education Committee Conference
April 6, 2018
- Relocation For Military Personnel Might Be An Order, But What About Vehicle Registration and Insurance?
June 22, 2017
- Twelve ROIG Lawyers Attorneys Recognized as 2017 Florida Super Lawyers and Rising Stars
June 8, 2017
- ROIG Lawyers Sponsors the BCBA YLS Judicial Reception
May 10, 2017
- Sunny South Florida, Out-of-State College Students and the question of Vehicle Insurance Coverage
March 29, 2017
- ROIG Lawyers Partners Stephen G. Mellor and Miguel R. Roura Present Out of State Policy Handling CE Course to National Insurance Carrier
March 17, 2017
- Will You Have Coverage When You Cross The Line?
March 1, 2017
- ROIG Lawyers Deerfield Beach Partner Achieves the AV Preeminent® Rating from Martindale-Hubbell®
September 12, 2016
- Eleven ROIG Lawyers Attorneys Recognized as 2016 Florida Super Lawyers and Rising Stars
June 22, 2016
- Roig Lawyers Partner Speaks at Nova Southeastern University (NSU) Law Center Plus Seminar Series
January 20, 2016
- Roig Lawyers Partner Participates in Nova Southeastern University (NSU), Shepard Broad Law Center Mentoring Program
October 19, 2015
- Eight Roig Lawyers Attorneys Recognized as 2015 Florida Super Lawyers and Rising Stars
June 11, 2015
- Roig Lawyers Announces Five Attorney Promotions to Partners in their Deerfield Beach and Orlando Offices
June 18, 2014
- ROIG Lawyers Partner Featured in Bahamian Publications
July 21, 2016
- Roig Lawyer Attorneys featured in The Florida Bar News Sections: On the Move/ News & Notes
February 23, 2016
- Stephen G. Mellor Featured in the Boca Chamber's Online News Section
January 26, 2016
- Roig Lawyers Attorneys Featured in The Florida Bar News: On the Move/ News & Notes
December 14, 2015
- Stephen G. Mellor Featured in Bahamian Newspaper, The Punch, Article “Grand Bahamian Rated as Florida Super Lawyer”
July 6, 2015
- Stephen G. Mellor Featured in The Freeport News, Article “Grand Bahamian Rated as Florida Super Lawyer”
July 6, 2015
- Broward County Bar Association YLS Judicial Reception
May 17, 2017
- Out of State Policy Handling and Defense Strategies CE Course
March 17, 2017
- Out of State Policy Handling and Defense Strategies CE Course
March 10, 2017
- ROIG Lawyers Attorneys Presents on "Out of State Policy Handling and Defense Strategies"
June 10, 2016
- ROIG Lawyers Attorneys Present CE to Liberty Mutual
April 26, 2016
- Nova Southeastern University (NSU) College of Law: Law Center Plus Seminar Series
January 22, 2016
Presenter, "Will You Have Coverage If You Cross The Line? Out of State Policy Defense Strategies," 26th Annual Florida Insurance Fraud Education Committee (FIFEC), June 2018
Presenter, "Out of State Policy Handling and Defense Strategies," Safeco, June 2016
Presenter, "Out of State Policy-Handling and Defense Strategies," Liberty Mutual, April 2016
Speaker, Nova Southeastern University (NSU) College of Law- Law Center Plus Seminar Series on The Balancing Act: Managing Work & Life in a 24/7/365 world, January 2015