Love your lawyer
We love the law…
and here’s why our clients love us. First, we’re passionate about their rights. Second, we don’t base our relationships on billable hours. We’re fair and up-front. Third, we understand the importance of close communication. When clients face a legal issue, they want an attorney they can call at any time. That’s us.
We even give each client a Private Portal online, where they can check the status of their case 24/7.
Right away, we want you to feel welcome and at ease. We’re not at all intimidating—unless it’s in court or the other side of a negotiating table. Then we’re fierce about protecting your interests.
Your legal representation is one of the most meaningful relationships you can have. Shouldn’t you Love Your Lawyer?
The mission of Carabotta | Steakley is
to be a force for positive change
in the practice of the law,
dedicated to integrity, transparency, swift, incisive representation, and one-hundred-percent client satisfaction.
Why We’re Different
We’re fair about fees.
Some firms live or die by billable hours. We don’t. We pride ourselves on providing our clients exceptional “big firm” results for a reasonable “small firm” price.
We’re flexible. Your fee arrangement will depend on the amount of help you need—and we’ll review it with you periodically to make sure it’s a fair assessment of the work required.
That’s another reason why you’ll love your lawyer: You’ll have a clear understanding of the value we deliver on your behalf.
The billing models we offer for specific types of litigation include, but are not limited to:
You may prefer a fixed monthly fee that covers all the work we do for you, or a retainer for specific aspects of the assignment, including litigation. A fixed retainer helps you budget. Since there are usually times of high or low activity, a fixed retainer helps even out the differences. Rest assured: we’ll review the retainer with you regularly to make sure it reflects the amount of work done.
Contingent Fee Agreements
With this arrangement, we take no money from you until we win. We’ll earn a fixed percentage of the amount we recover for you. The percentage will depend on a number of factors, including the amount you stand to win and strength of your case.
Reasonable Hourly Rates
We base our hourly rates on the type of work you need. You’ll find them competitive with other law firms of our size and experience. The key word here is reasonable: We want you to be able to afford the expert help you need.
Should you give us all your legal work, we can arrive at a fixed monthly fee that will cover it. A portfolio fee arrangement gives you a predictable budget for our services, and you’ll know it up front.
Creative Flat Fee Arrangements
Depending upon the complexity of your work and the resources needed, we can work out a flexible payment arrangement. It may include one or more of the flat fee options we’ve described. Our goal will be to arrive at a fee structure that delivers value to you and covers the specific needs of your case.
who we are
Attorney | Partner
“The law is a thinking profession. Everyone operates from the same framework, but what’s accomplished on your behalf is entirely the product of your attorney’s wits, ingenuity, and experience. For nearly 20 years, I’ve been involved in thousands of cases, and have delivered extraordinary results. I would be honored to put that experience to work for you.”
Read more about Jill.
Jill Carabotta knows no limits when representing her clients’ interests. She has extensive experience managing high-volume firms while delivering unbelievable results:
As General Counsel for Windhaven Insurance Company (2014 – 2018), she was responsible for providing legal recommendations for all business, acquisitions, employee relations, real estate and other Company needs. She managed the entire Windhaven Legal Operation, including an in-house law firm of 75+ employees, and outside counsel.
In her first year, Jill increased the firm’s wins by 30%, reduced average expense payments by 12%, and reduced outside counsel expenses by 50%. By her third year, Jill and her team had delivered a 110% increase in win rate overall and a 68% decrease in average expense payments.
Prior to Windhaven, Jill was with Florida-based United Automobile Insurance Company and served as their Executive Vice President of Legal for eight years. During her tenure as EVP, she managed an in-house law firm of 100+ employees with responsibilities including recruiting, hiring, training, strategic development, and all aspects of litigation and case handling.
With Jill’s leadership, strategy development and process implementation, United’s in-house firm was and continues to be recognized as one of the best in the industry. Prior to serving as EVP, Jill was Trial Counsel for United Automobile (2000 – 2001), Quality Control Supervisor (2003 – 2005) and Litigation Manager (2005-2006).
From 2001 to 2003, Jill practiced maritime and insurance law with Kaye, Rose & Maltzman in Miami, Florida, representing major cruise lines and marine insurers in multi-million dollar personal injury litigation in both State and Federal Court.
Jill is a member of the Florida Bar and the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science with a Minor in Paralegal Studies from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida.
Jill is excited to begin representing YOUR interests while knowing no limits and providing YOU unbelievable results!
Attorney | Partner
“My goal is to do more than represent my clients… it is to empower them. I used to say that the law is my passion, but my true passion is the connection I have with my clients. That’s what drives and motivates me. At the end of the day, it’s about working alongside people I enjoy and going home each day knowing that I delivered what I promised… The best outcome possible.”
Read more about Susan.
In practice for 20 years, Susan was a former prosecutor and public defender before concentrating on civil matters. Her current practice focuses primarily on insurance litigation with an emphasis on coverage disputes. She has an extensive litigation background including personal injury and property damage disputes, breach of contract and workers compensation claims. Susan has an insatiable thirst for success and client satisfaction and is eager to put her experience to work for you.
Raised in Heidelberg Germany, Susan moved to the United States to attend college where she earned a dual degree in Psychology and Anthropology from the University of South Florida, and then her J.D. from Nova University. Raised in a military family, Susan has always felt a strong desire to serve her community, which is evidenced by her commitments as a prosecutor and public defender. Following that same desire, Susan became a foster parent. This experience led her to join Florida’s Department of Children and Families as a Senior Trial Attorney, prosecuting child abuse and termination of parental rights cases.
After serving the State of Florida for many rewarding years, Susan made the move to civil trial practice. She worked for a statewide insurance defense firm specializing in Workers Compensation defense, and within a few short years rose to the position of Managing Attorney of the Miami office. Susan also worked for United Automobile Insurance Company as a trial attorney, and most recently, Windhaven Insurance Company as its Litigation Manager. At Windhaven, Susan supervised over 25 attorneys and 50 staff members and was responsible for 10,000+ cases from inception through trial. She was instrumental in increasing the company’s win rate by 110% during her tenure.
Susan is a member of the Florida Bar and the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida. She is married with two beautiful kids and resides in Bay Harbor Islands, Florida.
I worked with Jill for a short time but spent 30 plus years in Claims Leadership and Jill’s experience and dedication to objective outcomes in Litigation is astonishing. Her understanding of Florida Law and experience in the Florida judicial system allows clients to rest easier when Jill has the case.Jerry Morris
As the former Director of Claims for TX, AR and MS for United Auto Insurance, I know Jill did a great job for them. Put your confidence here!Fred Harvey
I worked with Jill for over 10 years and she is the bomb when it comes to litigation. I highly recommend her she is very motivated, great atty. and hard worker.Blanca Aparicio