About Matthew Scarborough
Matthew C. Scarborough is the managing partner of Scarborough Attorneys At Law which he has operated since its inception in 2001. Mr. Scarborough has exclusively practiced in the Insurance Defense arena for the past 23 years since being admitted to the Florida Bar in 1992. He is a graduate of Stetson University (B.B.A. Marketing, 1989) and the University Of Miami School Of Law (J.D. 1992). Mr. Scarborough is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell and is a member of DRI as well as the Florida Defense Lawyers Association. Mr. Scarborough’s practice areas include automobile defense, premises liability, insurance coverage, property insurance defense, bad faith and construction defect litigation. In addition to being licensed to practice law in Florida, Mr. Scarborough is a member in good standing in the Middle District and Southern District Federal Courts and has argued cases in Florida State Appellate courts and in front of the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Mr. Scarborough tries cases throughout the State of Florida and is a graduate of the International Association of Defense Counsel Trial Academy. Mr. Scarborough is co-chair of the Council for Litigation Management’s Attorney Membership & Circle of Excellence Committee.
Mr. Scarborough has institutionalized and argued several cutting edge Third Party Liability developments. Early in his career he assisted Allstate Insurance Company in developing the M.I.S.T. (Minimal Impact Soft Tissue) designation and trial strategy which has been widely successful and adopted by various insurers. On premises liability matters the Second District Court of Appeals upheld Mr. Scarborough’s argument that a landlord/owner of property cannot be responsible for a tenant’s dangerous dog and resulting bodily injury. See Hoedt v. Tien, 799 So. 2d 1038 (Fla. App. 2 District 2001).
Mr. Scarborough also in a case of first impression created the Second District Court of Appeal’s outline for Motions to Dismiss for Fraud in the Morgan v. Campbell, 816 So. 2d 251 (Fla. App 2 Dist. 2002) decision. Mr. Scarborough and the firm followed up that opinion with multiple trial orders as well as the recent Fifth District Court of Appeals decision in Perrine v. Henderson, 85 So. 3d 1210 (Fla. App 5 Dist. 2012).
Finally, Mr. Scarborough has actively litigated declaratory judgment actions for insurers resulting in multiple summary judgment orders affording no coverage based upon insurance language such as the “assault and battery”; “dog bite”; “intentional act”; “completed products operations”; and the “pollution” exclusions. Mr. Scarborough set the landmark pollution exclusion precedent in the Eleventh Federal Circuit Court opinion of Auto Owners v. City of Tampa Housing Authority, 14 Fla. Weekly, Fed. C 14, C.A. 11 (Fla.), November 1, 2000.