Stephen Hauptman

Special Counsel

Ft Lauderdale Office
T: 949.300.2708


Stephen Hauptman is deeply committed to representing property owners, dedicating over two decades of his legal career to this pursuit. With a track record of recovering more than $50 million for community associations and other owners struggling with construction defects, Mr. Hauptman cares about his clients and possesses the expertise to resolve their claims swiftly and effectively.

Specializing exclusively in handling large, complex construction defect cases, he brings extensive experience in both prosecuting and formerly defending such matters. Moreover, Mr. Hauptman excels in navigating complex insurance issues, having successfully prosecuted numerous cases against insurance companies directly to secure benefits and damages for bad faith.

Licensed to practice law in Florida, California, and New York, Mr. Hauptman received his undergraduate degree from Duke University before earning his law degree with honors from the University of Miami School of Law, where he was also an esteemed member of the University of Miami Law Review.


  • J.D., 2002, University of Miami School of Law, cum laude
  • B.A., 1999, Duke University


  • Florida
  • California
  • New York

    Kelly Corcoran is an insurance coverage attorney focused on resolving complex insurance coverage disputes on behalf of individual and corporate policyholders in their pursuit to recover claims. He has significant experience in handling construction defect coverage issues involving commercial and residential buildings including apartment complexes, condominiums, and single-family homes, as well as other coverage issues involving personal injury and property damage claims. Mr. Corcoran was selected to the Florida Rising Stars list, published in Super Lawyers Magazine, 2016-2018. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor.

    Before joining Ball Janik LLP, Mr. Corcoran served as coverage counsel for several national insurers, in which he gained invaluable experience in understanding how insurance companies defend themselves in legal battles with claimants and policyholders. His experience includes litigating disputes arising under commercial, homeowners, automobile and general liability policies.

    Mr. Corcoran has been involved with coverage issues ranging from improperly installed roofs, fire sprinkler systems, curtain wall systems, and post-tension cables to large multi-district litigation involving Chinese drywall and FEMA Formaldehyde Travel Trailers. Mr. Corcoran is well-versed in primary and excess insurance policies, policy interpretations, as well as insurance policies covering subcontractors and additional insureds. He has numerous published opinions in the areas of tort and insurance law, including Claudio v. Regaldo, 116 So.3d 451 (Fla. 2d DCA 2013).

    Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Corcoran was a partner in the second oldest law firm in Florida, Walton Lantaff Schroeder & Carson LLP. On a personal note, Mr. Corcoran enjoys spending his free time with his wife, daughter, son, and two dogs.