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Maidenly's Credentials & Background
Maidenly (May) is an accomplished trial attorney with more than twenty-five years of experience in Florida state and federal courts. Her primary practice areas are complex commercial litigation, personal injury, intellectual property, corporate transactional matters and outside general counsel services.
May represents individuals, small businesses and large corporations in high-stakes disputes, including shareholder actions, business theft, investment fraud, real property and probate litigation. May was instrumental in securing multi-million dollar recoveries on behalf of a local entrepreneur in a home-sharing platform startup and a business investor in the medical receivables financing industry in their respective business disputes against their former business partners, and, most recently, on behalf of a trustee in a trust dispute involving undue influence and assets valued in excess of $100 million.
May also has extensive appellate experience with more than thirty reported appellate opinions. She is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil Mediator.
- Obtained $4,000,000 jury verdict in favor of German product distributor against a manufacturer’s local agent in breach of contract dispute.
- Obtained jury verdict on full contract damages and statutory attorney’s fees (affirmed on appeal) on behalf of an interior design firm under Florida Deceptive & Unfair Trade Practices Act (FDUTPA).
- Negotiated settlement of multi-million-dollar dispute between minority shareholder and majority Brazilian corporate investor involving U.S. based manufacturer of dental chairs and equipment.
- Forced dismissal of Civil RICO claims in defense of principals of national telephone call center in invasion of privacy suit.
- Reversed summary judgment awarding multi-million-dollar trust assets to the estate of settlor’s deceased wife. Darian v. Weymouth, 76 So. 3d. 15 (Fla. 4th DCA 2011).
- Reversed court order approving receiver’s sale of hotel property during pendency of foreclosure action. Shubh Hotels Boca, LLC v. FDIC, 46 So. 3d 163 (Fla. 4th DCA 2010).
- Forced settlement for full policy limits on behalf of Broward County homeowners for sinkhole losses following first party insurer bad faith.
Prior to joining Davis Goldman, May was a shareholder in a Ft. Lauderdale boutique litigation firm. She focused on commercial litigation for and against large international corporations, hoteliers, product manufacturers, commercial landlords and financial institutions. May graduated from the University of Florida (B.S. Journalism) and cum laude from the University of Miami School of Law (J.D.). She is also fluent in Spanish.
University of Miami School of Law, Coral Gables, FL
- Juris Doctor, May 1993, cum laude
University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
- College of Journalism & Communications
- Bachelor of Science in Journalism, June 1988
- American Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section, Member
- ADR Practice Management, Business & Skills Development Committee, Member
- Association of South Florida Mediators & Arbitrators, Member
- Florida Association of Women Lawyers, Member
- Broward County Women Lawyers’ Association, Member