Maidenly Macaluso
Partner

May focuses primarily on complex commercial litigation, personal injury, intellectual property, corporate transactional matters, and outside general counsel services.  Prior to joining Davis Goldman, May was a shareholder in a boutique litigation firm in Ft. Lauderdale, FL where she focused on high-stakes commercial litigation for and against large international corporations, product manufacturers, and financial institutions. May has extensive trial and appellate experience in Florida state and federal courts, with more than thirty reported appellate opinions. She is also a Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil Mediator. May is a graduate of the University of Florida (B.S.) and the University of Miami School of Law (J.D.), cum laude.

Representative Matters

  • 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.

Professional & Community Activities

  • American Bar Association
    • Member 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
Maidenly Macaluso Davis Goldman

Education

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

Bar Admissions

  • Florida Bar
  • 11th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. Court of Claims
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Florida
  • United States District Courts: Southern and Middle Districts of Florida

Business Background

Prior to joining Davis Goldman, PLLC, May was a shareholder in a boutique litigation firm in Ft. Lauderdale, FL where she focused on high-stakes commercial litigation for and against large international corporations, product manufacturers, and financial institutions. She is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil Mediator.

Ms. Macaluso is fluent in Spanish.