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Matthew R. Danahy

Following his admission to the Florida Bar, Matt practiced for fifteen (15) years in the field of Insurance Defense litigation, including coverage disputes. His practice also includes defending claims for medical malpractice, maritime law, product liability, premises liability, and automobile negligence as well as cases involving serious personal injury and wrongful death.

Matthew R. Danahy

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Matthew Reed Danahy (Matt) is a native Floridian. He was born and raised in Tampa. Matt earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from The University of Florida and his law degree from Stetson University College of Law.

Following his admission to the Florida Bar in 1986, Matt practiced in the field of Insurance Defense litigation, where his practice involved defending coverage disputes, property insurance claims, medical malpractice, maritime law, product liability, premises liability, automobile negligence, as well as cases involving serious personal injury and wrongful death. His practice also involved the defense of claims for improper claims handling (bad faith).

In 2001 Matt changed the direction of his practice. Since that time he has exclusively represented insured individuals, business corporations and homeowners associations who are denied or underpaid insurance benefits by their insurance carrier.

In 2004, Matt formed the firm of Danahy & Murray. The Firm exclusively represents Florida insured’s involved in disputes against their insurers. These include property damage claims of every type, health, life and disability claims, denials of coverage. The firm also handles resulting bad faith claims.

Matt is rated “AV” by the Martindale-Hubbell legal rating service – signifying the highest level of professional excellence. He is triple board certified: He is Board Certified in Civil Trial Law by the Florida Bar (a distinction enjoyed by only 7% of lawyers admitted to the Florida Bar) he is Board Certified as a Civil Trial Advocate and as a pre-trial advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy.

Matt is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum Membership (www.milliondollaradvocates.com), which is limited to attorneys who have won cases in excess of a million dollars. For ten (10) years in a row, he has been honored by the Florida Super Lawyers publication (www.superlawyers.com/florida), (2007 through 2017) as a specialist in insurance coverage. He has also been selected by his peers as one of the Florida Legal Elite (Florida Trend magazine) in the field of insurance.

The Windstorm Insurance Network has Certified Matt as an umpire, and he has served as both an umpire and an appraiser under the appraisal provisions found in most property insurance policies. He is also a Certified Circuit and County Court Mediator.

Matt regularly speaks before professional associations and groups such as the Windstorm Insurance Network and the Florida Association of Public Insurance Adjusters. In addition, he has made numerous media appearances to discuss first party insurance claims and insurance issues. Matt is married and has two children.

Certification

  • Civil Trial, Florida Bar

Bar Admissions

  • Florida (1986)
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court South District of Florida
  • U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals – Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Education

  • University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida
    • Degree: Bachelor of Arts
  • St. Edmund Hall, Oxford University, Oxford, England
    • Accredited Program in Law
  • Stetson University College of Law, Gulfport, Florida
    • Degree: Juris Doctor