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Matthew R. Danahy

Matt is an “AV” rated, double board certified trial lawyer, with over thirty (30) years’ experience, who exclusively represents Florida Insureds who have been denied or underpaid insurance benefits.

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Matthew Reed Danahy (Matt) was born and raised in Tampa. He 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’s practice involved defending coverage disputes, property insurance claims, and suits involving medical malpractice, maritime law, product liability, premises liability, automobile negligence, including cases involving serious personal injury and wrongful death. His practice also involved the defense of insurance carriers for improper claims handling (bad faith).

In 2001 Matt changed the direction of his practice. Since that time he has exclusively represented insured individuals, corporations, condominiums 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 represents Florida insured’s involved in disputes against their insurers in State and Federal Courts. These include property damage claims of every type, health, life and disability claims, and coverage denials. The firm also handles resulting bad faith claims which may result from all of these.

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 also 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. Since 2007, he has consistently been honored by the Florida Super Lawyers publication (www.superlawyers.com/florida), as a specialist in insurance coverage. He has also been selected by his peers as one of the Florida Legal Elite (Florida Trend magazine) and Best Lawyers (www.bestlawyers.com) in the field of insurance.

The Windstorm Insurance Network 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 Certified by the Florida Supreme Court as a 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.


  • Civil Trial, Florida Bar
  • Civil Trial Advocate, National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • Pre-Trial Advocate, National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • Umpire, Windstorm Insurance Network
  • Circuit Court Mediator, Florida Bar
  • County Court Mediator, 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


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