Matthew R. Danahy
Matthew Reed Danahy
(Matt) is a native of Tampa, Florida.
He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from The University of Florida in 1983.
He subsequently attended Stetson University College of Law, and earned a Juris Doctor in 1986.
admission to the Florida Bar
practiced for fifteen (15) years in the field of Insurance Defense litigation, including coverage disputes.
practice also include 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.
In addition, he
defended cases involving first party insurance matters including personal injury protection claims (P.I.P.), uninsured motorist claims (U.M.), property insurance claims, as well as resulting claims for improper claims handling (bad faith).
In 2001 Matt
changed the direction of his
Since that time he
has exclusively represented insured individuals, businesses and homeowners associations who are denied or underpaid insurance benefits, or otherwise mistreated, by their insurance carrier in connection with an insurance claim.
In 2004, together with David C. Murray, Matt formed the firm of Danahy & Murray, P.A.
is rated "AV" by the Martindale-Hubbell legal rating service - signifying the highest level of professional excellence.
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) and he is Board Certified as a Civil 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.
has been honored by the Florida Super Lawyers publication (www.superlawyers.com/florida), each year from 2007 through 2014 as a specialist in insurance coverage.
has also been selected by his
peers as one of the Florida Legal Elite for the years 2011 and 2012 (Florida Trend magazine) in the field of insurance.
Matt's practice includes handling appeals as necessary to protect and advance his
has handled in excess of sixty (60) appeals and has appeared in all five (5) Florida Appellate Districts, the Florida Supreme Court
, and the Federal 11th Circuit Court of Appeal.
has dozens of reported decisions.
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.
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.
Representative Reported Cases: Paxton v Great American Ins.
Company , 2009 WL 5064054( S.D. Fla.); Paxton v Great American Ins.
Company, 650 F. Supp 2d 1208(S.D. Fla. 2009); Jackson v. Metropolitan Property and Casualty Insurance Co.
, 2007 W.L.2936213 (M.D. Fla.); 2008 W.L.58953 (M.D. Fla.); 2009 W.L.1456439 (M.D. Fla.); Goff v. State Farm Florida Insurance Co., 999 So.2d 684 (Fla 2nd DCA 2009); Wilson v. Federated Nat.
, 969 So.2d 1133, (Fla.App. 2 Dist.
2007); Burnett v. Clarendon Select Ins.
Co., 920 So.2d 188, (Fla.App. 2 Dist.
2006); Widdows v. State Farm Florida Ins.
Co., 920 So.2d 149, (Fla.App. 5 Dist.