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Daniel McDermott is an associate at Adrian Philip Thomas, P.A., where he concentrates on estate, trust, and probate litigation. Mr. McDermott is a South Florida native who grew up in Davie, Florida. Prior to attending law school, Mr. McDermott worked for ten years with Florida small businesses. Mr. McDermott worked for three years with Skagseth-­Bryant and during his time with the company managed its office coffee division. In 2004, Mr. McDermott relocated to Orlando, Florida, and began working at Fresh Brew Innovations, a family-owned specialty beverage wholesaler. Mr. McDermott served in various management roles during his tenure with Fresh Brew, ultimately promoting to Director of Business Development. Mr. McDermott’s extensive management experience with Florida small businesses has given him a great deal of knowledge and insight into the economics and operations of small businesses. While working at Fresh Brew, Mr. McDermott also attended evening classes at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, where he ultimately earned his B.A. in Economics with a Minor in Business Management. In 2011 Mr. McDermott returned to South Florida to attend the University of Miami School of Law. Following his first year at the University of Miami, Mr. McDermott completed a summer externship with the Honorable Spencer D. Levine of the Florida Fourth District Court of Appeal. During his externship, Mr. McDermott was able to refine his research and writing skills while working on a wide variety cases sounding in Florida law. After graduating from the University of Miami School of Law, Mr. McDermott was asked to address the Florida Third District Court of Appeal on behalf of the newly admitted attorneys at the May of 2014 Ceremonies for the Induction of Candidates for Admission to the Florida Bar, based on his outstanding performance on the Florida Bar Examination. Prior to join Adrian Philip Thomas, P.A., Mr. McDermott practiced at a boutique probate litigation firm in North Miami, where he focused his practice on contested probate litigation. Mr. McDermott has successfully litigated multiple cases involving undue influence, lack of capacity, tortious interference with an expected inheritance, and statutory civil theft in state and federal courts. In September of 2014, Mr. McDermott successfully defended a trustee accused of undue influence and procuring estate planning documents while the testator lacked capacity during a nine day non-jury trial in Miami-Dade County Probate Court. In April of 2015 Mr. McDermott joined Adrian Philip Thomas, P.A., where his practice is dedicated to exclusively to estate, trust, and probate litigation.


Education

  • University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida Juris Doctor, Magna Cum Laude, School of Law, 2013
  • Rollins College, Winter Park, Florida B.A., Cum Laude, Economics & Business Management, 2009

Bar Admissions

  • Florida, 2014
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida, 2014

Professional Memberships

  • The Florida Bar
  • The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division
  • Young Lawyers Committee, Defense Research Institute

Honors

  • Rollins College:
    • President’s List Spring 2008
    • Dean’s List, Spring 2009
    • President’s List August 2009
  • University of Miami School of Law:
    • Inter-­American Law Review, Articles and Comments Editor
    • Charles C. Papy, Jr. Moot Court Board, Board Member
    • Dean’s List Spring 2012, Fall 2012, and Spring 2013.
    • Dean’s Certificate of Achievement in Federal Income Tax (highest grade), Fall 2012
    • Dean’s Certificate of Achievement in Mediation Workshop (highest grade), Fall 2012
    • The CALI Excellence for the Future Award, Criminal Litigation Workshop, Spring 2013
    • The CALI Excellence for the Future Award, Business Litigation, Fall 2013
    • Litigation Skills-­Pre-­Trial Course Honors
    • Semi-­Finalist, John T. Gaubatz Moot Court Competition
    • 2012-­2013 Grey Quill Award Recipient (Inter-­American Law Review award for outstanding writing)
    • Zarco, Einhorn, Salkowski & Brito, P.A. Scholarship recipient for the 2013-­2014 academic year
    • University of Miami Merit Scholarship recipient from 2011 through 2013
  • Florida Bar:
    • Addressed the Florida Third District Court of Appeal on behalf of the newly admitted attorneys at the May of 2014 Ceremonies for the Induction of Candidates for Admission to the Florida Bar, based on his performance on the Florida Bar Examination.

Publications

  • The Padilla Wrecking Ball; Advocating for Change in Post-­Padilla Jurisprudence to Address What Really Ails the Immigration System’s Treatment of Non-­Citizen Defendants, 45 U. MIAMI INTER-­AM. L. REV. 221 (Number 1, Fall 2013).

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