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Daniel (“Danny”) McDermott is an associate attorney at Adrian Philip Thomas, P.A., who practices probate, trust and guardianship 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. Mr. McDermott has taken numerous matters to trial, where he has represented both Plaintiffs/Petitioners and Defendants/Respondents in probate, trust and guardianship matters.  Since joining Adrian Philip Thomas, P.A., Mr. McDermott has represented Plaintiffs/Petitioners who have recovered more than $15 million in total, as well as Defendants/Respondents in numerous multi-million lawsuits who have achieved favorable outcomes, through verdicts and settlements.

Mr. McDermott received his J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law, graduating magna cum laude.  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, wok was based on his outstanding performance on the Florida Bar Examination.  During his time at the University of Miami School of Law, Mr. McDermott was an Articles and Comments Editor of the Inter-­American Law Review, a board member of the Charles C. Papy, Jr. Moot Court Board, and received honors for his performance in Federal Income Tax, Mediation Workshop, Criminal Litigation Workshop, Business Litigation, and the Litigation Skills-­Pre-­Trial Course.  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.  Prior to attending law school, Mr. McDermott received his B.A. in economics, minor in business administration, from Rollins College, where he graduated cum laude.


Education

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

Bar Admissions

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

Professional Memberships and Affiliations

  • Fellow, Real Property, Probate, and Trust Law Section of the Florida Bar (“RPPTL”)
  • Committee Member, Guardianship, Power of Attorney, and Advanced Directives Committee, the RPPTL Section of The Florida Bar
  • Committee Member, Probate Law & Procedure Committee, the RPPTL Section of The Florida Bar
  • Committee Member, Fellowship and Mentoring Committee, the RPPTL Section of The Florida Bar
  • Sub-Committee Member of the §744.387 sub-committee, which is addressing the $15,000 threshold for needing a guardianship for a minor
  • Sub-Committee Member of the Rothman sub-committee, which addressed §744.331(4) and the automatic dismissal of Incapacity Petitions when at least two Examining Committee Reports find no incapacity
  • Sub-Committee Member of the sub-committee formed in the Trust Law Committee of the RPPTL Section of The Florida Bar to analyze the differences between the Florida Probate Code, Chapter 733, Florida Statutes, and the Florida Trust Code, Chapter 736, Florida Statues, and recommend changes related thereto for the purposes of consistency
  • Sub-Committee Member of the Pasquale sub-committee of the Probate and Trust Litigation Committee, the RPPTL Section of The Florida Bar, which is addressing the Due Process implications and differences in deadlines to challenge a Will and a Trust, particularly in situations where the Trust is incorporated by reference into the Will and Formal Notice of the Petition for Administration is given.
  • Member, Broward County Bar Association
  • Member, The Florida Bar

Recognitions & Awards

  • Fellow, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of the Florida Bar (2017 – 2019)
  • Accepted into Class III of the Florida Fellows Institute of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (2017-2018)
  • Rising Star, Florida Super Lawyers, Estate & Trust Litigation (2018)
  • Top 40 Trusts and Estate Lawyers Under 40 in the State of Florida (2017)

Speaking Engagements & Publications

  • Practice Corner: Probate and Trust Division (ActionLine_Summer_2018), Actionline, a Publication of the Florida Bar Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Section
  • Practice Corner: Probate and Trust Division (ActionLine_Spring_2018), Actionline, a Publication of the Florida Bar Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Section
  • Probate & Trust Case Summaries (ActionLine_Winter_2017), Actionline, a Publication of the Florida Bar Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Section
  • Presented the Case Law Update at the RPPTL Guardianship, Power of Attorney, and Advanced Directives Committee (GPAAD) on February 26, 2016, at the Tampa Marriot Waterside
  • “Welcome to the Bar Looking Back at Six Months as an Attorney,” the Dade County Bar Bulletin (December 2014)
  • Selected 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 performance on the Florida Bar Examination
  • 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)

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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