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About Melanie Damian

  • March 8, 2022

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Ms. Damian represents public and private companies and individuals in a variety of complex business and securities litigation. She regularly serves as court-appointed Federal Equity Receiver, Special Monitor, and distribution Agent, and also serves as Receiver and Monitor in state court matters. Ms. Damian also serves as counsel to Receivers serving in both state and federal court. She counsels companies on corporate governance matters and serves as counsel to special litigation committees performing internal investigations in response to shareholder derivative demands. She also represents officers and directors in corporate and securities litigation matters, and various partners or members in closely held “business divorce” matters.

Ms. Damian represents national law firms in a variety of legal malpractice matters, including those involving allegations of malpractice in connection with failed advocacy, failed transactions, and the failure of financial institutions.

Ms. Damian also has substantial experience advising executives on contractual and compensation matters and litigating executive and general employment matters, including representation and counseling on behalf of national and local companies in discrimination and harassment claims. She also has experience in counseling clients and litigating issues concerning various employment-related issues including, non-competition agreements, and theft of trade secrets.

Ms. Damian is a Past Chair of the Business Law Section of The Florida Bar, President of the International Women’s Forum (IWF) Florida Chapter, and served as Co-Chair of the IWF 2018 World Leadership Conference. Ms. Damian has received several professional acknowledgments. She is listed as one of the Top 50 Women Lawyers in the state of Florida by Florida Super Lawyers magazine. Ms. Damian has also been included in Florida Trend’s Legal Elite and the Top Lawyers in South Florida Legal Guide since 2004.

Ms. Damian is active in child advocacy and is a founder of the non-profit Educate Tomorrow. Ms. Damian currently serves as Chair of the Board of the SEED School of Miami a public urban boarding school for underserved youth. Ms. Damian received numerous awards for her service including The 2011 Pro Bono Award for Child Advocacy from the Dade County Bar Association and Eleventh Judicial Circuit; The 2005 Florida Bar Association Young Lawyer Division Pro Bono Award; The Lawyers For Children 2005 John Edward Smith Award; 2006 Junior League of Miami, Inc. “Woman Who Make a Difference” award; “2007 Pepsi Everyday Freedom Hero Award” and “The Florida Bar President’s 2008 Pro Bono Service Award, and the 2012 Florida Association of Women Lawyers (FAWL) “Mattie Belle Davis Award,” Women Who Rock 2019, and FAWL’s Women Making History Award in 2019.

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