Matthew H. Mandel

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  • Martindale Hubbell Peer Review Rated
  • Florida Trend award
  • SF Legal award
  • Super Lawyers

Matt is Chair of our Litigation Division. He has extensive litigation and trial experience at both the State and Federal levels for both municipal and private clients.

Matt's municipal litigation experience has involved the successful representation of numerous Florida cities in: First Amendment challenges to municipal sign codes and adult use regulations; discrimination claims under the Fair Housing Amendments Act and Americans with Disabilities Act; Federal and State claims for false arrest, excessive force and malicious prosecution; actions relating to the deprivation of procedural and substantive due process rights; lawsuits under the Florida Whistleblower Act and the Florida Civil Rights Act; construction disputes relating to municipal structures; municipal annexation disputes; the prosecution and defense of municipal finance issues; and the defense of personal injury claims.

Matt's private sector experience has involved the successful representation of: a worldwide computer software company in several matters relating to contractual disputes; land owners in a constitutional challenge to an illegal county funding mechanism; numerous financial institutions in large commercial foreclosure matters; various businesses and individuals in commercial and contractual disagreements; and purchasers in the cancellation of condominium contracts.

Matt also has extensive appellate experience at both the State and Federal levels and has several published decisions to his credit relating to issues such as: municipal zoning, police liability, First Amendment, and Whistleblower claims.

Matt lectures often on various issues including First Amendment challenges to municipal sign codes and land use challenges under the Fair Housing Act and Americans with Disabilities Act.

Professional Associations

  • Broward County League of Cities - Leadership Development Committee, Chair (2010-2016); Committee Member (2008-2016)
  • Federal Bar Association - Broward Chapter, President (2013-2104); President-elect (2012-2013); Vice President (2011-2012); Secretary (2009-2011); Board Member (2008-2017)

Reported Cases

  • Achievement & Rehabilitation Centers, Inc. v. City of Lauderhill, 2012 WL 6061762 (S.D. Fla. Dec. 6, 2012)
  • Thor Guard, Inc. v. City of Boca Raton, 2012 WL 5933016 (Fla 4th DCA Nov. 28, 2012)
  • Milanese v. City of Boca Raton, 84 So. 3d 339 (Fla. 4th DCA 2012)
  • Beizer v. City of Boca Raton, 73 So. 3d 777 (Fla. 4th DCA 2011)
  • Polanco v. City of Marco Island, 2011 WL 2848655 (M.D. Fla. Jul. 19, 2011)
  • Polanco v. City of Marco Island, 2011 WL 2911002 (M.D. Fla. Jul. 19, 2011)
  • Apothecary Development Corp. v. City of Marco Island, Fla., 2011 WL 1071448 (M.D. Fla. Mar. 18, 2011)
  • Duvall v. Property and Cas. Ins. Co. of Hartford, 56 So. 3d 14 (Fla. 4th DCA 2011)
  • WTVJ-NBC 6 v. Shehadeh, 56 So. 3d 104 (Fla. 3rd DCA 2011)
  • Fernander v. Bonis, 947 So. 2d 584 (Fla. 4th DCA 2007)
  • MediaNet of South Florida, Inc. v. City of Miramar, 144 Fed. Appx. 856 (11thCir. 2005)
  • Woods v. Paradis, 380 F. Supp. 2d 1316 (S.D. Fla. 2005)
  • Seay Outdoor Advertising v. City of Mary Esther, 397 F. 3d 943 (11th Cir. 2005)
  • Guess v. City of Miramar, 889 So. 2d 840 (Fla. 4th DCA 2004)
  • Florida Outdoor Adver., LLC. v. City of Boca Raton, 266 F. Supp. 2d 1376 (S.D. Fla. 2003)
  • GLA and Associates, Inc. v. City of Boca Raton, 855 So. 2d 278 (Fla. 4th DCA 2003)

Awards and Recognitions

  • "Legal Elite, Civil Trial", Florida Trend 2017
  • AV Rated
  • "Finalist - Most Effective Lawyers," Daily Business Review, 2014
  • "Super Lawyers", Florida Super Lawyers 2015-2018
  • "Top Lawyer", South Florida Legal Guide 2012-2016
  • "Rising Stars,” Florida SuperLawyers, 2009-2013
  • “Top Up and Comer,” South Florida Legal Guide, 2008-2010

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Broward County League of Cities - Leadership Development Committee, Chair (2010-2014); Committee Member (2008-2014)
  • Federal Bar Association - Broward Chapter, President (2013-2014); President-elect (2012-2013); Vice President (2011-2012); Secretary (2009-2011); Board Member (2008-2014)

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