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As Chair of the firm’s Litigation Division, Matt Mandel is a strategic thinker whose municipal and private clients entrust him with their most important matters.
In municipal litigation, Matt has successfully represented Florida cities in discrimination claims under the Fair Housing Amendments Act and Americans with Disabilities Act; federal and state civil rights claims for false arrest, excessive force and malicious prosecution; actions relating to the deprivation of procedural and substantive due process rights; claims under the Florida Whistleblower Act and the Florida Civil Rights Act; First Amendment challenges to municipal sign codes and adult use regulations; construction disputes relating to municipal structures; municipal annexation disputes; the prosecution and defense of municipal finance issues; and the defense of personal injury claims.
In the private sector, Matt’s successes include representing a worldwide computer software company in matters relating to contractual disputes, and representing land owners in a constitutional challenge to an illegal county funding mechanism. He has also represented financial institutions in large commercial foreclosure matters, businesses and individuals in commercial and contractual disagreements, and purchasers in the cancellation of condominium contracts.
Matt also has extensive appellate experience in state and federal courts and has numerous published decisions to his credit relating to municipal zoning, police liability, First Amendment and Whistleblower claims.
Matt lectures frequently on issues including First Amendment challenges to municipal sign codes and land use challenges under the Fair Housing Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit, 2002
U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit, 2011
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, 1999
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, 2010
University of Miami, J.D., magna cum laude, 1998
University of Miami, B.A., general honors, 1994
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