Matt is a Tampa native and has practiced law in Florida his entire career. In 2021 he founded Danahy & Dunnavant, P.A. The Firm represents Florida insureds against their insurers in property damage claims and insurance claims of every type, including coverage denials, delayed claims, and underpaid claims. The Firm also handles claims for “bad faith” which result from illegal claims handling conduct by insurers.
In 1986, following his admission to the Florida Bar, Matt began defending insurance companies. He handled and tried coverage disputes, property insurance claims, and “bad faith” claims. In addition, he handled and tried almost every type of liability claim involving serious personal injury and wrongful death.
In 2001, Matt changed the direction of his practice. Since that time, he has represented individuals, businesses and condominium associations who are denied or underpaid insurance benefits by their insurance company.
Matt is rated “AV” by the Martindale-Hubbell legal rating service – signifying the highest level of professional excellence. He is Board Certified in Civil Trial Law by the Florida Bar (a distinction enjoyed by only 7% of lawyers admitted to the Florida Bar). He is also Board Certified as both a Civil Trial Advocate, and as a Pre-Trial advocate, by the National Board of Trial Advocacy.
He is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum (www.milliondollaradvocates.com), which is limited to attorneys who have won cases in excess of a million dollars. For sixteen (16) years in a row (2007 through 2023) he has been honored by Florida Super Lawyers (www.superlawyers.com/florida), as a specialist in insurance coverage. He has also been selected by his peers as one of the Florida Legal Elite (Florida Trend Magazine) in the field of insurance.
Matt is Certified as an Umpire by the Windstorm Insurance Network, and he has served as both an Umpire and an Appraiser under the appraisal provisions found in most property insurance policies. He is also Certified by the Florida Supreme Court as a Circuit and County Court Mediator.
Matt earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from The University of Florida and his law degree from Stetson University College of Law. He regularly speaks about insurance issues before various professional associations, including the Windstorm Insurance Network and the Florida Association of Public Insurance Adjusters. In addition, he has made numerous media appearances to discuss first party insurance claims and insurance issues.
Matt is married with two grown children.