Law Offices Diana Santa Maria, P.A.
Diana Santa Maria
Phone: (954) 434-1077
Toll Free: (800) 668-2156
Fax: (954) 434-4462
5220 S. University Dr., Suite 205C
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33328
Born in Havana, Cuba, Diana came to South Florida as an infant and was raised In Hollywood.She attended the University of Miami and graduated with honors, with a B.A. in English. Diana received her law degree in 1984 from the University of Miami School of Law where she represented the University of Miami in Moot Court and Mock Trial Competitions on the state wide level. In 1983 she won the Robert Orseck Memorial (State) Moot Court Competition Best Brief Award on behalf of the University of Miami and was named to the University of Miami School of Law's "Order of Barristers" awarded to the top ten law students of each graduating class based on leadership in trial and appellate advocacy.
Since being admitted to The Florida Bar in 1985, she has devoted her practice to the representation of persons injured as a result of the negligence of others. From 1985 until 1991 she practiced with one of the country's top personal injury law firms in the areas of Plaintiff's Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice and Wrongful Death, both on the trial and appellate levels. In 1991 Diana formed her own practice specializing in Plaintiff's Personal Injury and Wrongful Death. She is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, a Sustaining Member of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America and she is AV rated by the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory.
Diana, who recently served a 4 year term as Commissioner on the State of Florida's Supreme Court judicial Nominating Commission and who has served as an adjunct Professor of Law at Nova Southeastern University Law Center, has been an active member of The Florida Bar and its Trial Bar. She has lectured and written on numerous legal topics within her field, to include Seven Steps to Effective Mediation published in the June, 1997 TRIAL magazine as well as Guideline for Handling Sexual Abuse of a Minor by a Public School Teacher, published as part of a National Conference by the National Crime Victim Bar Association in Washington, D.C. From 1996 - 2006 she served on the State of Florida's Trial Lawyer (Florida Justice Association) Board of Directors and also presently serves on the Florida Supreme Court's Commission on Professionalism as well as the Broward County Bar & Broward County Trial Lawyers Board of Directors.
Diana has been listed in Who's Who in American Law, The International Who's Who of Professionals and Outstanding Young Women of America. Aside from being a lawyer, Diana is a parent and has a particular interest in and sensitivity to protecting and preserving the rights of children and enhancing all aspects of public safety.
Professional & Bar Association Memberships
The Florida Bar
Member Since: 1985
Citizen's Forum (2000 - 2004)
Grievance Committee, 17th Judicial Circuit (2001 - 2004 )
Florida Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism (2004- present)
Florida Supreme Court JNC (Judicial Nominating Committee) (2004-2008)
2004 Gubernatorial Appointment
Broward County Trial Lawyers Association
Member Since: 2004
Board of Directors (2004- present)
Broward County Bar Association
Member Since: 2005
Board of Directors (2005- present)
Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers (n/k/a: Florida Justice Association)
Member Since: 1996 - 2006
Board of Directors (1996 - 2006)
Chair, Continuing Legal Education (1999 - 2001)
Chair, Allies Committee (2001-2003)
Endowment for Academy Giving to Law and Education (Patron)
Florida Lawyer's Action Group (Trustee) 2002-2005
Florida Lawyer's Action Group
Member Since: 2002 - 2005
American Board of Trial Advocates
Treasurer (Executive Board-Ft. Lauderdale Chapter)
The Association of Trial Lawyers of America (n/k/a: American Justice Association)
Trial Lawyers for Public Justice
Coalition for Family Safety
Charter Member, Officer and Director
- Co-Author, "Seven Steps to Effective Mediation", Trial, June, 1997
- "Mediation Strategy and Techniques", Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, 1996
- "Handling Causation Issues in the Low Impact Case", Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, 1998
- "Demand Packages that Get Results and Winning at Mediation", Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, 1999
- "Frye and Daubert Hearings and Issues", Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, February, 2001
- "Trial of the Soft Tissue Case", Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, June, 2001
- "Cross Examination of a Lay Witness at Trial", Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, August, 2001
- "Proof and Argument of Liability In the Slippery Surface Slip & Fall Case", Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, April, 2002
- "Settlement and Negotiation in Mediation", Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, June, 2002
- "Direct Examination of the Plaintiff - A Demonstration by the Masters", Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, October, 2002
- "Ten Most Commonly Misunderstood Litigation Deadlines", Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, February, 2003
- "Depositions", Practicing with Professionalism Seminar, Florida Bar, Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, December, 2003
- "Managing Your Own Law Practice", Florida Association of Women Lawyers, January, 2003
- "Proof and Argument of Past and Future Medical and Related Expenses at Trial", February, 2006
- Co-Author and Lecturer: "Handling Sex Abuse Cases Involving Minors in Public Schools", May, 2006
Honors and Awards
- Golden Key Honor Society
- Order of Barristers (University of Miami Law School Honor Society)
- State Moot Court Team (for the University of Miami School of Law 1984)
- "Best Brief Award", Robert Orseck Memorial State Moot Court Competition, 1984
- Listed, Who's Who in American Law, 9th Edition
- Million Dollar Advocates Forum
- Florida SuperLawyers 2005 - 2008
- Martindale Hubbel AV rated
- Martindale Hubbel Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
- Best Lawyers of America 2009
Please Call: 954 434-1077
The consequences of an accident, a medical mistake or a violent crime often cause serious injuries and great emotional loss. Such physical and emotional losses demand quality legal representation in order to obtain justice and full compensation. The personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Diana Santa Maria, P.A. will handle your personal injury or medical malpractice claim with compassion, integrity, and skill.
For over a decade, the firm has provided quality personal injury and medical malpractice representation to persons from all walks of life and from all over the world. The firm has handled numerous high profile cases against major insurance companies, hospitals and healthcare organizations, airlines, grocery and department stores, as well as Fortune 500 companies. They have secured justice and obtained large verdicts and settlements in all of the following types of cases:
- Auto Accidents.
Trucking and 18 wheeler accidents;
Boat, airline, train; accidents;
Bus and commercial carrier accidents.
Pedestrian accidents where pedestrians are hit by a vehicle.
- Medical malpractice.
Extravasation injuries caused by inappropriate injection and IV techniques;
RSD and Complex Regional Pain Sydrome (CRPS) injuries caused by medical error;
Failure to timely diagnose and misdiagnosis cases;
Operating Room Fires;
Failure to obtain informed consent causing injuries;
Failure to monitor or supervise;
Emergency room (ER) errors
- Premises liability.
Slips and falls;
Unsafe and toxic buildings;
Construction site accidents;
Cruise ship accidents;
Hair or Spa Salon accidents (serious chemical or laser burns; disfiguring injuries due to failure to properly test or utilize safe cosmetic or aesthetic procedures and protocol)
Swimming pool accidents/drownings and diving accidents;
Faulty or defective sidewalks, walkways, pathways and other walking surfaces;
Dog and other animal bite cases;
Civil Actions for Criminal Acts- failure to provide adequate security;
Defective Products causing injuries;
Physical injuries and sex-abuse of minors in schools due to lack of proper supervision;
- Products liability.
Defective Products causing injuries;
Hair Dyes ( as cause of chemical burns, contact leukoderma, depigmentation of skin, and other systemic medical conditions) manufacturer's failure to properly test or warn;
Unsafe Prescription drugs which deliver serious injury or death as a result of their usage and failure to properly warn;
Unsafe Cosmetics- faulty or defective product which cause permanent disfigurement, serious injury or death due to failure to properly test or warn;
Unsafe Tires-serious injury or death due to tire blow outs from defective tires;
- Nursing Home Negligence
Nursing Home Neglect leading to BED SORES, PRESSURE SORES, OR DECUBITUS ULCERS
Falls in Nursing Homes leading to fractures, head injuries, subdural hematomas leading to death;
Nursing Home Neglect leading to MALNUTRITION OR DEHYDRATION;
Nursing Home Failure to Provide Adequate Health Care;
Nursing Home Failure to Properly Supervise Residents leading to residents who stray or become victims of crime due to Negligent Supervision
Our experienced and professional attorneys strive to secure justice and obtain full and fair compensation for clients' injuries. The cases we take are accepted on a contingency fee basis, meaning that clients pay only if we are able to obtain compensation for them. The contingency fee arrangement allows clients from all walks of life and all socio-economic classes to afford the finest legal representation in their time of need without having to incur financial risk.
Please Call: 954 434-1077