Introduction Donna Greenspan Solomon, Esq., handles business-related appeals, mediation, and arbitration. Donna is one of only three attorneys certified by The Florida Bar as both Appellate Specialist and Business Litigator. Donna is a Certified Circuit, Appellate, and Family Mediator, and a Qualified and FINRA-Approved Arbitrator. She is also a former CPA with an MBA in finance.
After graduating No. 1 from the Shepard Broad Law Center at Nova Southeastern University, Donna clerked at the Fourth District Court of Appeal for Justice Barbara J. Pariente. Following her clerkship, Donna was with the national law firm of Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge for twelve years before opening her own firm, Solomon Appeals, Mediation & Arbitration, in 2011.
Before becoming a lawyer, Donna was a CPA with an MBA in finance. After working for Price Waterhouse in New York City, she became a Manager of Accounting and Financial Reporting for Penn Central Corporation. After moving to Florida in 1987, Donna became an Assistant Vice President/Manager of Financial Reporting for Intercontinental Bank in Miami, and then performed financial systems analysis for American Express before entering law school.
Licenses, Certifications & Recognitions
Florida Bar Certified Appellate Specialist (2003-present)
Florida Bar Certified Business Litigator (2007-present)
Florida Bar, 1995
Admitted to practice in the United States Supreme Court (2005), the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit (1997), and the United States District Court for the Southern (1998), Northern (1998), and Middle (1997) Districts of Florida
Handling of all aspects of discovery, from requests through production;
Thorough analysis of documents and deposition transcripts, including preparation of detailed chronologies;
Identification of legal and factual issues;
Drafting of substantive motions and memoranda;
Circuit-Civil, including insurance coverage, contract disputes, professional liability, and other business-related disputes;
Family; and Appellate.
Investment, employment law and other business-related disputes.
2009-2011 - Schwarzberg & Associates - Partner
Chairperson of firm’s Appellate Practice Group.
Counseled and represented clients in complex commercial litigation in state and federal courts at both trial court and appellate court levels.
Handled wide variety of business disputes including contract disputes, real estate litigation, employment law, breaches of noncompete agreements, trade secrets, trademark and copyright litigation, insurance coverage disputes and bad faith, and probate litigation.
Handled all aspects of litigation, including client relations, issue spotting and strategy, research and analysis, pleadings, discovery, dispositive motions, mediation, and resolution by settlement or trial.
Supervised and provided training and mentoring to junior associates.
Lead EAPD attorney for insurer in seminal construction defect coverage case, U.S. Fire v. JSUB, 979 So. 2d 871, 878 (Fla. 2007), where Florida Supreme Court considered applicability of commercial general liability policy to faulty work of subcontractor.
As lead attorney for one of insurers in Liberty Mutual Ins. Co. v. Lone Star Industries, 290 Conn. 767 (Conn. 2009), argued to Connecticut Supreme Court the applicability of pollution exclusion to asbestos and silicosis claims.
Represented insurer in dioxin contamination coverage dispute involving Florida Department of Environmental Protection.
Advised and represented insurers in bad faith litigation and coverage disputes involving environmental issues, construction defects, commercial general liability, and professional liability in state and federal courts, at both the trial court and appellate court levels.
Presented seminars for CLE for insurer clients on coverage and bad faith topics.
1995-1997 - Fourth District Court of Appeal - Law Clerk
Staff Attorney at the Fourth District Court of Appeal to the Honorable Barbara J. Pariente, now a Florida Supreme Court Justice.
Reviewed record and appellate briefs; researched issues; prepared comprehensive bench memoranda with recommendations.
Drafted and edited opinions.
Summer 1993 - U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida - Intern
Student intern to the Honorable William J. Zloch of the Southern District Court of Florida.
Researched and analyzed legal issues arising from civil and criminal cases.
Drafted and edited court orders.
Professional Memberships, Committees, & Appointments
The Florida Bar:
Business Litigation Certification Committee (2013-2016)
Alternative Dispute Resolution Section
Appellate Practice and Advocacy Section
Business Law Section
Appellate Practice Section’s Outreach Committee
Liaison to the Business Law Section (2013-2014)
Volunteer Arbitrator for Grievance Mediation and Fee Arbitration Program
Palm Beach County Bar Association:
Appellate Practice Section
Appellate Practice Committee’s Website Subcommittee (2013-2014)
Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee (2012-2013)
Solo and Small Firm Practitioner’s Committee (2012-2013)
South Palm Beach County Bar Association (2013)
Nova Law Alumni, Palm Beach Chapter President (2012-2013)
Florida Association for Women Lawyers (FAWL), Palm Beach Chapter President (2001), Vice President (2000), Treasurer (1999)
Association of South Florida Mediators and Arbitrators (ASFMA) (2011- 2013)
The Florida Academy of Professional Mediators, Inc. (FAPM) (2011-2015) American Inns of Court (Emeritus, 2012-2013; Co-Membership Chair, 2000- 2001; Small Group Leader 1999-2000).
Education 1992 – 1995 - Juris Doctor Nova Southeastern University, Shepard Broad Law Center, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Summa cum laude.
Class Rank: No. 1 (out of 250).
Corpus Juris Secundum (Highest Grade) Awards: Evidence; Legal Research & Writing; Securities Regulation; Corporate Finance; Corporate Tax; Corporate Workshop; Professional Responsibility; Criminal Procedure; Criminal Law.
Nova Law Review, Associate Editor.
1982 – 1985 - Master of Business Administration in Finance Lubin Graduate School of Business at Pace University, White Plains, NY
1975 – 1979 - Bachelor of Science in Accounting State University of New York, Binghamton, NY
Magna cum laude
Awards Received 2008 First Annual “Shoot for the Stars” Award from Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge LLP. Presented to those whose “strength of character, courage, grit, vision, collaborative instincts and other admirable qualities . . . make awardee a role model.”
2005 Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County, Florida Supreme Court, and Florida Pro Bono Coordinators Association, Pro Bono Award.
2001 Florida Association for Women Lawyers, Public Service Committee, Battered Women Amicus Project.
2001 AVDA and YWCA National Domestic Violence Awareness Award. 2000 Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County, “And Justice for All” Pro Bono Award.
Business Experience 1990 – 1992 - Senior Financial Systems Analyst American Express, Travel Related Services Co., Inc., Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ensured that new or modified financial systems incorporated all necessary control features and maintained data integrity.
Served as liaison between financial staff and systems programmers.
1987 – 1990 - Assistant Vice President – Manager of Financial Reporting Intercontinental Bank Miami, FL
Designed and implemented comprehensive consolidation and internal reporting system.
Prepared financial reports for issuance externally to shareholders and regulatory agencies, including Annual Report, Form 10-K, and Form 10-Q, and internally to senior management.
1983 – 1985 - Manager of Accounting and Financial Reporting Penn Central Corporation Greenwich, CT
Supervised corporate accounting staff.
Performed financial and operational reviews of subsidiaries.
1981 – 1983 - Staff Auditor Chicago Pneumatic Tool Company New York, NY
Audited various subsidiaries and reported to senior management, analyzing problem areas and recommending improvements.
1979 – 1981 - Staff Accountant Price Waterhouse and Co. New York, NY
Audited several companies in various industries.
Florida Bar Certified Appellate Specialist
Florida Bar Certified Business Litigator
AAA Arbitrator, Commercial Panel
Florida Supreme Court Qualified Arbitrator
Member, Florida Supreme Court Committee on Standard Jury Instructions—Contract and Business Cases
Certified Mediator: Circuit-Civil; Appellate; Family