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At my firm we focus our practice on representing folks injured or killed as a result of negligence and/or unsafe practices. We seek to obtain justice and compensation for injured clients and their families resulting from the negligence of others. In the course of our practice we are able to call attention to dangerous conditions, procedures and practices with the hope of forcing correction of these conditions and preventing similar occurrences from happening in the future. We have been able through our work, to see roadway defects corrected, unsafe and defective walkways repaired, marginal medical practices or policies perfected or eliminated, and business establishments made safer and more secure. We have also seen products and services improved. Practicing in this arena is especially satisfying because it allows us to effect positive changes and make our communities safer and more secure in many types of industries and practices.


Languages spoken: Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Defective and Dangerous Products: 25%
  2. Medical Malpractice: 25%
  3. Wrongful Death: 25%
  4. Personal Injury: 25%


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Attorney endorsements

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  • Melvin Bowen Wright

    Diana is a loyal and tireless advocate for her clients and her community. She practices her profession with the highest ethical standards and the greatest legal prowess. I recommend her to anyone in need of a skilled and reliable trial attorney.


    Melvin Wright Car Accidents Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Law Offices of Diana Santa Maria, P.A.

5220 S University Dr Ste 205 C
Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33328-5318


FLMember in Good Standing198509/08/2015

Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority.

  1. Admonishment
    issued in FL, 2014


    An admonition means an attorney did something wrong but may still practice law. The Bar gives the lawyer an admonition in hopes that he or she will not repeat the behavior.

    Diana’s comment: “Client misunderstanding over fees. Corrected misunderstanding and refunded all fees.”

Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Rating 5 out of 5 Pre-eminent statusMartindale-Hubbell2015
Best Lawyers in America 2009-2015Best Lawyers in America2015
Florida SuperLawyersFlorida Super Lawyers2014
Trial Lawyer of the YearABOTA Ft. Lauderdale Chapter2013
Martindale Hubbel Bar Register of Preeminent LawyersMartindale-Hubbell1991
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Founding and Managing PartnerLaw Offices Diana Santa Maria, P.A.1991 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Florida BarBoard of Governors2013 - 2015
Broward County Bar AssociationMember2005 - Present
Broward County Bar AssociationBoard of Directors2005 - Present
Broward County Trial Lawyers AssociationBoard of Directors2004 - Present
Broward County Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2004 - Present
Florida Supreme Court, (Judicial Nominating CommitteeMember2004 - Present
Florida Supreme Court, Commission on ProfessionalismMember2004 - Present
Florida Bar, Grievance CommitteeMember2001 - 2004
Florida Justice Association (Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers) Allies CommitteeChair2001 - 2003
Florida Bar, Citizen's ForumMember2000 - 2004
Florida Justice Association (Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers) Continuing Legal EducationChair1999 - 2001
Florida Justice Association (Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers)Member1996 - 2006
Florida Justice Association (Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers)Board of Directors1996 - 2006
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Loss of Toe Young Athlete8.2 Million Jury Verdict
Perforated colon during appendectomySettlement Confidential
Liposuction procedure resulting in necrotizing fasciitisSettlement $750,000.00
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Publication nameTitleDate
Nova Law ReviewGuideline for Handling Cases Involving Sexual Abuse of a Minor by a Public School Teacher2009
Florida Association of Women LawyersManaging Your Own Law Practice2003
Academy of Florida Trial LawyersTen Most Commonly Misunderstood Litigation Deadlines2003
Academy of Florida Trial LawyersDirect Examination of the Plaintiff - A Demonstration by the Masters2002
Academy of Florida Trial LawyersSettlement and Negotiation in Mediation2002
Academy of Florida Trial LawyersProof and Argument of Liability In the Slippery Surface Slip & Fall Case2002
American Association for Justice (AAJ)Seven Steps to Effective Mediation1997
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Miami School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1984
University of MiamiN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1981
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
The Legends of the Courtroom: Opening, Closing, Evidence, & Jury SelectionWinning Your Case with the Rules of Evidence & Best Courtroom Practices2014
3rd Annual Professionalism & Civility SeminarProfessionalism & Civility Seminar2014
Masters in Trial Jury TrialsMasters in Trial2013
2nd Annual Professionalism & Civility SeminarProfessionalism & Civility Seminar2013
1st Annual Professionalism & Civility SeminarProfessionalism & Civility2012
Florida Personal Injury Practice for ParalegalsNegotiating, Mediating, Settling and Trying Personal Injury Cases2009