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Donald W. St. Denis is Board Certified in Civil Trial Practice by The Florida Bar. He is AV peer review rated. Mr. St.Denis has a stong focus in representing victums of legal malpractice against their former lawyers and law firms.


In a time when most attorneys are not being relied upon by their clients to take their cases to trial, Mr. St. Denis picked five civil juries from May 2011 to July 2012.


Mr. St. Denis graduated with honors in 1984 from The University of Arkansas, where he was an Academic All-American and Athletic All-American. He then attended the University of Florida College of Law on an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship and graduated from a joint program in law and linguistics in 1989. He went on to teach law and cross-cultural negotiation in China from 1989 to 1990. He then was an Adjunct Instructor in Business Law at The University of Florida Business School from 1990 to 1991. His practice focuses on legal and accounting malpractice, as well as commercial insurance defense and personal injury litigation. He has tried numerous cases defending corporations to defense verdicts in Florida, as well as in Georgia, Virginia and Ohio. Further, Mr. St. Denis has vast experience in representing automobile, motorcycle and boat dealerships in all types of litigation, including administrative hearings, throughout the State of Florida.


In 2010 Mr. St. Denis was recognized by The Elite Lawyers of America as a civil trial lawyer who obtained multiple verdicts or settlement of at least two million dollars.


Mr. St. Denis was selected as a Super Lawyer in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. He is a life member of the Million Dollar and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forums. Mr. St. Denis was awarded by a jury one of the largest verdicts to be upheld on appeal by the First District Court of Appeals in Florida under the Substantial Certainty Doctrine. He has the further distinctions of obtaining jurisdiction over a United Nations contractor in the United States for a helicopter crash in Guatemala. When he is not practicing law, he enjoys traveling and spending time with his wife and five children.


Languages spoken: English, Chinese, Gan

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Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 100%
    27 years, 1 thousand cases


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  • Stephen Watrel

    I endorse this lawyer. I have known Don over 21 years. He has been a mentor of mine. I greatly respect his opinions on legal matters. Don is one of the most hard-working attorneys I know and is tenacious and committed to his cases and clients. He is a master litigation tactician and finds creative and effective solutions to complicated and challenging legal issues. He has helped my law firm achieve excellent results on some very difficult cases. On a personal level, Don is honest, approachable and hands-on with his clients. I highly recommend him.


    Stephen Watrel Nursing home abuse and neglect Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

St Denis & Davey PA
1300 Riverplace Blvd Ste 401
Jacksonville, FL, 322071815


FLMember in Good Standing198906/19/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2012
Board Certified - Civil Trial Since 2001Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education2012
AV Rated since 1989Martindale-Hubbell2012
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2011
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2010
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2009
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2008
Million Dollar AdvocateMillion Dollar Advocates ForumN/A
Multi-Million Dollar AdvocateMulti-Million Dollar Advocates ForumN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Senior PartnerSt. Denis & Davey, P.A.2005 - Present
Managing PartnerAnderson, St.Denis & Glenn1995 - 2005
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Association of JusticeMember1993 - Present
Defense Research InstituteN/AN/A
National Association of Dealer CounselN/AN/A
Florida Defense Lawyers AssociationN/AN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Hart v Berman Brothers$3.8 million dollar verdict
ConfidentialSettled day of oral arguments on appeal
ConfidentialResolved and Dismissed during Trial
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Publication nameTitleDate
Huff Post BusinessMentioned in "Whistleblower Lynn Szymoniak, Accused Shyster"2013
National Association of Dealer Counsel NewsletterProduct Liability2011
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1988
University of ArkansasMarketingOther - Bachelors1984
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Laguna Beach ConferenceJury Selection/Voir Dire Q & A2013
Chicago ConferenceProduct Liability2011
Travelers In House TampaHandleing Claims Dealing with Brain Syndrome and Post Tramatic Stess Syndrome2007