Dan, the founding partner of Daniel K. Bandklayder, P.A., is a seasoned trial lawyer with over thirty-five years of experience litigating complex commercial, bodily injury, motor vehicle accident, construction, and general negligence claims, representing both claimants and defendants in state and federal courts throughout Florida. Dan also enjoys helping businesses and individuals in connection with their day-to-day legal matters. Dan is rated AV Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell® (Highest Rating: Legal Ability and Ethical Standards), a rating he has held continuously for over twenty years. Dan is a former Director of the Dade County Trial Lawyers Association; an FAA licensed, instrument rated private pilot; an avid motorcyclist and classic car enthusiast; and a member of the Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association, Harley Owners Group, and Antique Automobile Club of America.
Dan’s wife, Carolyn, also is an attorney. Carolyn formerly served as a Broward County, Florida felony prosecutor and as a Judicial Staff Attorney for the Broward County, Florida Circuit Court, Criminal Division. Currently, Carolyn serves as an Assistant State Attorney for Broward County (Appeals Division).
Dan and Carolyn are active fundraisers for and supporters of Boston Terrier Rescue of Florida, Angell Memorial Animal Hospital, The Humane Society, Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Lucie County and the Crohns & Colitis Foundation.
Supreme Court of Florida
U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida (Trial Bar)
U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois
U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
Dan obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Miami in Coral Gables in 1976 and his Juris Doctor from the University of Miami School of Law in 1979. He has been a member of the Florida Bar (Trial Lawyers Section) since 1979 and is a member (and former Director) of the Miami-Dade Trial Lawyers Association. Dan has litigated cases in state, federal, and appellate courts throughout Miami, the Florida Keys, Fort Lauderdale, Palm Beach, St. Lucie County, Orlando, Volusia County, Tampa/St. Petersburg, and Tallahassee.
Doug obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Florida Warrington College of Business Administration in 2010, graduating cum laude. He went on to obtain his Juris Doctor from the University of Florida Levin College of Law with a certificate in Intellectual Property Law in 2014. During law school, Doug interned as a clerk for the Eighth Judicial Circuit Court of Florida. Prior to working at Daniel K. Bandklayder, P.A., Doug served as Judicial Staff Attorney for the 17th Judicial Circuit Court of Florida (Broward County), where he drafted hundreds of court orders and provided research and guidance to the judiciary on a wide range of issues. Doug is also an Eagle Scout who greatly enjoys serving his community.
Our paralegal, Irma M. Tharp, has been a Florida Bar Registered Paralegal since 2008. Irma holds an Associates Degree in Paralegal/Legal Assistant studies from Miami Dade College and a Bachelors Degree in Management from the University of Phoenix. She has attended numerous Continuing Legal Education courses.
Irma commenced her career in the legal field over 27 years ago as a legal assistant in an in-house corporate legal department and moved up the ranks to become a corporate paralegal. Prior to working at Daniel K. Bandklayder, P.A., Irma worked as a litigation paralegal at a major, multi-state law firm, as well as a smaller, boutique firm and she is experienced in all aspects of complex litigation, as well as non-litigation matters such as wills, living wills, powers of attorney, corporate formalities and guardianships.
Irma is a member of the Florida Bar Registered Paralegal Association, Broward County Bar Association, Miami Dade Legal Support Association, National Association of Legal Assistants and Florida State Guardianship Association and she has served as School Liaison Committee – Chairperson for the South Florida Paralegal Association.
Irma is a “people person” who loves to read, listen to Jazz, watch movies, meet people, travel and, most importantly, spend time with her family, especially during the holidays.
Maria, our administrative assistant/receptionist, came to us with 15 years of office experience in accounting, administration and procurement. She holds an MS Microsoft Office Specialist certification from Florida Career College and her computer skills include all major programs and operating systems. Maria is a Florida Notary Public, is fully bilingual and has served as a volunteer at Miami Childrens Hospital