Douglas M. McIntosh

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DOUGLAS M. McINTOSH founded the firm in 1989. He has handled a broad range of personal injury, product liability, commercial and professional negligence litigation, including legal, dental and medical malpractice defense, product liability and insurance coverage litigation. He has had the opportunity to counsel insurance companies on bad faith, professional errors and omissions, general liability and all-risk policies of insurance and focuses his practice predominantly on catastrophic damages and insurance coverage matters. He developed the Healthcare Law Practice Division and the Insurance Coverage Division in the firm. He has served as a testifying expert in state and federal courts in bad faith, primary, excess and reinsurance law cases. He has served on the Board of Directors and is a past president of the Florida Defense Lawyers Association (FDLA), a one-thousand member organization of the civil defense bar of this state. He has been awarded this organization's highest achievement award for his efforts for the defense bar statewide and nationally. Mr. McIntosh is an elected member of the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) and serves on its professional liability, medical malpractice and admiralty law committees.

He is an elected member of the Association of Defense Trial Attorneys (ADTA). Mr. McIntosh is also an active member of DRI, The Voice of the Defense Bar, and served for five years as the appointed Florida statewide representative to this national organization. He was elected as a National Director on its Board of Directors and served a three year term. Mr. McIntosh has served on numerous DRI committees, and chaired its insurance roundtable in 2009. He has served as chairperson of the Broward County Bar Association Professionalism Committee for many years and has chaired the Peer Review Council. He was awarded the BCBA Lynn Futch Professionalism in Practice Award in 2004, and the St. Thomas More Society Archbishop McCarthy Award in 2006. He has lectured to state leaders around the country on substantive and defense trial practice issues. Mr. McIntosh is a member of the Board of Governors of the Shepard Broad Law Center of Nova University.

He is admitted to practice in the state and federal courts in Florida and is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court. Mr. McIntosh helped found Hope Outreach Center, Inc., a community outreach program in Broward County (Florida) and served as its president for many years. He has also served as a member to Florida Supreme Court-appointed committees, and received an award from the Florida Supreme Court as a guardian ad litem for children in Broward County. Mr. McIntosh has been awarded a Peer Review Rating of “AV” by the LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory. He has also been voted by his peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America, the oldest and one of the most respected publications in the legal profession. He has been named a South Florida "Top Lawyer" and a "Super Lawyer" by peer publication reviews. Mr. McIntosh has authored numerous articles, published chapters on defense techniques for major publishers and has lectured frequently on a variety of topics, including trial techniques, bad faith and insurance coverage in Florida and law firm economics and business practices. Mr. McIntosh is a state qualified arbitrator and has served as selected mediator, panel and sole arbitrator, in a number of matters.

Areas of Practice (6)

  • Insurance Coverage
  • Bad Faith
  • Medical Malpractice Law
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Contract Law
  • Commercial Litigation

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
954-765-1001  Phone
(954) 765-1005  Fax
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 7990, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
University Attended:
Boston College, A.B., 1977
Law School Attended:
Nova Southeastern University, J.D., 1981
Year of First Admission:
1981, U.S. Court of Appeal, Fifth and Eleventh Circuits; 1992, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida; 1981, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida; 2013, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida; 1981, Florida; 1986, U.S. Supreme Court
Reported Cases:
Essex Insurance Company v. Zota, 534 F. 3d 1374 (11th Cir. 2008); Essex Insurance Company v. Zota, 985 So. 2d 1036 (Fla. 2008); Essex Insurance Company v. Zota, 466 F. 3d 981 (11th Cir. 2006); Awadallah v. Singer, 950 So. 2d 1250 (Table) (Fla. 4th DCA 2007); Global Travel Marketing, Inc. v. Shea, 908 So. 2d 392 (Fla. 2005); Burns v. Radisson Seven Seas Cruises, Inc., 867 So. 2d 1191 (Fla. 4th DCA 2004); Lee v. Simon, 885 So. 2d 939 (Fla. 4th DCA 2004); Mizrahi v. North Miami Medical Center, Ltd., 761 So. 2d 1040 (Fla. 2000); Zane v. Coastal Unilube, Inc., 774 So. 2d 761 (Fla. 4th DCA 2000); Cohen, Scherer & Cohen, P.A. v. Pacific Employers Insurance Co., 654 So. 2d 282 (Fla. 4th DCA 1995); Noel v. North Broward Hospital District, 664 So. 2d 989 (Fla. 4th DCA 1995); Tuazon v. Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd., 641 So. 2d 417 (Fla. 3d DCA 1994); Coastal Unilube, Inc. v. Smith, 598 So. 2d 200 (Fla. 4th DCA 1992); Santa Cruz v. Northwest Dade Community Health Center, Inc., 590 So. 2d 444 (Fla. 3d DCA 1992); Sea-Land Service, Inc. v. CAP International Trading Corp., 532 So. 2d 34 (Fla. 4th DCA 1988).

Peer Reviews

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