Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Devang Desai elected President of the University of Miami School of Law Alumni Association

Devang Desai
CORAL GABLES -- Devang Desai, a partner with the Coral Gables litigation firm Gaebe, Mullen, Antonelli & DiMatteo, has been elected President of the University of Miami School of Law Alumni Association (LAA) for 2012-13.

In his new role, Mr. Desai’s main goals are to increase awareness of the LAA; encourage graduates to support the law school’s mission; increase engagement for younger alumni, and support current students by creating networking and mentoring opportunities between alumni and students. He also plans to involve the association with the law school’s strategic initiatives to increase job placement by encouraging alumni to hire UM law graduates. Lastly, the LAA will work with the leadership of the University of Miami School of Law Momentum 2 Campaign Committee to raise much-needed funds in order to continue to build the next great American university.

Mr. Desai, 36, a University of Miami undergraduate and law school alumnus, has long been active in the UM community, serving as a legal officer for student discipline since 2003. He also serves on the University of Miami Alumni Association Board as a director. Mr. Desai is active with his fraternity, Pi Kappa Alpha, and is its Regional President. Mr. Desai serves on the board of the South Florida Council, Boy Scouts of America, where he is an Eagle Scout and recipient of the Distinguished Service Award.

Mr. Desai concentrates his practice of law in the areas of insurance defense, transactional and commercial litigation, and bad faith consultation and litigation. Mr. Desai is admitted to practice in the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, the District Courts for the Middle and Southern Districts of Florida, and all Florida state courts. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the Defense Research Institute, the Coral Gables Bar Association, the Dade County Bar Association, The Florida Bar, and the Florida Defense Lawyers Association, where he has served as chair of the Commercial Law Committee since 2008. Mr. Desai has also been named byFlorida Super Lawyers as a 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 Florida Rising Star.

Before becoming an attorney in 2003, Mr. Desai served as the Interim Ombudsperson and Assistant to the Vice President for Student Affairs at the University of Miami. During law school, Mr. Desai interned for the Honorable Paul C. Huck of the United States District Court, Southern District of Florida.

Mr. Desai graduated cum laude from the University of Miami School of Law, where he was President of the Student Bar Association and a Thomas R. Ewald Litigation Skills Scholar. He is also a member of the Iron Arrow Honor Society; Society of Bar and Gavel; Omicron Delta Kappa; Golden Key International Honour Society and Order of Omega.

Mr. Desai lives in Coral Gables.
Gaebe, Mullen, Antonelli & DiMatteo (GMA) is a 17-lawyer commercial and civil litigation firm with offices in Coral Gables and West Palm Beach. Since 1985, GMA has championed corporate clients’ interests from courtrooms to boardrooms as litigators and business counselors. Learn more at www.gaebemullen.com.



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