Mayanne Downs - Attorney at Law

301 East Pine Street
Suite 1400
Post Office Box 3068 (32802-3068)
Orlando, Florida 32801

P 407-843-8880
F 407-244-5690
D 407-244-5647
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Biography

Mayanne is the president and managing director of GrayRobinson. An Orlando native, she has been part of the Central Florida business community for more than 35 years and has practiced law for 25 years. Her practice areas include commercial litigation, appellate law and high-stakes domestic matters. Mayanne also has served as the city attorney of Orlando since 2007, overseeing 25 lawyers and providing counsel to the mayor and city commission.

Mayanne has handled a wide array of matters throughout her career, including eminent domain litigation and trials; personal-injury cases; shareholder and business disputes; statutory shareholder-valuation matters; noncompete litigation; legal-malpractice defense; state and federal appellate matters; and family and domestic matters involving high-net-worth and high-profile individuals. She managed one of the largest divorce settlements on record (more than $200 million) in addition to class actions, representation of lawyers and law firms, jury and nonjury trials and appeals involving matters of first impression.

Mayanne has achieved a peer-based reputation for excellence in both legal management and advocacy and also has been recognized by Florida Trend's "Legal Elite," Florida Super Lawyers, Martindale-Hubbell, Best Lawyers in America and Orlando Magazine's Best Lawyers. She also was recommended by the state Judicial Nominating Commission for appointment to Florida's 5th District Court of Appeal.

Mayanne's commitment to academic and intellectual excellence began in law school, where she held two senior editorial positions at the University of Florida Law Review; was chancellor of the Student Honor Court (a position also held by former Florida governor and U.S. Senator Bob Graham); was a member of the University of Florida Hall of Fame; tapped into Florida Blue Key; received numerous book awards by American Jurisprudence (for the highest academic performance in the class); and graduated with highest honors. She also was inducted into Order of the Coif.

Mayanne is the past president of The Florida Bar (2010-2011), a mandatory bar association with more than 90,000 lawyers. As president, she traveled thousands of miles throughout Florida and the country, speaking to law organizations and newspaper editorial boards and testifying before the Florida Legislature. She implemented the first direct communication between bar leadership and bar members about legislative matters.

Mayanne also has served as president of the Orange County Bar Association, president of the Legal Aid Society of the Orange County Bar Association and president of the Central Florida Association for Women Lawyers, and was a member of the Board of Governors of The Florida Bar. 

Mayanne is honored to serve as a member of the Judicial Qualifications Commission, the constitutionally-based entity that handles disciplinary matters for Florida judges, and has been a hearing panel member of several trials.  

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Education
  • University of Florida, B.A. (1979)
  • University of Florida College of Law, J.D. (1987)
    • Honors: Chancellor, University of Florida Student Honor Court, 1987-1988
    • University of Florida Law Review, Executive Editor, 1986; Articles Editor, 1987 
Admissions
  • Florida, 1988
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
  • Florida U.S. Supreme Court 
Significant Reported Cases
Professional Associations & Memberships
  • The Florida Bar
    • Past President, 2010-2011
    • Board of Governors, 2002-present
      • Executive Committee, 2005-present
      • Board of Governors' Liaison
        • Florida Lawyers Assistance Liaison, 2005-present
      • Council of Sections Liaison, 2005-present
      • Statewide Budget Chair, 2005-2007
  • Orange County Bar Association, Member
    • President, 1997-1998
    • Executive Council, 1992-1998
  • The Legal Aid Society of The Orange County Bar Association
    • President, 1995-1996
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Central Florida Association for Women Lawyers, 1991-1992
  • 5th District Court of Appeal Nominee, 1999
  • Local Rules for the Middle District
    • Advisory Committee, 1998-2001
  • Florida Supreme Court Technology Commission, 2004-present
  • Senior Judge Review Commission, 5th District, 2004-present 
  • Orange County Clerk of Courts Transition Team, 2014-present
  • Central Florida Partnership, Board of Directors, 2013-2014
  • Orlando Economic Development Commission, Board Member, 2015-present
Awards & Recognitions
  • AV Preeminent™ rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Best Lawyers in America, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation & Family Law, 2007-2017
    • Lawyer of the Year, Family Law, 2013 
  • Orange Appeal Magazine, "Women of the Year" List, 2017
  • Top 50 Women Florida Super Lawyers, 2012-2016
  • Florida Super Lawyers, 2006, 2008-2016
  • Florida Trend, Legal Elite, 2005-2006, 2009, 2011-2016
  • Orlando Magazine, 50 Most Powerful People, 2012-2016
  • Orlando Magazine, Best Lawyers, 2007-2016
  • Orlando Business Journal, Women Who Mean Business Woman of the Year Award, 2014
  • Daily Business Review, Top Rated Lawyer, Appellate Law, 2013 
  • Barry University School of Law Champion for Justice Award, Recipient, 2013 
  • Orlando Sentinel, Orlando Power Brokers, 2013
  • American Jurisprudence Awards, 1985, 1986, 1987
Civic
  • University of Florida Law Center Association, Board of Trustees, 2012-2017
  • Go Red For Women®, Chair, 2016
  • Orlando Magic Youth Foundation, Board of Directors, 2016-2017
  • Wells Fargo Advisory Board, 2012 
Lectures
Articles & Publications
Presentations & Seminars
  • Panel Speaker, "The State of Downtown Orlando Real Estate," Downtown Orlando Real Estate Forum, February 18, 2016
  • Panel Speaker, "Professionalism Through Supporting Your Local Governments," Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers, April 16, 2015
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  • LinkedIn
  • Ingenuity in Action.TM

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