Mayanne Downs - Attorney at Law

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

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Biography

Mayanne is the president and managing director of GrayRobinson, the first woman to hold that position. She has served as president of the Orange County Bar Association, the Legal Aid Society, and the 100,000-member Florida Bar. She graduated at the top of her class at the University of Florida, and is a member of the University of Florida Hall of Fame. She is City Attorney for Orlando, the first woman to be appointed, and is also a member of the Judicial Qualifications Commission, which disciplines judges. She is proudest of being the first female managing partner of a major law firm in the Southeastern United States and the single parent of Barry, a Nashville musician, and Savannah, a third generation University of Florida law student. 

Mayanne served as president of The Florida Bar from 2010-2011. 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 has also 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. In addition, 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.

Mayanne received both her bachelor’s and juris doctor from the University of Florida. In law school, Mayanne held two senior editorial positions at the University of Florida Law Review; was chancellor of the Student Honor Court; was a member of the University of Florida Hall of Fame; tapped into Florida Blue Key; received numerous book awards by American Jurisprudence; and graduated with highest honors. She also was inducted into Order of the Coif.

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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, 2007-2018
    • Lawyer of the Year, Family Law, 2013 
  • Orange Appeal Magazine, "Women of the Year" List, 2017
  • Top 50 Women Florida Super Lawyers, 2012-2017
  • Florida Super Lawyers, 2006, 2008-2017
  • Florida Trend, Legal Elite, 2005-2006, 2009, 2011-2017
    • Legal Elite Hall of Fame, 2017
  • Orlando Magazine, 50 Most Powerful People, 2012-2017
  • 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
  • University of Florida Alumni Association, At-Large Director, 2017-2018  
  • 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
  • "How to Overcome Gender Bias in Real-World Legal Scenarios," Florida Association for Women Lawyers, Miami-Dade Chapter, February 21, 2017
  • 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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