Mayanne Downs Attorney At Law

Mayanne Downs - Attorney at Law

General Counsel and Shareholder

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Orlando 301 East Pine Street Suite 1400 Orlando, Florida 32801

Mayanne is General Counsel for GrayRobinson and has been a Shareholder since 2012. She served as GrayRobinson's President and Managing Director from 2016-2019, the first woman to hold that position. She has served as president of the Orange County Bar Association, the Legal Aid Society, the Central Florida Association for Women Lawyers, and the 100,000-member Florida Bar. She graduated at the top of her class from the University of Florida, and is a member of the University of Florida Hall of Fame. Mayanne was the first woman to serve as Orlando’s City Attorney, and has held that position since being appointed by the Mayor in 2007. 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 graduate of the University of Florida College of Law and proud member of The Florida Bar.

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; a member of the University of Florida Hall of Fame; tapped into Florida Blue Key; received numerous book awards and graduated with highest honors. She also was inducted into Order of the Coif.

Mayanne currently serves on the Judicial Qualifications Commission, which investigates and adjudicates allegations of judicial misconduct.

  • Areas of Emphasis
    • Premises Liability Defense
  • Education
    • University of Florida College of Law, J.D., Highest Honors (1987), University of Florida, B.A. (1979)
    • Emory University (1974-76)
  • Admissions
    • Florida, 1988
    • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
    • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
    • U.S. Supreme Court 
  • Professional Associations and 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
      • Search Committee, Executive Director 2017
    • Florida Secretary of Agriculture Nikki Fried Inauguration Leadership Committee, 2018
    • The Florida Bar Foundation, Board of Directors, 2018
    • 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, President 1991-1992
    • 5th District Court of Appeal Nominee, 1999
    • Local Rules for the Middle District
      • Advisory Committee, 1998-2001
    • Florida Supreme Court Technology Commission, 2004-2008
    • Senior Judge Review Commission, 5th District, 2004-2006 
    • Orange County Clerk of Courts Transition Team, 2014-2015
    • Central Florida Partnership, Board of Directors, 2013-present
    • Orlando Economic Partnership, Board Member, 2015-present
    • Orange County School Board, Search Committee, Chair 2008
    • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida, Magistrate Selection Committee, Chair 2010
    • Judicial Qualification Commission, 2014-present
    • Florida Supreme Court Task Force on IOTA Distribution, Chair (2019-present)
  • Awards and Recognitions
    • AV Preeminent® rated by Martindale-Hubbell
    • Best Lawyers in America, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Family Law, 2007-2022
      • Lawyer of the Year, Family Law, 2013
      • Lawyer of the Year, Bet-the-Company Litigation, 2020
    • Florida Super Lawyers, 2006, 2008-2022
      • Top 50 Women in Florida, 2012-2018
      • Top 50 in Orlando, 2018-2022
    • Florida TrendLegal Elite, 2005-2006, 2009, 2011-2022
      • Hall of Fame, 2017-2022
    • The Business Journal, Top 100 Influencers: Law List, 2019
    • Orlando Business Journal CEO of the Year, 2019
    • Florida Trend, Florida 500: Florida's Most Influential Business Leaders, 2019-2020
    • Florida Trend, Florida 500: Living Legend, 2021
    • Orange Appeal Magazine, "Women of the Year," 2017
    • Orlando Magazine, 50 Most Powerful People, 2012-2021
    • Orlando Magazine, Best Lawyers, 2007-2021
    • Florida Trend Magazine, "People to Know," 2019
    • 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, 2013 
    • Orlando Sentinel, Orlando Power Brokers, 2013
    • American Jurisprudence Awards, 1985, 1986, 1987
    • Florida Trend Magazine, Florida’s Top 500 Business Leaders 2020
  • 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-present
    • Wells Fargo Advisory Board, 2012-2016
  • Articles and Publications
    • Co-Author with Jason Zimmerman, "M.D. Fla. Formatting Checklists," Practical Law Litigation, 2020