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Victoria M. McLaughlin

Victoria M. McLaughlin

About

Ms. McLaughlin joined Bleakley Bavol Denman & Grace in March 2018 following her employment with the firm as a Summer Associate in 2017. As a Summer Associate, Ms. McLaughlin was able to participate and play a key role in the firm’s record $16.4 million jury verdict award in a professional malpractice/guardianship matter, Bivins v. Rogers et al.

Ms. McLaughlin has practiced in nearly all of the practice areas offered by the firm, including general liability litigation, trust and probate litigation, guardianship litigation, commercial litigation, bankruptcy litigation, appellate counsel, professional liability litigation, First Amendment litigation, first party insurance litigation, insurance coverage and re-insurance litigation, and construction litigation.

Ms. McLaughlin received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, Magna Cum Laude, from the University of South Florida in December of 2014 and graduated Cum Laude from The Florida State University College of Law in December of 2017. In fact, Ms. McLaughlin completed her undergraduate and law degrees in just 5 years total.

Ms. McLaughlin is a member of the Florida Bar, United States Court of Appeal for the Eleventh Circuit, United States District Court for the Middle and Southern Districts of Florida, United States Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida, the Young Lawyers Division, the Clearwater Bar Association, and the Hillsborough County Bar Association.

Ms. McLaughlin is a Tampa Bay native and grew up racing motocross across the United States. Prior to attending college, Ms. McLaughlin raced in the women’s professional class. Outside of the office, Victoria is an avid sports fan and enjoys fitness, concerts, traveling, and “betting the ponies.”

Practice Areas

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Trust and Probate Litigation
  • Guardianship Litigation
  • First Amendment Litigation
  • Professional Liability Litigation
  • Appellate Matters

Education

University of South Florida, B.A., Magna Cum Laude (2014)

  • Dean’s List 2012-2013, Fall 2014
  • Pi Sigma Alpha Honor Society, Chi Omega Fraternity: Owl Awards (3.5-3.99 GPA), Pearl Award (4.0 GPA)
  • Florida State University College of Law, J.D., Cum Laude – Top 14% (2017)
  • Florida State University Law Review, Staff Editor
  • Book Awards: Florida Constitutional Law; Seminar on the Constitution Revision Commission
  • Dean’s List Fall 2015, Spring 2017, Fall 2017

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Florida (2018)

Representative Clients

  • Shriners Hospitals for Children, Inc.
  • Albany Academies, Inc.
  • Edwin Taylor, LLC
  • TopBuild

Appellate Opinions

  • Edwin Taylor Corp. v. Mortgage Elec. Registration Sys., Inc., 311 So. 3d 139 (Fla. 2d DCA 2020)
  • Foster v. Radulovich, 46 Fla. L. Weekly D2677 (Fla. 2d DCA Dec. 17, 2021)
  • Bayfront Tower Condo. Ass’n Residential, Inc. v. Starr, 2D20-2983, 2021 WL 5406321 (Fla. 2d DCA Nov. 19, 2021)

Publications

  • A Family Affair: Presumption of Benefit if Family Member? (FSU Business Review, Spring 2017);
  • Oink, puff – and pass the statutory initiative (Tallahassee Democrat, April 25, 2017);
  • Florida retirees should be alert to guardianship abuse (Tallahassee Democrat, July, 27, 2018);
  • Estate Planning: A Guide to Avoiding the Terrors of the Guardianship System (Tallahassee Democrat, September 23, 2018)
  • Which Law Applies: State or Federal? (March 9, 2020);
  • Who Decides the Issue: Court or Arbitrator(s)? (March 18, 2020);
  • Lender or Lienor – Who is the Winner? (Lawyer Magazine Nov/Dec 2020);
  • Protecting the Rights of Those We Seek to Protect (The National Guardian Winter 2023

Top Lawyers

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Make-A- Wish
  • H. Ferguson M. E. White American Inn of Court (2020 – Present)