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Megan Costa DeVault

Partner 
420 South Orange Avenue
Suite 1200
Orlando, FL 32801
 
Tel:
407.419.8426
Fax:
407.843.6610
 
 

A first-chair trial lawyer, Megan DeVault prosecutes and defends complex commercial, business, and real estate litigation in state and federal courts. On behalf of Fortune 500, publicly traded, and privately owned business, including builders, developers, investors, financial institutions, and corporate fiduciaries, she litigates contractual disputes, shareholder class actions, and derivative suits, including serving as lead counsel in dozens of trials and arbitrations.

Owing to the complexity of her litigation experience, Megan’s clients appreciate her extensive knowledge in managing and executing large-scale e-discovery projects, with a focused effort to minimize business disruption and avoid costly consequences of non-compliance.

In all representation, Megan draws on her master's-level business education to provide clients with legal counsel that aligns with company objectives.

Notable Work
Real Estate and Construction Litigation: Represented national homebuilders in high-volume, multi-jurisdictional disputes involving construction defect claims brought by purchasers. Representation required coordination of defense among multiple parties (including sub-contractors) in arbitrations and civil litigation brought throughout the State of Florida.

Commercial Litigation: Represented a Fortune 500 company in shareholder derivative class action. Representation involved coordination and roll-out of sensitive and extensive e-discovery as part of an accelerated proceeding.

Commercial Litigation: Represented a limited liability company and manager member in multi-million dollar dispute involving claims of misappropriation, breach of fiduciary duty, judicial dissolution and other business torts through trial and subsequent appeals.

Commercial Litigation: Represented a large consortium of international clients to protect, maintain, and preserve millions of dollars in investment assets in the United States.
 
Representative Experience
 
Real Estate and Construction Litigation
 
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Represented a residential home builder sued by a group of disgruntled purchasers seeking to enforce various contracts containing terms detrimental to the builder.
 
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Represented a national homebuilder in the prosecution of claims against an engineer for violations of the Florida Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices Act and fraud.
 
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Represented builders, developers and investors in connection with due diligence activities related to the purchase of distressed assets or loan documents directly from financial institutions. Representation includes counseling clients during the acquisition and assignment of defaulted loan documents, together with the subsequent prosecution of any foreclosure action needed to obtain clear title to the real property collateral.
 
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Represented landlords in issues involving eviction, holdover tenancy, restrictive lease covenants, property maintenance and repair, abandonment of property, removal of fixtures and personalty, and CAM charges.
 
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Represented a developer in defense of claims against purchasers seeking to rescind their purchase contracts. Sullivan v. Fl Land Partners, LLC, Case No. 5d12-2839 (Fla. 5th DCA, Oct. 1, 2013)
 
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Represented a client in a matter involving the reversal of trial court order due to violation of procedural due process. Winthrop v. Castellano, Case No. 5D12-4759 (Fla. 5th DCA, April 17, 2013)
 
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Represented national builders and developers in complex litigation involving disputes with Homeowners and Condo Associations relating to the turnover of association control to owners and underlying maintenance and construction defects alleged to have occurred prior to the turnover.
 
Awards & Recognition
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The Best Lawyers in America 2012-2017, Listed in Florida for Litigation - Banking & Finance
 
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Super Lawyers Magazine 2013-2017, Listed in Florida for Business Litigation
 
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Orlando Business Journal 2013, Recognized as one of the "Women to Watch" in Orlando
 
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Super Lawyers Magazine 2010-2012, Listed in Florida as a "Rising Star" for Business Litigation and General Litigation
 
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United Negro College Fund, Champion of Education Award, 2012
 
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Florida Trend's Legal Elite 2011, Listed as an "Up and Comer" for Commercial Litigation
 
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Orlando Business Journal 2010, "Women Who Mean Business," Up and Comer, Finalist
 
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Orlando Business Journal 2009, Recognized as the "40 Under 40," Outstanding Female of the Year
 
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Orlando Business Journal 2007, "Women Who Mean Business," Nominee
 
Published Works & Lectures
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Akerman's Guide to Doing Business in Florida: A Legal Guide for Out-of-State and Foreign Businesses, Author, "The Foreclosure Process," 2011, 2013, and 2016
 
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Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) Board of Directors Presentation, Co-Presenter, "Creating, Delivering, and Reporting Value: A Roadmap for In-House Counsel," August 2014
 
Professional Memberships & Activities
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United Negro College Fund, Advisory Board, Member, 2009-Present; Scholarship Committee, Chair, 2010-Present
 
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Central Florida Inns of Court, Barrister Member, 2009-2010
 
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Leadership Orlando, Class 79, Graduate
 
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Orlando Science Center, Community Council, Member, 2008-Present
 
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Orlando Health Foundation, Women's Advisory Council, Member, 2010-Present
 
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Habitat for Humanity, Orlando, Board Member
 
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Orlando Sports Foundation, Member
 
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The Florida Bar, Trial Lawyers Section, Member
 
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Orange County Bar Association, Member
 
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11th Circuit Court of Appeals, Historical Society, Member
 
Related Professional Experience
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U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida, Judicial Intern to the Honorable Mary S. Scriven
 

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Megan Costa  DeVault

Practice
Litigation
Education
Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management, 2011; Governing the Family Business
J.D., Stetson University College of Law, 2001; cum laude
M.B.A., Stetson University, 2001
B.A., University of Florida, 1998; with honors
Bar Admissions
Florida
 
 
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