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Donna Devaney Stockham, Esq.

Donna DeVaney Stockham

Biography

Donna DeVaney Stockham is the President of Stockham Law Group. She received her Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Stetson University College of Law, St. Petersburg, Florida in 1997 and she was admitted to the Florida Bar that same year. She belongs to several professional associations including the Windstorm Insurance Network where she served as a Board Member for 4 years, the Florida Association of Public Insurance Adjusters (FAPIA), Federal Association for Insurance Reform (FAIR), Board of Governors, and Florida Policyholder Cooperative (FPC), Executive Board Member. Mrs. Stockham represents homeowners, boat owners, business owners, condominium associations, hotels, restaurants, churches, and monasteries in property damage insurance litigation claims. Mrs. Stockham is often asked to speak to organizations and associations about property insurance law.

Mrs. Stockham is AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®, was selected for inclusion to the Florida Super Lawyers® list for ten (10) consecutive years and prior to that was selected as a Rising Star® from 2010-2012, selected to Florida Trend's 2016-2020 Florida Legal Elite, ranked by peers as one of Tampa's Top Lawyers published in The National Law Journal in 2012 and has been recognized by Tampa's Best Lawyers: The Definitive Guide to Legal Representation in Tampa, 2012 Edition. In addition to the above achievements and awards, she received a rating of 5.0 out of 5.0 from peers from the Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review. These ratings and recognitions are extremely valuable when evaluating a lawyer. The AV ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the bar, the judiciary, and attorneys and Mrs. DeVaney Stockham has held this high rating since her 3rd year as a lawyer. The legal abilities that she was rated on are based on performance in five key areas: Legal Knowledge, Lawyer's familiarity with the laws governing his/her specific area of practice(s, Analytical Capabilities - Lawyer's creativity in analyzing legal issues and applying technical knowledge, Judgment - Lawyer's demonstration of the salient factors that drive the outcome of a given case or issue, Communication Ability - Lawyer's capability to communicate persuasively and credibly, Legal Experience - Lawyer's degree of experience in his/her specific area of practice(s).

Practice Areas

  • Property Insurance Litigation

Education

  • Stetson University College of Law, St. Petersburg, Florida
    • Juris Doctor - 1997
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Honors: Moot Court Board
    • Honors: Mock Trial Team
    • Honors: Victor O. Wehle Trial Advocacy Award
    • Honors: Walter Mann Award Winner
  • Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama
    • Bachelor of Science - 1993

Bar Admissions

  • Florida, 1997
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Florida, 1999
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida, 1997
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida, 1999
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1999
  • U.S. District Court District of Colorado
  • Texas, 2008

Professional Associations

  • Windstorm Insurance Network, Board Member , 2018 to 2022
  • Federal Association for Insurance Reform (FAIR), , Board of Governors
  • Florida Policyholder Cooperative (FPC), , Executive Board Member
  • Florida Association of Public Insurance Adjusters (FAPIA), Associate Member
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division, Board of Directors, 2000 to 2005

Published Works

  • “Mediating Property Insurance Cases: An Overview”, Co-authored, April, 2014
  • "Consumer and Customer Disputes With Goods or Services Providers", American Bar Association's Alternative Dispute Resolution Handbook, 2000

Honors

  • Tampa Bay Business Journal's Leadership Trust, Member
  • Florida Trend’s Legal Elite
  • Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers®, a Thomson Reuters Business
  • Super Lawyers Rising Stars®
  • Tampa Bay Magazine’s Women to Watch
  • The National Law Journal, Tampa’s Top Lawyers
  • Tampa Bay Magazine’s Top Lawyers
  • Marquis’ Who’s Who in America Law, Edition Eleven
  • Marquis’ Who’s Who in America Law, Edition Thirteen
  • Marquis’ Who’s Who in America, Edition Fifty-Seven
  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated™ by Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Rating of 5.0 out of 5.0, Martindale-Hubbell

Classes & Seminars

  • “Communication Strategies for Success" – Windstorm Insurance Network Annual Conference, 2021
  • “Wind v. Wind-Driven Rain” – Florida Association of Public Insurance Adjusters Spring Conference, June 2018
  • “The Option to Repair” – Windstorm Insurance Network Annual Conference, January 2017
  • “Condominium Claims – Know How to Win Before You Begin” – Florida Association of Public Insurance Adjusters, May 2016
  • “The Truth About Bad Faith and Extra Contractual Litigation” – Windstorm Insurance Network Annual Conference, February 2016
  • “Return to Civility: How to Communicate More Effectively” – Windstorm Insurance Network Annual Conference, January 2015
  • Speaker, Mediating Property Insurance Cases, Speaker at the American Bar Association Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section (TIPS), Property Insurance Law Committee, Spring CLE meeting in Carlsbad, California, 2014
  • “Protecting Your Client’s Interests During Settlement”, Windstorm Insurance Network Annual Conference, 2013
  • “BURDEN OF PROOF ISSUES”, ABA TIPS Property Insurance Law Committee Spring Meeting, May 16-18, 2013 at the PGA National Resort in West Palm Beach, Florida
  • “How Do You Cause a Hurricane? Uncovering the Subtle Signs of Fraud During a Windstorm Claim”, Windstorm Insurance Network Annual Conference, 2012
  • “Law and Ordinance Coverage: Policy Provisions, Application, Recent Developments and Issues”, Windstorm Insurance Network Annual Conference, 2011
  • “Business Income Coverage” , FAPIA Summer Conference, 2010
  • Communications Matters: Effectively Addressing Industry Perceptions” , Windstorm Insurance Network Annual Conference, 2010
  • “Speed Adjusting: A Fast and Furious Look at the Concerns and Considerations of Insurance Claims and How They Can Affect Public Adjusting”, FAPIA Summer Conference, 2009
  • "Words Matter", Texas WIND Symposium, 2009
  • "The Merlin Guide: How to ethically and efficiently adjust claims in Texas", Seminar for Texas Public Adjusters, 2009
  • "Rules and Time Limits, Electronic Discovery and Expert Witnesses", Windstorm Insurance Network Annual Conference, January 2009
  • "Exams, Proofs, and Outrageous Demands for Cooperation", FAPIA, 2009
  • Ethical Adjusting in a Rapidly Changing Environment, Windstorm Insurance Conference, 2008

Pro-Bono Activities

  • Alpha House of Tampa, Inc., Legal Counsel, 2002 to 2006

Fraternities or Sororities

  • Phi Delta Phi