We take great pride in our dedication to our community. Some of our recent contributions include the following:
“Persistence prevails when all else fails” - This is one of Diana Santa Maria’s, J.D. ‘84, favorite quotes. As a mother of two who started her own law practice with a nine-month old and another child on the way, Santa Maria certainly exemplifies persistence... read more
On December 24, 2015, Runners Depot held their annual “The 12 Miles of Christmas” charity run and drive to provide toys and support for the children of Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital.
Captivated by the cause, the Law Offices of Diana Santa Maria, P.A. made a donation to Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital with hopes of increasing the number of children receiving gifts this holiday.
January 2014 Diana Santa Maria awarded Trial Lawyer of the Year by ABOTA (American Board of Trial Advocates) Ft. Lauderdale Chapter.
May 2013 Diana Santa Maria participated as part of the Plaintiff Trial Lawyer Team at a recent Masters In Trial full day seminar presented by the Fort Lauderdale Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates visit the ABOTA Ft. Lauderdale Chapter website.
January 2013 Attorney Diana Santa Maria was installed as the Immediate Past President of the Fort Lauderdale Chapter of ABOTA. To view “A Year in Review” by Diana Santa Maria, please click here.
January 2013 Diana Santa Maria was selected for membership into The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Trial Lawyers . The National Trial Lawyers is a professional organization composed of the premier trial lawyers from across the country who exemplify superior qualifications as civil plaintiff or criminal defense trial lawyers. Membership is by invitation only.
December 2012 As a member of the Sheriff’s Foundation of Broward County Board of Directors, Diana attended their holiday tribute to Sheriff Al Lamberti.
November 2012 Diana appeared on CBS The Doctors TV Show where she spoke on the effects of receiving cosmetic procedures from unlicensed beauty technicians Click here to view episode: Beauty Spa Blunder
October 2012 As President of the Fort Lauderdale Chapter of ABOTA, Diana Santa Maria, along with her fellow members and colleagues presented a seminar entitled “Maximizing Your Mediation”. Diana spoke on Bilingual Mediations and Cultural Diversity in Mediation. The program was approved for 2.0 CLE and CME credit by the Florida Bar. To order a copy of the DVD of the program please visit the ABOTA Ft. Lauderdale Chapter website.
In the face of the Merit Retention vote involving Florida Supreme Court Justices, Lewis. Pariente and Quince, Diana Santa Maria and other ABOTA (Fort Laud. Chapter) leaders participated in an infomercial to educate and inform regarding the importance of preserving the independence of the Judiciary and condemning political partisanship. To view, click here.
October 2012 Diana attended and co-sponsored a Breakfast Fundraiser for Sheriff Al Lamberti.
October 2012 Diana supported “Team In Training” event for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) which helps to accelerate finding cures for leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma and bring increased hope to the patients and families who are on the front lines of the battle against these blood cancers. Visit http://www.teamintraining.org to learn more.
September 2012 As in the past, Diana Santa Maria volunteered to be a jail bird and raised thousands of dollars for the American Cancer Society. To see the life-saving research that the ACS is sponsoring, click here.
August 2012 Diana Santa Maria, ( President of ABOTA Fort Lauderdale Chapter) together with William Clayton, co-chaired its Chapter’s First Annual Professionalism Program in honor of the late, Henry T. Latimer. At the event, Diana Santa Maria presented the Latimer family with a check for $2,500.00 which the chapter donated to the Henry T. Latimer Scholarship Fund at the University of Miami School of Law. To read The Florida Bar new article on this program, click here.
January 2012 Diana Santa Maria installed as President of the Fort Lauderdale Chapter of ABOTA
October 2011 Diana Santa Maria presents The Do's and Don'ts of Mediation to the Broward County Hispanic Bar Association
September 2010 Diana Santa Maria and Husband honored as 2010 South Florida's Finest Couples
Diana Santa Maria was installed as a Director of the Broward County Bar at its 2009 Annual Meeting and Installation Dinner held on Thursday, June 11, 2009 at Hyatt Regency Pier 66 in Ft. Lauderdale Florida.
March 2009 Diana Santa Maria was re- appointed to the Parole Board for the American Cancer Society of Broward in preparation for their Annual Jail and Bail Event to be held in June. During this annual event thousands of dollars are raised for the American Cancer Society and Cancer Research.
March 2009 the Law Offices of Diana Santa Maria, P.A. was recognized and presented with a plaque at the South Broward Bar Association's Annual Installation Dinner for their sponsorship of the event which featured Florida Supreme Court Justice Peggy Ann Quince as the Honored Guest and Speaker.
January 2009 Diana recently addressed Paralegals and young Attorneys at a Seminar presented by Half Moon Seminars on Personal Injury Practice for Paralegals. Her written outline for the presentation may be found in the Publications section of this website
November 2007 Thanksgiving Project to Feed the Hungry in Broward County
Diana Santa Maria, who serves on the Board of Directors of the Broward County Bar and heads the Goodwill Committee, recently contributed to and raised hundreds of dollars among her fellow Board members to feed the hungry in Broward. She along with several other Board members went to the Cooperative Feeding Program in Ft. Lauderdale on the day before Thanksgiving and gave out food vouchers purchased from Publix to needy families in Broward so that they could have a turkey and food for Thanksgiving Day. The Cooperative Feeding Program focuses on addressing the poverty and hunger crisis in Broward County and has served as a model agency in addressing these issues for over 20 years.
(June 2007) Diana Santa Maria was recently appointed to the American Cancer Society of Broward County's Parole Board for their Annual Jail and Bail Event. On June 29th 2007 she volunteered to be a jail bird and raised thousands of dollars for the American Cancer Society.
April 2007 After the criminal conviction of a teacher accused of molesting a student in the Broward County Public School system for over a year and a half, Diana, who is presently handling the civil lawsuit against the School Board, hopes that this will bring greater awareness by the Broward County School Board and heightened standards in their hiring practices of teachers as well as in their responsibility to provide a safe and secure environment to their students.
February 2007 Diana recently addressed lawyers at the American Association for Justice Winter Convention on the topic of "Handling Connective Tissue Disorder Cases", this was a joint presentation together with a local prominent neurologist. She also authored and spoke to lawyers attending the Florida Justice Association annual "Workhorse Seminar" on the topic of "The Defense Exam and Plaintiff's Pre-existing Conditions and Injuries-Strategies, Tactics and Techniques to Debunk Defense Positions and Strategies"
This firm served as Corporate Sponsor for the Annual Men of St. Mark Golf Classic, held at the Country Club of Miami. The proceeds of which were used for furthering the educational and building goals of St. Mark's Catholic School in Cooper City, Florida. The huge turn out for this event was phenomenal and a good time was had by all in attendance.;
This firm has supported Covenant House Florida in order to help disadvantaged children ; we believe that children are our future and that all should be given a chance;
This firm has sponsored the Leukemia Society of America's (Leukemia Society of America, http://www.leukemia.org/)"Team in Training" in the hopes that a cure will one day be found for this debilitating disease;
The Firm is a long-time contributor and active participant in the Florida Lawyers Action Group and a Patron for Endowment for Academic Giving to Law and Education (EAGLE) an arm of the Florida Association for Justice;
Diana is a long time member (1996-2006) of the Board of Directors for the Florida Justice Association as well as being a long time member andsupporter of theFlorida Justice Association's Women's Caucus.
This firm has served as coporate sponsor for the Annual Golf Tournament of St. Jerome Catholic Church and School in Broward.
This firm supports the Boys & Girls Club of Broward County with the hope that every child will find proper guidance and a loving heart.
Diana continues to be an active member of the University of Miami Law Alumni Association;
This firm consistently supports the Voices For Children of Miami-Dade County the mission of which is to raise funds to ensure that every abused and neglected child in Miami-Dade County has a court-appointed Guardian Ad Litem volunteer and that financial assistance and other resources are available for their accompanying health, educational and social needs.
Fall of 2005 This firm provided financial and legal support to the victims of the Katrina Hurricane disaster in New Orleans; soon thereafter this firm, itself, became a victim of the ravages of Hurricane Wilma which struck and devastated our offices on October 24, 2005. We were immediately evacuated and continued our practice in temporary space until we moved into our permanent new offices in July of 2006.
2004 - As part of her commitment to the legal profession, Diana was appointed by the Florida Bar and serves on the Florida Bar's Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism which aspires to to elevate the standard of professionalism for lawyers throughout the state;
June 2004 Diana was recommended by the Florida Bar and appointed by the Governor of the State of Florida to the 'Florida Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission', Florida Judicial Nominating Commission Members a nonpaying position of service to the state of Florida in helping to ensure that the Justices of the Florida Supreme Court and other statewide legal positions of great importance are comprised of persons with the highest standards of character and ethics as well as legal ability;
2002 December Diana Santa Maria appearing in the Miami Herald's "New Year's Resolution of South Florida Professionals" featuring the next year's resolutions of prominent professionals; is quoted to have among her personal resolutions for the coming year,"the continued improvement of the image of trial lawyers as champions of the general public";
2000-2004 As part of her commitment to serving the public interest, Diana was twice appointed (by the Florida Bar President) and served as the lawyer representative on the "Citizens Forum" Committee of the Florida Bar, comprised of non-lawyer citizens throughout the state committed to raising the standards of excellence for lawyers in Florida;
2001 - Post 911 Efforts After the 911 disaster and through our contribution to the ATLA 9-11 Heroes Fund, this office, among many other lawyers and law offices nationwide, attempted to help those families that were affected by the tragic events of September 11;
Diana has actively supported and in the past served as a member of the Board of Directors for ASPIRA of Florida, Inc. and Chair for ASPIRA of Broward County, a nonprofit community based youth organization dedicated to the leadership and educational development of minority youth;
From injuries caused through medical negligence to spinal cord injuries, physical disfigurement and wrongful death caused by car crashes, falls, or violent crimes on commercial property, our lawyers will evaluate your case free of charge and advise you on the best course of action. We are aggressive in settlement negotiations as well as in litigation and trial in order to secure justice for our clients within the bounds of the law.
Law Offices of Diana Santa Maria, P.A.
5220 S. University Dr., Suite 205C
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33328
Phone: (954) 434-1077
Toll Free # (800) 668-2156