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Jonathan Dunleavy's representation encompasses a broad range of insurance cases, from the most basic slip-and-fall matters to more complex, multi-party wrongful death and high-dollar property claims. He focuses his practice on admiralty and maritime law, and advises clients in claims relating to insurance defense, USCG administrative proceedings, products liability, subrogation and construction defect claims. With a career spanning nearly 20 years, Jonathan has successfully tried cases in both state and federal courts. Jonathan is passionate about providing counsel to his clients using an individualized approach, taking the time to listen and to carefully assess each case.

Jonathan is a sought-after speaker and is routinely invited to present at various notable industry events, including the Fort Lauderdale Mariners Club Seminar, Tampa Bay Mariners Seminar and the Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute Annual Seminar. For over a decade, Jonathan has been an adjunct professor at the University of Miami, where he teaches public speaking. He is also an active member of various organizations, serving on the boards of directors and holding several high offices.


  • Secured a summary judgment in favor of a large peer-to-peer boat rental company in a wrongful death case. The court found our client not liable for the death of a young woman who was thrown from a boat rented through the platform, given federal immunity afforded under Section 230 and the lack of definition of a livery under the 2021 Florida Livery Statute. 


  • Best Lawyers in America, Admiralty and Maritime Law, 2024


  • Fort Lauderdale Mariners Club, Seminar Committee, 2011–present
  • Miami Dade County Bar Association


  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School, JD, 1997
  • Michigan State University, BS, 1994

Bar Admissions

  • Florida
  • Illinois

Court Admissions

  • US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • US District Court, Northern District of Florida
  • US District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • US District Court, Southern District of Florida