Welcome to the FDLA

President's Message

Thank you to the Florida Defense Lawyers Association for allowing me the opportunity to serve as your President for 2019-2020. It is an honor and privilege to have the trust of my fellow members to lead this outstanding organization. As in the past, we continue to face challenges in our profession, which make the need for your active engagement in our organization that much more critical. The need to mentor young lawyers and advocate for the defense bar provides us with an exciting set of opportunities in the coming year.

During my tenure, I hope to work with our talented Board of Directors to grow our membership and continue to deliver programs that are of value (and fun) to our members. It is clear to me that the strength of our organization lies in developing new talent, as well as keeping ourselves current on the latest strategies to combat the Plaintiff’s bar and advances in our profession. In the coming months, FDLA will host webinars and our annual winter meeting in Tahoe, Nevada. It is my hope that you would be able to participate in any of these upcoming events, or help us in promoting them to members of your legal networks both within your firms and outside them. Earlier this month, FDLA hosted a successful ADR Skills Workshop under the leadership of conference chairman Frank Pierce, IV. This was a terrific day-long workshop.

Following our winter meeting in January of 2020, we are looking forward to hosting our inaugural Medical Malpractice Summit on April 15-16, 2020 in Orlando, Florida, followed by our signature event, the Florida Liability Claims Conference (FLCC), on June 3-5, 2020 at Disney’s Boardwalk Inn. I hope you will make plans to attend..

Lastly, I want to congratulate Traci Mckee, our most recent past president, for a fantastic 2018-2019 year. During Traci’s tenure as President, she led efforts not only to grow our organization but also to transition it into a more dynamic, positive and transformative one. Our organization is eternally grateful for her leadership and continued involvement.

In the coming months, I look forward to meeting with many of you as we continue to build upon the energy and momentum of the last few years. I am excited to lead our organization and am counting on your pledge to help us grow and further advance the mission of the FDLA.

Best wishes,
Devang Desai



The Florida Defense Lawyers Association (FDLA) is a state organization of Lawyers involved in the defense of civil litigation. As such, FDLA expresses its strong commitment to the goal of diversity in its membership. Our member attorneys conduct business throughout Florida, the United States and around the world, and FDLA values the perspectives and varied experiences that are found only in a diverse membership. The promotion and retention of a diverse membership is essential to the success of our organization as a whole as well as our respective professional pursuits. Diversity brings to our organization a broader and richer environment which produces creative thinking and solutions. As such, FDLA embraces and encourages diversity in all aspects of its activities. FDLA is committed to creating and maintaining a culture that supports and promotes diversity in its organization.

Quick Facts

Over 50 Years of service
The first meeting of the original members of the FDLA took place in 1966 with formal formation of the organization in April of 1967

Approaching 1000 Members
Approximate current member count.

Florida, Georgia, Mississippi and Alabama
Current States represented in membership

Trial Advocate
Trial Advocate, the FDLA's professional journal is not only received by members but is sent to all Florida judges, industry professionals statewide and is published by Westlaw as a legal resource.