Manu Leila Davidson has a diverse practice with a focus on complex civil litigation. The depth of her practice extends to commercial litigation/business torts, insurance coverage and bad faith disputes, product liability, appeals, casualty, and employment litigation. Manu regularly appears in state and federal court.
As part of her commercial litigation practice, Manu handles a variety of contract-based disputes arising from real estate transactions, commercial landlord-tenant disputes, and construction defect litigation. Her insurance practice is also diverse and includes representing insurers in bad faith and coverage litigation under a variety of policy forms. She also prosecutes declaratory judgment actions and provides coverage opinions. In the product liability segment of her practice, she represents manufacturers of recreational vehicles and industrial equipment in matters involving catastrophic injuries and breach of warranty disputes. She also represents retail clients handling matters ranging from premises liability, product liability, warranty claims, commercial and transactional disputes, and construction disputes. She also defends employers in a variety of labor and employment disputes including harassment, wrongful termination, retaliation and alleged violation of civil rights.
Manu manages matters from their inception through trial and works closely with clients to develop a litigation strategy to reach the best possible result. She was on the Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell trial team, serving as second chair, that obtained a defense verdict in November 2010 in a personal watercraft product liability case tried in the United States District Court, Middle District of Florida.
She has been recognized by her peers for her accomplishments and dedication to the practice of law. She was listed as a Florida Super Lawyers Rising Star for 2010; selected as a Finalist for the 2011 Daily Business Review Most Effective Lawyer, Products Liability Category; and is listed in Florida Trend Magazine Florida Legal Elite for 2012.
Before joining Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell, Manu practiced in the areas of general civil litigation, insurance coverage, labor and employment, insurance defense, premises liability, professional malpractice, nursing home litigation, and condominium and community association law.
While in law school, Manu had the distinction of serving as the Editor-in-Chief of the Nova Law Review. She worked as a teacher’s assistant in both Civil Procedure and Constitutional Law. She was on the Dean's List, and received book awards in Legal Research & Writing and Health Law.