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Carmen Y. Cartaya

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Shareholder CARMEN Y. CARTAYA is experienced in medical malpractice, general insurance defense, professional errors and omissions, long-term care litigation and commercial litigation. She has had the opportunity to represent administrators and insurers in complex life and health insurance disputes. Ms. Cartaya has been lead counsel in the defense of national class actions asserting non-compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act against national hospital companies and other class actions in U.S. District Courts. Her fluency in Spanish facilitates representation in matters concerning foreign contracts and policies of insurance.

She has authored various articles published in prestigious defense treatises and co-authored a chapter in trial techniques on the defense of psychiatric malpractice claims. Ms. Cartaya is a frequent lecturer in the areas of medical negligence and long-term care litigation and has also conducted mock trial presentations in the acute care and long-term care setting, focusing on medical documentation and its impact on litigation. She is a member of the Cuban-American Bar Association and is active in South Florida community affairs. Ms. Cartaya has served on the National Parkinson Foundation Board of Directors since 1994.

Ms. Cartaya was awarded an "AV" rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating given by that organization. She is admitted to practice in the state and federal courts in Florida, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals and before the United States Supreme Court.


  • University of Miami (J.D., 1984)
  • University of Miami (B.A., 1981)


  • Florida, 1985
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida, 1999
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1993
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida, 1986
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit, 1986


  • Trial Practice
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Class Action Litigation
  • Maritime Law
  • Civil Litigation
  • First Party Insurance Litigation
  • Hospital and Health Care
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Long Term Care Litigation
  • Civil Rights