McIntosh Sawran & Cartaya, P.A. began operation on March 13, 1989. The firm was founded by Douglas M. McIntosh, who was a partner in a well-respected defense firm in Miami. Mr. McIntosh, together with Carmen Y. Cartaya, had developed litigation expertise over the years in such legal disciplines as general negligence, products liability, professional negligence, insurance, admiralty and maritime matters. A strong desire to create a firm representing its clients in a highly professional, responsive and ethical climate led to the firm's creation.
In May of 1993, James C. Sawran joined the firm, bringing his expertise in handling medical malpractice defense matters. Mr. Sawran was able to further diversify the firm's litigation expertise. Ms. Cartaya was named as a partner in 1995 and has continued to expand the firm's litigation practice throughout the state.