Margaret D. Mathews

Akerman, LLP

Clearwater, Florida 33755


Banking, Business, Commercial, Contract, Discrimination, Employment, Inheritance Disputes, Intellectual Property, Partnership Disputes, Patent, Personal Injury, Probate, Product Liability, Real Estate, Shareholder Disputes, Trusts and Estates, Workplace

Margaret Mathews, head of Tampa's Litigation Practice Group, is a business litigator, as well as a Certified Mediator. Margaret has over 30 years of experience in federal and state trial and appellate courts as well as before administrative bodies in business disputes, contractual claims, statutory claims, business torts, products liability, class actions, mass actions, and licensing matters. Recently, Margaret was part of teams who took 2 multi-week trials to verdict in the Middle District and one in Pinellas County Circuit Court.

Margaret has led several local bar associations and groups and has served on the Board of Governors of The Florida Bar since 2011. She frequently speaks at legal education seminars and serves as a volunteer pro-bono lawyer for Bay Area Legal Service.


-        Litigation

-        Mediation


-        J.D., University of Florida Levin College of Law, 1982; with honors

-        B.A., Vanderbilt University, 1979; cum laude

Court Admissions

-      U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit

-      U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida

-      U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida

-      U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida

-      U.S. Supreme Court

Areas of Experience


Business Disputes

Class Action Defense

Trade Secrets


Professional Memberships and Activities

-      University of Florida Law Center Association, Emeritus, Board of Trustees

-      Florida Blue Key, Honorary Member, 2013

-      The Florida Bar, 13th Judicial Circuit, Board of Governors Member;

  • Rules Committee Chair, 2012;
  • Gender Equality in the Profession, Past Co-Chair, 1997-1998;
  • Appellate Rules Committee, Past Chair, 1993-1994

-      Middle District Bench Bar Fund Committee, 2010-2013

-      Middle District Grievance Committee, 2002-2012, Chair, 2005-2012

-      Maritime Law Association, Member

-      American Bar Foundation, Fellow

-      Cheatwood Inn of Court, Past President 2008-2009; Past Secretary, 2000-2007

-      Hillsborough County Commission on the Status of Women, Commissioner, 2002-2010

-      Hillsborough County Bar Foundation, Past President, 2007-2008

-      Bay Area Legal Services, Board of Directors; Past President, 2003

-      Hillsborough County Bar Association, Past President, 1998-1999

-      Middle District Merit Selection Panel, Magistrate Selection, 1995; Past Chair, 1996

-      Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers, Past President, 1993-1994

Awards & Recognition

The Best Lawyers in America 2009-2015 - Listed for Commercial Litigation

Super Lawyers Magazine 2009-2014 - Listed in Florida for Business Litigation and Transportation/Maritime

Super Lawyers Magazine 2009-2014 - Listed in Florida for Business Litigation and Transportation/Maritime

Super Lawyers Magazine 2012-2015 - Listed in Florida as one of the "Top 50 Women Lawyers"

Super Lawyers Magazine 2013 - Listed in Florida as a "Top 50 Women Lawyer in Tampa"

Florida Trend's Legal Elite 2009 - 2015 Listed for Commercial Litigation

Florida Association for Women Lawyers 2010 - Recognized as a "Leader in the Law"

Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers 2010 - Recipient of the Achievement Award

The Florida Bar 1998 - Recipient of the President's Pro Bono Award

Hillsborough County Bar 1998 - Recipient of the Jimmy Kynes Pro Bono Service Award

Martindale Hubbell, AV Rated

Published Works

Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division, Basic Trial Practice, Speaker, "Opening Statements," 2015

Hillsborough County Trial Lawyers Section, Civil Trial Seminar, Speaker, "Closing Arguments," 2012, 2013

The Federal Bar Association's Sixth Annual Civil Seminar, Speaker, "Arbitration, Mediation, and Alternative Dispute Resolutions," 2013 

Florida Civil Practice Damages, Author, "Damages in Commercial Cases," 1996

Frequent lecturer on various topics including discovery & appellate issues in Continuing Legal Education Seminars sponsored by The Florida Bar & The Hillsborough County Bar Association


401 East Jackson Street
Suite 1700
Tampa, FL 33602