Daniela B. Abratt

Education

  • JD, Florida International University College of Law, 2015 (cum laude)
  • BS, University of Florida, 2012 (summa cum laude)

Bar Admissions

  • Florida
  • Southern District of Florida
  • Middle District of Florida

Recognitions

Daniela is an Associate in the Fort Lauderdale office with a practice concentration in media and communications law, including defamation and invasion of privacy. She also focuses on business litigation and intellectual property matters.

Now more than ever, a free press is vital to the preservation of our democracy. I feel privileged to work fighting to ensure the press indeed remains free, robust, and unencumbered in its critical and insatiable pursuit for truth.

Prior to joining the firm, Daniela served as a law clerk for the Honorable Robin S. Rosenbaum of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. She also previously served as an Associate at a civil litigation firm with a practice in civil rights, products liability, medical malpractice and catastrophic injury cases in both federal and state court.

Daniela received her Bachelor of Science in Journalism from the University of Florida in 2012, and her writing was published in a number of newspapers.  She graduated from the Florida International University College of Law in 2015. Prior to attending law school, Daniela worked as a freelance reporter for The Miami Herald.   

While in law school, Daniela interned at the Florida Supreme Court and the Third District Court of Appeal.  She also competed in the Monroe E. Price International Media Law Moot Court Programme, and placed third during the international round at Oxford University in Oxford, United Kingdom.  Daniela has served as a judge and coach for this same moot court.  She has served as an Adjunct Professor teaching a legal writing and research course at FIU law school.

As an active member of the community, Daniela sings in the Master Chorale of South Florida.  In addition, each year she raises funds to support the Florida Brain Cancer 5K.

  • Cruz v. State, 279 So. 3d 154 (Fla. 4th DCA 2019), rev. denied (Fla. 2020).  Successfully protected the right of access on behalf of the South Florida Sun Sentinel to the jail visitation logs of Parkland shooter Nikolas Cruz. The trial and appellate court agreed with our arguments that the Public Records Act contains no exemption for these records and that they were not protected by the attorney or work-product privileges, even if they include the names of experts visiting Cruz in jail.
  • Schwarz v. The Villages, Inc., et al., Case No. 5:18-cv-Oc-34PRL (M.D. Fla. Feb. 19, 2020). Obtained a dismissal with prejudice of a defamation claim against a number of corporate entities in The Villages for statements made in a Villages Daily Sun article.
  • School Board of Broward County v. Cruz (Fla. Cir Ct. 2018); State v. Cruz (Fla. Cir. Ct. 2018).  Successfully defended the South Florida Sun Sentinel and journalists Paula McMahon and Brittany Wallman against petition brought by the Broward County School Board seeking to hold the Sun Sentinel and its journalists in contempt for publishing an unredacted version of an educational assessment report about Parkland shooter Nikolas Cruz.
Publications
Appearances
  • Speaker, "Sunshine Seminar," First Amendment Foundation, Fort Lauderdale, FL (December 2019).
  • Moderator, "NTV The Real World: Male Allies Edition," Emerging Leaders Annual Meeting, National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms, Los Angeles, CA (September 2019).
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