Meghan O. Serrano

Partner, Litigation and Disputes Regional Service Line Leader, Financial Institutions and Insurance Business Sector Co-Chair

Board certified in business litigation by The Florida Bar, Meghan is considered an expert in her field, practicing in all phases of civil and business litigation, including performing and analyzing discovery; drafting motions; attending mediations, hearings, and motion sessions; conducting witness depositions; and preparing for trial and appellate proceedings. Meticulous and hardworking, Meghan regularly represents businesses and business owners, employers, insurers, banks, lenders, and landlords in both state and federal court at the trial level and on appeal.

Meghan collaborates with her clients and colleagues to develop the strongest possible strategy to achieve client objectives, whether defensive or offensive, before disputes erupt into expensive and protracted litigation. She has extensive experience representing businesses in contract disputes, insurers in all types of civil litigation, employers in disputes with employees, including claims involving misappropriation and theft of trade secrets and confidential information and violation of non-compete agreements, lenders in title claims, foreclosures, deficiencies, workouts, and real estate owned (REO) matters; and landlords in eviction actions and other lease disputes. She also regularly represents personal representatives, surviving spouses, trustees, and beneficiaries in trust and estate disputes.

With a passion for sharing her knowledge, Meghan is a contributing author to the 2016, 2018, 2020, and 2022 supplements to Foreclosures in Florida (Lexis Nexis), which contains information she gained during the Great Recession while working with banks on loan defaults and foreclosure. In addition, she was selected by Lexis Nexis to author their Commercial Mortgage Foreclosure (Florida), Residential Mortgage Foreclosure (Florida), Commercial Eviction (Florida), and Residential Eviction (Florida) Practice Notes. Recently, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Meghan was again selected by Lexis Nexis to author a Florida Practice Alert: Does the Coronavirus Excuse Contract Performance.

Outside the courtroom, Meghan is passionate about the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties and currently serves as its Board Chair.

Media Mentions:

  • On behalf of a multibillion dollar REIT, Meghan successfully obtained a federal court judgment against a national commercial tenant, requiring the tenant to pay the entire accelerated lease amount, even though the tenant never took possession of the premises as a consequence of a denied use permit. (BRE Mariner Marco Town Center, LLC v. Zoom Tan, Inc., Case No. 16-13042, United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit)
  • On behalf of a large regional bank, Meghan successfully obtained a judgment in favor of the lender imposing an equitable lien on the property, notwithstanding defects in mortgage, and obtained a foreclosure judgment in favor of the lender in excess of $2.5 million. Meghan subsequently obtained a deficiency judgment for the lender following the presentation of evidence regarding the value of foreclosed property.  
  • On behalf of the loan purchaser, Meghan obtained a foreclosure judgment in favor of the lender in excess of $2.5 million. Meghan successfully obtained appointment of receiver to manage a 300 plus acre property, including two golf courses and related amenities to preserve status quo during litigation proceedings.
  • Successfully obtained appointment of receiver to manage multiple chain hotel properties to preserve business operations and secure property during foreclosure litigation. 
  • Represented real-property sellers and purchasers at all phases of litigation and pre-litigation, related to disputes regarding agreements to purchase property, including interpleader actions regarding a dispute over deposit amounts held in escrow and disputes regarding disclosures provided and representations made.