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Duane A. Daiker

Partner, Board Certified Appellate Specialist
Bank of America Plaza
101 E. Kennedy Boulevard
Suite 2800
Tampa, FL 33602


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Duane A. Daiker is Board Certified by the Florida Bar as an Appellate Practice Specialist. He represents individual and corporate clients in a variety of appellate matters in all state and federal appellate courts in Florida, including the Florida Supreme Court.

Duane currently serves as chair of the Appellate Practice Section of The Florida Bar, a 1,700-member organization comprised of Florida lawyers and judges devoted to promoting excellence in appellate practice.  He has been involved in the section for over a decade, serving in various leadership roles since 2012.  Duane previously served as chair of the Appellate Law Section of the Hillsborough County Bar Association from 2008-10.  He has also served as a member of the Appellate Court Rules Committee since 2012.

Duane also represents surety companies in connection with payment, performance, and fiduciary bond disputes throughout the State of Florida. His surety practice encompasses all aspects of suretyship, from initial claim evaluation to claim litigation and recovery. Duane previously served on the Editorial Board of the Fidelity and Surety Digest published by the American Bar Association, and is a regular presenter at surety conferences around the country.

Duane has served as an Adjunct Professor at St. Petersburg College, teaching classes in law, legal research and legal writing, since 2000.

While at the University of Florida College of Law, Duane was the Editor-in-Chief of the Florida Law Review and a member of the Order of the Coif.

Duane is certified by the Supreme Court of Florida as an arbitrator, and regularly arbitrates attorney fee disputes for The Florida Bar Association. 


  • Board Certified Appellate Specialist, 2007-present
  • AV® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Florida Rising Star by Super Lawyers magazine, 2009

Professional and Community Affiliations

  • The Florida Bar, Appellate Practice Section: Chair, 2016-2017; Chair Elect, 2015-2016; Vice Chair, 2014-2015; Secretary/Treasurer, 2013-2014; Executive Council, 2012-2013; CLE Coordinator, 2011-2013
  • The Florida Bar, Appellate Rules Committee: Member 2012-present; Sub-Committee Chair and Parliamentarian, 2014-2015
  • The Florida Bar, Fee Arbitration Program: Arbitrator, 2005-present
  • The Florida Bar, Grievance Committee: Investigating Member, 2003-2006
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association, Chair, Appellate Practice Section, 2008-2010
  • Editor, American Bar Association Fidelity & Surety Digest, 2010-2013
  • American Bar Association: Member, Torts and Insurance Practice Section, 2000-present
  • TIPS Fidelity and Surety Law Committee: Member, 2000-present

News Releases


04.21.2016Co-Author, "Mediation for Performance Bond Surety"
06.01.2013"Another Oral Argument Article...," Lawyer magazine, Summer 2013, Vol. 23, No. 7
09.19.2012"Preventing and Defending 'Strike Suits' Against Sureties and Fidelity Carriers"
09.01.2010"Figuring Out Finality"
09.01.2009"Judge Nelly Khouzam Elevated to the Second District Court of Appeal"
09.01.2009"Passing Stolen Company Checks: Is it a Forgery, and When Does it Occur?"
07.01.2008"Avoiding Appellate Mistakes: A Primer for the General Practitioner," The Florida Bar Journal, Vol. 82, No. 7
04.10.2008"Revisiting Chapters 255 and 713, Florida Statutes: Ignorance IS an Excuse!"
03.01.2008"Board Certification in Appellate Practice: A Rewarding Endeavor"
10.01.1995"Computer-Related Legal Malpractice: The Practitioner’s Potential Liability," Florida Bar Journal, April, 1995, at 12. Also reprinted in 36 Law Office Economics & Management 213 (1995), and Andrews’ Professional Liability Litigation Reporter
1993"Florida's Motor Vehicle Warranty Enforcement Act: Lemon-Aid for the Consumer," 45 Florida Law Review 253
1992"Professional Malpractice: Defining a Professional Under the Statute of Limitations," 44 Florida Law Review 835

Events and Presentations

09.22.2016“Mediation for the Surety,” 2016 Northeast Surety & Fidelity Claims Conference, Atlantic City, NJ
04.17.2013"Preventing and Defending 'Strike Suits' Against Sureties, 24th Annual Southern Surety & Fidelity Claims Conference, Charleston, South Carolina
10.09.2012"Using Your iPad in Your Practice-a Tool for Professionals," presented to the Tampa Bay Chapter of the Society of Financial Service Professionals
08.10.2012"Understanding Appellate Practice: What Corporate Counsel Should Know," presented to the Association of Corporate Counsel
05.08.2009"Passing Stolen Company Checks: Is it a Forgery, and When Does it Occur?" Southern Surety and Fidelity Conference
04.10.2008"Revisiting Chapters 255 and 713, Florida Statutes: Ignorance is an Excuse!" presented with Seth Traub, Nineteenth Annual Southern Surety & Fidelity Claims Conference
04.21.2005“Suing a Surety for Bad Faith in Florida? Not So Fast. . . .,” Sixteenth Annual Southern Surety and Fidelity Claims Conference in Charleston, South Carolina
09.12.2002“Alternative Dispute Resolution: New Approaches for the Surety,” Thirteenth Annual Northeast Surety and Fidelity Claims Conference
11.01.2001“Fiduciary Bonds: When Good Principals Go Bad,” Twelfth Annual Southern Surety and Fidelity Claims Conference

Alternate biographies





  • J.D., with high honors, University of Florida, Order of the Coif, 1994
  • B.A., with high honors, University of Florida, 1991

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Florida, 1994
  • All State and District Courts Florida
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals Tenth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals Eleventh Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals Federal Circuit



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