Tanaz Salehi – Managing Shareholder

Overview

Tanaz Salehi is one of Salehi Boyer Lavigne Lombana, P.A.’s Founders and serves as its Managing Shareholder. Her practice primarily includes Property and Casualty claims in state and federal court, including First-Party Insurance claims, Coverage Recommendations for Commercial, Surplus, and State Insurance Carriers, Commercial Contract Drafting, Commercial Contract Negotiations, Commercial Disputes, and Third-Party Liability claims. She has handled hundreds of Examinations Under Oath for various insurance carriers, negotiated large-scale losses for residential and commercial claims, overseen and managed hundreds of commercial and surplus lines appraisal matters, and provided private consultation to numerous insurance companies related to defense of first-party insurance claims. Tanaz has also strategized and drafted construction agreements for various Florida State contractors, who were looking to avoid Assignments of Benefits after the July 1, 2019 AOB Legislation, with agreements reinforcing a renewed goal to work cooperatively with Florida Insurance Companies.
Prior to founding Salehi Boyer Lavigne Lombana, P.A.  Tanaz was a Profit Sharing Partner and Business Unit Leader of a large practice group at a statewide, full-service law firm, where she focused on insurance defense, general liability, federal and state employment law, fraud litigation, corporate civil matters, and, First-Party claims throughout Florida. Tanaz has extensive experience litigating property insurance claims, representing property insurance companies on cases ranging from sinkholes, hurricanes, pipe leaks, drain line failures, fire and water damage, bad faith defense, fraud, Third Party Insurance Defense, vandalism and burglary.
Tanaz also has extensive experience in the realm of personal injury defense, including Construction Defect Litigation representing small and large corporate entities against claims involving negligent security, wrongful death, slip, trip, and fall liability, Dram Shop Act liability, and automobile injury liability. She has obtained large money judgments via Motions for Fraud upon the Court and Orders granting dispositive motions through motions for summary judgment and motions under Florida Statute Section 57.105.  Tanaz’s experience litigating federal and state cases has led to numerous victories, including successful motions for summary judgment in federal and state court, as well as voluntary dismissals with prejudice. Her experience also includes defense of corporate entities in cases involving wrongful retaliation, employee theft, discrimination, financial irregularities, ethical violations, harassment, whistleblower claims, wage and hour disputes, director/shareholder disputes, and pension dispute cases.
She was featured in Attorney At Law Magazine for the issue “2020 Women in Law” and featured as a guest speaker on Florida Insurance Roundup with Lisa Miller and Mohammad Sherif, for the episode entitled “The Alternative AOB.”  She has been a panel speaker at the Windstorm Conference in 2015, 2016, and 2018 relating to a variety of topics from Insurable interests, rights of the deceased to insurance benefits, the evolution of Assignments of Benefits, and Blockchain in the realm of insurance adjusting.  She has also presented for the Florida Bar on the topic of Automobile Claims and at the Eastern Claims Conference in Boston regarding technology and claims handling.
Tanaz Salehi is alumni of the University of Florida with a degree in Philosophy, with a focus on Logic and Ancient Greek, and minor in Criminology.  Tanaz received her J.D. from St. Thomas University School of Law. She is licensed to practice law in Florida and California. Tanaz is fluent in Farsi and proficient in Turkish. Tanaz has also served as a Lecturer and Adjunct Professor at the State University of New York, teaching classes on Communications and Public Speaking. Tanaz is also a Certified Water Damage Restoration Technician, accredited by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC).
An avid volunteer, Tanaz was on the Board of Directors for Iranian American Foundation, Iranian Cultural Society, and works with Miami Bridge, StandUP for Kids, United Way, and proudly served as pro bono legal counsel and fundraising chair for Americans for Immigrant Justice.

Certifications

Certified Water Damage Restoration Technician – Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)
Featured in a special edition of Attorney at Law: Women in Law 2019

Representative Matters

Successfully defended the Board of Trustees of the Pension Fund for the Firefighters and Police Officer in the City of Tampa in a breach of contract matter. Plaintiff claimed millions of dollars in damages stemming from the administration of City Pension Fund. The lawsuit was eventually settled, after litigation, for a nominal amount.
Successfully prevailed on a Motion for Summary Judgement in Federal Court on behalf of Condominium Association. The Association was facing claims of wrongful termination of employment, defamation, violation of Fair Housing Act, and six-figure damages for breach of contract.
Successfully defended a Condominium Association in Federal Court against alleged violations of Florida Civil Rights Act stemming from claims that Plaintiff was treated differently than other potential property purchasers due to nationality.
Successfully obtained a Summary Judgment, as well as monetary sanctions, on behalf of an apartment complex, in a Negligent Security action for wrongful death damages, where a resident was shot inside his own apartment.
Achieved a nominal settlement in a Premises Liability action where the Plaintiff claimed a head injury at a hotel resort and demanded millions of dollars in damages.
Obtained a Motion for Summary Judgment in a property damage case involving misrepresentations on application of insurance.
Obtained a large monetary judgment against a Defendant for a fraudulent insurance scheme, after suing the Insured for misrepresentations made on the recorded statement, application misrepresentation, and intentionally defrauding the insurance carrier.

Seminars

Preparing for the Future…How Will Technology Change our Daily Lives and the Customer Experience in Claims, Eastern Claims Conference, May 2018
Law and Ethics Update, July 2017
Law and Ethics Update, June 2017
Fraud Updates & Defense Strategies for Property Claims, June 2017
Fraud Updates & Defense Strategies, December 2016
Law and Ethics Update, August 2016
Adjuster Ethics, June 2016
The Big Fake: Fraud: The Real Stories, The Types, The Players, Handling Tips, &
Litigation Strategies, April 2016
Hijacked Claims or Distorted Interpretations, 17th Annual Windstorm Insurance Conference, February 2016
Fraud Updates & Defense Strategies for Property Claims, December 2015
Assignment of Benefits, The Trends, The Law, & Tips on Handling Claims, FPIC Summit, December 2015
Medical Marijuana: Who’s Liable & Are You Ready, 2015 RIMS Conference, July 2015
Claims from the Grave and Beyond: Insurable Interests of the Deceased, the Living, and their Assignees, July 2015
Slips, Trips & Falls: Legal Updates and Defense Strategies, June 2015
Automobile Claims: Florida’s Auto Insurance, May 2015
Slips, Trips, Collateral Source Rule, and Weather Related Tort Claims, April 2015
Senate Bill 1306: Outline, Issues, and Ramifications, March 2015
Assignment of Benefits: The Trends, The Law, and Tips on Handling Claims, January 2015
Claims from the Grave and Beyond: Insurable Interests of the Deceased, the Living, and their Assignees, 16th Annual Windstorm Insurance Conference, January 2015
Legal Update & Defense Strategies for Auto Claims and How to Avoid Bad Faith, August 2014
Florida Sexual Harassment: What You Need to Know, June 2014
Fraud Updates & Defense Strategies for Property Claims, June 2014

Community

Board of Directors, Iranian American Foundation (IAF)
Lecturer and Adjunct Professor, State University of New York
Member, Pro bono legal counsel and Fundraising Chair, Americans for Immigrant
Justice
Member, Women’s Emergency Network
Member, ASPCA
Member, FemEx Miami
Volunteer, Blitz Build with Habitat for Humanity
Volunteer, Farm Share

Associations

Latin Builders Association (LBA)
Iranian Cultural Society (ICS), South Florida Chapter Culture in the City
The Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM)
South Florida Claims Association (SFCA)
Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association (FRLA)

Media

Stress in the Legal Profession, and Personal Takes on What to Do About It, Daily Business Review, September 6, 2018
Statewide Business: Firm Shifts Into High-Growth Mode, South Florida Legal Guide, January 2016
The Florida Bar Continuing Legal Education Committee and the Young Lawyers
Division present Basic Insurance Law 2015, The Florida Bar, May 29, 2015
People on the Move, South Florida Business Journal, February 28, 2014
On the Move, Florida Bar News, October 1, 2013

Contact Information

Emailtsalehi@salehiboyer.com
Office(305) 330-2050

Practice Areas

First Party Insurance Defense
Property, Coverage & Bad Faith
Third Party Insurance Defense
General Liability & Coverage
Employment & Labor
Construction Defect
Litigation

Admissions

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

Education

St. Thomas University School of Law, J.D.
University of Florida, B.A.