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Amanda focuses her defense litigation practice in the areas of premises liability, negligent security, construction litigation, and transportation. A large part of her practice involves maritime and admiralty law. Yacht and vessel owners rely on her experience with purchase and sale transactions, pre-purchase surveys, registration and documentation, vessel insurance and other matters to ensure compliance with state and federal laws and regulations.

Amanda has received much recognition throughout her career including being named a “Top Lawyer” by Naples Illustrated for her work in admiralty and maritime law (2019, 2021-2023); a “Rising Star” (2011, 2014-2017) and a Florida Super Lawyer (2023) by Florida Super Lawyers.

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In an unpublished opinion from the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, a three-judge panel unanimously reversed summary judgment which had been entered in favor of a property management company — Paradise Beach Homes (“PBH”) — in a premises liability suit which alleged PBH failed to warn guests about the danger of diving off the pier into 3 foot deep, Santa Rosa Sound.

Case Background

Knoll, the injured party, was staying with friends in a short term vacation rental home in Pensacola Beach which included a 188 foot private pier. When she arrived shortly after midnight she ran down the length of the pier and dove head first into the water, suffering a severe spinal injury.

The Appeal

On appeal, the issue was whether the property management company knew or should have known of the dangers associated with diving off the property’s pier and therefore had a duty to warn of the shallow depth. The trial court found in favor of the property management company finding that there was no history of anyone diving head first off the pier and that the defendant did not build the pier. On appeal, the injured party argued that the property should have known of the dangers of diving because the homeowner had previously placed a “No Diving” sign on their pier.Continue Reading No Diving: What You and Your Property Manager Should Know Could Hurt You