Our Professionals

DeSoto, A. Starkey


E-mail: sd@lydeckerdiaz.com

Office Location

  • Miami, Florida

Practice Areas

  • Complex Commercial Litigation
  • Construction Defect Litigation
  • Construction Law
  • Environmental Law
  • OSHA Defense
  • Products Liability
  • Real Estate Practice

Professional Experience

Starkey DeSoto is an associate in the firm’s Miami office. Mr. DeSoto came to the firm with significant experience in all aspects of construction law. In his practice, Mr. DeSoto represents owners, developers, general contractors, subcontractors, sureties, design professionals, suppliers, and manufacturers. While a large portion of his practice involves construction defect disputes and representation of clients throughout the statutory “Notice and Opportunity to Repair” procedures provided under Florida law, Mr. DeSoto also represents clients in construction lien matters, payment and performance bond disputes, bid protests, OSHA Defense, and enforcement or defense of non-compete provisions.
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. DeSoto spent several years practicing at a well-known boutique construction law firm in Fort Lauderdale, and additionally worked with a small firm practicing in state and federal courts assisting clients with business and commercial disputes. Before being admitted to the bar, Mr. DeSoto served as a judicial intern for former Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court Ricky Polston.


Professional and Community Involvement

  • Miami-Dade Bar Association, Member
  • Broward County Bar Association, Member
  • United States Green Building Council – South Florida Chapter, Planning Committee Member, Broward County Branch

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Florida Bar
  • North Carolina Bar
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida


St. Thomas University School of Law, magna cum laude, J.D.

  • Articles Editor, Law Review
  • Dean’s List
  • Numerous Highest Grade Awards

Cornell University, B.S.

  • Meinig Family Cornell National Scholar
  • Varsity Wrestling: 4 years



  • Intextication: Txting Whl Drvng. Does the Punishment Fit the Crime?, 32 U. Haw. L. Rev. 359 (2010)
  • “Well Now I’m Screwed”: The Ever-Expanding Liability for Outsider Trading, 33 Whittier L. Rev. 275 (2012)
Lydecker | Diaz is a Full-Service AV-rated national law firm with offices throughout New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Florida. Since its founding, Lydecker Diaz has built a distinguished history of skilled and effective legal service to its clients. We serve a broad variety of national, international, and local businesses, state and local public entities, and individuals. Our growth has not been at the expense of personalized, in-depth, client service, but because of it. Read More About Us

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