Starkey DeSoto is an partner 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.


  • St. Thomas University School of Law, magna cum laude, J.D.
  • Cornell University, B.S.

Office Location

  • Miami - Florida

Leadership, Membership & Honors

  • Articles Editor, Law Review
  • Dean’s List
  • Numerous Highest Grade Awards
  • Meinig Family Cornell National Scholar
  • Varsity Wrestling: 4 years

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.

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

Professional and Community Involvement

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


  • 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)