Daryl J. KrauzaShareholder
Office: Fort Pierce, Stuart
Daryl Krauza is a shareholder in Dean Mead’s litigation department. He focuses his practice in the areas of business litigation, construction law and litigation, real estate litigation, quiet title actions, bankruptcy and creditors’ rights within the Fort Pierce, Palm Beach, Vero and Port St. Lucie area. In his practice, Mr. Krauza represents several financial institutions and title companies. In addition, he has litigated complex probate and trust matters, and represents trustees, personal representatives and family members in controversies regarding wills, trusts and estates. As a former Assistant State Attorney, Mr. Krauza has extensive courtroom experience and has tried in excess of 100 jury trials.
Additional Representative Experience
- Represented the Personal Representative of multi-million dollar estate against the decedent’s daughters’ claims of undue influence against personal representative and the testamentary capacity of decedent. After a three day trial in Palm Beach County, involving over 30 witnesses, the court ruled in our client, the personal representative’s, favor.
- Represented the Personal Representative of the estate and trustee of a multi-million dollar trust against claims by a former employee of a large Palm Beach company owned by decedent during his lifetime. The former employee claimed decedent promised him multi-million dollar gift.
- Represented the Personal Representative of the estate and trustee against claims of undue influence against the Personal Representative and trustee raised by an acquaintance of the decedent. The acquaintance claimed decedent promised her a significant gift during his lifetime.
- Represented the Personal Representative of the estate and trustee of a trust that controlled a one-hundred million dollar corporation against claims of breach of fiduciary duty, undue influence, failure to provide accounting accountings, etc. raised by family members of decedent.
- Represented the personal Representative estate and trustee against claims by the decedent’s ex-wife that decedent committed fraud regarding his financial assets during his lifetime.
- Represented a Vero Beach beneficiary of a trust against the trustee of her multi-million dollar trust and brought claims of breach of fiduciary duty against the trustee, which ultimately led to the removal of the trustee.
- Defended the beneficiaries of an estate against claims raised by the personal representative that beneficiaries owed the estate several million dollars based upon promissory notes and guarantees executed during decedent’s lifetime, notwithstanding that decedent wanted debt forgiving upon his death.
- Represented the beneficiaries of multi-million dollar Jupiter Island estate by bringing claims of breach of fiduciary duty and undue influence against the decedent’s second wife who was the Personal Representative of the estate.
- Represented the co-personal representatives of an estate in a petition to determine beneficiaries and an action to recover significant assets of the estate from an acquaintance of the decedent who claimed ownership of the assets located in Stuart, Martin County, Florida.
- Represented the beneficiary of an irrevocable trust where the trustee wrongfully conveyed all the assets of the trust to a family member in an attempt to steal the funds from the beneficiary.
St. Lucie County:
- Represented the beneficiaries of a St. Lucie County estate and trust against the Personal Representative of the estate and the trustee, for failure to distribute the assets to the beneficiaries, which they were entitled to receive, and for failure to provide the required accountings.
Professional and Civic Activities
- The American Bar Association
- Litigation Section
- The Florida Bar
- Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section
- Trial Lawyers Section
- St. Lucie County Bar Association
- The Treasure Coast Builder's Association
- Martin County Chamber of Commerce
- St. Lucie County Chamber of Commerce
Charitable and Pro Bono Service
- Port St. Lucie Police Foundation
- Vice President
- Big Heart Brigade of the Treasure Coast
- Board of Directors
- Big Heart Brigade of St. Lucie County
- Former Vice President
- Juris Doctor: University of Florida Levin College of Law, Gainesville, Florida, with honors, 1998
- Undergraduate Degree: University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida, summa cum laude, 1995
- U.S. District Court Northern District of Florida
- U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida
- U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida
- Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Florida
- Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida
- Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida
Recognition & Awards
Graduate of the St. Lucie County Leadership Program, 2009
- Five Phases of the Business Litigation Lifecycle
- You Can’t Take It With You: Noncompetes Protect Referral Sources
- Appellate Court Affirms Involuntary Dismissal of Undue Influence Claim
- Enforceability of Settlement Agreements in Probate Litigation
- Dean Mead Welcomes Daryl Krauza to the Ft. Pierce Office