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Alan C. Nash

100 Northeast 3rd Avenue
Suite 1100
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
(954) 847-4920
(954) 627-6640 - Fax

Alan Carroll (A.C.) Nash focuses his practice on the defense of claims made and suits brought against insureds and businesses in product, automobile, commercial, construction and premises liability matters. A.C.’s public sector and municipality practice encompasses the representation of municipalities and law enforcement agencies in issues concerning federal and state civil rights cases involving false arrest, malicious prosecution and excessive force.    

Prior to joining Marshall Dennehey, A.C. was a trial litigation associate for a Fort Lauderdale-based law enforcement and municipal defense law firm, whose practice was established over 30 years ago. While at this firm, he was able to expand his trial experience. Working closely with the managing partner, A.C. was instrumental in defending law enforcement and municipal clients in civil rights cases in state and federal courts throughout Florida.

In 2007, A.C. graduated from the Florida State University College of Law, earning his juris doctor. Prior to graduation, he gained practical criminal trial experience serving as a certified legal intern for the Second Judicial Circuit of Florida. In this capacity, he tried approximately 40 jury and non-jury misdemeanor and felony criminal trials. While in law school, A.C. was a member and coach of the Mock Trial Team, served as a student ambassador and traveling recruiter for the law school, was appointed to the Dean's Cabinet and was the 5th Circuit American Bar Association Governor. At graduation, he was a recipient of the Distinguished Pro Bono Award.

A South Florida native, A.C. graduated early from the University of Florida, where he majored in public relations. Prior to entering law school, A.C. worked for an established Miami-based public relations firm where he was responsible for several state and national accounts which garnered nationwide recognition. He was later recruited by two Fortune 100 companies to manage, prepare and execute advertising and marketing programs targeting areas of South Florida.

A.C. continues to donate a significant amount of time to mentoring students throughout the state of Florida including elementary, high school, undergraduate and law school levels. He is a member of several professional organizations, including the Broward County Bar Association, T.J. Reddick Bar Association and Emerge Broward, and he is an Encourage Broward Mentor for Broward Community College.  A.C. also sits on the board of the Fort Lauderdale Community Development Corporation. Additionally, he was Lead Counsel Rated for Civil Litigation by Lead Counsel in 2015, a service of Thompson Reuters.

A.C. is admitted to practice in the state of Florida, and all federal courts in Florida including the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

Significant Representative Matters

  • Grant of judgment as a matter of law for the Sheriff's department and individual deputy in an excessive force federal trial involving the shooting death of a suspect.

  • Defense verdict in a federal trial for the Sheriff's department and individual deputy in an excessive force case involving the use of a canine.

  • Grant of dismissal in a federal case involving the alleged interference of a prisoner's rights to access the courts and to free speech.

  • Grant of dismissal in a federal case wherein plaintiff alleged that a private corporation acted under color of law and violated his 8th Amendment Rights.

Classes/Seminars Taught

  • "Negligent Security Claims: If the Crime is Foreseeable, the Risk is Believable", RIMS - Central Florida Chapter, November 19, 2015

  • Using Crime Grids in Negligent Security Claims, Marshall Dennehey Florida Claims Symposium - The Best Defense is a Good Offense, Orlando, FL, September 17, 2014

  • Diversity for Success Seminar, DRI, Moderator, 2013

  • Stand Your Ground Forum, Nova Law School, Moderator, 2012

  • Paralegal Program - Professor of Contracts, Legal Research/Writing and Constitutional Law, Brown Mackie College, 2009 - 2010

Published Works

  • "Removing That Slip and Fall Case to Federal Court," For The Defense, February 2016

  • "Negligent Tenants Leave Room for Exposed Landlords," Daily Business Review, Personal Injury Special Report, July 27, 2015

  • "Let’s Have A Look At The Footage," Law Enforcement Technology, March 2014, co-author

  • "You Slip. You Fall. You Lose. Florida's Updated Transient Foreign Substance Statute," Defense Digest, Vol. 19, No. 4, December 2013

Pro Bono Activities

  • Fort Lauderdale Community Development Corporation, Vice President, 2012

  • Fort Lauderdale Community Development Corporation, Board Member, 2008 - Present


  • Florida State University College of Law, Tallahassee, Florida (J.D., 2007)

    Honors: Mock Trial Team Coach and Member
    Honors: Dean's Cabinet
    Honors: Distinguished Pro Bono Award

  • University of Florida (B.S., 2003)

    Major:  Public Relations
    Minor:  Communications Studies

Defense Digest Article December 17, 2013
By Alan C. Nash, Esq.* Key Points: Florida’s updated transient foreign substances statute may provides fertile ground for a dispositive motion. Pursuant to a recent 3rd District Court of Appeal’s opinion, Florida’s..., Defense Digest, Vol. 19, No. 4, December 2013 Defense Digest is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent legal developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide...
June 11, 2015
Eight  attorneys from the Florida offices of Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin have been recognized in the 2015 edition of Florida Super Lawyers magazine. A Thomson Reuters business, Florida Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who...
September 18, 2014
Alan Carroll (A.C.) Nash, associate with the Fort Lauderdale office of Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, was recently selected as a 2014 Rising Star in the South Florida legal community by the Daily Business Review. Attorneys recognized as Rising Stars have established a record of...
Seminar Sep 17, 2014
*Complimentary breakfast begins at 8:00am and lunch will be provided. Join the attorneys of Marshall Dennehey for a comprehensive review of the latest legal trends in Medicare, Bad Faith, Social Media Discovery and more..... Topics include:...


  • Florida State University College of Law (J.D., 2007)
  • University of Florida (B.S., 2003)

Bar Admissions

  • Florida, 2007
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida, 2008
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Florida, 2008
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida, 2008
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 2008

Associations & Memberships

  • Broward County Bar Association, 2007 - Present
  • Claims & Litigation Management Alliance
  • DRI - Diversity for Success Seminar and Expo Marketing Director, 2013 - Present
  • DRI - Diversity Committee Chair to the Marketing Subcommittee
  • DRI - Diversity Committee Liaison to the Aviation Law Committee
  • Florida Association of Police Attorneys, 2010
  • T.J. Reddick Bar Association, Executive Board, 2012 - Present
  • The Florida Bar - Student Education/Admissions to The Bar Committee

Honors & Awards

  • AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, Excellence in Trial Advocacy, 2006
  • Florida Legal Elite, 2010 and 2012
  • Florida Super Lawyer Rising Star-Civil Litigation Defense, 2012-2015
  • The Florida Bar Leadership Academy, Fellow, 2013 - 2014
  • "2014 Rising Star" by the Daily Business Review, 2014
  • Lead Counsel Rated for Civil Litigation by Lead Counsel in 2015, a service of Thompson Reuters

Year Joined Organization: 2010

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