Victoria Oguntoye focuses her practice on representing business entities in complex commercial disputes in both state and federal trial and appellate courts, primarily focusing on financial institutions and services litigation. She is experienced in the initial analysis and subsequent litigation of a variety of fair lending issues involving mortgage origination and servicing and affirmative marketing practices under the Fair Housing Act, Equal Credit Opportunity Act, Community Reinvestment Act, Unfair, Deceptive, or Abusive Acts or Practices, and Fair Debt Collection Practices Act.
In addition, she has defended and prosecuted a wide variety of commercial, consumer protection, and tort matters involving contracts, compliance issues, banking relationships, commercial landlord-tenant disputes, technology services, and digital crisis issues (i.e., data breach and online defamation). She has also advised clients regarding violations under various statutory provisions including the Unfair Trade Practices Act, the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, and the Electronic Funds Transfer Act.
Given her litigation experience, Victoria is able to offer clients a strategic and customized solution to achieving a successful resolution of any dispute—whether through trial, appeals, or a negotiated settlement. Sometimes leverage may be obtained through dispositive motion practice or limited discovery to posture disputes for early resolution and other times, through alternative dispute resolution conferences, such as mediation or arbitration. She was recognized as a Super Lawyers Rising Star from 2017 through 2021—a recognition that only 2.5% of her peers receive.
Prior to joining the firm, Victoria practiced as an associate attorney at a national U.S. law firm subsequent to a summer associate internship there during her first and second years in law school. Before becoming a lawyer, Victoria was a bankruptcy counselor, providing comprehensive financial assessment for clients and educating them on using available resources to meet their short-term priority expenses and support their long-term financial goals.
Victoria studied at and received her law degree from the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where she actively participated as an executive board member of the University's Moot Court Team, and as a member of the Black Law Students Association, as well as the Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Society. During law school, she also served as a teaching assistant for legal writing, legal research, and appellate advocacy.
Victoria's polished, articulate oral advocacy skills have garnered her awards in trial practice and mediation. She has also presented on several topics including shifting the costs of discovery in litigation, focusing on federal and state court treatment of electronically stored information, and ethical considerations in social media.
As a zealous supporter of pro bono legal services, Victoria has spent numerous hours providing free legal and appellate services to the underprivileged through her frequent participation in local and statewide legal aid organizations. She worked with the Florida Capital Resource Center, where she has assisted lawyers in defending capital cases and has worked on pro bono appellate cases. Her fervent participation in pro bono services recently led to her being awarded the Florida Supreme Court Pro Bono Service Award.
- Top 40 Under 40 Black Lawyers in Texas by The National Black Lawyers
- Texas Super Lawyers Rising Stars (2021)
- Florida Super Lawyers Rising Stars (2017, 2018, 2019, 2020)
- Florida Supreme Court Pro Bono Award (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)
- Dallas Bar Association’s 2021 Class of WE LEAD: Women Empowered to Lead in the Legal Profession
- Member, Technology and Connectivity Committee, Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (2020-2021)
- Pathfinder, Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (2018)
- Co-Chair of the Diversity Committee, Hillsborough County Bar Association (2016-2018)
- Associate, Clifford Cheatwood Inn of Court (2014-2016) - Won Best Program of the Year
- 1L Scholar, Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (2012)
- Panel Speaker, Technically Speaking: Boomers, Xers, and Millennials - Generational Diversity and Legal Technology Competence (2017)
- Presenter, Ethical Considerations in Social Media (2015)
- Presenter, Cost-shifting in E-Discovery (2012)
- 11th Circ. Ruling May Mark Turning Point For TCPA Litigation, Law360, September 6, 2019
- Standing in Foreclosure Cases: Still a Recurring Issue, July 28, 2016
- Amended FRCP 26(b) in Action: Trio of Recent Northern District of California Cases Address Who Has the Burden of Establishing the Proportionality Requirement, March 8, 2016