Detra Shaw-Wilder is a litigation partner at Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton. She concentrates her practice in complex commercial litigation, business law matters, corporate shareholder disputes and high-level contract and commercial financing disputes.  Detra regularly litigates in state and federal court.  Having been involved in significant litigation, she has a broad range of trial experience in commercial cases.

Detra frequently participates in panel discussions on complex litigation matters and trial skills programs.  She is currently Chairperson of the Business Litigation Committee of the Florida Bar Business Law Section and Vice President of the University of Miami Law Alumni Association.  Detra is a past Board Member and Region XI Director for the National Bar Association. She is also a member of the Federal Grievance Committee for the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida and previously served on the Florida Bar Grievance Committee for the Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida.

Detra is passionate about community involvement and is involved in several charitable organizations and is a co-founder of the Kozyak Minority Mentoring Foundation. Outside of the practice of law, Detra is a dedicated sports mom and enjoys spending time on the soccer pitch or track field watching her two teenage kids participate in sports.



Detra had a lead role in the team that successfully litigated an action on behalf of General Hotel Management, manager of the Setai hotel. The action involved cases in state and federal court and proceedings in international arbitration.  Her team obtained a favorable multi-million arbitration award for the client and defeated all claims brought by the opposing party.


Detra has represented numerous shareholders in corporate disputes including successful representations of clients in buy-out disputes involving closely held corporations.


Detra served as lead counsel representing a major lender in litigation related to a prominent South Beach hotel.  She also represented a private lender in litigation related to a landmark restaurant in West Palm Beach in which she achieved a favorable settlement on the lender’s behalf.