Automography by David M. Caldevilla© 2008

David Caldevilla is a Board Certified Appellate Lawyer at de la Parte & Gilbert, P.A. However, in his life outside of the law firm, David is a certified car nut. Some of his fondest childhood memories are playing with Hot Wheels, slot cars and Cox model racing cars.

When David turned 15, he drove his father crazy in search of his first car and begging him to buy it.  David explains, “I had my heart set on getting an old Corvette, but they were just too expensive.”  His father would say, “I’m not paying 5,000 bucks for a car that’s 15 years old!”  So, after a couple of years of wearing down his dear old dad, David finally convinced him in 1979 to buy a 1969 Camaro. The body was pretty rusty and full of Bondo, but it was a fast convertible with a lot of potential. David and his father, brothers, and uncle went to work on it for endless weekends. By his high school graduation in 1980, the car was beautifully restored with a new red paint job.

During his teenage years, David also picked up photography as a hobby. Being a “gear head,” David quickly found that cars were one of his most favorite things to photograph. That was about 30 years ago, and he still loves classic cars and photography. David recently bought a digital camera and discovered some funky digital photomanipulation techniques. Naturally, he had to try those techniques out on his car pictures. He calls his artwork “Automotography,” which is short for automotive photography.  You can check out David’s artwork on the internet at

Oral Arguments Conducted in Ona Mine Appeal

On October 8, 2008, the Florida Second District Court of Appeal conducted a special oral argument session in the latest round of litigation against IMC Phosphates Company’s proposed 4,200-acre “Ona Mine” project.  Charlotte County and other local governments are opposed to the project because they fear it will adversely impact the Peace River, Charlotte Harbor, and other important natural resources.  Because the case is so voluminous and complex, the appellate court expanded the normal 40 minute hearing time to 2 hours.  David Caldevilla, a Board Certified Appellate Lawyer with de la Parte & Gilbert, presented oral arguments on behalf of Charlotte County.

The St. Petersburg Times article, reporting on the hearing, is found at the following link:

Michael R. Bray Joins Firm.

Michael Bray, a recent cum laude graduate of the University of Florida, Levin College of Law, has joined the firm practicing in the areas of appellate law, civil litigation and administrative law. He received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, cum laude, in 1999  and his Master of Science in Decision and Information Sciences in 2000, both from the University of Florida.

David M. Caldevilla Reappointed

Governor Charlie Crist reappointed David M. Caldevilla, Esquire to serve a second four-year term on the Judicial Nominating Commission of the Florida Second District Court of Appeal.  Mr. Caldevilla currently serves as the Chairman of that Commission, whose mission is to investigate, interview and nominate candidates to serve as appellate court judges.

Edward P. de la Parte

Edward P. de la Parte, Jr., managing partner, has been recognized by the Florida Bar as a Board Certified State & Federal Governmental and Administrative Practice Lawyer.  Certification is the highest level of evaluation by The Florida Bar of competency and experience within an area of law, and professionalism and ethics in practice.

Richard A. Gilbert named to Miami University’s Pre-Law Alumni Advisory Board

Richard A. Gilbert, shareholder, has been invited to participate for a three-year term in the Pre-Law Alumni Advisory Board at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. Rich is a graduate of Miami University and received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1970.  He is also a graduate of the University of Cincinnati Law School receiving his JD degree in 1973.  Rich has been practicing in Florida for almost 35 years and is Florida Bar Board Certified as both a Business Litigation Lawyer and a Civil Trial Lawyer.

Edward P. de la Parte, Jr

Edward P. de la Parte, Jr. (Environmental Litigation, Environmental, Land Use/Zoning), Richard A. Gilbert (General Litigation, Business Litigation, Professional Liability: Plaintiff) and David M. Caldevilla (Appellate, General Litigation, Administrative Law) were named “Super Lawyers” in the 2008 Florida edition of Super Lawyers magazine.

David M. Caldevilla has been named to Florida Trend’s Legal Elite. Florida Trend’s Legal Elite names the top 1,170 attorneys who have earned the trust and endorsement of their peers.

Vivian Arenas-Battles

Vivian Arenas-Battles has been appointed as Vice-Chair of the Florida Bar’s Eminent Domain Committee for the 2008-2009 term.

David Caldevilla

David Caldevilla has been appointed to the Florida Bar’s Appellate Court Rules Committee, for

July 1, 2008 through 2011.

One Last Big Push for Phosphate Mining, Florida Trend,May 1, 2008

Edward P. de la Parte, Jr.,  is a well-known practitioner in the fields of Land Use and Environmental Law and a former General Counsel of Tampa Bay Water. He was recently quoted in a Florida Trend article on the potential impact of expanded phosphate mining in Southwest Florida.

“The Peace River is the No. 1 water supply for the people of southwest Florida and the No. 1 water supply for Charlotte Harbor, which provides a $4.5-billion economic impact to the regional economy,” says Tampa lawyer Ed de la Parte. “That is a bigger economic impact than the phosphate industry itself has on the state of Florida.”