David M. Caldevilla
Phone 813-229-2775
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David M. Caldevilla adds significant appellate experience to the firm, having served as lead appellate counsel in a wide range of cases. Prior to joining the firm, he served as Staff Attorney to Judge Jack R. Schoonover at the Florida Second District Court of Appeal. He also served as General Counsel to the Municipal Gas Authority of Florida, and has served as special counsel to Sumter County in eminent domain matters, and as hearing officer in utility franchise cases in Hillsborough County. He is a Board Certified Appellate Lawyer, and “AV” rated by the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory. Dave is listed in “Best Lawyers” in Appellate Practice in 2013 - 2017, in Florida Trend's "Legal Elite" in 2008 and 2010-2016 and in Tampa Bay Magazine's "Top 50" Tampa Bay Area lawyers in 2013. He is also listed as a Florida Super Lawyer in Appellate Practice in 2008 through 2016, as well as a Top 100 Florida Super Lawyer and Top 50 Tampa Bay Super Lawyer in 2016.

Practice Focus:
Civil Litigation
Eminent Domain

Florida State University, J.D., with honors, 1986

University of South Florida, B.A., 1984

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Bar admissions:
The Florida Bar – 1987
U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida – 1988
U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit – 1989
U.S. Supreme Court - 1998

Representative community and bar involvement:
Dave has served our community through participation in several volunteer programs. He is a past member and Co-Chair of Bay Area Legal Services' Phonathon Committee. He has served on the Board of Directors of For The Children, Inc., a non-profit corporation that strives to support "special needs" foster children. He is a former Board member of Bright Horizons of Tampa Bay, Inc., a non-profit pre-school for at-risk children. Through his involvement in Tampa Connection, Dave assisted the Hillsborough County Guardian ad Litem Program in developing a strategic plan to improve volunteer recruitment and retention. Dave has participated in the Bay Area Volunteer Lawyers Program sponsored by Bay Area Legal Services and the Hillsborough County Bar Association, and has also been involved in fundraising activities for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Bay Area Legal Services, the American Heart Association and the United Way.

In 2017, Dave was appointed to serve as Chair of The Florida Bar Appellate Practice Certification Committee for the 2017-2018 term. David previously served as Vice Chair of the Committee. The Appellate Practice Certification Committee is a standing committee of The Florida Bar and is responsible for the evaluation of competency, experience, and professionalism of attorneys seeking board certification in the area of appellate practice.

In 2015, Dave was appointed to serve a 3-year term on The Florida Bar's Appellate Practice Board Certification Committee. Dave was a member of the Florida Bar's Appellate Court Rules Committee from 2008 through 2014. He served as the Committee's Secretary from 2013 through 2014.

In July 2008, Governor Charlie Crist appointed Dave to serve a second 4-year term on the Judicial Nominating Commission for the Florida Second District Court of Appeal. Dave served as Vice Chairman from July 2007 to August 2008, and thereafter was chairman through July 2009. He continued to serve as a member of the Commission until October 2012.

In May 2008, Dave received the "Chair Service Award" for outstanding service to the City, County and Local Government Law Section of The Florida Bar.

"Attorney's Fees and Costs in Administrative Proceedings," The Florida Bar, Administrative Law Section Newsletter, Vol. XI, No. 1 (October 1993)

"Environmental Permits Can Support Showing of Reasonable Necessity for Order of Taking," The Hillsborough County Bar Association Lawyer, Vol. 4, No. 5 (Feb. 1994)

"Perfecting Appeals of Final Orders Issued by State Agencies," The Hillsborough County Bar Association Lawyer, Vol. 4, No. 8 (May 1994)

Dave co-authored Chapter 10 on “Post Trial Motions” and Chapter 14 on “Appeals Under the Florida Administrative Procedure Act” of the Lawyers Cooperative Practice Guide Florida Trial & Appeal, American Inns of Court Civil Procedures Series (1997).

"Substantial Changes to Construction Plans May Nullify Condemnor's Offer of Judgment," The Hillsborough County Bar Association Lawyer, Vol. 12, No. 2 (October 2001)

Contributor, The Pro Se [Self-Represented] Appellate Handbook (Fla. Bar Appellate Practice Section)