David M. Caldevilla


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. Since 1997, he has been 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 through 2023, in Florida Trend’s “Legal Elite” in 2008, and 2010 through 2022, and in Tampa Bay Magazine’s “Top 50” Tampa Bay Area lawyers in 2013 and 2016. He is also listed as a Florida Super Lawyer in Appellate Practice in 2008 through 2023, as well as a Top 100 Florida Super Lawyer in 2016, 2017, and 2019 through 2022, and Top 50 Tampa Bay Super Lawyer in 2013, 2015 through 2019, 2021, and 2022, as well as Tampa Magazine’s “Top Lawyers” list in 2021.

  • Practice Focus

    Civil Litigation


    Florida State University, J.D., with honors, 1986
    University of South Florida, B.A., 1984

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 currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Centro Asturiano de Tampa, and the Hillsborough High School Alumni Association. 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 supported “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 2004, Dave was appointed by Governor Jeb Bush to serve a 4-year term on the Judicial Nominating Commission for the Florida Second District Court of Appeal. Then, in 2008, Governor Charlie Crist appointed Dave to serve a second 4-year term. Dave served as Vice Chairman from July 2007 through August 2008, and thereafter served as Chairman through July 2009.

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.

In 2021, Dave was appointed to the Florida Bar’s Appellate Court Rules Committee. He previously served for two terms on that Committee from 2008 through 2014, and served as the Committee’s Secretary from 2013 through 2014.

During 2015 through 2021, Dave served two consecutive terms on the Appellate Practice Board Certification Committee, which is the standing committee of the Florida Bar responsible for the evaluation of competency, experience, and professionalism of attorneys seeking board certification in the area of appellate practice. In 2016, he was appointed to serve as the Vice Chair, and in 2017, he was appointed to serve as Chair of that Committee.


“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)