de la Parte Attorneys Speak at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute

On May 9, 2014, Patrick McNamara and Kristin Morris presented “Legal and Ethical Issues in Matters of Life and Death” at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, Inc.’s Grand Rounds. This presentation focused on the legal issues involved with advance directives, heath care surrogates, living wills and do not resuscitate orders. The presentation addressed the obstacles facing health care providers and patients dealing with end of life issues, and described how health care providers can assist their patients in that decision making process. The learning objectives were to increase awareness of the types of Advance Directives; to help the medical providers understand when the Advance Directive comes into effect in certain circumstances (i.e. life prolonging procedures); to provide guidance in understanding the differences between the various types of Advance Directives; to provide guidance in understanding the physician and hospital protocols and duties under Advance Directives; and to point out the patient’s rights and responsibilities under Advance Directives.

Pat has practiced with de la Parte & Gilbert since 1987 and serves as the firm’s Vice-Managing Partner; he practices in the fields of commercial, civil, and personal injury litigation, health law, construction law and appeals. Pat can be reached at

Kristin is an honors graduate of the University of Cincinnati College of Law and received her Bachelor of Arts Science in Business Administration, with a concentration in Accounting with honors, from the University of Louisville in 2007. She clerked at de la Parte & Gilbert during the summer of 2010 and joined the firm full time in 2012. Kristin practices primarily in the fields of Business Law, Civil/Commercial Litigation, Construction Law and Health Law.

de la Parte & Gilbert P.A. was founded in 1975 and serves numerous and varied state and national clients in many diverse areas of the law, including civil litigation, environmental, administrative, eminent domain, personal injury, professional negligence, and health care law. The firm has been involved in shaping much of the law that affects Florida’s environmental, health, social and governmental policies.