Richard A. Gilbert, David M. Caldevilla and Vivian Arenas-Battles have been named to Florida Trend’s Legal Elite for 2011. Florida Trend’s Legal Elite recognizes the top tier of attorneys as chosen by their peers. These lawyers have each exemplified a standard of excellence in their profession.
Rich Gilbert’s practice areas include business litigation and civil trial, construction litigation, commercial litigation, professional liability and products liability. Rich is a Shareholder with de la Parte & Gilbert and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
David Caldevilla focuses his practice on appellate, administrative, civil litigation, environmental, eminent domain and government cases. David is also a Shareholder at the firm and can be reached at email@example.com.
Vivian Arenas-Battles is a Shareholder with de la Parte & Gilbert and focuses her practice in the areas of administrative law, civil litigation, environmental and eminent domain issues.
Rich Gilbert has been invited to speak at the Hillsborough County Bar Association’s Young Lawyer’s Division State Court Trial Seminar on June 10, 2011. Mr. Gilbert will be speaking about the examination of witnesses from the plaintiff’s perspective. Over the years, he has lectured extensively in the areas of trial advocacy, professional ethics, business and commercial litigation, and professional and products liability.
The seminar is being held at the George E. Edgecomb Courthouse and carries a qualifying 4.0 credits for registered young lawyers. For more information, please visit www.hillsbar.com.
Rich is a Shareholder with de la Parte & Gilbert and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Edward P. de la Parte, Jr. (Environmental Litigation), Richard A. Gilbert (General Litigation), David M. Caldevilla (Appellate) and Vivian Arenas-Battles (Eminent Domain) were once again named as “Super Lawyers” in the 2011 issue of Florida Super Lawyers magazine.
Daniel J. McBreen (Business Litigation) and Kristin Y. Melton (Environmental Litigation and Administrative Law) have also been selected again as Rising Stars among the state’s younger attorneys.
Nicolas Q. Porter (Environmental Litigation and Administrative Law) is a new addition to the Super Lawyers Rising Stars list. Nick joined the firm in 2003 after graduating with honors from Florida State University College of Law. He can be reached at email@example.com.
United States vs Paul Bunyan
On May 3, 2011, Mike Bray, Eric Nowak, and Sara Younger participated in the Mock Trial component of the Hillsborough County Bar Association’s Law Week. Law week is an annual event where local attorneys visit classrooms, give tours of the local courthouses, and perform mock trials for elementary through high school students as a way to educate them about the legal process. The three attorneys acted out the script of “United States v. Bunyan” in front of a large group of 3rd and 4th graders at Ballast Point Elementary. The attorneys thoroughly enjoyed playing the parts of prosecutor and defense attorney in this environmental court-room drama, scripted by the American Bar Association. At the conclusion of the mock trial, all three attorneys fielded questions from the students about not only the mock trial and its results, but what their lives are like as practicing attorneys. Mike Bray joined the firm in 2008; Eric Nowak joined the firm in 2009; and Sara Younger joined the firm in 2010.
On May 5, 2011, Kristin Melton participated in the courthouse tours component of the Hillsborough County Bar Association’s Law Week. She thoroughly enjoyed showing the students how our judicial system works by taking the students into courtrooms where they were able to watch criminal defendants appear before the judge. Law Week is an annual event where local attorneys visit classrooms, give tours of the local courthouses, and perform mock trials for elementary through high school students as a way to educate them about the legal process.
Kristin joined de la Parte & Gilbert in 2007; her primary practice areas include environmental, government, administrative and appellate law.
For six years and counting, de la Parte & Gilbert, P.A. raised funds and participated in the Florida Bank Miles for Moffitt 5K Run and the 1 mile walk held on May 14, 2011, at the University of South Florida in Tampa.
While the rest of the Tampa Bay Area was sleeping, Team de la Parte & Gilbert, along with a record breaking number of runners/walkers, engaged in a memorable event and walked to celebrate and honor loved ones and friends stricken by and who have survived cancer. Proceeds from Team de la Parte & Gilbert’s fundraising efforts go to Miles for Moffitt, which was created to support cancer research at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute. Team de la Parte & Gilbert hopes its contribution will help to make a positive impact on finding a cure for cancer.
HCBA Lawyer, Eminent Domain Section, Feb 2011
Vivian Arenas-Battles and Eric Nowak, attorneys at de la Parte & Gilbert, P.A., recently co-authored In The Race For Full Compensation, Don’t Disregard The Rules. The article was published by HCBA Lawyer in its February 2011 issue under the Eminent Domain Section.
The article underscores the Rules Regulating the Florida Bar (“the Rules”) as well as the ethical issues that may arise with regard to advertising attorney services directly to clients, specifically in the area of eminent domain cases. A copy of the full article is available here.
Vivian’s primary practice areas include eminent domain, inverse condemnation, and civil litigation. Eric’s primary area of practice is civil litigation.
Nicolas Porter has been selected to serve on the Florida Chamber Foundation’s Six Pillars Caucus System. Nick will join other leaders from across the state on the Infrastructure and Growth Leadership Caucus to help craft the first-ever, state-wide strategic plan.
The Six Pillars Caucus System is a qualitative research program aimed to engage the best and brightest minds in the state to develop a plan for Florida’s future economy that includes high-wage jobs, global competitiveness and vibrant communities by the year 2030. The program launched last year and current members have already begun to construct the foundation for the plan. In this second year, Caucus members’ deliberations will become more focused in order to finalize the first draft. For more information, visit www.FLFoundation.org.
Nick’s practice focuses on environmental and administrative law issues, including complex environmental litigation throughout the state. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vivian Arenas-Battles, shareholder at de la Parte & Gilbert, P.A., attended the February 4, 2011 meeting of the Association of Eminent Domain Professionals where she presented the “Case Law Overview.” AEDP is a state-wide organization whose purpose is to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and information among professionals specializing in the field of eminent domain. Additionally, it provides clients with recourse to professionals within the field.
Vivian’s primary practice areas include eminent domain, inverse condemnation, and civil litigation. She is currently a member of the AEDP organization and is Vice-Chair of the Eminent Domain Committee for The Florida Bar.
Nicolas Porter, shareholder at de la Parte & Gilbert, P.A. was a judge during the Preliminary Rounds of the International Environmental Moot Court Competition, North America Atlantic Region. The January 2011 competition was hosted by Stetson University College of Law. The competitors, who are from the United States and the Caribbean, discussed Oil Pollution in the Marine Environment. The competition is in its fifteenth year and is the largest international environmental moot court competition in the world.