Eric Nowak, Guest Speaker for “Great American Teach-In” at Plant High School

Eric Nowak participated in the annual “Great American Teach-In” held on November 18th. Acting on his desire to help the youth of Tampa’s community, Eric dedicated his time to the students at Plant High School as a guest speaker for their 9th grade government honors class. While there, Eric discussed his personal journey to becoming an attorney. He spoke about his job and duties as an attorney and answered general questions regarding his position. Afterward he elaborated on the structure of the judiciary system and the role of attorneys within that system. He concluded his lecture with details about the process of taking a case from client retention to trial. Eric joined de la Parte & Gilbert in 2009; his primary area of practice is civil litigation.

Pat McNamara, Speaker at Upcoming Landlord-Tenant Law Seminar

Pat McNamara will be speaking at a Continuing Legal Education seminar on the topic of Green Construction. The seminar is scheduled to be held January 11, 2011 at the Doubletree Guest Suites on North Rocky Point Drive West, in Tampa.

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

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Sara A. Younger Joins Firm

Sara Younger, a recent honors graduate of the University of Florida, Levin College of Law, recently joined the firm as an associate attorney. Sara clerked at de la Parte & Gilbert during the summer of 2009 and joined the firm full time in 2010. Sara will primarily practice in the area of civil litigation.

Edward de la Parte – Panelist for “Water’s Role in Northeast Florida

The relationship between water and business is a hot topic and one that will become much hotter in our future. As fresh water becomes more limited, how companies use water and where it comes from will increasingly affect their business risks and opportunities. Our discussion will examine sustainable water supplies in Northeast Florida and analyze supply-chain water use throughout our community.

RVSP Deadline: Friday, August 13

Richard A. Gilbert and Edward P. de la Parte, Jr. Selected for 2011’s The Best Lawyers In America®

Rich Gilbert and Ed de la Parte have been selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2011 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®  The Best Lawyers list is compiled through an exhaustive peer-review survey in which thousands of the top lawyers in the U.S. confidentially evaluate their professional peers.  Because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, Best Lawyers has gained the respect of the legal profession, the media, and clients as the most reliable, unbiased source of legal referrals anywhere. It is regarded by both the legal profession and the public as one of the most definitive guides to legal excellence in the United States.

Rich was listed for the areas of Commercial Litigation and Personal Injury Litigation and Ed for the specialty of Water Law.

David Caldevilla Named To Florida Trend’s Legal Elite

David Caldevilla has been named to Florida Trend’s Legal Elite in the area of Appellate law.  Florida Trend’s Legal Elite named the top 2% of attorneys who have earned the trust and endorsement of their peers.

David focuses his practice on appellate, administrative, civil litigation, environmental, eminent domain and government cases.  He can be reached at

Edward de la Parte – Instructor at 24th Annual Environmental Permitting Summer School

Edward de la Parte, managing partner at de la Parte & Gilbert, P.A., is to be an Instructor at the Early Bird Discussion Session of the 24th Annual Environmental Permitting 2010 Summer School, which will be held July 21-23, 2010 at the Marco Island Marriott Resort & Golf Club. The Session will be a discussion on “Florida Water Law – Is There A Need For Change?

Ed de la Parte is a Board Certified State and Federal Government and Administrative Practice Lawyer. He has been with the firm of de la Parte & Gilbert for over thirty years and concentrates his practice in the areas of Water Law, Environmental Law, and Land Use. Ed can be reached at

Team de la Parte & Gilbert’s fundraising efforts go to Miles for Moffitt

For the fifth year in a row, just as they have since the first Miles for Moffitt race in 2006, lawyers, staff, and family members of de la Parte & Gilbert, P.A. raised funds and participated in the Miles for Moffitt 5K Run/Walk held May 15, 2010 at the University of South Florida in Tampa.

Early Saturday morning, Team de la Parte & Gilbert, along with thousands of others, walked to celebrate and honor loved ones and friends stricken by 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.

Nowak accepted to J. Clifford Cheatwood American Inn of Court

Eric Nowak has joined the J. Clifford Cheatwood American Inn Of Court as a pupil. The American Inns of Court provide judges, lawyers, and law students an opportunity to participate actively in developing a deeper sense of professionalism, achieving higher levels of excellence and furthering the practice of law with dignity and integrity.

Eric joined de la Parte & Gilbert in 2009 and practices primarily in the area of civil litigation.

Melton recognized for leadership and volunteerism

Kristin Melton was recognized for community leadership and volunteer service during The Tampa Connection’s recent 25th Annual Graduation Ceremony. Melton, Class of 2010, joined the ranks of more than 1,500 professionals who have graduated from The Tampa Connection since 1985. The Tampa Connection is an all-volunteer, nonprofit leadership program that prepares mid-level professionals for active volunteerism and leadership in the Tampa Bay community.

Kristin joined de la Parte & Gilbert in 2007; her primary practice areas include environmental, government, administrative and appellate law.