Eric D. Nowak Joins Firm.

Eric Nowak, a recent honors graduate of the University of Florida, Levin College of Law, has joined the firm practicing in the area of civil litigation. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 2004.

Richard A. Gilbert and Edward P. de la Parte, Jr. Included in 2010 The Best Lawyers In America®

Rich Gilbert and Ed de la Parte have been selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2010 edition of The Best Lawyers in America® – this publication 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 in Personal Injury Litigation and Commercial Litigation, and Ed for the specialty of Water Law.

de la Parte & Gilbert Partners Selected as Super Lawyers By Super Lawyer Magazine.

Edward P. de la Parte, Jr. (Environmental Litigation, Environmental, Land Use/Zoning), Richard A. Gilbert (General Litigation, Business Litigation, Professional Liability: Plaintiff) and David M. Caldevilla (Appellate, General Litigation, Administrative Law) were named “Super Lawyers” in the 2009 Florida edition of Super Lawyers magazine.

Daniel J. McBreen (Commercial Litigation, Medical Malpractice and Wrongful Death Litigation, Real Property Litigation, Construction Litigation) was selected to Rising Stars.

Vivian Arenas-Battles Named To Florida Trend’s Legal Elite

Vivian Arenas-Battles has been named to Florida Trend’s Legal Elite in the area of Eminent Domain. Florida Trend’s Legal Elite named the top 918 attorneys who have earned the trust and endorsement of their peers. Vivian focuses her practice on administrative, environmental, and eminent domain cases.

Patrick J. McNamara Appointed To Serve On Florida Bar Committee

Patrick J. McNamara, a shareholder at de la Parte & Gilbert, has been appointed by the Florida Bar to serve on the Continuing Legal Education Committee. His term will begin July 1, 2009 and expire on June 30, 2012. In making the announcement, the Bar noted that, “The work of the Florida Bar’s standing committees is critical to the administration of justice. Our bar would not be as effective without your help, and the help of your fellow committee members.” Pat is the firm’s Vice Managing Shareholder, and practices in the fields of commercial, civil, and personal injury litigation, health law, construction law and appeals. He can be reached at

We’ve Moved! Same Building. Different Suite.

Physical Address:
Downtown Tampa
Bank of America Plaza
Suite 2000
101 E. Kennedy Blvd.
Tampa, FL  33602

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 2350
Tampa, FL 33601-2350


Vivian Arenas-Battles

Vivian Arenas-Battles has been certified by the Florida Supreme Court as a Circuit Court Mediator and is available to handle mediations involving eminent domain and environmental law matters.

Daniel J. McBreen has become a partner

Daniel J. McBreen has become a partner at de la Parte & Gilbert, P.A. Dan practices primarily in the firm’s civil litigation division. He has experience handling a variety of complex civil cases including medical malpractice and wrongful death actions, breach of contract disputes, real property disputes, construction disputes, and general negligence cases. Dan also serves as the firm’s recruiting coordinator.

Automography by David M. Caldevilla© 2008

David Caldevilla is a Board Certified Appellate Lawyer at de la Parte & Gilbert, P.A. However, in his life outside of the law firm, David is a certified car nut. Some of his fondest childhood memories are playing with Hot Wheels, slot cars and Cox model racing cars.

When David turned 15, he drove his father crazy in search of his first car and begging him to buy it.  David explains, “I had my heart set on getting an old Corvette, but they were just too expensive.”  His father would say, “I’m not paying 5,000 bucks for a car that’s 15 years old!”  So, after a couple of years of wearing down his dear old dad, David finally convinced him in 1979 to buy a 1969 Camaro. The body was pretty rusty and full of Bondo, but it was a fast convertible with a lot of potential. David and his father, brothers, and uncle went to work on it for endless weekends. By his high school graduation in 1980, the car was beautifully restored with a new red paint job.

During his teenage years, David also picked up photography as a hobby. Being a “gear head,” David quickly found that cars were one of his most favorite things to photograph. That was about 30 years ago, and he still loves classic cars and photography. David recently bought a digital camera and discovered some funky digital photomanipulation techniques. Naturally, he had to try those techniques out on his car pictures. He calls his artwork “Automotography,” which is short for automotive photography.  You can check out David’s artwork on the internet at

Oral Arguments Conducted in Ona Mine Appeal

On October 8, 2008, the Florida Second District Court of Appeal conducted a special oral argument session in the latest round of litigation against IMC Phosphates Company’s proposed 4,200-acre “Ona Mine” project.  Charlotte County and other local governments are opposed to the project because they fear it will adversely impact the Peace River, Charlotte Harbor, and other important natural resources.  Because the case is so voluminous and complex, the appellate court expanded the normal 40 minute hearing time to 2 hours.  David Caldevilla, a Board Certified Appellate Lawyer with de la Parte & Gilbert, presented oral arguments on behalf of Charlotte County.

The St. Petersburg Times article, reporting on the hearing, is found at the following link: