Michael Bray, a recent cum laude graduate of the University of Florida, Levin College of Law, has joined the firm practicing in the areas of appellate law, civil litigation and administrative law. He received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, cum laude, in 1999 and his Master of Science in Decision and Information Sciences in 2000, both from the University of Florida.
Governor Charlie Crist reappointed David M. Caldevilla, Esquire to serve a second four-year term on the Judicial Nominating Commission of the Florida Second District Court of Appeal. Mr. Caldevilla currently serves as the Chairman of that Commission, whose mission is to investigate, interview and nominate candidates to serve as appellate court judges.
Edward P. de la Parte, Jr., managing partner, has been recognized by the Florida Bar as a Board Certified State & Federal Governmental and Administrative Practice Lawyer. Certification is the highest level of evaluation by The Florida Bar of competency and experience within an area of law, and professionalism and ethics in practice.
Richard A. Gilbert, shareholder, has been invited to participate for a three-year term in the Pre-Law Alumni Advisory Board at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. Rich is a graduate of Miami University and received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1970. He is also a graduate of the University of Cincinnati Law School receiving his JD degree in 1973. Rich has been practicing in Florida for almost 35 years and is Florida Bar Board Certified as both a Business Litigation Lawyer and a Civil Trial Lawyer.
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 2008 Florida edition of Super Lawyers magazine.
David M. Caldevilla has been named to Florida Trend’s Legal Elite. Florida Trend’s Legal Elite names the top 1,170 attorneys who have earned the trust and endorsement of their peers.
Vivian Arenas-Battles has been appointed as Vice-Chair of the Florida Bar’s Eminent Domain Committee for the 2008-2009 term.
David Caldevilla has been appointed to the Florida Bar’s Appellate Court Rules Committee, for
July 1, 2008 through 2011.
Edward P. de la Parte, Jr., is a well-known practitioner in the fields of Land Use and Environmental Law and a former General Counsel of Tampa Bay Water. He was recently quoted in a Florida Trend article on the potential impact of expanded phosphate mining in Southwest Florida.
“The Peace River is the No. 1 water supply for the people of southwest Florida and the No. 1 water supply for Charlotte Harbor, which provides a $4.5-billion economic impact to the regional economy,” says Tampa lawyer Ed de la Parte. “That is a bigger economic impact than the phosphate industry itself has on the state of Florida.”
David M. Caldevilla was presented with the “Chair Service Award” for outstanding service to the City, County, and Local Government Law Section of The Florida Bar.
Congratulations to Edward de la Parte and Kristin Yerkes, their paper titled “Desalination and Reclaimed Water – Emerging Issues in Eastern Water Law” was recognized as one of the best papers presented at the American Bar Association, Section of Environment, Energy and Resources 15th Fall Meeting, September 26-29, 2007, Pittsburgh, P.A.