de la Parte & Gilbert, P.A. Recognized in 2015 “Best Law Firms” Rankings

de la Parte & Gilbert, P.A. is proud to announce that we have again been selected as a Tier 1 “Best Law Firm” in Tampa by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® for 2015 in the practice areas of Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiff and Water Law.

The firm was also ranked Tier 2 for Appellate Practice and Commercial Litigation and Tier 3 for Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law.

Firms included in the “Best Law Firms” list are recognized for their professional excellence by both clients and peers. To be eligible for a ranking, a firm must have a lawyer listed in The Best Lawyers in America©, which recognizes the top 4 percent of practicing attorneys in the U.S. Receiving a tier designation reflects the high level of respect a firm has earned among other leading lawyers and clients in the same communities and the same practice areas for their abilities, their professionalism, and their integrity.

Bank of America Plaza Displays Artwork by David M. Caldevilla

The Bank of America Plaza will be featuring the Automotography artwork of attorney David M. Caldevilla through December.

David, a self-proclaimed “gear-head,” has a passion for cars that dates back to his early childhood. After growing up playing with Hot Wheels and slot cars, he eventually bought and refurbished his first car – a 1969 Camaro. During his teenage years, David also found an interest in photography and cars became his favorite subject to photograph.

While editing some of his photos, David found that he could use technology to blur the lines between painting and photography, a technique he calls “Automotography.” Now, through imaginative camera angles and digital editing effects, his photos take on their own distinct personalities. You can view David’s artwork in the lobby of the Bank of America Plaza or at www.automotography.com.

David is a Shareholder with de la Parte & Gilbert and has practiced there since 1989. He is “AV” rated by Martindale-Hubbell and is Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Appellate Practice. In addition to his appellate practice, he also focuses his practice on administrative, civil litigation, environmental, eminent domain and government cases. David can be reached at dcaldevilla@dgfirm.com.

Vivian Arenas-Battles Presents at Eminent Domain Conference

Vivian Arenas-Battles delivered a presentation at the CLE International Eminent Domain Conference. The two-day conference was held on October 23 & 24, 2014 at the Sheraton Riverwalk in downtown Tampa.

Vivian and her co-presenter, Debra W. Schiro, Esq., presented Resolving Simpler or Difficult Cases: What is Most Important to the Condemnor. Ms. Arenas-Battles explained and discussed what condemors consider in settling cases and the issues that can arise during the course of the case.

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.

Kristin Morris Discusses Medical Marijuana with ABC Action News

The day after Florida Amendment 2 – Florida Right to Medical Marijuana was defeated, healthcare attorney, Kristin Morris, was interviewed by ABC Action News to get her perspective.

She spoke on the implications the defeat may have on businesses that were ramping up for the legalization of medical marijuana, potential next steps for the law, and if she believes the trend of training and education would continue.

Kristin’s article, From Charlotte’s Web to Amendment 2: Considerations for Doctors Attempting to Fly High with Medical Marijuana, explores the recent developments in the legalization and the national trend of states accepting the drug for medical treatments.

Kristin is an associate with de la Parte & Gilbert and her primary practice areas include Healthcare Law, Business Law, Civil/Commercial Litigation, and Construction Law.

25 Cars for 25 Local Families

Eric Nowak, an associate with de la Parte & Gilbert, P.A. and board member of Wheels of Success, celebrated Labor Day in a different way. He and his wife were part of a Labor Day Event called “25 Cars for 25 Families.” On September 1, 2014, Wheels of Success, a local Tampa charity whose mission is to provide individuals who are struggling with reliable transportation in order to get to school and/or their job, provided 25 local families with keys to their very own “new to them” cars. One of the 25 cars was donated by Eric and his wife to a domestic violence survivor. To find out more about Wheels of Success, visit www.wheelsofsuccess.org.

de la Parte & Gilbert Sponsors Danny Weldon at Boys State

de la Parte & Gilbert, P.A. was proud to sponsor Danny Weldon, a senior at Tampa Catholic High School, at the Florida American Legion Boys State which was held July 6-12, 2014 at Florida State University. David Caldevilla, a Shareholder at de la Parte & Gilbert and a 1979 graduate of Boys State, was on hand to congratulate Danny upon his graduation from the program on September 4, 2014.

From left to right: Senator John Brandes, Danny Weldon and David Caldevilla

Boys State is a comprehensive one week leadership action program in state and local government. Attendees are well qualified, male high school juniors from all over the state of Florida. The program is designed to develop a working knowledge of the structure and political process of Florida’s government. Instruction is presented on the law and court system, parliamentary procedures and Florida’s political history. Participants “run” for office and each level of government is then run by the elected delegates using the basic laws and procedures of the State of Florida in a way similar to how actual legislature operates.

de la Parte & Gilbert, P.A. Lawyers selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2015

Richard A. GilbertEdward P. de la ParteDavid M. Caldevilla and Vivian Arenas-Battles, have been named once again as Best Lawyers® in the 2015 edition of The Best Lawyers in America©.

Since first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence so, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor.

Mr. Gilbert is included in the 2015 list in the areas of Commercial Litigation, Medical Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs, as well as Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs. Only a small number of Best Lawyers attorneys, approximately 10 percent, are listed in three areas of specialty and less than 10 total attorneys share these same specialties. Rich is Board Certified as both a Business Litigation Lawyer and Civil Trial Lawyer and can be reached at rgilbert@dgfirm.com.

Best Lawyers selectee since 2008, Ed de la Parte is listed in the areas of Utilities Law and Water Law. Ed is Board Certified in State & Federal Government & Administrative Practice and can be reached at edelaparte@dgfirm.com.

David Caldevilla is included in the area of Appellate Practice for the third year in a row. David is Board Certified in Appellate Practice and he can be reached at dcaldevilla@dgfirm.com.

For the third consecutive year, Vivian Arenas-Battles is listed in the areas of Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law.

Kristin Morris Selected for Tampa Connection Class of 2015

Kristin Morris has been selected to represent de la Parte & Gilbert, P.A. in the exclusive Tampa Connection class of 2014-2015. The mission of the Tampa Connection is to develop community leaders via exposure to non-profit agencies within the local community. Each year, a select number of professionals are chosen to take part in a year-long program during which the Tampa Connection helps guide the executive into leadership roles within the non-profit community. As part of her program this year, Kristin will participate in the planning and implementation of a team project designed to fulfill an agency need for a non-profit organization in Hillsborough County.

Prior to joining de la Parte & Gilbert, Kristin was a law clerk for General Electric and the Internal Revenue Service and an international tax consultant for Deloitte and Touche. In 2012, Kristin joined de la Parte & Gilbert where her primary practice areas include Business Law, Civil/Commercial Litigation, Construction Law and Health Law.

David Caldevilla and Pat McNamara Named To Florida Trend’s Legal Elite

de la Parte & Gilbert, P.A. is pleased to announce that two of the firm’s shareholders, David M. Caldevilla and Patrick J. McNamara, have been named to Florida Trend’s Legal Elite for 2014. Each year, Florida Trend recognizes the top tier of attorneys in the state. Winners are selected by their peers as attorneys who they hold in the highest regard or would recommend to others.

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

Pat has practiced with de la Parte & Gilbert since 1987; he practices in the fields of commercial, civil, and personal injury litigation, health law, construction law and appeals. Pat can be reached at pmcnamara@dgfirm.com.

de la Parte & Gilbert Sponsors State Champion Mock Trial Team

de la Parte & Gilbert, P.A. is a proud sponsor of Fletcher High School’s Mock Trial Team. The Fletcher High Law Team competed March 6-8 at the Florida High School Mock Trial Finals held in Orlando. They contested against elite high schools from across the state and emerged undefeated to take home State Champion first place honors. In May, the team traveled to the National Competition in Wisconsin and placed 11th in the nation. Congratulations to the Fletcher High School Mock Trial Team!