NOVEMBER

de la Parte & Gilbert, P.A. Selected for Martindale-Hubbell's 2013 U.S. Top Ranked Law Firms

de la Parte & Gilbert, P.A. was recently selected as one of Martindale-Hubbell's 2013 U.S. Top Ranked Law Firms. The recognition is for having at least one of every three attorneys in our firm achieve the AV Preeminent rating. Less than 2,500 – or, approximately 5% – of firms in the entire United States have achieved this ranking. We are honored by this recognition of our firm's experience and reputation.

Martindale-Hubbell® is the most comprehensive ratings publication covering lawyers in the world. Each rating is the result of a peer review system based upon the confidential opinions of practicing attorneys and judges.

In addition to individual lawyers who have qualified for the AV rating, the firm of de la Parte & Gilbert, P.A. has also been awarded by Martindale-Hubbell® their highest possible mark, an "AV" rating. The "A" signifies highest levels of legal ability, while the "V" signifies adherence to professional standards of conduct, ethics, reliability, and diligence, along with other relevant factors.

de la Parte & Gilbert, P.A. Lawyers selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2013

Several of the firm's attorneys: Richard A. Gilbert, Edward P. de la Parte, David M. Caldevilla & Vivian Arenas-Battles were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2013 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®. The Best Lawyers list is compiled after an exhaustive peer-review survey in which thousands of the top lawyers in the United States confidentially evaluate their professional peers.

Lawyers are not allowed to pay a fee to be listed, so Best Lawyers is regarded by both legal professionals and the general public as one of the most definitive guides to legal excellence in the U.S. and inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor.

Mr. Gilbert is a Shareholder with de la Parte & Gilbert and was included in the 2013 list for the areas of Commercial Litigation and Personal Injury Litigation. Rich is Board Certified as a Business Litigation Lawyer and Civil Trial Lawyer and can be reached at rgilbert@dgfirm.com.

Ed de la Parte, also a Shareholder with de la Parte & Gilbert, made the list again for the specialty of Water Law. Mr. de la Parte is Board Certified as a State & Federal Government and Administrative Practice lawyer and can be reached at edelaparte@dgfirm.com.

David Caldevilla, a de la Parte & Gilbert Shareholder, is a Board Certified Appellate Lawyer and was listed in Best Lawyers for Appellate Practice. David can be reached via email at dcaldevilla@dgfirm.com.

Vivian Arenas-Battles, also a de la Parte & Gilbert Shareholder, was selected for inclusion in the areas of Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law. You may contact Ms. Arenas-Battles via email at varenas@dgfirm.com.

Patrick McNamara Joins University of Tampa's Board of Fellows

The firm's vice-managing shareholder, Patrick J. McNamara, has recently been afforded the opportunity to join the University of Tampa's Board of Fellows. The Board of Fellows is a group of distinguished men and women who are recognized as community and business leaders in the Tampa Bay area. The Board serves to increase The University of Tampa's presence in the Tampa Bay business community and fortify the relationships that The University of Tampa has within the local community.

The Board of Fellows hosts a variety of community business events and social functions each year. These activities allow local business members an opportunity to socialize and network while sharing their accomplishments, plans, and perspectives on current issues of importance. These events also serve as fundraisers that benefit The University of Tampa in many ways, including academic grants for faculty and scholarships for students.

Mr. McNamara is excited about this opportunity to engage with The University of Tampa and the local business community, and looks forward to his year ahead as a member of the Board of Fellows.

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.