• Stetson University College of Law (J.D., 2007), summa cum laude
  • University of South Florida (B.A., 2003), cum laude

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bar admissions

  • Florida

court admissions

  • Florida State Courts
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
J. Derek Kantaskas

J. Derek Kantaskas


Derek Kantaskas is a trial lawyer who represents a diverse clientele in complex commercial disputes.  He has wide-ranging experience counseling and representing construction clients during contract negotiation and formation, throughout a project and, if necessary, in all aspects of litigation proceedings.

Mr. Kantaskas’ experience includes resolving complex contract disputes, construction defects, project delay claims, lien and bond disputes, regulatory investigations, and copyright and trademark infringements.

Mr. Kantaskas also co-chairs the Construction Law Section for the Hillsborough County Bar Association.

He has been selected as a "Super Lawyer" and "Rising Star" by Florida Super Lawyers the past six years, and is a recent graduate of Leadership Tampa.

Mr. Kantaskas' clients include nationwide homebuilders, general contractors, condominium associations, developers, large project owners, subcontractors, equipment lessors, cellular service providers, property managers, disaster remediation contractors, ethanol fabricators, steel erectors, and heavy construction companies.