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Paul L. Nettleton

Paul L. Nettleton

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Overview

Paul Nettleton's practice covers all areas of complex trial and appellate litigation, as well as administrative litigation. His experience includes trial, administrative, and appellate litigation in the areas of insurance bad faith and other extra-contractual claims against insurance companies, insurance coverage, commercial disputes, class actions, consumer fraud, civil RICO, software development, product liability, toxic torts, environmental permitting, environmental and natural resources, rulemaking, employment, banking, construction, eminent domain and inverse condemnation, constitutional torts and civil rights, and defamation.

Paul is board certified in Appellate Practice by The Florida Bar.

Recognition

  • AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Board Certified by The Florida Bar as a specialist in appellate practice
  • Listed in Florida Trend's Florida Legal Elite (2004-2008)
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Appellate Practice, Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Environmental (2005-2020)
  • Selected for inclusion in Florida Super Lawyers (2006-2019)

Professional & Community Involvement

  • The Florida Bar
    • Appellate Practice Section
    • Chair, Appellate Practice Certification Committee (2016-2017)
    • Vice-Chair (2015-2016)
    • Member (1999-2003, 2011-2018)
    • Former Member, Appellate Court Rules Committee 
    • Environmental & Land Use Law Section
  • American Bar Association
    • Section of Litigation
      • Former Division Director, presided over 24 committees
      • Former Co-Chair, Legal Services Training Committee
      • Former Co-Chair, Environmental and Energy Litigation Committee
      • Former Co-Chair, Appellate Practice Committee
      • Former Co-Chair, Products Liability Committee
    • Section of Trial Tort and Insurance Practice
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
    • Vice-Chair of Membership, Appellate Practice Committee
    • Vice-Chair of Insurance, Appellate Practice Committee
    • Insurance and Reinsurance Committee
    • Environmental and Energy Law Committee
    • Business Litigation Committee
    • Product Liability Committee
    • Toxic and Hazardous Substances Committee
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Propane Gas Defense Association
  • American Judicature Society
  • U.S. Supreme Court Historical Society
  • Eleventh Circuit Historical Society
  • Florida Supreme Court Historical Society
  • Florida Third District Court of Appeal Historical Society
  • Guardianship Program of Dade County
    • Former Member, Board of Directors

Speaking Engagements

  • “Identifying and Defending the Bad Faith Set Up,” Fourth Annual Bad Faith and Litigation Strategies ExecuSummit, Hartford, CT (November 1-2, 2016).
  • “Creative Bad Faith Set Ups: Preventative Strategies and Techniques,” American Conference Institute's Extra-Contractual and Bad Faith Liabilities Forum, New York (June 2-3, 2016).
  • “How to Handle and Defend Bad Faith Claims in Florida,” American Conference Institute's National Forum on Bad Faith Claims & Litigation, Miami (November 19, 2015).
  • “Hot New Cases and Issues in Bad Faith Across the Country,” National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies' Claims Conference, Phoenix (February 11, 2015).
  • “Ripped from the Case Law: U.S. v. Ruehle,” International Association of Defense Counsel Annual Meeting, Asheville, NC (July 10, 2012).
  • “Muddying the Waters: The Downstream Effect of the Supreme Court's Attempt to Define the Scope of the Clean Water Act,” ABA Joint CLE Seminar, Snowbird, UT (January 13, 2007).
  • “Environmental Regulations: Compensable Takings or Permissible Legislation,” ABA Annual Meeting, San Francisco (August 11, 2007).
  • “Insurance 101: What You Need to Know to Protect Your Clients’ (and Your Own) Rights to Recovery,” ABA Young Lawyers Division Midyear Meeting, Miami (February 9, 2007).

Credentials

Education
  • University of Florida College of Law (J.D., with honors, 1983)
    • Editorial Board, Florida Law Review
    • Order of the Coif
  • University of Florida (B.S., high honors, 1981)
Bar Admissions
  • Florida
Board Certifications
  • Appellate Practice
Court Admissions
  • United States Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • Florida State Courts
Clerkships
  • Hon. Joseph Nesbitt, Florida Third District Court of Appeal

Background

  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Joseph Nesbitt, Florida Third District Court of Appeal (1984-1986)

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