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Paul L. Nettleton

Paul L. Nettleton



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, products 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.


  • AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Board Certified by The Florida Bar as a specialist in appellate practice
  • Listed in Florida Trend magazine's Florida Legal Elite issue (2004-2008)
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Appellate Practice, Commercial Litigation, Litigation - Environmental (2005-2019)
  • Selected for inclusion in Florida Super Lawyers (2006-2018)

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 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 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 for Membership, Appellate Practice Committee
    • Vice-Chair for Insurance, Appellate Practice Committee
    • Insurance and Reinsurance Committee
    • Environmental, Energy & Maritime Law Committee
    • Business Litigation Committee
    • Product Liability Committee
    • Toxic & Hazardous Substances Committee
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Propane Gas Defense Association
  • American Judicature Society
  • U.S. Supreme Court Historical Society
  • U.S. 11th Circuit Historical Society
  • Florida Supreme Court Historical Society
  • Florida 3d DCA Historical Society
  • Former Member, Board of Directors, The Guardianship Program of Dade County

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,” ACI’s Extra-Contractual and Bad Faith Liabilities Forum, New York (June 2-3, 2016)
  • “How to Handle and Defend Bad Faith Claims in Florida,” ACI National Forum on Bad Faith Claims & Litigation, Miami (November 19, 2015)
  • “Hot New Cases and Issues in Bad Faith Across the Country,” NAMIC Claims Conference, Phoenix (February 11, 2015)
  • “Ripped from the Case Law: U.S. v. Ruehle,” IADC 2012 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,” at the 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,” American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Midyear Meeting, Miami (February 9, 2007)


  • 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
  • Hon. Joseph Nesbitt, Florida Third District Court of Appeal


  • Judicial Clerk to The Honorable Joseph Nesbitt, Third District Court of Appeal for the State of Florida (1984-1986)


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