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Overview

Sylvia Walbolt handles civil appeals in both federal and state courts, in all areas of the law, including torts, products liability, business disputes, construction law, securities laws, class actions, constitutional, insurance, antitrust, eminent domain and employment law.

Sylvia, a former president of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, presented the oral argument in an appeal resulting in the reversal of a $1.1 billion judgment, and co-authored the brief in another appeal resulting in the reversal of a $1.58 billion judgment. She frequently presents oral arguments before the Florida Supreme Court and the Eleventh Circuit, and has appeared in the Georgia, Tennessee, and New Mexico Supreme Courts. She has appeared as counsel in numerous published opinions, and has appeared often on behalf of amici curiae.

In addition to working with trial counsel before and during trial to assure the record is preserved for appeal, she argues case dispositive legal issues to the trial court, such as motions for summary judgment or directed verdict. She also works with trial counsel on post-trial motions and arguing them to the trial court.

Board certified in Appellate Law by The Florida Bar, Sylvia is a former chair of its Appellate Practice Committee. She chaired the Florida Supreme Court's Committee on Standard Jury Instructions (civil), and is a past President of the Florida Supreme Court Historical Society. She is an elected life member of the American Law Institute.

Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, Sylvia was named the Chambers Women in Law Litigation Lawyer for 2013. She has been listed in Best Lawyers in America for more than 26 years, and in Chambers USA Guide to America's Leading Business Lawyers (Appellate Litigation) for many years.

Sylvia is especially active in pro bono matters and has received honors for such work at both the state and national level. She was the 2016 recipient of the John Paul Stevens Guiding Hand of Counsel Award from the American Bar Association's Death Penalty Representation Project. She is the firm's Appellate Practice and Trial Support Group Co-leader. She has written and spoken prolifically on appellate advocacy and trial preservation issues.

 

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Experience

  • Bechtel Corp. v. Batchelor, No. 3D16-2624, ___ So. 3d ____, 2017 WL 6598822 (Fla. 3d DCA Dec. 27, 2017). Florida's Third District Court of Appeal reversed a $12.8 million verdict and remanded for entry of judgment as a matter of law in favor of our client, a contractor that had performed maintenance at a power plant owned by Florida Power & Light. The appellate court agreed that the plaintiff failed to prove that our client had sufficient control over the power plant such that it could be held responsible in a premises-liability action involving alleged exposure to asbestos. In addition, the court held that the trial court had improperly provided an adverse-inference jury instruction.
  • Pinellas Cty. v. Richman Grp. of Fla., Inc., No. 2D16-3279, ___ So. 3d ____, 2017 WL 5759040 (Fla. 2d DCA Nov. 29, 2017). Florida’s Second District Court of Appeal reversed a $16.5 million award against our client, Pinellas County, in an action alleging equal protection and substantive due process constitutional violations. The action stemmed from the County’s denial of a developer’s application to change a land-zoning designation from "industrial limited” to “residential limited.” The appellate court determined that the zoning denial was rationally based on legitimate government concerns regarding maintaining a desired level of industrial zoning and significant community opposition to the proposed change in zoning designation.
  • Block 40, LLC v. CND Grp., LLC, 16-4001 (Fla. 4th DCA 2017). Affirmed judgment obtained in multi-million dollar commercial transaction concerning the issues of tender and attorney's fees.
  • Holmes Regional v. Allstate, --- So. 3d ---- No. SC15-1555 (Fla. July 13, 2017).  Obtained reversal and judgment for medical care providers in medical malpractice litigation with respect to subrogation claim by initial tortfeasors. 
  • Vancelette v. Boulan South Beach Condo. Ass’n, Inc., Case Nos. 3D16-1632 & 3D16-1338, --- So. 3d ---- (Fla. 3d DCA June 21, 2017) Obtained affirmance of summary judgments under Florida’s Slavin doctrine, which shifts the duty, post-construction, to the owner to correct a patent, potential hazard on its property
  • Griffin v. ARX Holding Corp., No. 2D15-1616, ___ So. 3d ___ (Fla. 2d DCA Oct. 14, 2016). Affirmance of judgment in suit for compensation and stock under employment contract.
  • McDaniel v. Fifth Third Bank, No. 2D15-464, ___ So. 3d ___ (Fla. 5th DCA June 7, 2016). Affirmance of dismissal of putative class action alleging unlawful bank fees.
  • Charlotte County v. Andress Family Florida, LP, et al., No. 2D14-4249, ___ So. 3d ___ (Fla. 2d DCA Feb. 3, 2016). Affirmance of multimillion-dollar final judgment in inverse condemnation action.
  • Dello Russo v. Fifth Third Bank, No. 15-13300, ---Fed.Appx.---2015 WL 9300650 (11th Cir. Dec. 22, 2015). Affirmance of dismissal of multi-million damage claim based on lender’s alleged fraud and unjust enrichment in conjunction with guaranty.
  • Figueroa v. Hynes, Nos. 5D14–3457, 5D15–174, 2015 WL 8483919 (Fla. 5th DCA Dec. 11, 2015). Affirmance of final judgment on sanctions in connection with mediated settlement agreement.
  • Bond Safeguard Insurance co. v. National Union Fire Insurance Company of Pittsburgh, PA., Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, No. 14-15233,---Fed.Appx.----2015 WL 581002.  Affirmance of summary judgment in favor of Directors & Officers Liability carrier in Coblentz action involving “arising out of” contract liability exclusion.
  • Marinemax, Inc., et al. v. National Union Fire Insurance Company of Pittsburgh, PA., Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals No. 14-13492,---Fed.Appx.----2015 WL 5804066.  Affirmance of judgment applying “arising out of” contract liability exclusion.
  • Carlton Fields v. SP Healthcare Holdings, LLC & ASC Holdings, Inc., No. 2D14-476 (Fla. 2d DCA May 27, 2015). Reversed discovery sanctions awarded without an opportunity to be heard at an evidentiary hearing.
  • Citrus Cnty. Hosp. Bd. v. Citrus Mem’l Health Foundation, Inc., No. SC13-411, 2014 WL 5856370 (Fla. Nov. 13, 2014). Invalidating special law enacted by the Legislature that transferred control over hospital as violative of the Contracts Clause of the Florida Constitution.
  • McDaniel v. Fifth Third Bank, Case No. 14-11615 (11th Cir. June 5, 2014). CAFA appeal; Vacating remand order based on amount in controversy.
  • Scruggs et al. v. Latvala, Morroni, Welch, Seel and Pinellas County, No 2D13-2808 2014 WL 1479128 (Fla. 2d DCA 2014). Affirmed summary judgment in favor of county and county commissioners in lawsuit claiming violation of alleged term limit requirements.
  • General Electric Capital Corp. v. Shattuck, Nos. 2D13-3702, 2D13-4279 (consolidated) (2d DCA 2014). Reversing $1.1 billion judgment that was amended to add numerous entities after trial.
  • Ursula Silveira, et al vs. Estate of Sylvia M. Locascio, Appellee, Nos. 3D12-3423 & 3D12-3424; L (3d DCA 2014). Affirming probate court award of attorneys fees and ordering distribution of monies.
  • Estate of Pitts v. City of Atlanta et al., -- S.E. 2d --, 2013 WL 3656396 (Ga. Ct. App. July 16, 2013).  On remand from decision by Georgia Supreme Court vacating Court of Appeals’ prior opinion, judgment again affirmed based on a third party beneficiary of insurance provisions in construction contracts and determination that contract claim was not precluded by workers’ compensation immunity.
  • Whitney Nat’l Bank v. Golf Strategies, LLC et al., 2013 WL 3154960 (Fla. 2d DCA June 21, 2013). Challenge to final judgment in a case arising from a default on a loan by individuals who personally guaranteed the loan, arguing that the judgment contained language that exceeded its jurisdiction. Opinion struck that language from the final judgment.
  • The Golf Club at Bridgewater, L.L.C. v. Whitney BankNo. 8:12-cv-01604-EAK, 2013 WL 1193182 (M.D. Fla. March 22, 2013). Affirmed the decision of the bankruptcy court compelling the sale of the debtor’s property in accordance with bankruptcy plan.
  • Holder Constr. Co., et al. v. Estate of Pitts, No S12G0527 (Ga. Nov. 27, 2012). Reversed ruling by court of appeals that deceased worker on airport construction project was a third party beneficiary of insurance provisions in contracts between owner, construction manager and subcontractor.
  • Longboat Key v. Islandside Property Owners Coalition, LLC, 2012-4-90 (Fla. 2d DCA 2012). Denying petition for second-tier certiorari review of order quashing municipal order granting land use application.
  • Health First, Inc. v. Hynes, 2012 WL 3044255 (Fla. 5th DCA July 27, 2012).Reversed order sanctioning appellants for attempting a fraud on the court, holding facts were unclear and that evidentiary hearing should be held.
  • Butler v. Whitney National Bank, N.A., et al., 2012 WL 1421741 (Fla. App. 2 Dist.). Affirmed judgment for bank on claims wrongfully failed to honor power of attorney and awarding attorneys fees, including fees for litigating amount of fees.
  • Carlton Fields, P. A. and Gary W. Pollack, Petitioners/Appellants v. Edward J. Locascio and In Re: Estate of Silvia M. Locascio, Respondents/Appellees, --- So.3d ----, 2012 WL 716134. Successfully challenged through a petition for writ of prohibition an order from the probate court that attempted to extend its power beyond jurisdictional boundaries when it announced an intent to equitably distribute assets that were not part of the probate estate.
  • CH2M HILL, Inc. v. Astaldi Construction, 2012 WL 131473 (Fla.App. 4 Dist.). Affirmed jury verdict for general contractor against construction program manager.
  • Astrotel, Inc., v. Verizon Florida, 2012 WL 209146 (Fla.App. 2 Dist.). Affirmed arbitration award on telecommunication interconnection agreement.
  • Office Depot, Inc. v. National Union Fire Insurance Company of Pittsburgh, PA, 734 F. Supp. 2d 1304 (S.D. Fla. 2010), aff’d 2011 WL 4840951 (11th Cir. Oct. 13, 2011). Summary judgment in favor of insurer on insured’s claims of over $24 million in investigation costs of possible security laws violations.
  • In Re: Estate of Silvia Locascio; Edward S. Locascio v. Estate of Silvia Locascio, and Edward J. Locascio, 858 So. 2d 326 (Fla. 3d DCA 2011). Reversing grant of equitable subrogation over attorneys' fees lien. 
  • Festival Fun Parks, LLC, d/b/a Boomers Fun Park – Boca Raton, v. Michael J. Livingston, 65 So. 3d 1062 (Fla. 4th DCA 2011). Affirming jury verdict in personal injury case where claim was asserted that fraudulent evidence was adduced at trial.
  • S&B/Bibb Hines PB 3 Joint Venture v. Progress Energy Fla., Inc., No. 09-12150 (11th Cir. Feb. 11, 2010). Affirmed dismissal with prejudice of claims against general contractor for additional compensation due to unexpected construction costs.
  • Harper Mechanical, LLC v. Hunt Const. Group, Inc., 23 So. 3d 772 (Fla. 5th DCA 2009). Affirmed grant of summary judgment for general contractor on claim for additional compensation for construction work despite release of claims.
  • Coleman (Parent) Holdings, Inc. v. Morgan Stanley & Co. Inc., 20 So. 3d 952 (Fla. 4th DCA 2009). Affirmed denial of Rule 1.540 motion to set aside judgment for Morgan Stanley mandated by prior decision that reversed $1.58 billion judgment for securities fraud.
  • Carey v. Rocke, 18 So. 3d 1266 (Fla. 2d DCA 2009). Affirmance of determination of undue influence by lawyers upon testator and reversal/remand to determine how estate would pass.
  • Keith v. ManorCare, Inc., No. 28,008 (N.M. Ct. App. 2009). Reversal of a $53.2 million wrongful death judgment based on erroneous summary judgment determining parent company was employer of nursing home staff and allowing punitive damages against parent.
  • Warner, M. v. Columbia/JFK Medical Center, 305 Fed. Appx. 610, 2008 WL 5411475 (C.A. 11 2008). Affirmed verdict in doctor's discrimination case and rejected argument regarding jury instructions.
  • Morgan Stanley & Co. v. Coleman Holdings, Inc., 955 So. 2d 1124 (Fla. 4th DCA 2007). Reversal of jury verdict of $1.58 billion in securities fraud case because damages proof was legally insufficient.
  • Bland v. Health Care and Retirement Corporation of America, 927 So. 2d 252 (Fla. 2d DCA 2006). Affirmed order compelling arbitration under nursing home arbitration agreement with limitations on statutory remedies.
  • RTM Media, L.P. v. Hillsborough County, Florida, Clear Channel Outdoor, 926 So. 2d 1284 (Fla. 2d DCA 2006). Affirmed dismissal of antitrust claim regarding county ordinance on billboards.
  • Werneck v. Worrall, 918 So. 2d 383 (Fla. 5th DCA 2006). Reversal of jury verdict in wrongful death case, based on improper opening statements and closing arguments.
  • Transamerica Leasing, Inc. v. Institute of London Underwriters, 430 F.3d 1326 (11th Cir. 2005). Reversal of jury verdict regarding damages under English maritime insurance policy.
  • General Motors Corp. v. Porritt, 891 So. 2d 1056 (Fla. 2d DCA 2004). Reversed product liability action involving expert witness issues.
  • FLA Orthopedics, Inc. v. American Ins. Co., 896 So. 2d 1 (Fla. 3d DCA 2004). Affirmed dismissal of claim against insurer for negligent supplying of information.
  • Access Now, Inc. v. Southwest Airlines Co., 385 F.3d 1324 (11th Cir. 2004). Affirmed dismissal of action under Americans With Disabilities Act involving access to website.
  • Edward Brochu v. City of Rivera Beach, 304 F.3d 1144 (11th Cir. 2002). Reversed jury verdict in Section 1983 employment retaliation case and remanded for judgment in favor of employer.
  • Humana Health Ins. Co. of Fla., Inc. v. Chipps, 802 So. 2d 492 (Fla. 4th DCA 2001). Reversed jury verdict in case involving default liability for punitive damages due to discovery sanctions.
  • Columbia/JFK Medical Center, Inc. v. Spunberg, 784 So. 2d 541 (Fla. 4th DCA 2001). Reversed verdict in suit alleging breach of medical staff bylaws and tortious interference.
  • Rosario Donato v. American Telephone and Telegraph Company, 767 So. 2d 1146 (Fla. 2000). Affirmed dismissal of claim under Florida’s statute prohibiting discrimination based on marital status.

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Recognition

  • Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Appellate Law 
  • Recipient, John Paul Stevens Guiding Hand of Counsel Award from the American Bar Association's Death Penalty Representation Project (2016)
  • Chambers Women in Law Litigation Lawyer of the Year (2013)
  • Named as "Top 250 Women in Litigation" by Benchmark Litigation (2012-2014)
  • “Local Litigation Star” (Antitrust, Appellate, Insurance – Florida), Benchmark Litigation (2012)
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America
    • Appellate Practice, Commercial Litigation, Litigation - Antitrust, Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) (1987-2019)
    • "Lawyer of the Year"
      • Tampa Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) Litigation (2019)
      • Tampa Appellate Lawyer of the Year (2011)
  • Top 10 Women Litigators - National Law Journal (December 2001)
  • 2010 Recipient of the Pro Bono Publico Award by the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service.  This award honors members of the legal community who enhance the human dignity of others by improving or delivering volunteer legal services to the poor or disadvantaged.
  • 2009 Recipient of the Medal of Honor Award by The Florida Bar Foundation. The Medal of Honor is The Florida Bar Foundation’s highest award given to a member of Florida's legal profession for achievements in duty and service to the public, improvement of the administration of justice, and advancement of the science of jurisprudence in Florida.
  • 2009 Recipient of the St. Petersburg Bar Foundation Heroes Among Us Service Award. This award is given to a fellow attorney who best exemplifies the legal profession through extraordinary contributions and community pro bono service to others.
  • 2008 Elected Member, The Warren E. Burger Society of the National Center for State Courts. The Warren E. Burger society honors individuals who have demonstrated exemplary contributions of service or support to the NCSC.
  • 2008 Tobias Simon Pro Bono Service Award Recipient. The Tobias Simon Award is given annually by the Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court to the one attorney in Florida who has given the most outstanding service in the area of pro bono legal assistance.
  • 2006 ABA Section of Litigation John Minor Wisdom Public Service and Professionalism Award. This award recognizes outstanding contributions to the equity of justice, ensuring that the legal system is open and available to all.
  • 2003 George C. Carr Memorial Award. This award is given by the Tampa Chapter of the Federal Bar Association to recognize excellence in federal practice and distinguished service to the federal bar.
  • 1998 Herbert G. Goldburg Outstanding Trial Lawyer of the Year Award. This award is given every year by the Hillsborough County Bar Association Trial Lawyers Section as they recognize a lawyer who epitomizes the qualities exhibited by Herbert Goldburg: professionalism, ethics, courtesy and love of the profession.
  • 2005 Stetson University College of Law Wm. Reece Smith, Jr. Public Service Award. Stetson established the William Reece Smith Jr. Award in 1990 to recognize and honor individuals who have demonstrated exemplary achievements in public service. Wm. Reece Smith Jr., the award's namesake and its first recipient, was the past president of the American, International and Florida Bar Associations and Chair Emeritus of the firm.
  • 2005 James C. Adkins Appellate Practice Award from The Florida Bar. The James C. Adkins Award is presented to a member of The Florida Bar who has made significant contributions to the field of appellate practice in Florida.
  • The Florida Bar President’s 2007 Pro Bono Service Award for the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit
  • Selected for inclusion in Florida Trend’s Florida Legal Elite (2004-2015)
  • Listed in Florida Trend's Legal Elite Hall of Fame (2009-2016)
  • Listed in Chambers USA Guide to America's Leading Business Lawyers (2006-2017)
  • Selected for inclusion in Florida Super Lawyers (2006-2018); Florida Super Lawyers' Top 50 Female Lawyers
  • AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Participant in by-invitation-only 2005 National Conference on Appellate Justice (Washington, D.C.)
  • Participant in Anglo-American Exchange (1999-2000). The Exchange is a program that convenes every five years to allow the United States and the United Kingdom to share information as to legal developments on both sides of the ocean. Five American attorneys and five American judges comprised this country’s delegation, led by Justice Anthony Kennedy and Justice Clarence Thomas of the United States Supreme Court.
  • Inaugural inductee, Pinellas County Business Women’s Hall of Fame, 2003
  • Suncoast Girl Scout Council Woman of Distinction, 1995

Professional & Community Involvement

  • American Academy of Appellate Lawyers
    • Fellow 
    • Former President
  • The Florida Bar 
    • Appellate Practice Certification Committee
      •  Charter Member, former Vice-Chair
      •  Antitrust Committee, former Chair
      •  Corporation, Business and Banking Section, former Chair
      • Special Antitrust Committee, former Chair
      •  Attorney-Client Privilege Task Force
  • Supreme Court of Florida 
    • Florida Innocence Commission (Inaugural Member, 2010-2011) 
    • Committee on Standard Jury Instructions in Civil Cases, Former Member and Chair
    • Criminal Discovery Commission, Former Member
    • Jury Innovations Committee, Former Member
  • Elected by the ABA Board of Governors to the Appellate Judges Education Institute Board of Directors (2017-2020)
  • American Bar Association 
    • Antitrust Law Section, Former Vice-Chair
    • Health Care Committee, Former Chair
    • Council Former Member
    • Standing Committee for the Federal Judiciary 
    • Former Eleventh Circuit Representative
    • Assessment Team, American Bar Association's Death Penalty 
      • Moratorium Implementation Project
  • American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow
    • Editorial Board of the Journal, Member
    • Access to Justice Committee, Former Chair
    • Florida State Committee, Former Chair
    • Samuel E. Gates Award Committee, Former Chair
    • Courageous Advocacy Committee , Former Chair
    • Long-Range Planning Committee, Nominating Committee, Former Member
    • Teaching Trial and Appellate Advocacy Committee, Immediate Past Chair
  • The Florida Bar Foundation
    • Former President
  • American Bar Foundation
    • Fellow
  • American Law Institute
    • Life Member
  • Attorneys Liability Assurance Society
    • Former Director
  • Bayfront Medical System Board of Trustees 
    • Former Member
  • Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law 
    • Board of Trustees, Honorary Lifetime Member
    • Board of Directors, Former Member
  • National Center for State Courts
    • Co-Chair of The Lawyers’ Committee (2006-2011)
  • Florida Supreme Court Historical Society
    • President (2014)
    • Board of Trustees
    • Second Vice President (2012)
  • Chester Bedell Memorial Foundation
    • Former Chair, Board of Trustees
  • H. Lee Moffitt Cancer and Research Institute
    • Founding Member and Former Director
  • Southern Legal Counsel, Inc.
    • Board of Directors (2010)
  • Chief Justice's Advisory Committee for the 2009 
    • Tobias Simon Pro Bono Awards 
      • Appointed by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Florida

Speaking Engagements

  • "May It Please the Court: Effective Appellate Oral Advocacy," Barry Law School (September 14, 2018)
  • "May It Please the Court: Effective Appellate Oral Advocacy," American College of Trial Lawyers & the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, University of Texas School of Law, Austin, TX (June 23, 2017)
  • "Effective Writing of Statement of Facts," Appellate Practice Section Telephonic CLE Series, The Florida Bar (May 2016)
  • “Avoiding Unpreserved Error” and “Effective Brief Writing” 2016 Orange County’s Bench-Bar Conference, Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal, Orlando, FL (April 15, 2016)
  • “Writing Your Statement of Facts,” 2016 National Appellate Defense Training, New Orleans (January 2016)
  • "Appellate Strategies," Appellate Practice Seminar, National Association of Attorneys Generals, Tallahassee, FL (January 28, 2014)
  • “Effective Appellate Writing,” District Wide Training Seminar, U. S. Department of Justice, U.S. Attorney's Office, Middle District of Florida, The Don CeSar Resort, St. Petersburg, FL (September 25, 2009)
  • “Persuasive Advocacy Through Effective Writing,” American College of Trial Lawyers Seminar, Washington University, St. Louis, MO (October 28, 2008)
  • “Advocacy of Seeking Extraordinary Writs and Remedies,” The Civil Practice and Litigation Techniques in Federal and State Courts Seminar presented by ALI ABA and sponsored with the cooperation of the Federal Judicial Center. She also participated as a panel member in the Advanced Procedural and Litigation Issues session.
  • “Writing an Effective Appellate Brief,” 20th Annual Federal Practice and Advocacy Seminar, New Orleans (2005)
  • “Trial Errors Through the Eyes of the Appellate Bench,” ABA Section of Litigation’s Women in Products Liability Regional CLE Workshop, New York (November 9, 2004)
  • “Extraordinary Writs,” Supreme Court Advocacy Seminar (June 3, 2002)
  • “Preservation of Error: A Workshop for Trial Counsel,” Speaker, 5th Circuit Appellate Practice & Advocacy Seminar (February 7, 2002)
  • “Preserving Error: A Case Study In Jury Instructions,” Speaker, 2001 DRI Appellate Advocacy Seminar, San Francisco (October 25-26, 2001)
  • “Appellate Mediation,” ABA Seminar (December 1, 2000)
  • Presentation with Dean Andrew M. Coates for the Anglo-American Exchange on “Technology in the Court” (September 17, 2000)
  • Presentation with Justice Clarence Thomas for the Anglo-American Exchange on “Devolution,” (September 12, 1999)
  • “Amicus Briefs,” Florida Supreme Court Advocacy Seminar (June 11, 1999 and June 9, 2000)

Pro Bono

  • Chatman v. Wengert, No. 16-14882, Slip Op., --- Fed.Appx. --- (11th Cir. June 6, 2017). Counsel for appellee seeking affirmance of district court order denying qualified immunity for excessive force during arrest. Listen to the argument here.
  • Kelley v. State, 3 So. 3d 970 (Fla. 2009). Latest appeal in death penalty case.
  • Colwell v. Head, Case No. 2001-V-847 (Butts County, Georgia Superior Court). Death penalty case for mentally ill inmate.
  • Ronnie Lee Jones v. State of Florida, Supreme Court of Florida, 740 So. 2d 520 (Fla. 1999). Death penalty case involving mental competency issue and prosecutorial misconduct.
  • Matilda Lacayo, as Administratrix of the Estate of Encarnacion Rodrigues, Jr., v. Sodoma Farms of North Carolina, Inc., 122 F.3d 1061 (4th Cir 1997). Wrongful death action for widow of migrant farm worker.
  • In Re: Holocaust Victims Assets Litigation: Thomas Weiss, David Mermelstein, et al. v. Union Bank of Switzerland, et.al., United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, Docket No. 00-9593, 00-0613, 00-9614. U.S. Holocaust survivors’ class action settlement of claims against a Swiss bank.

Credentials

Education
  • University of Florida College of Law (J.D.)
  • University of Florida (B.A.)
Bar Admissions
  • Florida
Board Certifications
  • Antitrust & Trade Regulation
  • Appellate Practice
Court Admissions
  • United States Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • Florida Supreme Court
  • Florida State Courts

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