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Cameron Carstens Selected to Participate in Advanced International Advocacy Course in Oxford, England

Messer Caparello, P.A. is pleased to announce that attorney Cameron Carstens will be participating in the Advanced International Advocacy Course at Keble College, Oxford, England on August 28, 2017 through September 2, 2017. The course is run by England’s South Eastern Circuit Bar.

 Mr. Carstens is one of four lawyers from the state of Florida to receive a Bennett Scholarship from the Trial Lawyers Section of the Florida Bar to participate in the course, which is internationally recognized as one of the most intensive advocacy courses in the world. The course helps participants refine their trial and appellate advocacy skills by performing simulated exercises involving all aspects of trial. Participants are critiqued on their performances by highly-experienced English lawyers and judges after each exercise. The course will conclude with each lawyer participating in a trial of an assigned case before an English High Court Judge.

 Mr. Carstens focuses his practice at the firm on defending claims brought under federal and state employment statutes, constitutional claims, as well as litigating claims involving breach of contract, restrictive covenants and other business disputes. Mr. Carstens also advises public K-12 educational institutions on a wide range of matters unique to the educational setting.

 

William Dillon has been designated as a Certified Information Privacy Professional/United States, by the International Association of Privacy Professionals

William Dillon – Certified Information Privacy Professional
Tallahassee, Fla. (July 24, 2017)

Messer Caparello, P.A., is pleased to announce that William Dillon, a shareholder and attorney practicing in its full-service Tallahassee firm, has been designated as a Certified Information Privacy Professional/United States, “CIPP/US”, by the International Association of Privacy Professionals, “IAPP”. The IAPP is the world’s largest and most comprehensive information privacy organization that helps define, support and improve the privacy professional globally. The CIPP/US designation is awarded to individuals that demonstrate, via experience, training and testing, mastery of privacy related laws and concepts, across all areas, for private sector entities in the United States.

In addition to being designated as a Certified Information Privacy Professional, Mr. Dillon is certified by the Florida Bar as a Specialist in the area of Health Law. He is also holds a certification in healthcare compliance, “CHC”, from the Health Care Compliance Association.

The law firm of Messer Caparello, P.A., located in Tallahassee, Florida, is a full-service legal organization. The firm combines the finest legal traditions of Florida’s “Capital City,” with the creative problem-solving skills necessary to resolve today’s complex legal challenges. The firm and its members embody a spirit of true professionalism, as evidenced by service to the client, to the system of justice, and to the public. As a result, the firm represents a diversity of clients across the full spectrum of judicial, administrative, and public policy forums. www.lawfla.com

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Gigi Rollini named one of Florida’s “Top 50 Women Super Lawyers”

Messer Caparello, P.A., is pleased to announce that Gigi Rollini, a shareholder and attorney practicing in its full-service Tallahassee firm, has been named one of Florida’s “Top 50 Women Super Lawyers” of 2017 by Super Lawyers magazine.

Ms. Rollini is a litigator with a focus on all aspects of Florida Administrative law, litigation and appeals, including agency licensing and discipline, corporate and non-profit regulation & compliance, state and local taxation, agency rulemaking, administrative complaints, rule challenges, government contracts and bid protests.

Super Lawyers names less than 5% of Florida’s attorneys to its list each year. They are chosen through a competitive selection process that includes peer nominations and evaluations, as well as independent research into a candidate’s professional achievement, credentials, competence, experience, professional activity, pro bono work, honors, and other recognitions. The “Top 50 Women Super Lawyers” are named according to those who ranked at the top of the list in the 2017 Florida Super Lawyers nominations, research and Blue Ribbon Review process.
In addition to being named a “Super Lawyer,” Ms. Rollini is AV-Rated by Martindale—the highest peer rating available—in appellate law, administrative law and litigation.

Ms. Rollini has also been recognized as one of Florida’s “Extraordinary Woman” by the Florida Association for Women Lawyers, a “Woman of Distinction in Law” by the Girl Scouts of the Florida Panhandle, and one of Tallahassee’s “25 Women You Need to Know.” She is a past president of both the Florida Association for Women Lawyers and Tallahassee Women Lawyers, and serves as Florida’s Delegate to the National Association of Women Lawyers.

Ms. Rollini is also nearing the conclusion of her second term as board president of America’s Second Harvest of the Big Bend, a regional food bank that serves 11 counties and 130 partner agencies in North Florida. She is also a board member of Club 25, comprised of Tallahassee’s “25 Women to Know.”

Ms. Rollini is a triple Seminole, having received from the Florida State University her J.D., magna cum laude, in 2003; her M.P.A. from the Reubin O’D. Askew School of Public Administration and Policy in 2003; and her B.A. in 1997. She is a lifetime member of the FSU Alumni Association.

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One-Third of Messer Caparello’s Attorneys Named 2017 Florida “Super Lawyers”

Messer Caparello, P.A., is pleased to announce that a third of its attorneys practicing in its full-service Tallahassee firm have been named 2017 “Super Lawyers” by Super Lawyers magazine, including Shareholders Dominic Caparello, Mark Herron, William Dillon, Gigi Rollini, and Robert J. Telfer III. Associate Melanie Leitman has been named a Super Lawyers “Rising Star.”

Super Lawyers names less than 5% of Florida’s attorneys “Super Lawyers” each year. Selection is through a competitive process of peer review and independent research into professional achievement, credentials, competence, experience, professional activity, pro bono work, honors, and recognitions.

Dominic Caparello is a Certified Mediator, and one of only five in Florida selected for Who’s Who Legal: Mediation. He is Past President of the American College of Civil Trial Mediators, a highly selective national organization for mediators at the highest level of achievement and recognition.

Mark Herron’s practice focuses on Election Law and Ethics matters, civil and administrative litigation and appeals, as well as regulatory compliance, public policy, and governmental relations.

Bill Dillon is Board Certified by The Florida Bar as a specialist in Health Law. His practice focuses on transactional and regulatory issues related to the health care industry, including providing advice on corporate compliance and health data privacy and security matters.

Robert Telfer’s practice focuses on Civil and Administrative litigation and appeals, as well as conservation easement law.

Gigi Rollini practices all aspects of Florida Administrative law, litigation and appeals, including agency licensing and discipline, corporate and non-profit regulation & compliance, agency rulemaking, administrative complaints, rule challenges, government contracts and bid protests. In addition to her law degree (J.D.), Ms. Rollini holds a Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) from the Florida State University Askew School of Public Administration & Policy. Gigi Rollini was also named one of Super Lawyers’ “Top 50 Women Lawyers” in Florida.

Melanie Leitman is a Litigator in both state and federal courts, with a focus on defending employers facing regulatory actions and civil rights litigation, whistleblower, retaliation, wage & hour, and FMLA claims, and advises employers on employment best practices and regulatory compliance matters.

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Gigi Rollini Named One of Florida’s “Top 50 Women Super Lawyers” of 2016

Messer Caparello, P.A., is pleased to announce that Gigi Rollini, a shareholder and attorney practicing in its full-service Tallahassee firm, has been named one of Florida’s “Top 50 Women Super Lawyers” of 2016 by Super Lawyers magazine.

Ms. Rollini is a member of Messer Caparello’s Litigation & Appellate Team. Her practice focuses on Florida appeals, civil and administrative litigation, and all aspects of Florida administrative law, including Florida agency licensing and discipline, corporate and non-profit regulatory compliance, policy and rulemaking, administrative complaints, rule challenges, and government contracts and bid protests.

Super Lawyers names less than 5% of Florida’s attorneys to its list each year. They are chosen through a competitive selection process that includes peer nominations and evaluations, as well as independent research into a candidate’s professional achievement, credentials, competence, experience, professional activity, pro bono work, honors, and other recognitions. The “Top 50 Women Super Lawyers” are named by those who ranked at the top of the list in the 2016 Florida Supreme Lawyers nominations, research and Blue Ribbon Review process.

In addition to being named a “Super Lawyer,” Ms. Rollini is AV-Rated by Martindale—the highest peer rating available—in both appellate and administrative law.

Ms. Rollini has also been recognized as one of Florida’s “Extraordinary Woman” by the Florida Association for Women Lawyers, a “Woman of Distinction in Law” by the Girl Scouts of the Florida Panhandle, and was the Honorary Chair of the 2016 Women of Distinction Gala. She is a past president of both the Florida Association for Women Lawyers and Tallahassee Women Lawyers, and serves as Florida’s Delegate to the National Association of Women Lawyers.

Ms. Rollini is also serving in her second term as board president of America’s Second Harvest of the Big Bend, a regional food bank that serves 11 counties and 130 partner agencies in North Florida. She is a member of the 2014 Class of Tallahassee’s “25 Women to Know,” and serves on the Club 25 board.

Ms. Rollini is a triple Seminole, having received from the Florida State University her J.D., magna cum laude, in 2003; her M.P.A. from the Reubin O’D. Askew School of Public Administration and Policy in 2003; and her B.A. in 1997. She is a lifetime member of the FSU Alumni Association.

One-Third of Messer Caparello’s Attorneys Named 2016 Florida “Super Lawyers”

Messer Caparello, P.A., is pleased to announce that a third of its attorneys practicing in its full-service Tallahassee firm have been named 2016 “Super Lawyers” by Super Lawyers magazine, including Shareholders Dominic M. Caparello, Mark Herron, William P. Dillon, Robert J. Telfer III, and Gigi Rollini. Associate Melanie R. Leitman has been named a Super Lawyers “Rising Star.” Super Lawyers names less than 5% of Florida’s attorneys “Super Lawyers” each year. Selection is through a competitive process of peer review and independent research into professional achievement, credentials, competence, experience, professional activity, pro bono work, honors, and recognitions.

Dominic Caparello is a Certified Mediator, and one of only five in Florida selected for Who’s Who Legal: Mediation. He is Past President of the American College of Civil Trial Mediators, a highly selective national organization for mediators at the highest level of achievement and recognition.

Mark Herron’s practice focuses on Election Law and ethics matters, civil and administrative litigation and appeals, as well as regulatory compliance, public policy, and governmental relations.

Bill Dillon is Board Certified by The Florida Bar as a specialist in Health Law. His practice focuses on transactional and regulatory issues related to the health care industry, including providing advice on corporate compliance and health data privacy and security matters.

Robert Telfer’s practice focuses on civil and administrative litigation and appeals, as well as conservation easement law.

Gigi Rollini is a litigator with a focus on Florida appeals, civil and administrative litigation, and all aspects of Florida Administrative Law, including agency licensing and discipline, corporate and non-profit regulatory compliance, policy and rulemaking, administrative complaints, rule challenges, government contracts and bid protests. In addition to her J.D., Ms. Rollini earned a Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) from the Florida State University Askew School of Public Administration and Policy.

Melanie Leitman primarily advises clients on general employment best practices and defends employers facing civil rights litigation, whistleblower, retaliation, wage and hour, and FMLA claims.

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Girl Scouts announce Women of Distinction

Special to the Chronicle 9:40 p.m. EDT October 11, 2015

On Tuesday, October 6th, at 12:00 p.m., thirty three women nominated for the 2015 Women of Distinction awards were announced at a luncheon at Capital City Country Club, Tallahassee, FL. A program inspired by Girl Scouts nationally, and hosted locally by the Girl Scouts of the Florida Panhandle, the Women of Distinction awards honor women who truly demonstrate their commitment to the community.

“The women chosen for this year’s Women of Distinction nominees’ set an excellent example for our girls and the opportunities for women in positions of leadership and service to the community” stated Raslean M. Allen, Girl Scout Council of the Florida Panhandle, Inc. chief executive officer. “The finalists are women who exemplify the characteristics of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world the better place, the mission of Girl Scouts.”

Nominated by members of the community, the women represent a cross section of the community. All nominees will be honored by the Girl Scouts of the Florida Panhandle during the 2015 Women of Distinction Awards Gala, November 19, at the Florida State University Alumni Center.

Seven women will be selected from among the finalists as 2015 Women of Distinction honorees, including the selection of the 2015 Diamond Award and Pearl Award recipients, respectively.

They join the 142 women in the Florida Panhandle who have been honored as Women of Distinction since the program’s inception in 1998.

This year’s finalists are:

  • Dr. Shirley Aaron, Community Volunteer
  • Meg Baldwin, Refuge House
  • Betsy Barfield, Jefferson County Commission
  • Jane Barron, Red Hills Horse Trials, Inc.
  • Jean Bates, Lucy and Leo’s Cupcakery
  • Jane Floyd Bullen, Gretchen Everhart & Pace
  • Pamela Butler, Aegis Business Technologies
  • Diana Cohn, Children’s Legal Services, DCF
  • Heidi Copeland, UF/IFAS Leon County Extension
  • Carol Dover, FL Restaurant & Lodging Assoc.
  • Dr. Debra Fadool, Florida State University
  • Willie Mae Footman, Community Volunteer
  • Arlecia Harris, City of Tallahassee
  • Dr. Cynthia Hughes Harris, FAMU
  • Lucy Ho, Masa and AZU Restaurants
  • Marion Hoffman, University of Florida
  • Janelle Irwin, Hang Tough Foundation
  • Liz Joyner, The Village Square
  • Susan LaJoie, Florida State University
  • Diane McCain, State University System of Florida
  • Alexis Roberts McMillan, Economy Drug Store
  • Deborah Moore, Guardian Ad Litem, Circuit 2
  • Rosie Richeson, The Outlet
  • Pamela Ridley, Sentry Self Service Storage
  • Estic Rollings, Rollings Foundation
  • Gigi Rollini, Messer Caparello, P.A.
  • Alice Sims, Ernie Sims Big HITS Foundation
  • Teresa Stevenson, St. Francis Wildlife Assoc.
  • Bette Sullivan, Community Volunteer
  • Nicole Tremblay, Exp.
  • Christina Williams, Young Actors Theatre
  • Dr. Gale Workman, Tighter Brighter Communication
  • Peggy Youngblood, Leon County Schools

The Women of Distinction Awards Gala begins at 5:30 p.m. with a social hour and silent auction. A variety of silent auction items range from themed baskets to gift cards. Additionally, the festivities include a live auction of fine jewelry from local jewelers.

The dinner and awards program begin at 6:30 p.m. Tickets for this year’s event are now on sale at all Girl Scout Service Centers. Individual tickets are $125 each. Tickets are also included in sponsorships packages ranging from Gold Sponsor: $2,000 (Table of 8), Silver Sponsor: $1,000 (Table of 4) to Bronze Sponsor: $500 (2 tickets).

The Women of Distinction Awards Gala also raises funds to provide 5,019 girls with Girl Scouting programs and activities across the service area. “We are grateful to the businesses who have chosen to be a part of this special occasion”, stated Irene Field, Girl Scouts of the Florida Panhandle, chief fund development officer. For more information on becoming a sponsor contact Irene Field at 850-873-3999 ext. 1202, or toll free at (888) 271-8778, or email ifield@gscfp.org.

Messer Caparello Attorneys Named Florida Trend’s 2015 Florida “Legal Elite”

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Messer Caparello, P.A., is pleased to announce that three of its attorneys practicing in its full-service Tallahassee firm have been named 2015 “Legal Elite” by Florida Trend magazine, including Managing Shareholder Thomas M. Findley and Shareholders William P. Dillon and Gigi Rollini.

Florida Trend magazine names less than 2% of Florida’s practicing attorneys “Legal Elite” each year. The attorneys selected “exemplify a standard of excellence in their profession and by so doing, have garnered the respect and esteem of their colleagues,” according to Florida Trend.

Thomas Marshall Findley is the Managing Shareholder of Messer Caparello, P.A. Mr. Findley is a former federal prosecutor who handles white collar criminal defense and regulatory matters. He also handles complex civil litigation at the trial and appellate levels, including employment defense and tax litigation. Mr. Findley formerly served as a law clerk for the Honorable Joseph Hatchett, United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

Bill Dillon is Board Certified by the Florida Bar as a specialist in Health Law. His practice focuses on transactional and regulatory issues related to the health care industry, including providing advice on corporate compliance and health data privacy and security matters.

Gigi Rollini is a member of Messer Caparello’s Litigation & Appellate Team. Her practice focuses on Florida appellate law, general civil and administrative litigation and litigation support, and all aspects of administrative law, including license disputes, regulatory compliance, policy, government contracts and bid protests. Ms. Rollini was named one of Florida’s 2015 “Extraordinary Woman” by the Florida Association for Women Lawyers. She has also been recognized as one of Florida’s Top 40 Litigators Under 40, Florida’s Most Productive Young Lawyer, and one of Tallahassee’s “25 Women You Need to Know.”

One-Third of Messer Caparello’s Attorneys Named 2015 Florida “Super Lawyers”

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Messer Caparello, P.A., is pleased to announce that a third of its attorneys practicing in its full-service Tallahassee firm have been named 2015 “Super Lawyers” by Super Lawyers magazine, including Shareholders Dominic M. Caparello, Mark Herron, William P. Dillon, Robert J. Telfer III, and Gigi Rollini. Associate Melanie R. Leitman has been named a Super Lawyers “Rising Star.”

Super Lawyers names less than 5% of Florida’s attorneys “Super Lawyers” each year. Selection is through a competitive process of peer review and independent research into professional achievement, credentials, competence, experience, professional activity, pro bono work, honors, and recognitions.

Dominic Caparello is a Certified Mediator, and one of only five in Florida selected for Who’s Who Legal: Mediation. He has also been elected President of the American College of Civil Trial Mediators, a highly selective national organization for mediators at the highest level of achievement and recognition.

Mark Herron’s practice focuses on Election Law and ethics matters, civil and administrative litigation and appeals, as well as regulatory compliance, public policy, and governmental relations.

Bill Dillon is Board Certified by the Florida Bar as a specialist in Health Law. His practice focuses on transactional and regulatory issues related to the health care industry, including providing advice on corporate compliance and health data privacy and security matters.

Robert Telfer’s practice focuses on civil and administrative litigation and appeals, as well as conservation easement law.

Gigi Rollini is a litigator with a focus on Florida appeals, civil litigation, and all aspects of Administrative Law, including license disputes, regulatory compliance, policy, government contracts and bid protests.

Melanie Leitman primarily advises clients on general employment best practices and defends employers facing civil rights litigation, whistleblower, retaliation, wage and hour, and FMLA claims.

Gigi Rollini has been named a 2015 “Super Lawyer” in appellate law by Super Lawyers magazine

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Messer Caparello, P.A., is pleased to announce that Gigi Rollini, a shareholder and attorney practicing in its full-service Tallahassee firm, has been named a 2015 “Super Lawyer” in appellate law by Super Lawyers magazine.
Ms. Rollini is a member of Messer Caparello’s Litigation & Appellate Team. Her practice focuses on Florida appellate law, general civil and administrative litigation and litigation support, and all aspects of administrative law, including licensing and regulatory matters, insurance, health and energy law.
Super Lawyers names less than 5% of Florida’s attorneys to its list each year. They are chosen through a competitive selection process that includes peer nominations and evaluations, as well as independent research into a candidate’s professional achievement, credentials, competence, experience, professional activity, pro bono work, honors, and other recognitions.
In addition to being named a “Super Lawyer,” Ms. Rollini is AV-Rated by Martindale—the highest peer rating available—in both appellate and administrative law.

She was recently named one of Florida’s “Extraordinary Woman” by the Florida Association for Women Lawyers (FAWL). Ms. Rollini is a past president of both FAWL and Tallahassee Women Lawyers (TWL), and serves as Florida’s Delegate to the National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL).

Ms. Rollini also serves as incoming board president of America’s Second Harvest of the Big Bend, a regional food bank that serves 11 counties and 130 partner agencies in North Florida. She is a member of the 2014 Class of Tallahassee’s “25 Women to Know,” and serves on the Club 25 board as well.
Ms. Rollini is a triple Seminole, having received from the Florida State University her J.D., magna cum laude, in 2003; her M.P.A. from the Reubin O’D. Askew School of Public Administration and Policy in 2003; and her B.A. in 1997. She is a lifetime member of the FSU Alumni Association.