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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PUBLIC RECORDS LITIGATION: Condition Precedent for Seeking Attorneys’ Fees Against the State

In a recent case – State of Florida, Department of Economic Opportunity v. Consumer Rights, LLC – the First District of Appeal reversed the trial court’s award of attorney’s fees under Florida’s public records law, because the party seeking the public records failed to give notice of the claim for attorney’s fees to the Department of Financial Service at the time it filed the complaint pursuant to Section 284.30, Florida Statutes.

Section 284.30, Florida Statutes, provides as follows:

State Risk Management Trust Fund; coverages to be provided.—A state self-insurance fund, designated as the “State Risk Management Trust Fund,” is created to be set up by the Department of Financial Services and administered with a program of risk management, which fund is to provide insurance, as authorized by s. 284.33, for workers’ compensation, general liability, fleet automotive liability, federal civil rights actions under 42 U.S.C. s. 1983 or similar federal statutes, and court-awarded attorney’s fees in other proceedings against the state except for such awards in eminent domain or for inverse condemnation or for awards by the Public Employees Relations Commission. A party to a suit in any court, to be entitled to have his or her attorney’s fees paid by the state or any of its agencies, must serve a copy of the pleading claiming the fees on the Department of Financial Services; and thereafter the department shall be entitled to participate with the agency in the defense of the suit and any appeal thereof with respect to such fees. (Emphasis added.)

In its opinion, the Court noted that “[t]he statute explicitly excludes eminent domain, inverse condemnation, or Public Employees Relations Commission suits from this statute’s requirements. If the Legislature sought to exclude public records cases from these requirements, it would have listed it with the other exclusions. As such, the plain language of the statute shows that the Legislature intended to include public records cases within its purview.”

Accordingly, the Court concluded that the notice requirement of Section 284.30 was a condition precedent to the award of attorney’s fees and reversed the award of fees in this case, despite a finding by the trial court that the agency had “unjustifiably delayed in producing the records” in violation of Chapter 119, Florida Statutes.
A motion for rehearing has been filed with the Court.

For more information regarding this issue or other open government issues, contact Mark Herron at mherron@lawfla.com

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.

Gigi Rollini recognized by Florida Association of Women Lawyers

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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 recognized by the Florida Association of Women Lawyers (FAWL) as one of Florida’s “Extraordinary Women.” FAWL noted in its selection that Rollini is “unquestionably . . . at the top” of her profession. Gigi is an AV-Rated “Super Lawyer” in appellate and administrative law, who has been recognized as one of Florida’s Top 40 Litigators Under 40, Florida’s Most Productive Young Lawyer, a FAWL Leader in the Law, and one of Tallahassee’s 2014 “25 Women You Need to Know.” Rollini serves on the Executive Board of America’s Second Harvest of the Big Bend, and as a pro bono lawyer to Legal Services of North Florida on cases with access to court implications. Gigi also represents adults with developmental disabilities in Florida cases of statewide impact.

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