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Home Health Care Referral Sources Can be Legitimate Business Interests Under Florida’s Non-Compete Statute

It has long been established that non-compete agreements are enforceable only when justified by a “legitimate business interest.” A recent decision of the Florida Supreme Court held that home health care referral sources can be a protected legitimate business interest for purposes of this requirement of Florida law.Continue Reading Home Health Care Referral Sources Can be Legitimate Business Interests Under Florida’s Non-Compete Statute

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.

 

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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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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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.

Mr. Caparello has been selected into the International Who’s Who of Mediation Lawyers

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Mr. Caparello has been selected into the International Who’s Who of Mediation Lawyers. The selection was based on the opinions and input of international law firm clients, corporate counsel and mediation specialists from the United States and around the world. Continue Reading Mr. Caparello has been selected into the International Who’s Who of Mediation Lawyers

Bryan W. Duke, Former St. Joe Company Assistant GC, Joins Firm

Bryan W. Duke

Bryan W. Duke

Bryan W. Duke, former Assistant General Counsel for the St. Joe Company, joined the firm effective January 1, 2011. Bryan brings over 25 years of experience to his practice which will focus on the areas of real estate transactions, land use, permitting and litigation.

Bryan is a graduate of Davidson College and the University of Florida, College of Law. He began his legal career in Fort Lauderdale as a litigator with a focus on commercial and construction litigation. He participated in jury and non-jury trials and handled a number of appeals. After eight years of private practice, Bryan took the position of General Counsel with Stiles Corporation in Fort Lauderdale. At Stiles, Bryan worked on every aspect of project development: property sales and acquisitions, development and architectural agreements, and commercial retail and office leases.

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