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Florida Construction Update provides insight and commentary on new and emerging issues in Florida construction law, including the latest judicial holdings, recently-enacted legislation, and other developments and trends important to individuals and entities involved in the construction industry in Florida, including developers, contractors, design professionals, and their insurers.

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George R. Truitt, Jr., Esq.

George R. Truitt, Jr., is the Managing Partner of the Cole, Scott & Kissane, P.A.’s (“CSK’s”) Construction Group, which is dedicated exclusively to the counseling and litigation of construction-related matters. Mr. Truitt is a Board Certified Specialist in Construction Law. He was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1992 and has been A-V Rated by Martindale Hubbell since 1998. For the past seventeen years, he has devoted his practice to construction litigation and risk management counseling, including the representation of design professionals in professional liability claims, developers, contractors, and subcontractors in construction defect, contract, and lien enforcement claims, and payment and performance bond sureties in public and private bond and subrogation claims.

Mr. Truitt lectures on various construction law topics, including risk management for design professionals and developers. He has presented to general liability and surety bond claims professionals with American International Group, Inc. (AIG) on “Core Concepts in Construction Defect Litigation” and to members of the American Institute of Architects, Florida Section, on “Risk Management for Architects.

Mr. Truitt has served as an arbitrator in commercial and construction disputes before the American Arbitration Association. He is approved by the Florida Bar to provide Continuing Legal Education to attorneys and Continuing Education to insurance claims professionals in various construction law topics.

 

David Salazar, Esq.

David Salazar is a Partner in CSK’s Construction Group and practices in the Miami office. Mr. Salazar is a Board Certified Specialist in Construction Law and has devoted his practice to various areas of construction law including representation of developers, contractors, and subcontractors in construction defect, contract, and lien enforcement claims, as well as design professionals in professional liability claims. Mr. Salazar also writes and speaks on various legal topics in the context of construction law.

 

 

Kevin C. Schumacher - Miami construction law attorneyKevin C. Schumacher, Esq.

Kevin C. Schumacher is a Partner in CSK’s Construction Group and practices in the Miami office. Mr. Schumacher is a Board Certified Specialist in Construction Law and practices in the areas of general commercial and civil litigation, with an emphasis in construction litigation, landlord-tenant law, condominium law, banking law and real estate litigation.

 

 

 

David Harrigan - Orlando construction law attorneyDavid S. Harrigan, Esq.

David S. Harrigan is a Partner in CSK’s Construction Group and practices in the Orlando office. Mr. Harrigan is a Board Certified Specialist in Construction Law. He concentrates his practice primarily on construction litigation matters, including construction defect and contract claims, on behalf of architects, engineers, developers, contractors, and subcontractors, professional liability claims and general business disputes on behalf of design professionals, and premises liability claims on behalf of property owner.

 

 

Clay Whittaker - Miami construction law attorneyClay H. Whittaker, Esq.

Clay H. Whittaker is a Partner in CSK’s Construction Group and practices in the Pensacola office. Mr. Whittaker is a Board Certified Specialist in Construction Law, and he maintains an active and diverse practice in both state and federal courts throughout Florida and Alabama in the areas of insurance casualty and liability defense. Mr. Whittaker dedicates a large part of his practice to representing and defending companies involved in the construction process, including developers, contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, and design professionals.

 

Keith Lambdin - Miami construction law attorneyKeith J. Lambdin, Esq.

Keith J. Lambdin is a Partner in CSK’s Construction Group and practices in the Fort Lauderdale and Bonita Springs offices where he concentrates his practice on civil litigation and construction litigation. Mr. Lambdin is an experienced trial attorney and has tried numerous cases in both state and federal courts in Florida. In addition to his extensive trial experience, Mr. Lambdin has argued cases before Florida’s Second, Third, Fourth and Fifth District Courts of Appeal and the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

 

 

Daniel Levin - Miami construction law attorneyDaniel E. Levin, Esq.

Daniel E. Levin is a Partner in CSK’s Construction Group and practices in the West Palm Beach office. Mr. Levin focuses his practice in the areas of general commercial litigation and civil litigation, with an emphasis on construction litigation. Mr. Levin’s construction litigation practice includes representation of contractors, design professionals, subcontractors, materials suppliers, manufacturers, owners, and other entities in construction defect, contract, and lien enforcement claims in state and federal court, arbitrations, and mediations. Mr. Levin has over sixty days of jury and non-jury civil trial experience representing construction industry professionals.

 

John Chiocca - Miami construction law attorneyJohn A. Chiocca, Esq.

John A. Chiocca is a Partner in CSK’s Construction Group and practices in the West Palm Beach office. Mr. Chiocca is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell and concentrates his practice on complex litigation in both state and federal court. Mr. Chiocca has experience interpreting insurance policies and litigating coverage issues and advises general contractors, subcontractors, and contracting governmental entities regarding their civil litigation needs.

 

Rochelle Chiocca - Miami Construction Law AttorneyRochelle B. Chiocca, Esq.

Rochelle B. Chiocca in a Partner in CSK’s Construction Group and practices in the West Palm Beach office. Ms. Chiocca has represented private entities throughout Florida at the trial level in commercial and insurance disputes. She also has experience in interpreting insurance policies and in rendering opinions on coverage, duty to defend, duty to indemnify, and other insurance contract related issues, particularly in the areas of property, automobile, and construction law.

 

 

Stephen Stukey - Miami Construction Law AttorneyStephen W. Stukey , Esq.

Stephen W. Stukey is a Partner in CSK’s Construction Group and practices in the Tampa office. Mr. Stukey concentrates is practice on construction and insurance defense litigation. He graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelors of Design in Architecture, and worked with a national architectural firm in Boca Raton, Florida, before attending law school.

 

 

 

John Kozak - Miami Construction Law AttorneyJohn J. Kozak, Esq.

John J. Kozak is a Partner in CSK’s Construction Group and practices in the Tampa office. Mr. Kozak defends contractors, developers, and design professionals in multi-million dollar claims stemming from the construction of large residential and commercial developments.  Mr. Kozak also practices in the areas of products liability, premises liability, and motor vehicle negligence and has over sixteen years of litigation experience in state and federal courts in multiple jurisdictions.

 

 

 

Elizabeth Tosh - Miami Construction Law AttorneyElizabeth C. Tosh, Esq.

Elizabeth C. Tosh is a Partner in CSK’s Construction Group and practices in the Tampa office. Ms. Tosh practices in the areas of general civil litigation, including wrongful death, personal injury, products liability, premises liability, trucking and automobile accident cases, construction defects, professional liability, nursing home, and medical malpractice litigation. In the area of construction defect litigation, Ms. Tosh has been involved in complex litigation involving residential and commercial properties and has represented design professionals, subcontractors, and suppliers.

 

 

Patrick Snyder - Miami Construction Law AttorneyPatrick J. Snyder, Esq.

Patrick J. Snyder is a Partner in CSK’s Construction Group and practices in the Jacksonville office. Mr. Snyder focuses his practice on general civil litigation, insurance coverage, construction defects, professional malpractice, insurance bad faith, errors and omissions, trucking claims defense, products liability, personal injury/wrongful death, and personal injury protection (PIP) litigation.

 

 

 

Sanjo Shatley - JAX Construction Law AttorneySanjo S. Shatley, Esq.

Sanjo S. Shatley is a Partner in CSK’s Construction Group and practices in the Jacksonville office. Mr. Shatley concentrates his practice in civil defense litigation, including premises liability, nursing home, medical malpractice, professional malpractice, and products liability. His practice also includes construction litigation and risk management counseling, including the representation of design professionals in professional liability claims, developers, contractors, and subcontractors in construction defect, contract, and lien enforcement claims, and payment and performance bond sureties in public and private bond and subrogation claims.

 

 

Daniel Duello - JAX Law AttorneyDaniel R. Duello, Esq.

Daniel R. Duello is a Partner in CSK’s Construction Group and practices in the Jacksonville office. Mr. Duello practices in the area of general civil litigation, insurance coverage, bad faith and extra-contractual liability, construction defect, and professional liability defense.

 

 

 

Brooke Beebe - CSK Construction Law AttorneyBrooke E. Beebe, Esq.

Brooke E. Beebe is a Partner in CSK’s Construction Group and practices in the Bonita Springs and Naples offices.  Ms. Beebe focuses her practice in the areas of general commercial and civil litigation, with an emphasis in construction litigation, landlord-tenant law, and employment law. Ms. Beebe has tried over two dozen jury trials and numerous bench trials. Prior to joining CSK, Ms. Beebe worked as in-house counsel for a real estate developer where she regularly worked with several prominent restaurant and supermarket corporations.

 

 

Ryan Charlson - CSK Legal Construction AttorneyRyan M. Charlson, Esq.

Ryan M. Charlson is an Associate in CSK’s Construction Group and practices in the Miami office. Mr. Charlson focuses his practice on construction, products liability, real estate, and insurance coverage disputes. Prior to joining CSK, Mr. Charlson practiced at a national firm that specializes in construction litigation, and more recently, he worked as in-house counsel for one of the nation’s largest real estate developers.

 

 

Samuel Padua - Miami Construction Law AttorneySamuel Padua, Esq.

Samuel Padua is an Associate in CSK’s Construction Group and practices in the Miami office. Mr. Padua concentrates his practice on various areas of construction law, including representation of developers, contractors, and subcontractors in construction defect, contract, and lien enforcement claims.  He also represents design professionals in professional liability claims. Before joining the firm, Mr. Padua was a professional in the construction industry for eighteen years. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico in 1992 and has been a Professional Engineer since 1993.

 

 

Felipe Mejia - CSK Construction Law AttorneyFelipe L. Mejia, Esq.

Felipe L. Mejia is an Associate in CSK’s Construction Group and practices in the Miami office. Mr. Meija specializes in construction and complex litigation representing design professionals, developers, general contractors, subcontractors, and condominium associations. He is also experienced in cases involving bodily injury, premises liability, first party property and workers compensation. In addition to his litigation practice, Mr. Meija serves as general counsel for several condominium associations.

 

 

Roberto DeFlesco - Miami Construction Law AttorneyRobert H. de Flesco III, Esq.

Robert H. de Flesco III is an Associate in CSK’s Construction Group and practices in the Miami office. Mr. de Flesco devotes most of his practice to various areas of construction law, including representation of contractors and developers in construction defect claims. Mr. de Flesco also represents design professionals and consulting engineers in professional liability claims.

 

 

 

Dean O. Meyers - Miami Construction Law AttorneyDean O. Meyers, Esq.

Dean O. Meyers is an Associate in CSK’s Construction Group and practices in the Fort Lauderdale and Miami offices. Mr. Meyers concentrates his practice in construction litigation. He has extensive experience as a project manager in the field of environmental engineering and consulting with a record of delivering multi-million dollar utility projects on schedule and within budget. Mr. Meyers is well versed in construction administration, having served as the resident project representative on several large-scale water treatment plant construction projects where he managed change order and payment disputes, requests for information, and shop drawing review and approval.

 

 

Lisa Reyes - Miami Construction Law AttorneyLisa I. Reyes, Esq.

Lisa I. Reyes is an Associate in CSK’s Construction Group and practices in the Miami office. Ms. Reyes concentrates her practice in the area of construction law. She has experience representing contractors and developers in construction defect claims and design professionals and consulting engineers in professional liability claims.

 

 

 

Matan Scheier - Miami Construction Law AttorneyMatan A. Scheier, Esq.

Matan A. Scheier is an Associate in CSK’s Construction Group and practices in the Miami office. Mr. Scheier focuses his commercial litigation practice on construction law.  He represents and advises developers, contractors, and subcontractors in construction disputes and lien enforcement cases. Mr. Scheier also defends design professionals and consulting engineers in professional liability cases.

 

 

 

Albert Li - Miami Construction Law AttorneyAlbert Li, Esq.

Albert Li is an Associate in CSK’s Construction Group and practices in the Miami office. Mr. Li devotes most of his practice to various areas of construction law, including representation of contractors and developers in construction defect claims and design professionals in professional liability cases.

 

 

Haldon Greenberg - Ft. Lauderdale Construction Law AttorneyHaldon L. Greenberg, Esq.

Haldon L. Greenburg is an Associate in CSK’s Construction Group and practices in the Fort Lauderdale office. Mr. Greenberg has experience representing contractors and developers in construction defect claims and design professionals and consulting engineers in professional liability claims. Prior to joining CSK, Mr. Greenburg gained valuable litigation and trial experience in the areas of both criminal and civil law. He has represented thousands of clients and has been lead counsel on numerous jury and bench trials.

 

 

Craig Distel - West Palm Beach Construction Law AttorneyCraig S. Distel, Esq.

Craig S. Distel is an Associate in CSK’s Construction Group and practices in the West Palm Beach office. Mr. Distel focuses his practice on the defense of developers, contractors, and suppliers in construction defect claims and design professionals in professional liability disputes.

 

 

 

 

William Woods - Tampa Construction Law AttorneyWilliam M. Woods, Esq.

William M. Woods is an Associate in CSK’s Construction Group and practices in the Tampa office. Mr. Woods’ practice is focused on construction litigation and insurance coverage matters where he represents insurers, contractors, tradesmen, design professionals, surveyors, and engineers throughout the state of Florida. Prior to joining CSK, Mr. Woods spent six years as a consultant at a boutique engineering firm where he managed all aspects of commercial marine construction projects. There, he navigated his clients through the complex regulatory framework during the design and permitting phase and provided contract administration services during the construction phase.

 

Maxwell Che - Tampa Construction Law AttorneyMaxwell X. Che, Esq.

Maxwell X. Che is an Associate in CSK’s Construction Group and practices in the Tampa office. Mr. Che practices in the areas of business/commercial law, construction law, and legal malpractice defense.

 

 

 

Robert Crabill - Orlando Construction Law AttorneyRobert A. Crabill, Esq.

Robert A. Crabill is an Associate in CSK’s Construction Group and practices in the Orlando office. Mr. Crabill focuses his practice on construction and large commercial litigation matters where he represents developers, architects, engineers, and public agencies. Mr. Crabill also handles complex administrative, regulatory, and governmental matters. Prior to joining CSK, Mr. Crabill was the Executive Director, Chief Construction Attorney, and Assistant General Counsel for the Florida Construction Industry Licensing Board at the Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation (FDBPR).

 

 

Glenn Gaver - JAX Construction Law AttorneyGlenn F. Gaver, Esq.

Glenn F. Gaver is an Associate in CSK’s Construction Group and practices in the Jacksonville office. Mr. Gaver practices in the areas of general civil litigation, insurance coverage, construction defects, professional malpractice, insurance bad faith, errors and omissions, trucking claims defense, products liability, and personal injury/wrongful death litigation.

 

 

 

Todd Macleod - JAX Construction Law AttorneyTodd A. MacLeod, Esq.

Todd A. MacLeod is an Associate in CSK’s Construction Group and practices in the Jacksonville office. Mr. MacLeod focuses his practice in the areas of general and commercial litigation with an emphasis on construction. Prior to joining CSK, Mr. MacLeod was a licensed general contractor and was involved in both commercial and residential construction projects. Mr. MacLeod owned and operated a construction company with focused efforts on residential and light commercial construction from the ground up, including project design, coordination with architects and engineers, daily management of all dedicated construction personnel and subcontractors, and active participation in the project’s construction.

 

Sean Mulhall - JAX Construction Law AttorneySean L. Mullhall, Esq.

Sean L. Mulhall is an Associate in CSK’s Construction Group and practices in the Jacksonville office. Mr. Mulhall’s practice focuses on nursing home health care, construction law, medical malpractice, and general civil litigation. Mr. Mulhall has sixteen years of experience defending clients in civil litigation. He has represented clients in state and federal trial courts throughout the state of Florida during his career, and has handled appeals in the Florida and federal appellate courts.