Bart Valdes is the Firm’s Managing Partner in the Tampa office.  Bart is a Board Certified Specialist in Business Litigation by the Florida Bar.  As a Board Certified Specialist, Bart is considered to be an expert in the area of business litigation. Board certification is the Florida Bar’s highest level of evaluation of the competency and experience of attorneys.  Also, Bart holds the highest ranking an individual attorney can receive (AV), as designated by the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory.

Bart has represented a variety of the Firm’s clients including small business owners, individuals, local governments, insurance companies, medium and large corporations, as well as nation-wide institutional clients in a wide range of matters.  Bart has litigated, and continues to litigate, complex trial matters related to contract disputes, property disputes, eminent domain and condemnation actions, real estate disputes, insurance matters and general business disputes.  Bart also has extensive litigation experience in the areas of landlord and tenant disputes, bankruptcy, probate, trust and estate matters, foreclosure cases, corporate and partnership disputes, collections, construction matters, land use, zoning and code enforcement matters and local government disputes.

Additionally, Bart has significant experience in general business, corporate and real estate matters.  Bart has represented clients in state and federal court actions (both at trial and on appeal) as well as in administrative proceedings.

 

Bar Admissions

  • All Florida State Courts
  • Florida Supreme Court
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • United States Tax Court
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Florida
  • United States Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • Florida Bar Association, Member
  • Business Law Section of Florida Bar – Executive Council
  • Electronic Discovery and Digital Evidence Committee of the Business Law Section, Vice-Chair
  • Tampa Interbay Rotary Club, President
  • Tampa Interbay Rotary Foundation, Board of Directors
  • Tampa Hispanic Bar Association, Treasurer
  • Tampa Bay Watch, Volunteer
  • Orange County Bar Association, Member
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association, Member
  • Lake St. Charles Homeowner’s Association, Former Director/Treasurer – 2006-2008
  • Taste of South Tampa – 2008-2009

Other Activities

  •  Mr. Valdes is a PADI Certified Scuba Diving Instructor and a licensed United States Coast Guard Captain.

Speaking Engagement(s)

2017

      • Electronic Discovery and Digital Evidence in the Courtroom – Hillsborough Circuit Court Judges

2016

      • Effective Courtroom Management Of Computerized Discovery- Broward County Circuit Court Judges 
      • Electronic Discovery and Ethics in 2016 and Beyond – Business Law Section of Florida Bar
      • Electronic Discovery and Digital Evidence – Tampa Hispanic Bar Association
      • Balancing Life and the Practice of Law- Western Michigan University- Cooley Law School

2015

      • Electronic Discovery and Digital Evidence Pre-Discovery Through Trial – Florida Bar Annual Convention

Articles

Reported Cases

      • Singer v. Unibilt, 43 So.3d 784 (Fla. 5th DCA 2010)
      • VOSR Industries v. Martin Properties, 919 So.2d 554 (Fla. 4th DCA 2005)
      • Vincent Contestabile v. Attorneys’ Title Insurance Fund, Inc., 22 Fla. L. Weekly Supp. 1025a (Fla. 9th Cir. Ct. 2015)
      • State Farm Mutual Automobile Ins. Co. v. First Choice Care Chiropractic and Rehabilitation, 22 Fla. L. Weekly Supp. 1028a (Fla. 10th Cir. Ct. 2014).

Education

Florida State University College of Law

  • Juris Doctor – 2000

Florida State University College of Law

  • Bachelor of Science – 1997

Awards & Recognition

Committed to our clients for 40 years.