Board Certified Appellate Attorney de la Parte & Gilbert, P.A.

David Caldevilla began his career as an appellate lawyer over 30 years ago, as a Staff Attorney to the Honorable Jack R. Schoonover at the Florida Second District Court of Appeal. After a two-year stint at the Court, he joined the law firm of de la Parte & Gilbert, P.A.—where he has been ever since.

  At de la Parte & Gilbert, P.A., David has handled a diverse range of civil, administrative, and appellate litigation, including highly complex environmental, class action, consumer protection, and insurance disputes. He earned his Board Certification in appellate practice over 20 years ago in 1997, and has handled appeals in all five Florida District Courts of Appeal, the Florida Supreme Court, the U.S. Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court. He is a past Chairman of the Judicial Nominating Commission for the Florida Second District Court of Appeal and a past Secretary of the Florida Appellate Court Rules Committee, and he is currently serving as Chairman of The Florida Bar’s Appellate Practice Certification Committee.  He has also served as General Counsel to the Municipal Gas Authority of Florida, as special counsel to Sumter County in eminent domain matters, and as hearing officer in utility franchise and rate cases for Hillsborough County. 

In his spare time, David enjoys driving his vintage 1966 Corvette Stingray, and creating automotive artwork. Using imaginative camera angles, layers of digital-editing effects, and many hours of editing, his photographs of vintage cars and hot rods are transformed into colorful artwork that he calls, “Automotography.” His artwork is on display at his on-line art gallery (

Bar Admissions:

The Florida Bar—1987

U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida—1988

U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit—1989

U.S. Supreme Court—1998

David has been selected for recognition in

the following publications:

“AV” rated by the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, since 1997

Florida Best Lawyers magazine, for Appellate Practice, 2013-2018

Florida Trend’s Legal Elite magazine, 2008, 2010-2017

Florida Super Lawyers magazine, for Appellate Practice, 2008-2017

Florida Super Lawyers magazine, “Top 100” for Florida, 2016

Florida Super Lawyers magazine, “Top 50” for Tampa Bay area, 2016

Tampa Bay Magazine “Top 50” Tampa Bay Area Lawyers, 2013

Community Activities:

Centro Asturiano de Tampa Board of Directors

Florida Boy’s State Sponsor

Knight in the Krewe of Sant’ Yago

Bay Area Legal Services Phonathon Committee

For the Children, Inc.

Bright Horizons of Tampa Bay

101 E. Kennedy Blvd., Suite 2000, Tampa, FL 33602

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