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305.347.5299 | ebelaval@barthet.com

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    • B.S., 1994, Florida State University
    • J.D., 1998, Quinnipiac University


    • Florida’s State Courts
    • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
    • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
    • U.S. Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals

    Representative Experience


    Defended a plumbing contractor in a liability case where music recording equipment and valuable recordings were destroyed by a pipe leak during testing/inspection but prior to Certificate of Occupancy and obtained a zero dollar judgment for client; represented a concrete restoration company in a case against a municipal corporation which owned multiple residential housing buildings and obtained a complete settlement including attorney fees and costs following a jury trial; successfully settled on behalf of a mold remediation subcontractor a case against a large-scale construction company; represented a roofing subcontractor on all contract and lien claims over 10 years; represented a general contractor in breach of contract, construction defect and Florida’s Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practice claims in a trial in North Florida which was settled following opening statements; obtained a judgment for full contract amount plus attorney fees on behalf of material supplier in action to enforce a contract and bonded claim; handled multiple cases on behalf of paving subcontractor on federal interstate and county roadwork projects; represented a drywall contractor on hotel redevelopment project in the Florida Keys; represented subcontractor in foreclosure of multiple six-figure claims of liens related to hurricane repairs against condominium associations in a beachfront condominium community in Broward County.

    Commercial Disputes

    Initiated lawsuit in U.S. District Court on behalf of freight forwarding company related to sale of company to multi-national corporation & breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, fraudulent inducement and tortious interference with right to contract, settled for seven figures prior to trial; successfully argued and won summary judgment on behalf of a small, family-owned commercial used truck and equipment dealer in lawsuit following the sale of the dealership based on an alleged oral agreement; represented television production company in U.S. District Court in breach of broadcast and licensing agreement; represented partnership in action for partition of real estate, accounting and partnership dissolution; defended client in complex multiple commercial loan cases, with cross default provisions and provided complete asset protection/estate planning from execution despite personal guarantees; successfully represented consumers in lawsuits to enforce automobile and vessel warranties pursuant to the Magnuson Moss Act (lemon law); obtained a settlement for full value plus attorney’s fees prior to mediation based upon a bank’s failure to follow federal regulations which resulted in the diversion of hundreds of thousands of dollars to a fraudulent entity.