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  • PRACTICE FOCUS
  • INDUSTRIES+
  • EDUCATION+
    • Vanderbilt University Law School
      J.D., 1993; Order of the Coif
    • Tufts University
      B.A. in History, magna cum laude, 1990
  • ADMISSIONS+
    • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
    • Florida
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
    • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • CLERKSHIP+

Seth Schimmel practices in the areas of construction and commercial litigation. He represents both plaintiffs and defendants in design and construction disputes and complex commercial litigation throughout the state of Florida. In his construction practice, Seth represents engineers, architects, commercial and residential developers, owners and general contractors in a range of litigation matters which include construction defect and delay claims, professional liability and errors and omissions, warranty claims and other contractual disputes. He regularly appears in Florida’s state and federal courts and before the American Arbitration Association and is a certified mediator.

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Seth Schimmel practices in the areas of construction and commercial litigation. He represents both plaintiffs and defendants in design and construction disputes and complex commercial litigation throughout the state of Florida. In his construction practice, Seth represents engineers, architects, commercial and residential developers, owners and general contractors in a range of litigation matters which include construction defect and delay claims, professional liability and errors and omissions, warranty claims and other contractual disputes. He regularly appears in Florida’s state and federal courts and before the American Arbitration Association and is a certified mediator.

Mr. Schimmel also has substantial experience in drafting and negotiating construction contracts and counseling owners, developers, engineers and contractors on their administration. He has experience in both commercial and residential projects, including condominiums, office buildings, shopping malls, public facilities, power plants and highways.

Experience

  • Lead counsel for international engineering firm in an errors and omissions claim in excess of $100,000,000, relating to the design and construction of bridge foundations for a reversible lane expressway.
  • Lead counsel for national developer of residential condominiums in Florida state courts involving construction warranty and reserve claims for several hundred units.
  • Lead counsel of residential developer in connection with design and construction claims of stormwater management system serving 1,100 unit residential development and golf course.
  • Lead counsel for contractor in connection with claims in excess of $20,000,000 relating to hurricane remediation and repair work.

Insights

Publications
Speaking Engagements
  • ABA Forum on Construction Law 2018 Midwinter Meeting (January, 2018)
  • "How to Manage Big Cases Without Bling," ABA Forum on the Construction Industry (October 2011) Speaker
  • "Fundamentals of Construction Law," ABA Forum on the Construction Industry (November 2009) Speaker
News

Memberships & Affiliations

Professional

  • The Florida Bar, Business Law and Trial Lawyers Section
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division - Past Treasurer and Board of Directors
  • American Bar Association, Forum on the Construction Industry
  • Florida Bar Grievance Committee 13D
  • American Inn of Court, Tampa Bay Chapter
  • Hillsborough County Guardian Ad Litem Program - Volunteer Lawyer
  • Historical Hyde Park District - Legal Advisor

Civic

  • Leadership Tampa (Class of 2005)

Recognition

  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business
  • Arbitration (2018-2020), Commercial Litigation (2011-2020), Construction Law (2013-2020), The Best Lawyers in America
  • Florida Super Lawyers list, Super Lawyers (2009-2020)
  • Legal Elite, Florida Trend (2018)

Industries

Education

  • Vanderbilt University Law School
    J.D., 1993; Order of the Coif
  • Tufts University
    B.A. in History, magna cum laude, 1990

Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • Florida
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • Lead counsel for international engineering firm in an errors and omissions claim in excess of $100,000,000, relating to the design and construction of bridge foundations for a reversible lane expressway.
  • Lead counsel for national developer of residential condominiums in Florida state courts involving construction warranty and reserve claims for several hundred units.
  • Lead counsel of residential developer in connection with design and construction claims of stormwater management system serving 1,100 unit residential development and golf course.
  • Lead counsel for contractor in connection with claims in excess of $20,000,000 relating to hurricane remediation and repair work.
Publications
Speaking Engagements
  • ABA Forum on Construction Law 2018 Midwinter Meeting (January, 2018)
  • "How to Manage Big Cases Without Bling," ABA Forum on the Construction Industry (October 2011) Speaker
  • "Fundamentals of Construction Law," ABA Forum on the Construction Industry (November 2009) Speaker
News

Professional

  • The Florida Bar, Business Law and Trial Lawyers Section
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division - Past Treasurer and Board of Directors
  • American Bar Association, Forum on the Construction Industry
  • Florida Bar Grievance Committee 13D
  • American Inn of Court, Tampa Bay Chapter
  • Hillsborough County Guardian Ad Litem Program - Volunteer Lawyer
  • Historical Hyde Park District - Legal Advisor

Civic

  • Leadership Tampa (Class of 2005)
  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business
  • Arbitration (2018-2020), Commercial Litigation (2011-2020), Construction Law (2013-2020), The Best Lawyers in America
  • Florida Super Lawyers list, Super Lawyers (2009-2020)
  • Legal Elite, Florida Trend (2018)