Melinda S. Gentile

Melinda S. Gentile has developed expertise in all aspects of construction law and construction dispute resolution, and has demonstrated success in preparing and handling construction matters ranging from government procurement and bid protests to contract disputes, and from construction liens to defect, impact, bond and insurance claims.

Melinda S. Gentile

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“Our team is able to identify potential disputes throughout the construction process—particularly in the contractual stage—saving clients time, money, and unnecessary distraction.”

Bio

Melinda S. Gentile has developed expertise in all aspects of construction law and construction dispute resolution, and has demonstrated success in preparing and handling construction matters ranging from government procurement and bid protests to contract disputes, and from construction liens to defect, impact, bond and insurance claims. Ms. Gentile’s construction law practice offers substantial experience and an understanding of the development and construction process, which is used to assist general contractors, construction managers, trade contractors, design professionals, owners and sureties in avoiding and resolving disputes during the construction process. Ms. Gentile’s representation begins at the earliest stages of the construction process, during the negotiation and preparation of construction documents, and continues through completion and any subsequent disputes that may arise. She endeavors, wherever possible, for early identification and resolution of disputes that arise during the contracting and construction process in an effort to avoid litigation upon completion of the project. When dispute resolution cannot be accomplished during the construction process, Ms. Gentile vigorously represents her clients in varied litigation proceedings. She has successfully handled a variety of matters before state and federal courts, and in arbitration, mediation, administrative proceedings and private negotiations.

In addition to her construction law practice, Ms. Gentile maintains an active practice in other areas of general, civil and commercial litigation. She has been certified by the Supreme Court of Florida as a Circuit Civil Mediator and is certified as a Specialist in Construction Law by the Florida Bar. She is admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Florida, as well as the courts of the State of Florida. She has also served as a Broward County Magistrate. Ms. Gentile has authored numerous articles on construction law and is a frequent lecturer at seminars on construction-related topics.

Practice

Highlights

Admissions

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

Supreme Court of Florida, Circuit Civil Mediator

Memberships

Florida Bar (Construction Law Committee)

Broward County Bar (Construction Law Committee)

The National Association of Women in Construction

The Construction Association of South Florida

Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc.

Education

Avila University, B.A.

Florida International University, M.S.

Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center, J.D.

Awards and Recognitions

Lifetime Achievement Award, The Florida Bar - Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Section

Chambers USA, Construction Law, 2019

Florida Super Lawyers

International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers for Construction

Best Lawyers in America for Construction

South Florida’s Best Lawyers

The Legal 500: United States, Leading Lawyer in Construction

American Registry, Top Attorneys in Florida

Women of Vision, Young At Art Museum

Up and Comer Award, South Florida Business Journal

Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rated and Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers

Florida Bar Board Certified Construction Law Specialist

Supreme Court of Florida, Certified Circuit Civil Mediator

Publications & Presentations

12th Annual Construction Certification Review Course (Ethics), Florida Bar Construction Law Institute, Orlando, FL, March 2019

Grow Your Network – Build Your Performance, Groundbreaking Women in Construction, San Francisco, CA, May 2018

Best Practices for Preparing Claims & Effective Dispute Resolution, The Florida Bar – Contractor’s University, Fort Lauderdale, FL, April 2018

11th Annual Construction Certification Review Course, Florida Bar Construction Law Institute, Orlando, FL, March 2018

Psychology of Negotiation, Construction SuperConference, Las Vegas, NV, December 2017

AGC Annual Conference on Dispute Resolution, AGC/AMP Seminar, Dallas, TX, November 2017

Public Contracting Under the Trump Administration, 6th Annual Construction Law in Florida, Miami, FL, October 2017

“2017 Legislative Changes Affecting the Construction Industry,” Peckar & Abramson Client Alert, July 2017

Grow Your Network – Build Your Performance, Groundbreaking Women in Construction, San Francisco, CA, May 2017

“The Diversity Dividend,” Construction Ink!, May 2017

“Diversity Does Pay in the Construction Industry,” Daily Business Review, April 2017

Government Contracting and Compliance, P&A Peer Conference, Miami, FL, April 2017

10th Annual Construction Certification Review Course, Florida Bar Construction Law Institute, Orlando, FL, March 2017

“The Diversity Dividend: Diversity Does Pay,” ABA – Under Construction Forum, February 2017

What Every Advocate Can Learn from Walking in an Arbitrator’s Shoes, ABA - Forum on Construction Law, Webinar, December 2016

Talking About Sex - Are Opportunities and Challenges for Women as Construction Lawyers and Consultants Changing?, Construction Super Conference, Las Vegas, NV, December 2016

AGC Annual Conference on Dispute Resolution, AGC/AMP Seminar, Dallas, TX, November 2016

“The Ethical Risks of a Multijurisdictional Practice,” Law360, November 2016

“Building Public-Private Partnerships (P3),” South Florida Legal Guide 2016 Financial Edition, Government Relations section, October 2016

“Gentile made the switch from special ed to Construction Law,” Daily Business Review, Profiles in Law Section, August 2016

“Miami Beach’s Sustainability Ordinance May LEED to Green Litigation,” Daily Business Review, Practice Focus/Real Estate Section, July 2016 (Contributor)

Women Empowered to Succeed, Groundbreaking Women in Construction, San Francisco, CA, June 2016

What Every Advocate Can Learn from Walking in an Arbitrator’s Shoes, The 2016 AAA Construction Conference: Ahead of Schedule and Under Budget, Miami, FL, April 2016

9th Annual Construction Certification Review Course (Ethics), Florida Bar Construction Law Institute, Orlando, FL, March 2016

AGC Annual Conference on Dispute Resolution, AGC/AMP Seminar, Dallas, TX, November 2015

Best Practices for Preparing Claims, Effective Dispute Resolution & Maintaining Accounting Records to Track and Prove Monetary Damages, “Contractors University” by Fla. Bar RPPTL Construction Law Committee, Fort Lauderdale, FL, September 2015

Across the Generations: Addressing the Elephants STILL in the Room, Groundbreaking Women in Construction, May 2015

Construction Certification Review Course (Ethics), Florida Bar Construction law Institute, Orlando, FL, March 2015

Homecooked! Things Not To Do When Practicing In Foreign Jurisdiction Or Action As Local Counsel, ABA Forum on Construction Law - Midwinter meeting, Scottsdale, AZ, January 2015

3rd Annual Construction Law in Florida, The Seminar Group, October 2014

Setting Your Course: Strategies to Advance Your Professional Path, Groundbreaking Women in Construction, June 2014

7th Annual Construction Certification Review Course, Construction Law Institute, March 2014

Condominium Construction Issues in Florida, Lorman Educational Services, Miami, FL, March 2014

AGC Annual Conference on Dispute Resolution, AGC/AMP Seminar, Dallas, TX, November 2014

“The Effective Use of Dispute Review Boards in Construction Projects,” Construction Ink!, October 2013

Dispute Boards: How They Enhance Collaboration in Complex Construction Projects, Dispute Resolution Conference, Orlando, FL, August 2013

Litigating Contract Surety Bond Insurance Claims, MC Consultants 7th Annual East Region Construction Defect & Insurance Coverage Conference, Orlando, FL, June 2013

Building Relationships that Build Careers, Groundbreaking Women in Construction, New York, NY, May 2013

Ethics, Florida Bar Construction law Institute - 6th Annual Construction Certification Review Course, Orlando, FL, March 2013