Florida Super Lawyers 2012, 2013 and 2014 Construction Law
Florida Trend Legal Leaders 2011 Construction Law
Top Attorneys in Florida 2012, 2013 and 2014 Construction Law
Florida State University College of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1998)
Notes & Comment Editor, Florida State University Law Review
Florida International University (B.S., Criminal Justice, 1994)
Admitted to Practice:
United States District Courts, Southern, Middle and Northern Districts of Florida
United States Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals
United States Court of Federal Claims
Dan’s areas of practice include construction and commercial litigation matters primarily in the state courts.
Dan is an expert on Florida’s construction lien and payment bond law; Chapter 713, Part I, Florida Statutes and Sections 255.05 and 337.18, Florida Statutes.
Represented condominium association in construction defect litigation against developer, contractor and subcontractors - secured $1.2m settlement in favor of association.
Defended asphalt company from contractor claim for defective work and counterclaimed for contract balances in 5 day jury trial. Jury found in favor of asphalt company and against contractor. Settlement reached on attorneys’ fees after trial.
Represented interior design firm in 4 day jury trial against commercial and individual owner. Prevailed on significant claims and counterclaims entitling client to an award of attorney’s fees and costs. Settlement reached after trial.
Represented security services company in 4-day jury trial against cruise line operator for breach of contract and related claims – jury verdict for full amount owed plus award of reasonable fees and costs. Affirmed on appeal.
Represented commercial painting company in 2-day jury/bench trial for breach of contract and lien foreclosure – verdict/bench ruling in favor of client for full amount of its lien/claim plus award of fees and costs and against owner on its breach of contract/fraudulent lien counterclaim. Court also awarded a multiplier on attorney’s fee award. Settled post trial.
Represented designer/draftsman in 3-day jury trial for breach of contract and related claims while also defending him from owner claims – verdict for client for full amount of claim plus attorney’s fees and costs and against owner on its counterclaims. Settled post trial.
Defended commercial property owner in 8-day jury trial for breach of contract and specific performance – defense verdict plus award of fees and costs. Settled post trial.
Represented high-end landscaper in 4-day jury/bench trial against owner for breach of contract and lien foreclosure – verdict/bench ruling in favor of client for full amount of its lien/claim plus award of fees and costs and against owner on its breach of contract/fraudulent lien counterclaim. Settled post trial.
Represented kitchen and cabinet installation company in 4-day jury trial against subcontractor – verdict in favor of the client for the full amount of the claim plus award of fees and costs.
Represented homeowner in 2-day AAA Arbitration against contractor - prevailed on claim while zeroing out contractor on its counterclaim plus award of fees and costs.
Represented contractor against subcontractor in 3-day jury trial involving work at Homestead Air Force Base – jury verdict in favor of client/contractor plus award of fees and costs. Settled post trial.
Defended surety from conditional payment bond claim and prevailed via summary judgment against subcontractor - summary judgment was affirmed on appeal by the Third DCA, WMS Construction Inc. v. North American Specialty Ins. Co., 929 So. 2d 1 (Fla. 3d DCA 2005).
Represented global two-way radio manufacturer in prosecuting Federal RICO case against former director of international sales –$3++ million jury verdict in favor of client.
Defended international communication company from a Title VII suit by a senior sales executive for age, national origin, sex discrimination and retaliation – summary judgment in favor of the employer.
Represented contractor and its surety in foreclosing a construction lien claim and prosecuting a breach of contract claim concerning the construction of the Shore Club Hotel on Miami Beach –confidential settlement in favor of clients.
Represented numerous subcontractors/materialmen seeking to foreclose construction liens and/or to recover against payment bonds in Florida.
Represented construction contractor and its surety in foreclosing a construction lien claim and prosecuting a breach of contract claim concerning the construction of a supermarket in Hialeah, Florida – favorable settlement for client.
Represented national bank in litigation to recover on promissory note assigned by RTC - summary judgment for bank based on FIRREA led to full payment from defendants, including attorney’s fees.
Defended contractor and its surety from numerous payment bond claims pertaining to the building of strip mall and supermarket in Broward County, Florida.
Representation of numerous commercial landlords in eviction matters.
“Practical Solutions to the Problems Resulting from the Real Life Application of Florida’s Construction Lien Transfer Bond Statute”, 82 Fla. B.J. 3 (March 2008).
“Construction Lien and Bond Claim Strategies”, Proyecto: The Magazine of the Latin Builders Association (March 2006).
“Here Comes the Money: A Subcontractor’s and Materials Supplier’s Guide to Perfecting Construction Lien and Bond Rights Under Florida Law", 76 Fla. B.J. 22 (October 2002).
Co-Author with Gregory M. Cesarano, “Avoiding Removal Traps and Pitfalls”, 29 The Brief 22 (Summer 2000).
“Separate Claim Removal v. Article III: Is Section 1441(c) Unconstitutional?”, 11 St. Thomas Univ. L. Rev. 289 (1999).
Co-Author with Gregory M. Cesarano, “So You Thought a Remand Was Imminent?: Post-Removal Litigation and the Waiver of the Right to Seek a Remand Grounded on Removal Defects”, 74 Fla. B.J. 22 (Feb. 2000).
U.S. Army: 1988-90, Ft. Sill, Oklahoma, E-4 Specialist; Unit Armorer/Howitzer Driver in M-109 Howitzer Artillery Unit
U.S. Army:1991, Idar-Oberstein, Germany, Desert Storm participation
High Physical Fitness Award Recipient, Basic Training, Ft. Sill, Oklahoma 1988
Army Achievement Medal, Good Conduct Medal and Desert Storm Participation Medal 1990-91
Professional and Civic Memberships:
The Florida Bar: Real Property; Probate; Trust Law Section - Construction Law Committee
Dade County Bar Association (Construction Litigation Committee)
Coral Gables Bar Association
Cuban American Bar Association
Dan Vega was born in Santiago, Chile.
Dan is fluent in Spanish.
Dan’s hobbies include attending major boxing fights, coaching youth flag football and playing pick-up basketball.
Dan is the proud father of 4 wonderful children: Lucas, Sergio, Elise, and Daniel.