Daniel R. Vega

dvega@tevtlaw.com

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Professional Recognition:

  • Board Certified in Construction Law by The Florida Bar (2006)
  • Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Court Mediator
  • AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell (2005)
  • 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

Education:

  • 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:

  • Florida, 1998
  • United States District Courts, Southern, Middle and Northern Districts of Florida
  • United States Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States Court of Federal Claims

Practice Areas:

  • 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.

Representative Matters:

  • 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.

Publications:

  • “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).

Military:

  • 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

Background/Languages:

  • 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.
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Contact Us


Merrick Way Office
Taylor Espino Vega & Touron, P.A.
55 Merrick Way, Suite 406
Coral Gables, FL 33134
P: (305) 441-9355
Ponce de Leon Office
Taylor Espino Vega & Touron, P.A.
2555 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Suite 220
Coral Gables, FL 33134
P: (305) 443-2043