Beth M. Coleman, P.A.
Appellate Law 

Notable Cases

Appeals:

Ms. Coleman has handled and participated in numerous appeals.  Some notable published decisions include:  

Nguyen v. U.S., 556 F.3d 1244 (11th Cir. 2009), in which Ms. Coleman and her co-counsel successfully persuaded the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals that a doctor who was wrongfully arrested by the United States DEA had the right to sue the United States for the violation of his civil rights.  The district court had ruled that the doctor's claims were barred by the Federal Tort Claim Act. Ms. Coleman briefed the case and her team convinced the Eleventh Circuit that the Act did not apply and the doctor's action against the U.S. should proceed.  Ms. Coleman also provided litigation support on this case at the trial court level in which the doctor successfully obtained a $1.8 million jury verdict against local government agents.

In re Greenberg, 2006 WL 1594202 (11th Cir. 2006), which resulted in the reversal of an order that had dismissed the client's case, involving a $600,000 debt, for failure to prosecute. 

Montoute v. Carr, 114 F.3d 181 (11th Cir. 1997), in which Ms. Coleman's team successfully convinced the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals to reverse a lower court order denying qualified immunity to a police officer who shot an armed suspect.  As a result of the successful appeal in which Ms. Coleman briefed the case and conducted oral argument, the police officer was completely immune from the suspect-plaintiff's civil rights claims.

Cravero v. LLP Mortg. Ltd., 887 So. 2d 1236 (Fla. 2004), which resulted in the dismissal of an appeal to the Florida Supreme Court. The Court had initially accepted the case under its conflict jurisdiction after the district court of appeal held that a state statute of limitation did not apply to bar a claim by the client, who was a federal agency's assignee.  After briefing and oral argument conducted by Ms. Coleman, the Florida Supreme Court decided it should not have accepted jurisdiction and the client's claim was permitted to proceed.  Ms. Coleman also participated in the case at the district court of appeal level.

Florida Power Corp. v. First Baptist Instit. Church of St. Petersburg, Inc., 177 So. 3d 103 (Fla. 2d DCA 2015), which affirmed an attorneys' fee award against Florida Power Corp. n/k/a Duke Energy, after Ms. Coleman and her co-counsel succeeded in voiding an easement that Florida Power obtained from a church in violation of Florida's eminent domain statute.

Adams v. Smith, 124 So. 3d 366 (Fla. 5th DCA 2013), in which Ms. Coleman and co-counsel persuaded the appellate court to uphold a counterclaim judgment for damages entered in their clients' favor.  After failing to appear at trial the plaintiff tried to set aside the judgment raising fraud, excusable neglect, and other complaints about the manner in which the judgment was entered. The trial court rejected these efforts and the appellate court affirmed the damages judgment in the clients' favor.  Ms. Coleman also provided litigation support on the case at the trial court level. 

Grapski v. City of Alachua, 134 So. 3d 987 (Fla. 1st DCA 2012), rev. denied, 118 So. 3d 220 (Fla. 2012), in which Ms. Coleman and co-counsel convinced the appellate court that the relatively minimal attorney's fees awarded to the opposing party in a public records dispute ($4,470 versus the $200,000 requested) were sufficient.  Ms. Coleman and co-counsel further successfully defended against the opposing party's attempt to have the Florida Supreme Court review the matter.  Ms. Coleman also provided litigation support on this case at the trial court level. 

Grapski v. City of Alachua, 31 So. 3d 193 (Fla. 1st DCA 2010), in which the City successfully defended the significant rulings in a case in which the plaintiffs unsuccessfully sued the City for extensive alleged public records and constitutional violations. The plaintiffs/appellants were only able to prevail on one claim relating to a single document out of the over one hundred records violations of which they complained.  Ms. Coleman also provided litigation support in the trial court.

Rodgers v. Brennan, 22 So. 3d 84 (Fla. 2d DCA 2009), in which Ms. Coleman briefed the appeal resulting in the dismissal of a petition for writ of certiorari.  The case involved 26 real estate investor-plaintiffs who had sued a mortgage company over alleged misrepresentations.  The trial court severed the claims of 25 of the investors from the primary plaintiff and ordered that they file their claims as separate actions.  The plaintiffs asked the court of appeal to direct the trial court to rescind its order but Ms. Coleman and her co-counsel persuaded the court to dismiss the petition for such relief.

Grapski v. Watson, 3 So. 3d 320 (Fla. 1st DCA 2009), in which the City successfully defended a judgment in its favor on the plaintiffs' claim that the City Manager unconstitutionally held two government offices at once.  Ms. Coleman briefed the case and also provided litigation support at the trial court level. 

Litigation support:

Ms. Coleman has provided litigation support in numerous actions on behalf of plaintiffs and defendants.  Examples of the types of cases in which she has participated include:
  • A case against an apartment management company and an employment agency for injuries to a tenant who was attacked by an unvetted worker.
  • A dispute alleging hundreds of millions of dollars in damages against an internet gaming developer, asserting claims for breach of contract and non-competition agreements, fraud, and tortious interference.  
  • Litigation against a borrower who defaulted on commercial loans and whose principal diverted hundreds of thousands of dollars to others in an effort to avoid paying a judgment.
  • A buyer's remorse case filed by the purchaser of a business, alleging hundreds of millions of dollars in damages for breach of contract, fraud, and indemnification.  
  • An action against a musical performer and his associates over injuries that resulted when audience members were injured by shots fired in a nightclub, including alleged RICO claims against the performer and his "entourage." 
  • Multi-million dollar shareholder derivative litigation.
  • A dispute between several entities over the acceptable use of a portion of real estate between 2 commercial buildings.
  • A case involving local legislation against the location of an adult bookstore in a city.
  • A multi-million dollar federal court dispute between numerous lenders, builders, and mortgage brokers involving the failure of real estate investments.
  • A civil rights case involving the false arrest of a working mother with no criminal background allegedly resulting from "mistaken identity."
  • Defense of litigation filed against a municipality following a failed subdivision development.
  • Civil rights actions involving excessive use of police force.
  • Contract and collection actions on behalf of a national healthcare equipment provider and financier.  
  • Employment discrimination and harassment claims.
  • Voiding an easement that a utility company obtained from a church without following Florida eminent domain laws.
  • A business divorce case between former law partners.
  • A dispute over liability for a $1 million fee for services provided by a trial support company.
  • Adversary proceedings in bankruptcy cases.
  • A multi-million dollar dispute over the misappropriation of trade secrets.
  • Lender liability claims and foreclosure defenses against mortgage lenders.
  • Significant personal injury claims on behalf of plaintiffs and defendants.    
  • Copyright and trademark infringement cases.
  • A case involving the scope and enforceability of a non-compete agreement in an employment contract.
  • A defamation case involving the First Amendment and other constitutional issues associated with articles published in a newspaper.
  • Criminal cases involving alleged money laundering and forfeitures.

PLEASE NOTE:  The foregoing list is only a sample of the many cases Ms. Coleman has handled and is not a complete list.  It provides a good example of the types of matters she has participated in and the results she has achieved on behalf of her clients. All cases, however, are unique and the foregoing examples should not be taken as any indication of any particular result we may achieve on your behalf.  

To learn more about how Ms. Coleman may be able to assist you, contact her at:

Beth M. Coleman, P.A.
(727) 526-1220

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