David Avellar Neblett is a Board Certified Maritime and Admiralty Law attorney who earned a degree in the Marine Sciences from the University of Miami, and a J. D. in law from the University of Miami School of Law with special emphasis in Admiralty and Insurance law. Mr. Neblett was the Admiral of the Maritime Law Society for two years, the Vice President of the Environmental Law Society for one year. Mr. Neblett is very active in the legal community via his active participation and lecturing with many national and local organizations and through his studies and work at the University of Miami School of Law, and RSMAS "University of Miami’s Marine Science Graduate School."
Mr. Neblett is a member of the Maritime Law Association of the United States, the Maritime Law Society, the Marine Council, the Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute, the Dade County Bar, the Coral Gables Bar, the Florida Bar, the Marine Industries Association of South Florida, the Propeller Club, the Nature Conservancy, Earth Justice, and the Sierra Club. David Neblett is also very active with the insurance Bar and is a member of F.A.P.I.A., the Florida Association of Public Insurance Adjusters.
David Neblett partnered with James Perry so that he could focus on Admiralty litigation, first party insurance claims and trial work. Mr. Perry is a quintessential Admiralty attorney who has been perfecting his craft and focus on vessel transactions and maritime litigation since he became an attorney in 1993. Mr. Neblett runs the firm’s litigation and first party insurance sections. David Neblett actively litigates cases and/or handles trials in both state and federal Court. Many firms use Mr. Neblett to handle all of their first party insurance and maritime work. Other firms rely on Mr. Neblett to litigate cases for them. These "of counsel" positions expands Mr. Neblett’s practice areas to all types of insurance and personal injury cases and has given him the opportunity to refine his trial and litigation skills. Combining forces with these referral firms has also increased the geographic reach of Perry Neblett P.A. as all attorneys and experts have use of offices located in Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Orlando, and West Palm Beach.
David Avellar Neblett has represented a number of insured's in all types of property loss claims from commercial property claims valued in the tens of millions of dollars to residential hurricane claims. Mr. Neblett also represents vessel owners with their insurance claims, parties in recreational boating accidents, groundings, and reef and mangrove destruction. Mr. Neblett is an avid, fisherman, Scuba diver and sailor and has worked on cases involving persons injured or killed on boats and in diving accidents. David Neblett has represented yacht owners regarding vessel sales and cases dealing with vessel "Lemon Law" and contractual claims. Mr. Neblett is experienced with both Jones Act and Longshoremen claims, and has handed claims involving all types of seamen, from stone crab fishermen to waiters aboard cruise ships. David Neblett is one of the few if not the only attorney in Florida who has developed the specialty of boating under the influence defense and has been very successful in getting his clients out of criminal convictions for this issue as well as other boating citations. Mr. Neblett also handles claims regarding passengers and crew that are injured aboard cruise ships, and other vessels including gambling ships, and fishing charters.
Hurricanes and named storms have caused significant problems and countless millions in damages to everyone in Florida including many maritime industries and vessels owners. This loss and destruction to commercial property, condominiums, vessels, marinas, docks and homes has allowed David Neblett to use his background in insurance defense to assist insured's with their claims and to fight for coverage and/or reasonable values for these losses. David Avellar Neblett was instrumental in the reduction of "salvage" costs and charges from damages from hurricane Wilma to the 18 houseboats that sunk at Gator Harbor West and the vessel owners at Sunny Marina. He has assisted these clients and many others with maritime and non maritime insurance claims and disputes.
David Avellar Neblett has also worked for and against many state and federal agencies regarding damages to natural resources and natural resource management. The State of Florida and the various parks and recreational areas have begun to vigorously enforce damages to natural resources by both recreational boaters and commercial vessels alike. Thus, vessel groundings, sea grass and mangrove damage, and small point site pollution have become actively litigated issues that can result in fines and penalties resulting in the tens of thousands of dollars. Mr. Neblett has been able to use his marine science background and alliances to mitigate damages and fines assessments to save money for those charged while at the same time protecting the environment by implementing conservation and remidiational projects that are not only more cost effective, but also have a higher documented success rate.
Mr. Neblett is admitted to practice law in Florida State Courts, the Southern, Middle, and Northern Districts of the United States District Courts of Florida, and is also admitted to litigate in South Carolina and in the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.
Education: University of Miami School of Law (J.D.) Deans List, Proctor and Admiral, Editor, University of Miami (Marine Affairs Major)
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Languages spoken: Spanish
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|FL||Member in Good Standing||2001||10/02/2016|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Board Certified - Admiralty & Maritime Law||Florida Bar||2013|
|Partner||Perry & Neblett P.A.||2005 - Present|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Miami Yacht Club||Staff Comodore||2008 - Present|
|Lozman v. Reviera Beach||The Supreme Court overturned the lower court's Order and redefined the legal definaition of a vessel. The case is still pending as to other matters.|
|Blue Seas Holdings LLC v. Marine Insurance Company LTD||still ongoing|
|Various Vessel Owners v. Sunny Marina||Still pending|
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|University of Miami||Marine Science||N/A||1998|
|University of Miami School of Law||N/A||law||N/A|
|Marine Council||Maritime Liens and Vessel Insurance Issues||N/A|