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Mercedes Gonzalez Hale

Litigation Attorney

3.5   8 reviews

About Mercedes

Learn Mercedes’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Litigation
    40%
    Handle a variety of litigation matters, including real estate disputes, landlord tenant disputes, homeowners' association disputes and condominium association disputes. Handle business disputes and business torts. Extensive experience handling covenants not to compete.

    30 years

  2. Real estate
    30%
    Represent clients in the purchase and sale of residential and commercial real estate. Draft leases, deeds and purchase and sale documents.

    30 years

  3. Contracts and agreements
    15%
    Draft contracts and other agreements. Handle disputes regarding breach of contract matters.

    30 years

  4. Commercial real estate
    10%

  5. Franchising
    5%
    Extensive experience handling franchise matters. Represented franchisors throughout the country in franchise disputes. Now represent franchisees and area developers in transactional and litigation matters. Counsel and advise prospective franchisees on issues relating to franchise agreements.

    30 years

Mercedes Gonzalez Hale, the managing attorney of the firm, received her B.A., with Honors, in Economics, with a minor in Business Administration from the University of Florida in 1988, and her Law Degree, with Honors, from the University of Florida in 1991. Ms. Hale has been practicing law in the Tampa Bay area for over 20 years. She was the Hiring Partner in the Tampa office of DLA Piper, one of the largest law firms in the world with over 4,200 lawyers. While at DLA Piper, she represented large franchisors throughout the United States, and advised clients in general real estate related matters. During this time, a significant portion of the litigation work she handled was on behalf of Cendant Corporation. Most recently, she worked at Broad and Cassel, prior to starting her own law firm. She is admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in Florida. She has represented many real estate brokerages and has vast experience handling real estate related matters, both on the transactional side and on the litigation side. She has extensive experience handling jury trials, bench trials and arbitrations. She has successfully represented clients in a variety of commercial litigation cases, including construction related disputes, real estate related disputes and landlord tenant disputes. She has also successfully represented clients in complex business matters involving: trademark infringement claims, copyright infringement claims, franchising disputes, antitrust disputes, unfair competition disputes, including covenants not to compete, and other business torts. Ms. Hale has handled numerous disputes involving Homeowners' Associations and Condominium Associations.  Her transactional experience includes drafting commercial lease agreements, shareholder agreements, operating agreements, purchase contracts, warranty deeds, quit-claim deeds, mortgages and promissory notes.

 

Ms. Hale has taught many classes, both in English and in Spanish, for Realtors and Brokers at the Greater Tampa Association of Realtors and the Central Pasco Association of Realtors regarding the Florida Realtors/Florida Bar Residential Contract for Sale and Purchase.  She has also lectured on Intellectual Property Rights, including Trade Marks, Trade Secrets, and Covenants Not to Compete.  Ms. Hale has written numerous articles on legal issues relating to the FR/Bar Residential Contract for Sale and Purchase, and articles relating to Landlord -Tenant issues.  Ms. Hale also wrote an article regarding the Revised Limited Partnership Act that became effective in 2014.

 

Ms. Hale is fluent in Spanish and regularly represents Hispanic clients in a variety of matters. Ms. Hale currently serves as counsel for the Central Pasco Association of Realtors. She is a member of the Florida Bar, the Hillsborough County Bar, the Hillsborough Association of Women Lawyers, the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals and the Bay Area Real Estate Council. She was Chair of  a Grievance Committee of the Florida Bar and serves on the Consumer Protection Law Committee of the Florida Bar.  Ms. Hale was appointed by the Florida Bar to serve on the Joint Realtor Attorney Committee for the Florida Bar.  Ms. Hale is also an active volunteer. She is serves on the Board of Directors of The Rotary Club of Tampa and serves on the Board of Directors of Brooks DeBartolo Collegiate High School.  She is also on the Board of Directors of the Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce.  Ms. Hale is also a Leadership Tampa Alumni. Ms. Hale lives in New Tampa with her husband Dean and their daughter Katie.

Photos and videos

Ms. Hale and her associate, Cristen Messina were honored to be invited to the special Groundbreaking Ceremony for the long awaited Tampa Premium Outlets at Wesley Chapel. Pictured here with Pasco County Commissioner Mike Moore.
Ms. Hale is a regular speaker for GTAR the Greater Tampa Association of Realtors, Inc. She speaks on topics affecting realtors and their clients.
Licensed for 30 years
State FL
Status Member in Good Standing
Acquired 1992
Updated 11/23/2022

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Reviews

3.5 / 5.0
  8 customer reviews
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Posted by Darlene and Kevin | December 27, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding Knowledge and Representation
Ms. Gonzalez Hale is extremely knowledgeable and her professionalism is outstanding. After using other lawyers to represent us, Mercedes was able to get our case in front of a judge and help us get a resolution which met everyone of our demands. Would highly recommend her to anyone needing a real estate or property lawyer in any case, especially involving an HOA dispute.
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Posted by Daniel | December 22, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Lawsuit
Mercedes was extremely knowledgeable and very helpful in our case. She went above and beyond to make sure that we were taken care of. Her professionalism and integrity were upstanding. I would definitely recommend her services to anyone. She truly cares about her clients and will make sure she does her research and puts you as a client in the best position to win.
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Posted by Biko | December 15, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Employment Case
Attorney Hale represented myself and my company to the highest degree. I can't say enough about your prefessionalism and knowledge that was needed to represent us during our case. Thank You
Posted by Michael | February 9, 2015
Passions for the Law
I Michael Misserville obtained the services of Mercedes Gonzalez Hale. She Represented my case against ridge Groves Condominiums Trial . I found her to be to, Passionate about Law ,tenacious and will fight for her clients. Mercedes is straight forward and Listened to your concerns . I would recommend the Law offices of Mercedes Gonzalez Hale.
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Posted by Dean Smith | February 2, 2015
Quest National Services review
Mercedes has been assisting us with the understanding of contract law and developing a strong defense for our legal issues. She also has knowledge of out of state laws that are proving invaluable to our cause. I would highly recommend Mercedes and her team for your legal concerns.
Posted by anonymous | January 5, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Bad representation
I would not work with Hale. She didn't represent me well and I almost lost my house. She never wanted me to go to court with her and kept telling me not to worry. Also only wanted to work through email and no personal contact.
Posted by Lauren | May 14, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Not responsive
We worked with Mercedes for a few years on retainer. She was amazing in the beginning but in the last 2 to 3 years has become non responsive on cases. We had to hire someone new. Would not recommend.
Posted by Judy | July 25, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Disappointed
Ms Hale worked on my case for over 3 years until she got me a court date. After I was awarded judgement, she no longer kept in contact with me. I have tried for over 9 months trying to contact her via email, phone calls and texts. Still to this day I have only heard from her a couple times and she was very short with me. I would not recommend her! My judgement was a very large sum of money and she just disappeared on me
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 300-350 per hour
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 6.7 (Good)

Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2018.

Public Reprimand issued in FL, 2018
updated on 05/08/2018

Public reprimand means the attorney did something wrong but may still practice law. The Bar warns the lawyer in hopes that he or she will not repeat the behavior. Details of the infraction are made part of the public record.

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • DLA Piper US, LLP
  • 1996 - 2005
  • Associate
  • Annis Mitchell, Cockey, Edwards & Roehn, PA
  • 1992 - 1996

Education

  • University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1991
  • University of Florida
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1988

Legal Cases

  • Tortious Interference and violation of Trade Secrets Act
  • We won at trial.
  • HOA Lawsuit
  • At trial we won all claims against the HOA

Associations

  • Bay Area Real Estate Council
  • Board of Directors
  • 2015 - Present
  • Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce
  • Board of Directors
  • 2014 - Present
  • Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce
  • Vice Chair
  • 2014 - Present
  • The Florida Bar Joint Realtor Attorney Committee
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Florida Bar, Consumer Protection Law Committee
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Brooks DeBartolo Collegiate High School
  • Board of Directors
  • 2012 - Present
  • The Rotary Club of Tampa
  • Board of Directors
  • 2009 - Present
  • Leadership Tampa Alumni
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Bay Area Real Estate Counsel
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • Hispanic National Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1992 - Present
  • Florida Bar
  • Joint Realtor Attorney Committee
  • N/A
  • National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals
  • Board of Directors
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Florida Bar
  • Past Chair, Grievance Committee
  • 2011 - 2014
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Awards

  • Service Recognition Award
  • Central Pasco Association of Realtors
  • 2015
  • Pedagogy Award
  • Greater Tampa Association of Realtors
  • 2013
  • Hot Shots Under 40
  • Franchise Times Magazine
  • 2001
  • Dean's List
  • University of Florida
  • 1991
  • Scholarship Recipient
  • The Florida Bar - Young Lawyers Division
  • 1991
  • Finalist
  • Robert Orseck Moot Court Competition
  • 1991
  • Dean's List
  • University of Florida
  • 1990
  • College of Law Outstanding Service Award
  • University of Florida
  • 1990
  • American Law Students
  • Who's Who In American Law
  • 1990
  • Final Four Moot Court Cup Best Team
  • Zimmerman Kiser & Sutcliffe
  • 1990
  • Dean's List
  • University of Florida
  • 1989
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Publications

  • Greater Tampa Association of Realtors News
  • Real Estate Agents Need to Learn Basics of the New Rules and Regulations of the CFPB
  • 2015
  • GTAR News
  • Supreme Court Clarifies Borrower's Right to Rescind Loan Under the Truth in Lending Act
  • 2015
  • GTAR News
  • Revisions to the Florida Limited Liability Act
  • 2014
  • GTAR News
  • Landlord Tenant Issues
  • 2014
  • GTAR News
  • The Effective Date of the FR/Bar Residential Contract for Purchase and Sale
  • 2013
  • Franchise News
  • Vicarious Liability of Franchisors
  • 2005
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Speaking Engagements

  • GTAR Fair Housing Symposium
  • Fair Housing for Everyone
  • 2015
  • GTAR Class
  • FR/BAR Residential Contract for Purchase and Sale/2014 Revisions
  • 2015
  • Legal Lounge
  • Issues Affecting Real Estate Agents and Brokers
  • 2014
  • GTAR Class
  • FR/BAR Residential Sale and Purchase Contract
  • 2014
  • Legal Lounge
  • Issues Affecting Real Estate Agents and Brokers
  • 2013
  • GTAR Class; CPAR
  • Contract Comparison - FR/Bar Residential Real Estate Contract and CRSP 12
  • 2013
  • GTAR
  • Spanish - Residential Real Estate Contract Comparison Class
  • 2013
  • Contract Class
  • 2013 Revisions to FR/Bar Residential Sale and Purchase Contract
  • 2013
  • Legal Lounge
  • Issues Affecting Real Estate Agents and Brokers
  • 2012
  • Central Pasco Association of Realtors
  • Residential Real Estate Contract Class
  • 2012
  • Florida Clerks of Court - Annual Meeting
  • Intellectual Property Rights and Technology
  • 2010
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Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (0)
Real estate Attorney | Feb 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I've have know Mercedes both through professional dealings and community organizations. I find her to be competent, ethical, and professional. Everything you want in an attorney."
Litigation Attorney | Dec 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mercedes is an experienced, tenacious and compassionate attorney who goes the extra mile for her clients. Without hesitation I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I’ve had the privilege of working with Mercedes as a business coach and consultant. Mercedes brings a comprehensive background in real estate law to all the clients she represents. I am consistently impressed by her ongoing involvement with numerous organizations serving Realtors and other real estate professionals and her commitment to educating her colleagues regarding the most current issues in Florida real estate law. She is both a zealous advocate and trusted advisor."
Real estate Attorney | Feb 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mercedes is a very experienced and knowledgeable attorney. We refer many clients to her and receive excellent feedback about her legal representation as well as her personal concern for her clients."
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