Attorneys

W. Robert Vezina, III

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Rob Vezina manages the firm from its home base in Florida’s capital. For over 30 years Rob’s practice has focused on public and private construction disputes in both state and federal courts. Rob’s practice reaches a broad range of issues involving public procurements — from his extensive work in all aspects of P-3 contracting to the handling of bid protests in many of the largest and highest profile procurements in Florida.

“Peers hold Rob ’on an extremely high plateau,’ noting that ‘in the road building industry, there’s nobody better.’” (Chambers USA 2014) Rob strives to maintain the “‘smooth and non-confrontational style,’ which clients believe helps him to effectively present his cases to a jury,” and “‘adroit manner and quick thinking abilities’ [that] are often put to the test in litigious issues” in all aspects of his practice. (Chambers USA 2006) Rob’s experience and dedication to excellence are reflected in his AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell and his inclusion in Florida Trend’s Legal Elite, Florida Super Lawyers, The Best Lawyers in America©, and Chambers USA for multiple years.

Rob has tried to verdict and judgment multiple complex cases in the construction, surety, and public contracts arenas. Beyond the confines of Florida, Rob has litigated disputes regarding major infrastructure projects in Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Maine, North Carolina, Texas, and Virginia, as well as the Caribbean Basin. He also has maintained an appellate practice, arguing many of the firm’s cases before the state and federal courts of appeal.

Rob’s approach to the practice is well summarized in this assessment of the firm: “‘Side-stepping the periphery and jumping straight to the heart of the issues,”this team ‘attains the requisite goals at incredible value.’” (Chambers USA 2006)


Education

  • Duke University School of Law (J.D., 1981)
    • National Trial Team
    • Moot Court Board
  • University of Central Florida (B.A., summa cum laude, 1977)

Bar Admissions

  • Florida, 1981
  • District of Columbia, 1985

Court Admissions

  • United States Court of Federal Claims
  • United States Court of Appeals, Federal, District of Columbia, and Eleventh Circuits
  • United States District Court, Middle and Northern Districts of Florida

Appointments

  • General Counsel, Florida Transportation Builders’ Association

Publications

  • With Economic Loss Rule Dead to Contracting Parties, Does a Contract Still Mean Anything?, Florida Transportation Builder (Spring 2013)
  • Conclude to Not Collude, Florida Transportation Builder (Sp. 2011)
  • Public Private Contracting in Florida Survives, 83 Florida Bar Journal 10 (2009) (Co-Author)

Honor Awards

  • The Best Lawyers in America© (Construction Law), 2003 – 2015
  • Chambers USA – Recommended in Construction, 2005 – 2011, 2013 – 2017
  • Florida Trend Legal Elite, 2009 – 2017
  • Florida Super Lawyers (Construction Litigation/Administrative Law), 2006 – 2017
  • Who’s Who Legal – Construction, 2014, 2016, 2017
  • FTBA “Soapbox” Award Recipient, 2005 – Extraordinary Contributions to Florida’s Transportation Industry
  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Adjunct Professor, Florida State University Law School (Construction Law), 2008 – 2010

Memberships

  • American Bar Association, Forum on the Construction Industry
  • Construction Law Committee of The Florida Bar