4.0 CLE Credits including 1.0 Ethics and 1.0 Technology (applied for)
Top 10 Ethical Challenges a Construction Lawyer Can Face
Edward K. Cheffy
eDiscovery Best Practices for Construction Lawyers in 2018
Carlos Baradat and Dario Diaz
Qualifying Agents: Wedding to Divorce
Hardy Roberts and Mark Smith
What To Do When OSHA Shows Up
Happy Hour to Follow Seminar
Lori Baggett represents companies in many aspects of labor and employment law, with a particular expertise in workplace safety and health (OSHA) issues. She is one of a handful of Florida lawyers with OSHA 30 certification. She represents clients dealing with catastrophic accidents and helps them resolve OSHA citations and whistleblower complaints. She also advises and counsels employers on workplace legal compliance issues and defends employment-related claims. Her clients represent numerous industries, including construction, propane and natural gas equipment and systems, and retail.
Carlos Baradat is the founding and managing member of the Law Office of Carlos A. Baradat, P.A. where he focuses his practice on issues involving immigration, business, litigation, bar admission, as well as personal injury and electronic discovery. He graduated from Hodges University with a Bachelor in Legal Studies, and went on to earn a Juris Doctor from Florida A&M University College of Law in Orlando, Florida.
Edward K. Cheffy is certified by The Florida Bar as a specialist in both Civil Trial Law and Business Litigation Law. Rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell, he has been voted by his peers as one of “The Top 100 Super Lawyers” in Florida. He is included in “Florida Trend’s Legal Elite,” as well as The Best Lawyers in America. In 2000, he received the Donald E. Van Koughnet “Lion of the Law” Award for Professionalism from the Collier County Judiciary. In 2009, he was inducted as a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers. In 2011, he was named Lawyer of the Year in the Naples / Ft. Myers area, by Best Lawyers for "Bet-The-Company Litigation." Mr. Cheffy graduated with honors from Harvard University with a degree in History and Literature and received his law degree, with honors, from the Ohio State University College of Law. Mr. Cheffy has served as Chairman of Grievance Committee 20B, which is responsible for lawyer disciplinary matters and ethical issues for Florida’s Twentieth Judicial Circuit. In 2006, he was appointed by then Chief Judge Fawsett to serve as Chairperson of the Grievance Committee for the Fort Myers Division of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, and he was reappointed as Chairperson in 2009. He has served as Chairman of the Collier County Bar Association’s Trial Lawyers Section and as President of the Thomas S. Biggs Chapter of the Inns of Court. He also served two terms as chair of the Judicial Nominating Commission for the 20th Judicial Circuit from 2000 to 2002. In 2002, he was elected to the Executive Council of The Florida Bar’s Trial Lawyers Section, and he served on that Council through 2008. In 2011, he was appointed by Florida Bar president Scott Hawkins to serve as co-chair of the Hawkins Commission, along with former Florida Bar president Miles McGrane and Florida Bar president-elect Eugene Pettis, to review The Florida Bar’s disciplinary system.
Dario D. Diaz was born in Tampa, Florida, on June 26, 1967. His father immigrated from Cuba as a political exile first seeking asylum in Venezuela. His mother was the child of Spanish immigrants and a lifelong resident of Tampa. Diaz graduated from Tampa’s Jefferson High School and enrolled at the University of Florida. While attending the University of Florida, Diaz became active in the Naval ROTC program which ultimately resulted in his enlistment in the United States Marine Corps in 1987. He attended Marine Corps Boot Camp at Parris Island, South Carolina, where he graduated first in his Platoon, distinguishing himself as Honor Man. While in the Marines he received various awards and commendations. After Diaz completed his service he returned to Tampa but was reactivated to serve in Operation Desert Storm. Diaz received a Certificate of Commendation from the Commandant of the Marine Corps for his service and performance during Operation Desert Storm. Upon completion of law school in 1996 Diaz returned to Tampa and entered private practice as a partner in the law firm of Fernandez & Diaz, P.A. Diaz is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States, the Supreme Court of Florida and the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida. Diaz’s trial practice involves civil, criminal, and foreclosure cases. He has tried cases in criminal, personal injury, and various civil matters.
Hardy L. Roberts, III is a trial lawyer who represents a diverse clientele in complex commercial disputes, including all types of construction litigation and regulation. He has extensive experience in all aspects of the regulation of numerous industries throughout the state of Florida from both a private and governmental perspective. As General Counsel and Interim Secretary of Florida’s Department of Business and Professional Regulation, he supervised over 40 attorneys providing representation for the Division of Professions (including Contractors, Engineers, and Architects), Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco, Condominiums and Mobile Homes, Hotels and Restaurants, Real Estate, and Certified Public Accountants. Mr. Roberts is board certified in Construction Law by The Florida Bar.
Mark A. Smith is a litigator and counselor who focuses on construction litigation and construction contracting, Mark Smith represents a diverse range of clients, including homebuilders, public owners, civil contractors, specialty contractors, and design professionals. He has extensive experience in all manner of performance and defect disputes and particular expertise handling issues involving marine construction. Mark is Board Certified in Construction Law by the Florida Bar. He has been selected by Florida Super Lawyers as a “Rising Star” in six different years, including 2015.