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Paul Platte is an AAA arbitrator and represents private clients in various civil matters, including personal injury, construction and commercial litigation, personal injury, international transactions and asset protection, immigration, and employment. Paul is proficient in Spanish and his extensive practice includes the United States Virgin Islands, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Venezuela, Brazil, El Salvador, and the Dominican Republic that draws on his legal, business and cultural skills. His clients include local and international insurance companies and financial institutions, individuals, and private and public corporations.

Martindale Hubbell AV Rated Lawyer 

LEGAL WORK HISTORY 

Paul Platte PA, Clearwater, FL; Myrtle Beach, SC 

  • Construction defect, timeshare, and master deed cases 
  • Business contracts in Central and South America, Africa, Dubai, Middle East 
  • Commercial Litigation 
  • Labor, Employment, Discrimination, and Civil Rights Litigation 
  • Immigration, fluent in Spanish 

American Arbitration Association AAA Arbitrator 

  • Texas, California, Southeast United States 
  • Hartford v. Zarillo Case No. 01-15-0003-4839 
  • Loflin v. Easter Colorant Case No. 01-14-0001-6926 
  • Thomas v. The Right Choice MWM Case No. 011400013598 
  • Trot v. PSCC Case No. 312014000036 

Rogers Townsend Thomas, Columbia, SC 

  • Construction defect, timeshare, and master deed cases 
  • Business contracts in Central and South America, Africa, Dubai, Middle East 
  • Commercial Litigation 
  • Labor, Employment, Discrimination, and Civil Rights Litigation 
  • Immigration, fluent in Spanish 

Sinkler Boyd, Columbia, SC 

  • Business contracts in Central and South America, Africa, Dubai, Middle East 
  • Commercial Litigation 
  • Labor, Employment, Discrimination, and Civil Rights Litigation 
  • Immigration, fluent in Spanish 

Quarles & Brady, West Palm Beach, FL 

  • Business contracts in Central and South America, Africa, Dubai, Middle East 
  • Commercial Litigation 
  • Labor, Employment, Discrimination, and Civil Rights Litigation 
  • Immigration, fluent in Spanish 

Mershon, Sawyer, Johnston, Dunwody, & Cole, Miami, FL 

  • International shipping, finance, and business contracts 
  • Commercial litigation 
  • Labor and Employment, Discrimination, and Civil Rights Litigation 

Fisher & Phillips, Atlanta, GA; Ft. Lauderdale, FL 

  • Labor and Employment, Discrimination, and Civil Rights Litigation 

Hogg, Allen, Ryce, Norton, & Blue, Miami, FL; Tampa, FL 

  • Labor and Employment, Discrimination, and Civil Rights Litigation 

Law Office of Rodney Smith, Gainesville, FL 

  • Law Clerk while in law school 
  • Union Representation 
  • Discrimination and Civil Rights Litigation 

Clearwater Federal Savings and Loan, Clearwater, FL 

  • Real Estate Management 

OTHER ADVOCACY EXPERIENCE 

Buckley School of Public Speaking 

  • President, Buckley School of Public Speaking International Forensic Debate Society 
  • International debates in Spain, Mexico, United States 

EDUCATION 

University of Florida, Juris Doctor, 1979 

  • Dean’s Lists 
  • Book Award International Law 
  • Trial Advocacy 
  • Civil Procedure 
  • Evidence 

University of Iowa, BBA, 1976 

  • Economics Major with High Honors 

TEACHING HISTORY 

Palm Beach Community College, West Palm Beach, FL 

  • Adjunct Law Professor 

Speaking Seminars Florida and South Carolina Bar 

  • Labor and Employment 
  • Discrimination and Civil Rights                                         

PUBLICATIONS 

  • “Employment Discrimination Causes of Action: Alternatives to Title VII”, Florida Bar Journal, Volume LVII, No. 9 
  • Employer Guide to Labor Laws, 1999 
  • Four Novels 

BAR ADMISSIONS 

  • Florida Bar 
  • New Mexico Bar, inactive 
  • United States Virgin Islands Bar, inactive 
  • South Carolina Bar 
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Florida 
  • United States District Court, Middle District of Florida 
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Florida 
  • United States District Court, South Carolina 
  • United States District Court, United States Virgin Islands 

ELEEMOSYNARY WORK 

Lutheran Church Missouri Synod 

  • Board of Directors, Florida-Georgia District, Lutheran Church Missouri Synod 
  • Board of Directors Hope Lutheran Church, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 
  • Board of Directors Our Savior Lutheran Church, Plantation, FL 
  • Board of Directors, Lutheran High School of South Florida, Davie, FL 

WRITING SAMPLES 

Complains 

  • Ford v. KPMG, et al, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida 
  • Sands Beach Club, State Court, South Carolina 
  • Gause v. City of Marion, U.S. District Court, South Carolina District 

Federal Court Brief 

  • Ford v. KPMG, et al, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida 

REPORTED CASES 

  • Wyndham Vacation Resorts, Inc., v. Ocean Walk Resort Condominium Association, Inc., Case No. 5D11-2611 (Fla. 5th DCA 2012) 
  • Whitehead v. Sparrow Enterprise, Inc., Supreme Court of North Carolina / July 29, 2005 / 618 S.E 2d 240 / 2005 WI.2051307 
  • Brown v. Cullison, District Court of Appeal of Florida, Fourth District. / June 15, 1994 / 638 S0 2d 1007 / 1994 WL 261449 
  • Dove Data Producers, Inc. v. Norman, United States District Court D South Carolina, Florence Division. / July 2009 
  • Gentry Technology of S.C., Inc. v. Baptist Health South Florida, Inc., United States District Court D South Carolina, Alken Division / October 04.2012 
  • Bertrand v. Cordiner Enterprises, Inc., Superior Court of the Virgin Islands, Division of St. Thomas and St. John / June 24, 2011 
  • Kogot v. L.L.J., Inc., United States District Court, N.D. Georgia, Gainesville Division / March 01. 2005 
  • Brumer v. HCA Health Services of Florida, Inc., District Court of Appeal of Florida, Fourth District. November 29, 1995 / 662 So. 2d 1385 / 1995 WL 699825 
  • Wyndham Vacation Resorts, Inc. v. Ocean Walk Resort Condominium Ass’n, Inc., District Court of Appeal of Florida, Fourth District. May 04, 2012 / 86 So 2d 1385 / 1995 WL 699825 
  • Pope v. Hadwin-White Buick GMC-Trucks, Inc., United States Court, D. South Carolina, Florence Division. / February 28, 2006 
  • Gentry Technology of South Carolina., Inc. v. Baptist Health South Florida, Inc., United States District Court D South Carolina, Alken Division / May 21, 2014 
  • Kogot v. L.L.J., Inc., United States District Court, N.D Georgia, Gainesville Division / March 08, 2005 
  • Kogot v. L.L.J., Inc., United States District Court, N.D Georgia, Gainesville Division / March 10, 2005 
  • Barron v. Labor Finders of South Carolina, Court of Appeal of South Carolina. / May 28 2009 / 384 S.C. 21 682 S.E 2d 271 
  • Dove Data Products, Inc. v. Murray, United States District Court, D. South Carolina, Florence Division / February 23, 2006. 
  • Capps v. Bristol Bar and Grill, Inc., United States District Court, W.D. Kentucky at Louisville. / March 29. 2012 
  • Gallagher v. Van Lott, Inc., United States District, D. South Carolina, Greenville Division. / November 09, 2006 
  • Loveland v. CSX Transp., Inc., District Court of Appeal of Florida, Third District. / August 19, 1993 / 622 So2d 1120 1993 WL 302620 
  • Gentry Technology of South Carolina., Inc. v. Baptist Health South Florida, Inc., United States District Court, D. South Carolina, Aiken Division / March 13, 2012 
  • Enrietto v. Rogers Townsend & Thomas PC, Supreme Court of the Virgin Islands, August 29, 2007 / 2007 WL 4901075 / 49 VI. 311 
  • Bertrand v. Cordiner Enterprises, Inc., Supreme Court of the Virgin Islands, Division of St. Thomas and St. John / November 15, 2013 / 2013 WL 6122388 
  • Gallagher v. Van Lott, Inc., United States District, D. South Carolina, Greenville Division. / November 22, 2006 / S0p Copy / 2006 WL 8445451 
  • Betrand v. Mystic Granite and Marble, Inc., Supreme Court of the Virgin Islands. October 27, 2015 / 2015 WL 6470866 
  • Kogot v. L.L.J., Inc., United States District Court, N.D Georgia, Gainesville Division / February 07, 2005 
  • Whitehead v. Sparrow Enterprise, Inc., Court of Appeal of North Carolina. December 07, 2004 
  • In re Enquivest St. Thomas, Inc., Unites States Bankruptcy Court, D, Virgin Islands, Division of St. John / November 01, 2010 
  • Dove Data Products, Inc. v. DeVeaux, Court of Appeal of South Carolina. / March 24, 2008 / Not reported in S.E 2d / 2008 WL 9841167 
  • Dove Data Products, Inc. v. Murray, United States District Court, South Carolina, Florence Division. / April 30, 2007 / Slip Copy / 2007 WL 9735256 
  • Kogut v. L.L.J., Inc., United States District Court, N.D Georgia, Gainesville Division / July 29, 2005 
  • Bertrand v. Cordiner Enterprises, Inc., Superior Court of the Virgin Islands, Division of St. Thomas and St. John. / June 24, 2011 / 2011 WL 3046521 
  • Gipson v. Headwaters Resources, Inc., United States District Court, E.D, Arkansas, Pine Bluff Division, / November 03, 2008 
  • Dove Data Products, Inc. v. Murray, United States District Court, South Carolina, Florence Division. / May 26, 2006 / Slip Copy / 2006 WL 8443749 
  • Bertrand v. Cordiner Enterprises, Inc., Superior Court of the Virgin Islands, Division of St. Thomas and St. John. / June 02, 2010 / 2010 WL 2507305 
  • Island Tile and Marble, LLC v. Bertrand, Supreme Court of Virgin Islands, / November 07, 2012 / WL 5499863 / 57 VI 596