Angela C. de Cespedes

Angela C. de Cespedes

Partner

Contact Info

Phone: (305) 428-4508
Fax: (305) 374-4744

Primary Office

Miami
701 Brickell Avenue
17th Floor
Miami, FL 33131

Angela C. de Cespedes

Partner

Angela de Cespedes is a litigator who serves as lead trial counsel for companies involved in disputes, both domestically and internationally, in state and federal courts, in arbitration, and before administrative agencies. Businesses rely on Angela to represent them in disputes involving complex tort and commercial litigation, both pre- and post-suit, including preliminary and permanent injunction hearings, discovery, responding to party and third-party subpoenas, evidentiary hearings, bench trials and jury trials. When a client is facing a potential or actual crisis, she advises them on options to minimize the risk of litigation, and provides training and guidance regarding the collection and preservation of evidence in order to avoid or minimize the impact of litigation and possible exposure. Her strategic approach to reducing litigation risks also includes liaising with government agencies and third parties on behalf of clients.

Angela represents clients across numerous industries and sectors who rely on her counsel, including: commercial property and hotel owners; developers and operators; professional sports leagues, teams, stadiums and arenas; hospitality, entertainment, restaurant and food service providers; social media and software companies; real estate development and construction firms; high net worth individuals; municipalities; insurance carriers; educational institutions; global supply chain companies; apparel and retail brands; manufacturers; suppliers and distributors; and chemical manufacturers and distributors.

Angela has a special interest in the interplay of social media and online content as it relates to the defense and prosecution of litigation. She frequently lectures and is a noted author on these topics, including legal issues as they relate to litigation and arbitration generally, as well as specifically with respect to the sports, entertainment and hospitality industries, attorney ethics and employment matters. She also speaks, writes, and provides training to clients on crisis/incident management and data/evidence retention and preservation. Her work in this area includes creating an e-learning course titled "Sources and Phases of eDiscovery Data," which is the only professional certificate in this area bestowed by an accredited law school in the United States.

In addition to her state bar admissions in Florida and New York, Angela is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts in the Southern, Middle and Northern Districts of Florida and the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York. Angela is also the global chair of litigation for Interlaw Ltd., a global network of independent law firms offering clients cross-border legal advice.

 

Experience

  • Professional sports leagues, teams, stadiums, and related facilities in the defense of numerous commercial and premises liability matters involving business claims and allegations of catastrophic injuries and death, assault, negligence, negligent security, building code violations, health and safety, employment and maintenance issues.
  • Hotels, retail and restaurant chain owners, operators and developers in the defense of numerous commercial and premises liability matters involving various business claims and allegations of catastrophic injuries and death, assault, food safety, negligence, negligent security, building code violations, health and safety, employment  and maintenance issues.
  • Social media companies in the defense of allegations involving use of their platforms for improper purposes, involving interpretation of federal and state laws as they relate to the use and dissemination of online content and First Amendment rights.
  • Hospitality industry clients in connection with the negotiation of commercial real estate transactions, matters involving threatened litigation/ arbitration and various claims associated with IP/licensing, employment law, administrative agencies, public relations, and transition/operating impediments.
  • International business software manufacturer and distributer in the defense of matters involving breach of contract, fraud, FDUTPA, and punitive damages claims.
  • Designer apparel brands, manufacturers, distributors and suppliers in various matters involving allegations in the defense of matters involving breach of contract, fraud, tortious interference and trade secret claims.
  • International food services distributor against former employees in the prosecution and defense of complex employment and trade secret matters. 
  • International security firm with a large government contract in a qui tam act litigation and various underlying employment related actions alleging breach of contract and fraud related to a mass transportation contract.
  • Global supply chain management company in the prosecution of a breach of contract action against a foreign defendant.

Credentials and Accolades

Honors and Awards

Selected for the Florida Legal Elite list, Florida Trend, 2012, 2019

Selected for the Rising Star list by Florida Super Lawyers for Business Litigation, Civil Litigation Defense and Employment Litigation Defense

Named "Executive and Professional Woman of the Year," National Association of Professional Women, 2011

Named a "40 Under 40" Award Winner, Outstanding Lawyers of Miami-Dade County, 2011

Cited as "Super Mom" by American cardiologist Dr. Arthur Agatston, South Beach Wake-Up Call, 2011

Memberships and Affiliations

Association of Trial Lawyers of America

American Bar Association

Florida Bar Association

New York State Bar Association

Miami-Dade County Bar Association

Florida Association of Women Lawyers (FAWL)

Cuban American Bar Association

Defense Research Institute (DRI)

Global Alliance of Travel, Tourism, and Hospitality Attorneys

Federal Courts Volunteer Lawyer’s Project

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Miami, Board of Directors, 2009-2013

Education

J.D., Boston University School of Law, 2001

B.A., University of Miami, 1998

Certificado, Universidad de Salamanca  

Bar Admissions

Florida
New York

Clerkships

Judge Shirley Werner Kornreich, Supreme Court of the State of New York, 1999

Angela de Cespedes is a litigator who serves as lead trial counsel for companies involved in disputes, both domestically and internationally, in state and federal courts, in arbitration, and before administrative agencies. Businesses rely on Angela to represent them in disputes involving complex tort and commercial litigation, both pre- and post-suit, including preliminary and permanent injunction hearings, discovery, responding to party and third-party subpoenas, evidentiary hearings, bench trials and jury trials. When a client is facing a potential or actual crisis, she advises them on options to minimize the risk of litigation, and provides training and guidance regarding the collection and preservation of evidence in order to avoid or minimize the impact of litigation and possible exposure. Her strategic approach to reducing litigation risks also includes liaising with government agencies and third parties on behalf of clients.

Angela represents clients across numerous industries and sectors who rely on her counsel, including: commercial property and hotel owners; developers and operators; professional sports leagues, teams, stadiums and arenas; hospitality, entertainment, restaurant and food service providers; social media and software companies; real estate development and construction firms; high net worth individuals; municipalities; insurance carriers; educational institutions; global supply chain companies; apparel and retail brands; manufacturers; suppliers and distributors; and chemical manufacturers and distributors.

Angela has a special interest in the interplay of social media and online content as it relates to the defense and prosecution of litigation. She frequently lectures and is a noted author on these topics, including legal issues as they relate to litigation and arbitration generally, as well as specifically with respect to the sports, entertainment and hospitality industries, attorney ethics and employment matters. She also speaks, writes, and provides training to clients on crisis/incident management and data/evidence retention and preservation. Her work in this area includes creating an e-learning course titled "Sources and Phases of eDiscovery Data," which is the only professional certificate in this area bestowed by an accredited law school in the United States.

In addition to her state bar admissions in Florida and New York, Angela is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts in the Southern, Middle and Northern Districts of Florida and the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York. Angela is also the global chair of litigation for Interlaw Ltd., a global network of independent law firms offering clients cross-border legal advice.