Peter W. Bellas

Partner
Peter Bellas

Peter Bellas focuses his practice primarily on commercial litigation and business disputes. Peter has represented clients in various complex commercial litigation matters, including issues involving officer and director liability litigation, auditor malpractice, bank liability litigation, fraudulent transfer litigation, breach of contract, torts, construction litigation, franchise disputes, and constitutional rights, in both state and federal courts and arbitrations. Peter also represents clients in eminent domain actions, and he has served as eminent domain counsel for the largest franchisee of Popeye's Louisiana Kitchen, Inc. Peter is also an American Arbitration Association arbitrator and a Florida Supreme Court certified circuit civil mediator.

Peter has served on the Federal Court Practice Committee of The Florida Bar. He has also served on the board of directors of the Dade County Bar Association, The Florida Bar's Eminent Domain Committee, The Florida Bar's Judicial Evaluation Committee, the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, the Steering Committee of the Young Vizcayans, and the Committee of 100; with Big Brothers/Big Sisters; and as an adjunct professor at Nova Southeastern University. In addition to commercial litigation, Peter litigated several subrogation matters in the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew.

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Credentials
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Education

  • J.D. cum laude University of Miami School of Law 1986
    • Editor, University of Miami Law Review
    • President, Honor Society
    • Member, Moot Court Board
    • Member, Honor Council
  • B.S. Cornell University 1983

Bar Admissions

  • Florida

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • American Arbitration Association Arbitrator
  • Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil Mediator
  • The Florida Bar
    • Former member, Federal Court Practice Committee
    • Member, Eminent Domain Committee
    • Former member, Judicial Evaluation Committee
  • Former member, Board of Directors, Dade County Bar Association
  • Former member, Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers
  • Former member, Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Former adjunct professor, Nova Southeastern University

Recognition
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  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2022 – 2023
  • Super Lawyers
    • General Litigation, 2007, 2017 – 2019
    • Business Litigation, 2007, 2017 – 2019
    • Eminent Domain, 2007, 2017 – 2019
  • Martindale-Hubbell, AV® Peer Review Rated
  • South Florida Legal Guide, Top Lawyer