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Angela de Cespedes is a partner in the Miami office of Shutts & Bowen LLP, where she is a member of the Business Litigation Practice Group.  An experienced trial attorney, she has multi-state and international experience in complex tort and commercial litigation. Businesses and institutions enlist Angela to defend allegations involving business disputes, premises liability, products liability, trade secret, employment, and to manage crisis situations in an effort to circumvent litigation, collect and preserve evidence/data in the event of an investigation/litigation, and liaison with government agencies and other third parties to minimize risk and avoid unjustified public perception.

Angela’s expansive practice includes the representation of a diverse base of clients including commercial property owners, hotel owners, developers and operators, food services providers, professional sports leagues, professional sports teams, stadiums and arenas, social media companies, software companies, educational institutions, global supply chain companies, apparel manufacturers, suppliers and distributors, chemical manufacturers and distributors, and insurance companies.

A thought leader in the use of social media and online content in the defense and prosecution of litigation, Angela frequently lectures and is a noted author on the impact of social media and online content on litigation, lawyer ethics, and in the workplace. She is also a prominent speaker and author who provides training to clients on the subjects of crisis/incident management and data/evidence retention. Most recently she participated in the creation and filming of a groundbreaking new e-learning course covering various areas  of data/evidence collection and preservation called “Sources and Phases of eDiscovery Data,” the only Professional Certificate in this area bestowed by an accredited law school in the United States.

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Education

  • Boston University School of Law, J.D., 2001
  • University of Miami, B.A., 1998
  • Universidad de Salamanca, 1996, Certificado

Bar Admissions

  • Florida
  • New York

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York

Professional and Civic Activities

  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • American Bar Association
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Miami, Board of Directors, 2009-2013
  • Cuban American Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI)
  • Federal Courts Volunteer Lawyer’s Project
  • Florida Bar Association
  • Global Alliance of Travel, Tourism, and Hospitality Attorneys
  • Miami-Dade County Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association

Recognition

  • Florida Trend, Florida Legal Elite, 2012, 2019
  • Super Lawyers Magazine 2009-2011, “Rising Star” for Business Litigation, Civil Litigation Defense, and Employment Litigation: Defense
  • “Executive and Professional Woman of the Year,” National Association of Professional Women 2011
  • “40 Under 40,” Award Winner, Outstanding Lawyers of Miami-Dade County, 2011
  • Cited as “Super Mom” by Dr. Arthur Agatston, South Beach Wake-Up Call, 2011

Reported Opinions

  • Arce v. The Wackenhut Corporation, 40 So.3d 813 (Fla. 3d DCA 2010)
  • Trimble v. The Wackenhut Corporation, 2009 WL 1119033 (Fla. Cir. Ct. 2009)
  • Indian Chef, Inc. v. Fire and Casualty Ins. Co. of Connecticut, 2004 WL 420034 (S.D.N.Y. 2004)

Presentations

  • Faculty, “The eDiscovery Practice Support & Technology Professional Certificate Program,” “Sources and Phases of eDiscovery Data,” Fall 2017
  • Speaker, “Current Legal Challenges Facing Teams and Their Venues,” Legal Learning Series Miami Heat Game and CLE Seminar, April 12, 2017
  • Speaker, “Critical Issues in Sports Law,” LLS 3rd Annual Game Day CLE, September 25, 2016
  • Speaker, “The Use of Social Media In Claims Defense” and “Data Breaches, Cyberattacks and High-tech Vulnerabilities Facing Cities,” 34th Annual Florida Municipal Attorneys Association Seminar, July 10, 2015
  • Speaker, “Deposition Skills for Women Lawyers,” Miami-Dade FAWL’s Third Annual Litigation Skills Workshop, February 5, 2015
  • Speaker, “Cyber Security Litigation: What You Need to Know in 2015,” Live Webcast, January 2015
  • Interlaw 2014 Annual Global Meeting: Presenter, “Social Media: An International Perspective;” Presenter, “International Implications: Cyber Security Attacks;” Moderator, “Data Breach: Prevention & Management,” September 2014
  • Presenter, “The Growing Threat of Cybercrime: The Fraud Risk Continues To Rise,” Florida Insurance Fraud Education Committee (FIFEC) 2014 Conference, June 2014
  • Speaker, “The Odd Couple – Social Media and Lawyer Ethics;” “Energizing Your Career: Making Rain in the Windy City,” The 2013 DRI Annual Meeting, October 2013
  • Speaker, “Effectively Utilizing Social Media and Free Online Content in Defense of Litigation,” Florida Insurance Fraud Education Committee (FIFEC) 2013 Conference, June 2013
  • Speaker, “Social Media in the Workplace,” Risk and Insurance Management Society, Inc. (RIMS) Seminar, February 2013
  • Speaker, “Civil Expert Witnesses,” Third Biennial Southern District of Florida Bench and Bar Conference, April 2012

Languages

  • Spanish

Publications

  • Co-Author, “5 Facts Foreign Hotel Operators Should Know About US Law,” Law360 , April 30, 2018
  • Co-Author, “A Young Lawyer’s Guide to Defense Practice,” DRI Defense Library Series, 2015
  • Co-Author, “Inside the Minds: Understanding the Use of Social Media in Litigation,” Understanding the Use of Social Media in Litigation: Leading Lawyers on New Evidence Collection Methods and Necessary Precautions far Clients (Inside the Minds), November 2014