Gabriel D. Pinilla
Mr. Pinilla is a seasoned, results-oriented commercial/civil litigator focused on utilizing legal skills and strategic problem-solving to help business and individual clients effectively resolve all manner of legal and business issues. Mr. Pinilla’s practice encompasses state and federal court litigation from pre-trial through the appeals process and primarily involves business, commercial and real estate litigation.
Throughout his career, Mr. Pinilla has worked hard to develop the necessary analytical, strategic thinking and practical skills required to provide clients with highly effective and zealous representation while at the same time seeking to maintain the highest level of professionalism. These efforts have garnered Mr. Pinilla recognition by his peers multiple times for selection as a Rising Star in Florida by Super Lawyers Magazine.
Prior to moving his family and practice to the Tampa Bay area, Mr. Pinilla served as Editor-in-Chief of Et Alia, the Federal Bar Association newsletter published by the FBA’s Broward County Chapter. Mr. Pinilla was the inaugural Editor of Et Alia and was responsible for assembling and managing an editorial team and creating the format (and many of the content features) for the newsletter from scratch.
Mr. Pinilla is also a fluent Spanish speaker and services a broad range of culturally diverse clients.
Mr. Pinilla attended St. Thomas University School of Law where he was a leading student academically, served as Editor-in-Chief of the St. Thomas Law Review and competed internationally on behalf of the St. Thomas International Moot Court Board. During his tenure at St. Thomas, Mr. Pinilla was also recognized or selected for/as:
- Winning Oralist in the 2003 STU International Moot Court Competition;
- Brief-Writer & Oralist for the 2005 William C. Vis International Arbitration Moot Court Team;
- Recipient of a full academic merit scholarship for his final two years of law school;
- Coordinator/founder of an annual International Law CLE program, assembling noted scholars and top practitioners, with accompanying Law Review publication;
- Trustee for the St. Thomas Human Rights Law Review (2005-2006);
- St. Thomas Public Services Fellowship;
- Research Assistant, Prof. Siegfried Wiessner; and
- Multiple Dean’s List award recipient and recipient of a “Book Award” in International Law.
Mr. Pinilla was also selected by then-Dean Bob Butterworth as one of the first students to participate on behalf of St. Thomas Law School in the Florida Supreme Court’s Florida Law Student Internship Program, as part of which Mr. Pinilla interned with then-Chief Justice Harry L. Anstead.
Mr. Pinilla was also the first student from St. Thomas to be appointed to a pilot internship program with the Hon. Stanley Marcus, Circuit Judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, as part of which Mr. Pinilla spent two semesters working under Judge Marcus.
U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit
U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida
U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida
The Florida Bar
St. Thomas University School of Law, Miami, Florida, 2005
Juris Doctor, cum laude
St. Mary’s College of Maryland, St. Mary’s City, MD, 1999
Bachelor of Arts, Philosophy
Universidad de Valladolid, Valladolid, Spain, 1998
Superior Certificate, Spanish Language and Culture
“Corporate Liability for Human Rights Violations on Foreign Soil: A Historical and Prospective Analysis of the Alien Tort Claims Controversy” – 16 St. Thom. L. Rev. 687 (2004).
“Judicial Profile: Hon. Federico Moreno” – The Federal Lawyer, February 2009, Vol. 56, No. 2.