Kimberly A. Mello

Kimberly A. Mello (Tampa, Florida)

Kimberly A. Mello

Attorney in Tampa, FL
Kimberly A. Mello is a member of the firm's National Appellate Practice. She has briefed and argued dozens of appeals in state and federal court, including the Florida Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and Florida's District Courts of Appeal. In addition to focusing on appellate matters, Ms. Mello has extensive experience briefing complex legal issues and providing other litigation support at the trial court level, during both the pre-trial, trial, and post-trial phases of litigation. She regularly consults with trial lawyers to develop legal strategies to ensure the best possible record is made in the event of appellate review. Ms. Mello has handled appeals and complex briefing on a broad range of substantive areas, with a particular emphasis in toxic torts; mass torts; class actions; environmental litigation; and business litigation.

Ms. Mello is listed in The Best of Lawyers of America for Appellate Practice. She has held numerous appellate leadership positions in various bar associations and other organizations. Ms. Mello is currently a Vice-Chair of the Appellate Advocacy Committee of the American Bar Association and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Florida Supreme Court Historical Society. She is a former member of the Executive Council of The Florida Bar's Appellate Practice Section, and is the former Chair of the Hillsborough County Bar Association's Appellate Practice Section.

Ms. Mello is also involved in the community serving on the Board of Directors of the Humane Society of Tampa Bay.

Areas of Concentration

•Final and non-final appeals
•Dispositive motions
•Post-trial motions
•Extraordinary writs

Awards & Recognition

•Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, Appellate Practice, 2013-2016
•Team Member, U.S. News - Best Lawyers, Best Law Firms Edition, Law Firm of the Year, Environmental Law, 2016
•Team Member, a Law360 Appellate Practice Group of the Year, 2010

Associated News & Events

Press Releases

03.09.16 Greenberg Traurig Tampa Shareholder Kimberly A. Mello Elected Vice President of the Humane Society of Tampa Bay
11.03.15 Greenberg Traurig Named 'Law Firm of the Year' for Environmental Law
08.31.15 Six Greenberg Traurig Tampa Attorneys Listed in Best Lawyers in America 2016
08.19.15 135 Greenberg Traurig Florida Attorneys Listed in Best Lawyers in America 2016
11.14.14 Greenberg Traurig's Environmental Practice Receives Top Tier Rankings in U.S. News - Best Lawyers 2015 'Best Law Firms' List
08.20.14 7 Greenberg Traurig Tampa Attorneys Listed In Best Lawyers In America 2015
08.19.14 128 Greenberg Traurig Florida Attorneys Listed In Best Lawyers In America 2015
08.16.13 Two Greenberg Traurig Tampa Lawyers Named 2014 'Lawyers of the Year' by Best Lawyers in America
01.28.10 Greenberg Traurig Named an 'Appellate Group of the Year' by Law360
08.11.08 Greenberg Traurig Attorney Kimberly Mello Appointed to Board of Trustees of the Florida Supreme Court Historical Society

Published Articles

10.01.13 Challenging an Excessive Jury Award in Post-Trial Proceedings


04.18.16 Third District Court Of Appeals Reverses Holding on Statute of Limitations for Florida Foreclosures: The Impact of Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas, as Trustee v. Beauvais
01.20.15 High Court Rules that Borrowers May Exercise Right To Rescind Mortgage Loans By Providing Notice To Lender of Intent to Rescind Within Three Years of Loan Closing
01.06.15 Mortgage Foreclosure Action Barred by Statute of Limitations Based On Prior Involuntary Dismissal Without Prejudice

Articles, Publications, & Lectures


•Co-Author, Recent Developments in Appellate Advocacy, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Law Journal, Volume 50-2, Winter 2015
• Challenging An Excessive Jury Award in Post-Trial Proceedings, ABA Appellate Advocacy Committee Newsletter, Fall 2013
• Navigating The New Florida Appellate Mediation Rules, Lawyer, Summer 2011
• Practical Considerations For Certified Questions Of Great Public Importance, Lawyer, March 2009
• Staying Execution of Money Judgments Pending Appeal, Lawyer, November 2007

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Areas of Law

Areas of Law
  • Appellate
  • Litigation
  • Financial Services Litigation

Experience & Credentials

Firm Details
Admission Details
Admitted in 1994, Florida
U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
Law School Attended
Stetson University
Class of 1993
cum laude
University Attended
University of Tampa
Class of 1990
cum laude
Birth Information
Born in 1966
St. Petersburg, Florida, August 11, 1966
Associations & Memberships

Professional & Community Involvement

•Member, American Bar Association
•Member, Appellate Advocacy Committee
•Vice-Chair, 2013-2015
•Chair Elect Designee, 2015
•Member, Appellate Practice Committee
•Member, Hillsborough County Bar Association
•Co-Chair, Appellate Section, 2007-2009
•Member, The Florida Bar, Executive Council - Appellate Practice Section, 2000-2006
•Continuing Legal Education Committee, 2002-2004
•Chair, Programs Committee, 2001
•Publications Committee, 1996-2000
•Civil Appellate Practice Committee, 1995-1997
•Amicus Curiae Committee, 1995-1997
•Editor, The Record, Journal for the Appellate Practice Section, 1998-2000
•Member, Second District Court of Appeal, 50th Anniversary Committee, 2007
•Board Member, Florida Supreme Court Historical Society, Board of Trustees, 2008-Present
•Board Member, Humane Society of Tampa Bay, Board of Directors, 2012-Present
•?Vice-President, 2016-2019

Representative Cases
Significant Representations: Lankhorst v. Independent Savings Plan Co., d/b/a ISPC: Representing Independent Savings Plan in an appeal of a final summary judgment entered in its favor in a class action in which plaintiffs alleged that Independent Savings Plan failed to provide certain disclosures purportedly required by the Truth in Lending Act.; USAmeriBank v. Sovereign Bank: Represented Sovereign Bank in an appeal of an eight-figure summary judgment entered in its favor. The case involves an action brought by a syndicated bank lending group against a blind participant to recover a multimillion-dollar setoff exercised against the bank group's borrower. Case resolved on terms favorable to the client prior to oral argument.; Sierra Club, Inc., et al. v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, et al.: Briefed summary judgment motion on behalf of intervenor, Mosaic Fertilizer, LLC ( Mosaic ), in an action filed by numerous environmental advocacy groups, including Sierra Club, challenging a permit issued by the United States Army Corps of Engineers ( Corps ) under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act ( CWA ). The CWA permit authorized phosphate mining operations on land in Manatee County. The district court granted Mosaic's and the Corps' summary judgment motions deferring to the decision making power of the Corps and concluding that the environmental groups had not demonstrated that the Corps had not followed the mandates of the CWA or National Environmental Policy Act.; Ferguson v. North Broward Hospital District: Obtained affirmance of summary judgment entered in favor of North Broward Hospital District in which former employee asserted that his right to intermittent leave under the Family Medical Leave Act had been improperly denied.; Mosaic Fertilizer, LLC v. Van Fleet International Airport Development Group, LLC: Obtained affirmance of summary judgment entered in favor of Mosaic Fertilizer, LLC, in which Defendant sought damages in excess of $20 million based on claims arising out of an option to purchase real estate.; Career Education Corporation Class Action Proceedings: Briefed numerous motions to compel arbitration and stay proceedings in multiple putative class actions filed against Career Education Corporation and its subsidiaries. The Plaintiffs alleged that Defendants made misrepresentations to prospective students regarding the quality of education that they would receive and their post-graduate employment prospects, causing them to incur significant damages. The district court compelled arbitration pursuant to the arbitration provisions in the Enrollment Agreements in which Plaintiffs expressly agreed to arbitrate any claims arising out of or relating to their relationship with the school.; Mims Properties Investments, LLC v. Mosaic Fertilizer, LLC: Briefed summary judgment motion, which resulted in an order reducing damages by approximately $20 million. The district court found that under the economic waste doctrine, Plaintiffs were not entitled to restoration damages for alleged improper reclamation of formerly mined lands, but instead were limited to diminution in value.; Sierra Club, Inc. v. United States Army Corps of Engineers: Obtained vacation of preliminary injunction entered against intervenor, Mosaic Fertilizer, LLC, which ceased its phosphate mining operations that were previously authorized pursuant to a Clean Water Act permit issued by the United States Army Corps of Engineers.; Curd v. Mosaic Fertilizer, LLC: Represented Mosaic Fertilizer, LLC in a putative class action for damages allegedly resulting from a release of approximately 65 million gallons of process water into Hillsborough Bay during Hurricane Frances. Obtained affirmance of dismissal of class action in the Second District Court of Appeal, which certified numerous issues to the Florida Supreme Court as questions of great public importance. The Florida Supreme Court held that only commercial fishermen could proceed with their claims, thereby limiting the putative class of persons who may have lost income as a result of the spill. See Curd v. Mosaic Fertilizer, LLC, 39 So. 3d 1216 (Fla. 2010); Brancheau, et. al. v. Secretary of Labor, et. al.: Represented intervenor, Sea World Parks & Entertainment, LLC, in an appeal of an order dismissing Sea World's claims for declaratory and injunctive relief. Sea World sought to enjoin Plaintiffs from publicly disseminating a graphic video depicting the death of an orca trainer.; Town of Ponce Inlet v. Pacetta, LLC: Represented Town of Ponce Inlet involving a claim by Plaintiffs for deprivation of property rights under Florida's Bert J. Harris Act. Following a lengthy trial, the circuit court entered an order which subjected the Town to a multimillion damages award based on the court's finding that vested development rights had been created by equitable estoppel. The appellate court reversed and remanded to the trial court for further proceedings.; WrestleReunion, LLC v. Live Nation Television Holdings, Inc.: Represented Live Nation Television Holdings, Inc. in a case involving $22 million in damages arising from a grant of exclusive rights to market and distribute Plaintiff's television programming. The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the final judgment entered in favor of Live Nation Television Holdings, Inc.; Webster v. Body Dynamics, Inc.: Obtained affirmance of final judgment entered after a defense verdict. The case involved serious permanent injuries suffered by Plaintiff following a stroke he contended was caused by ingesting dietary supplements containing ephedrine.; Moore v. Fox Network: Member of defense team that defeated high-profile motion for temporary restraining order filed by college football fans seeking to compel Fox to renew re-broadcast agreement with Bright House cable network to air the Sugar Bowl on New Year's Day.

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Firm Address
Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Courthouse Plaza, 625 East Twiggs Street, Suite 100,
Tampa, FL 33602
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Kimberly A. Mello
Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Courthouse Plaza, 625 East Twiggs Street, Suite 100,
Tampa, FL 33602

Maintains an office in multiple locations
Greenberg Traurig, LLP (Tampa, Florida)