Paul Messina Jr.

Biography

A Tampa native, Paul has extensive experience in defending and prosecuting claims relating to title and lien priority, breach of contract, lien foreclosure, tax deed litigation, zoning, eminent domain, fraud, misrepresentation, civil theft, malicious prosecution, civil conspiracy, and disputes arising under TILA, RESPA, FCRA, and FDCPA.

Paul manages a portfolio of highly-litigated appellate, federal, state, and bankruptcy court cases focused in the areas of consumer banking, bankruptcy, finance, and real estate litigation, where he:

  • Collaborates extensively with in-house counsel to develop and implement litigation, settlement, trial, and appellate strategies to minimize risk and future exposure
  • Advises business units regarding a variety of business, statutory, regulatory, and contractual issues
  • Drafts pleadings, discovery, appellate briefs, memos, motions, contracts, deeds, settlement agreements, and other legal documents necessary to achieve favorable resolutions
  • Conducts legal research to obtain answers to complex issues of law or facts
  • Is experienced in appellate oral argument, conducting depositions, motion practice, written discovery, trial practice, post-trial litigation and alternative dispute resolution.

In addition, Paul has experience working on a variety of commercial, corporate, matrimonial, domestic relations, and labor and employment litigation matters.

Outside the Firm

In his spare time, Paul enjoys playing basketball and coaching his son’s pony league baseball team.

Recognitions

  • AV Preeminent®, listed by Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2021, Ones to Watch, Litigation - Real Estate, listed in Best Lawyers in America©
  • 2018–2020, “Florida Rising Star” in Real Estate, listed by Super Lawyers
  • 2018–2020, Top Attorneys in Tampa Bay, Rising Stars, listed by Tampa Bay Magazine
  • 2020, Attorneys of the Year, listed by Tampa Style Magazine
  • 2018, Blank Rome Office co-recipient for top Pro Bono Hours in Firm

Affiliations

Memberships

  • Florida Bar Association
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association
  • Florida Young Lawyers Association
Professional Activities

Paul provides pro bono legal assistance for the (Tampa) Bay Area Legal Services and for Miami-Dade Legal Aid.

Credentials

Admissions

  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • Florida
  • U.S. District Court - Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court - Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court - Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court - Southern District of Florida

Education

  • Florida State University, BS
  • Stetson University College of Law, JD
  • Stetson University, MBA