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James R De Furio PA

James R. De Furio
Attorney and
Counselor at Law
Email: jim@jamesdefurio.com

James R. De Furio, after graduating from Tulane University School of Law in New Orleans, Louisiana, became licensed to practice law in the State of Florida in 1985.

He began the practice of law in Sarasota, Florida, with the law firm of Steves, Busch, and Cole. In 1991 Mr. De Furio joined the law firm of Becker and Poliakoff in its Sarasota, Florida office. In 1994 he transferred to Becker and Poliakoff’s Tampa Bay offices.

In February, 2002 Mr. De Furio left the firm of Becker and Poliakoff to establish the law firm of James R. De Furio P.A. with offices in Tampa.  The firm has steadily grown and now consists of 4 lawyers, plus paralegals and other support personnel.  It services clients on the west coast of Florida stretching from Naples to Citrus County, and east to Orlando and Jacksonville.

Mr. De Furio has limited his practice since 1991 to the representation of homeowner associations, condominium associations and other entities that administer commonly owned facilities.
Mr. De Furio is admitted to practice in all Florida State Courts, the Federal District Court for the Middle District of Florida, and the United States District Court for the Eleventh Circuit. He has successfully argued cases before Florida appellate courts, including the Florida Supreme Court, and Federal appellate courts. The most noted appellate cases in which he was an attorney of record are:

Woodside v. McClernan, 806 So. 2d 452 (Fla. 2000)
Woodside v. McClernan, 754 So. 2d 831 (Fla. 2nd DCA 2000)
Gulf Island v. Gulf Island, 740 So. 2d 64 (Fla. 2nd DCA 1999)
Klak v. Eagles’ Reserve, 862 So. 2d 947 (Fla. 2nd DCA 2004)
Longstreet v. Florida, 208 F. 3d 1009 (11th Cir. 2000)


Mr. De Furio has made his home in Tampa for the last 20 years with his wife of 36 years, Cathy, and their children. He is a member of the Florida Bar Association and its Condominium and Planned Development Committee; the Hillsborough County Bar Association; the Community Associations Institute and its Suncoast Chapter; and the Council of Neighborhood Associations.

He is a frequent speaker and lecturer on condominium and homeowner association law.


 

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Allison Brandt
Attorney and
Counselor at Law
Email: allison@jamesdefurio.com

Allison Brandt earned her law degree from Chapman University School of Law (J.D. 2005) and is a graduate of Charleston Southern University (B.S., Economics, 1997). At Chapman University, Ms. Brandt participated in the Ninth Circuit Appellate Law Clinic and Constitutional Jurisprudence Clinic. Ms. Brandt was also a Certified Law Clerk with the Orange County District Attorney, and argued motions on behalf of the People of the State of California. On behalf of the Claremont Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence, she authored an amicus curiae brief for Barnes-Wallace v. Boy Scouts of America, 275 F.Supp.2d 1259 (Cal. 2003), filed with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on December 16, 2003. In 2004, Ms. Brandt interned with the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives in Washington, D.C., assisting in the Department’s rule-making process.

Prior to her current position at James R. De Furio, P.A., Ms. Brandt was an Associate at Kass, Shuler, Solomon, Spector, Foyle & Singer, P.A. Ms. Brandt is also a former Trial Court Staff Attorney for the 18th Judicial Circuit of Florida, in and for Seminole County.

She has served as a panelist for Community Associations Institute’s “Legal Q&A Breakfast” in both 2011 and 2012.

Ms. Brandt is admitted to practice in the State of Florida, the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida. She is a member of the Florida Bar, Federalist Society, and Phi Delta Phi.

Ms. Brandt’s Areas of Practice include:

  • Community association law
  • Collections and foreclosures
  • Covenant enforcement
  • Evictions
  • Creditor/Association representation in bankruptcy proceedings

 

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David J. Lopez
Attorney and
Counselor at Law
Email: david@jamesdefurio.com

David J. Lopez graduated cum laude from Roanoke College in Virginia in 2003. He obtained the degree of Juris Doctor from Stetson University College of Law in 2006, and was admitted to the practice of law in Florida that same year.  He is admitted to practice in all courts of the State of Florida, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit.

He joined the Office of the Florida Attorney General in January 2007 and became a senior attorney in that office’s Trial Division. In 2009, he joined that office’s Appellate Division and amassed a record of having over 20 cases affirmed by Florida Courts of Appeal.  He is a Florida native and joined the law firm of James R. De Furio, P.A. as an Associate Attorney in June 2011.

His practice areas include:

  • Complex condominium and homeowner association foreclosure matters
  • Covenant enforcement
  • Contract claims
  • Financial claims occurring during developer control period
  • Construction defect claims
  • Civil rights claims, including Fair Housing
  • Appeals in State and Federal courts

 

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Mary Zewalk Thomas
Attorney and
Counselor at Law
Email: mary@jamesdefurio.com

Mary Zewalk Thomas received her undergraduate degree from the University of Florida in 2005; graduating cum laude. At the University of Florida she was an Anderson Scholar, and a member of the honors program, Phi Kappa Phi, and the behavioral science research team, earning an award for Outstanding Researcher.

She received her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Florida Fredric G. Levin College of Law in 2009, graduating cum laude. While there, she worked as an intern at the Eighth Judicial Circuit of Florida and earned a certificate in estate planning as well as a certificate of excellence in pro bono work.

Ms. Zewalk continued her legal education at the University of Florida and received her LL.M. in taxation in 2010, writing her thesis on valuation discounts in closely-held businesses.

Ms. Zewalk is happy to be back in her hometown of Tampa.  She is admitted to practice in the State of Florida and a member of the Tax and Real Property, Probate, and Trust Law Sections of the Florida Bar.  Her practice areas include:

  • General advice and counsel on all aspects of community association law.
    • Preparation, interpretation and enforcement of declarations, bylaws, rules, amendments and other community governing documents
    • Compliance with applicable state, local and federal laws and regulations, such as Fair Housing.
    • Assisting with fiscal matters, such as budgeting, special assessments, and reserves
    • Drafting and reviewing contracts for the management and operation of the community
    • Addressing maintenance and repair issues, and changes that may require membership approval
  • Estates and trusts
  • Estate administration / probate
  • Guardianships