Cynthia focuses her practice in all areas of litigation, including business and complex commercial litigation, class action suits and eminent domain. She also handles municipal law and all areas of real estate, including real estate development. Before resuming her practice in 2005, Cynthia was a Circuit Court Judge for eleven years in the 19th Judicial Circuit which encompasses St. Lucie County, Martin County, Indian River County and Okeechobee County.
Cynthia was elected by her colleagues to serve as the Chief Judge of the 19th Judicial Circuit in 2003. Cynthia also served as an Associate Judge on the 4th District Court of Appeals. She was nominated for consideration by the White House to the Federal District Court in 2003. Cynthia has been active with the Florida Legislature on various issues and enjoys a good working relationship with the local delegation at both the State and Federal level.
Cynthia represents public and private corporations as well as individuals. Her clients include major corporations, some of the country’s largest privately held corporations, municipalities, public officials, individuals, trusts and families.
Cynthia was previously the Chairperson of the Florida Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission. She was reappointed to the Commission by Governor Rick Scott for her third term ending in July 2022. She previously served on the Judicial Nomination Commission for the 19th Judicial Circuit and was appointed by the Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida to serve on the Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Panel in 2010. She has taught continuing legal education courses throughout the United States on a variety of topics as well as the Florida Advanced Judicial College.
Cynthia is a past President of the Port St. Lucie Chamber of Commerce, and served on the Board of Directors of the Treasure Coast Builders Association, Economic Development Council, United Way and Association of Retarded Citizens. She served on the Board of the Childrens Service Council for St. Lucie County and Martin County. Cynthia was chairperson of the St. Lucie County Land Acquisition Committee and a member of the St. Lucie County Comprehensive Plan Review Board, as well as the St. Lucie County Infrastructure Task Force. While serving as a Circuit Court Judge, Cynthia served with a select committee to represent the State Court Judges in dealing with the Florida Legislature in advocating the proper enforcement of Amendment 7 of the Florida Constitution.
Cynthia graduated in the top 10 percent of her law school class at George Mason University School of Law in 1982 and graduated from James Madison University with an undergraduate degree in Political Science. She has received the highest possible rating in both Legal Ability and Ethical Standards from the Peer Review Rating of the Bar and Judiciary in Martindale-Hubbell. She is a member of both the Florida and Virginia bars.
Dan is the founding partner of Daniel K. Bandklayder, P.A. in Miami, Florida. He is a seasoned trial lawyer with 35 years of experience in complex commercial litigation and bodily injury/wrongful death cases.
Some of Dan’s notable cases include: A $6.5 million settlement for the family of a pilot who died in the November, 2005 helicopter collision at the Homestead-Miami Speedway/NASCAR championship; a $2.1 million settlement in favor of a day laborer injured while operating an aerial boom lift (2014); a $13 million judgment in favor of an individual investor in a government-subsidized housing project (2013); a $1.3 million verdict in favor of an injured motorist against the City of Hollywood, Florida; the reversal of a $1 million dollar “wrongful termination of employment” verdict based upon post-trial discovery of perjured testimony; and, in 2010, a court ordered “writ of mandamus” requiring St. Lucie County to allow Dan’s client to operate its newly constructed $50 million chemical manufacturing facility.
Dan is a 1979 graduate of the University of Miami School of Law and is rated “AV Preeminent by Martindale Hubbell - the highest rating for legal ability and ethical standards. Dan is a former director of the Dade County Trial Lawyers Association, an FAA-licensed, instrument-rated pilot and an avid motorcycle and classic car enthusiast. He is a member of the Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association, Harley Owners Group and the Antique Automobile Club of America.
Nicholas Gieseler's legal practice is focused in the fields of environmental law, property rights, and individual liberties. Mr. Gieseler primarily represents property owners who have had their constitutional right to make productive use of their land abridged by government laws and regulations.
From 2007-2010, Nicholas was an attorney with the Pacific Legal Foundation, the nation's oldest and largest public interest law firm dedicated to limited government and the protection of individual liberties. In 2005 he was named a Florida Gubernatorial Fellow, working in the Office of General Counsel for Governor Jeb Bush and advising the governor on judicial appointments and executive powers. In 2006, Mr. Gieseler worked at the Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence, housed at the Claremont Institute for Statesmanship & Political Philosophy in Claremont, California.
Mr. Gieseler received his B.A. in Political Science in 2003 from the University of Florida, and is a 2007 graduate of the University of Florida's Levin School of Law.
Steven Gieseler concentrates his practice in the fields of constitutional law, property rights, and free enterprise. Within these practice areas he has authored numerous briefs in the United States Supreme Court, and has handled litigation in state and federal courts across the nation. He has appeared frequently on television, radio, and in print as an opinion columnist, and his cases have been featured in nearly every major American newspaper.
Mr. Gieseler is the author of journal articles on topics including the First Amendment, property rights, environmental law, and international relations. His 2004 American Diplomacy article, entitled "Debate on the Democratic Peace: A Review," has been cited in publications of the U.S. Army and the Heritage Foundation, and is studied at universities around the world. Mr. Gieseler's most recent article (co-authored with Nicholas Gieseler), "Strict Scrutiny and Eminent Domain After Kelo," is cited by the Kelo opinion's author, Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, in his published 2012 account of the history of the case.
From 2005 to 2010 Mr. Gieseler was an attorney with the Pacific Legal Foundation, the nation's oldest public interest law firm organized to advance principles of limited government and constitutional liberties. When he left PLF in 2010, he was the managing attorney of the Foundation's Atlantic Center, responsible for oversight of the firm's Eastern U.S. operations. He previously worked as an attorney at DLA Piper, among the world's largest law firms. In 2012, Mr. Gieseler was appointed by Governor Rick Scott as a member of the Judicial Nominating Commission for Florida's Nineteenth Circuit.
Mr. Gieseler is a 2004 graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law. In 2001 he received his B.A. in Political Science and Religion from the University of Florida, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and named a National Merit Scholar.
Mr. Smolker is a versatile, property rights lawyer whose practice encompasses local administrative, civil trial and appellate practice in the areas of land use and zoning, comprehensive planning, environmental permitting, water, wetlands, submerged land, eminent domain and inverse condemnation including regulatory takings. He also is experienced in real estate and development law. Mr. Smolker’s clients include private landowners, local and national developers, and government agencies. He has served as special counsel to government agencies including Pasco County, Florida, Charlotte County, Florida, and the Southwest Florida Water Management District. He served as General Counsel to New College of Florida from 2001-2004 and 2008-2013. He regularly writes and lectures on a wide variety of land use, environmental law and property rights topics. Before becoming a lawyer, Mr. Smolker was a City Planner and co-authored the City of Bradenton Comprehensive Plan of 1979.
Jay Bartlett is a founding shareholder of the firm and concentrates his practice in the areas of water law, environmental law, property rights, eminent domain, and general real estate matters. In addition to his work in Florida, Mr. Bartlett practiced in the areas of water law and related environmental litigation in Colorado for eight years. He has represented landowners, developers, and governmental entities in the development and protection of water supply and delivery systems, environmental permitting and defense of various agency enforcement matters against local, state, and federal agencies. Mr. Bartlett has also represented owners of wastewater treatment plants in permitting and enforcement actions.
Ethan J. Loeb is a top-rated attorney helping clients with Energy & Natural Resources. His areas of practice include Complex Business Litigation and Civil Litigation: Plaintiff issues. Ethan Loeb attended Stetson University College of Law and graduated with a Juris Doctorate degree in 2003. He has received multiple awards and recognitions such as the Super Lawyer Rising Star Award in 2011, 2013-2017, and the 2020 Lawyer of the Year Award - Litigation - Tampa (as published in Best Lawyers).
For over 20 years, Jeff Hinds has focused his practice on eminent domain, condemnation, and related issues.
Mr. Hinds has been lead counsel on hundreds of eminent domain matters on a wide-array of projects and has extensive experience litigating inverse condemnation actions as well. He has acted as special condemnation counsel to several Florida counties, municipalities and school boards and has also represented a variety of natural gas and petroleum products transmission companies. His experience includes pre-condemnation planning, negotiation, mediation, settlement, trial and appeal on behalf of condemning authorities, private property owners, and business owners. He has lectured and been published in the field of condemnation law and has been profiled in the “Career Spotlight” section of the University of Florida College of Law’s FlaLaw Magazine. Mr. Hinds has been selected as an Eminent Domain Super Lawyer by Florida Super Lawyers Magazine since 2011, and has been included in US News & World Report’s The Best Lawyers in America for the past 8 years. Mr. Hinds was recently reappointed to serve on the Eminent Domain Committee of the Florida Bar.
Mr. Hinds received his B.A., M.A., and J.D. Degrees from the University of Florida. He was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1994, and also maintains licensure in the District of Columbia and Texas.
Colin Thompson partners with and counsels clients through all stages of disputes: working to efficiently avoid and resolve disputes pre-suit; trying to judges and juries those disputes that cannot be otherwise resolved; and, presenting, defending against, and arguing appeals. Disputes he works to help his clients resolve routinely involve breaches of contract, property rights, construction defects, real estate transactions, franchise issues, and other matters. Colin’s practice also includes defending companies against putative consumer and employee class actions involving claims of deceptive and unfair trade practices, statutory violations, product liability, and mass torts.
Colin is an experienced and effective trial attorney. He came to Smolker Bartlett after practicing for over 12 years in the Tampa and Miami offices of one of the largest law firms in the world, of which he served as the Litigation Training Partner for the Florida offices. He has first-chaired significant jury and non- jury trials, represented clients in arbitration hearings, and represented clients in and argued appeals before Florida district courts of appeal and the United States Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Colin’s jury-trial experience includes a variety of complex business disputes and consumer class actions. At the appellate level, Colin has obtained for clients affirmance of trial court orders and verdicts, and reversals of trial court class certification orders. Appellate decisions he helped his clients obtain have clarified and placed limits on class claims asserted under the Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act and have been cited by commentators, litigants and courts throughout the country in support of tighter bounds on claims brought under states’ “Little FTC Acts.”
As a member of the Firm’s Litigation Practice Group, Allison focuses on a broad range of complex, commercial litigation matters. She has extensive experience handling all aspects of litigation from demand to completion, including motion practice, discovery, and coordination of all facets of e-discovery, mediation and settlement representation, as well as active participation in large hearings and trials. Prior to joining Smolker Bartlett, she worked directly with lending institutions and corporate clients on litigation matters at the federal, state and bankruptcy court level throughout the State of Florida. Allison has been recognized by Super Lawyers as a “Rising Star” for professional achievement, for the last five years.
Jon Tasso is an experienced commercial trial lawyer in both state and federal court. Mr. Tasso has successfully represented clients in a wide range of matters, including contract, real property, and intellectual property disputes. Mr. Tasso’s experience ranges from simple to complex disputes, and from injunction proceedings, bench and jury trials, to appellate practice.