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David Avellar Neblett

David Avellar Neblett

Admiralty and Maritime Law and Insurance Lawyer
Perry & Neblett P.A.
Miami, FL
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About David Avellar Neblett

Attorney Biography

avid Avellar Neblett is a founding partner of Perry & Neblett P.A., is a Board-Certified Attorney and an Admiralty & Maritime law Expert. Mr. Neblett earned a degree in the Marine Sciences from the University of Miami, and a J. D. in law from the University Of Miami School of Law with special emphasis in Insurance law and Admiralty. Mr. Neblett is a Certified Advanced WIND Umpire (2009) and has earned a Certificate in Reasonable Attorney Fees by the NALFA in 2018.

David spent his time as a young lawyer working for insurance companies and representing their interests in bad faith and coverage disputes. As an attorney who has worked on both sides of insurance matters, he prides himself as a tough Trial attorney that has a practical understanding of the insurance industry and insurance company’s claims practices.

Mr. Neblett has considerable Federal and State Court Trial experience and heads Perry & Neblett’s litigation and Trial practice. David spends a considerable amount of time at Court and has represented clients in well over 1,000 hearings and 1,000 depositions.  He prides himself as one of the few attorneys that actively tries cases. He has tried over 100 jury and bench Trials and evidentiary hearings in both State and Federal Courts.  David “first chairs” the Trials and he and his Trial team recently tried and won ten cases including two Federal Jury Trials.

Mr. Neblett works closely with Perry & Neblett’s Appellate practice and with Board Certified Appellate counsel. He has participated in over 100 Appeals and has over twenty written opinions.

Mr. Neblett worked on a case that went to the Supreme Court of the United States and he attended Oral Arguments in Washington, D.C.   This case changed the law in his client’s favor.

David is known as a very tough negotiator who procures very favorable results for his clients. He negotiates very aggressively and has developed a style of being a tough and relentless adversary that will either get the maximum value for a case or try it. Because of his negotiating skills and personal relationships with mediators and decision makers, Mr. Neblett handles most of the firm’s mediations and settlement negotiations.  David has mediated well over 1,000 cases.

Mr. Neblett is a very avid boater and fisherman and he tries to fish as many fishing tournaments as his Trial schedule permits. David is very involved in the community, is the President of his Condominium Association and has been a board a member or officer of the Miami Yacht Club for over ten years. In addition to Mr. Neblett’s community service, he is also a board member of Beyond Our Shores Foundation, as well as a board member of the Dolphinfish Research Program whose mission is to employ citizens to conduct science (fish tagging) and become involved in conservation and the sustainable use of this fishery.

Mr. Neblett is also a scuba diver, 3D chess enthusiast and aquaculturist.

Practice Areas

Admiralty and Maritime Law (50%)
Insurance Law (35%)
Boating Accidents (15%)


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Résumé - David Avellar Neblett

Bar Licenses

Florida State Bar
Member in Good Standing


University of Miami School of Law
University of Miami School of Law

Specialty Certifications

The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education
Board Certified Specialist
Admiralty & Maritime Law
The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education


The Maritime Law Association of the United States
The Maritime Law Association of the United States

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David Avellar Neblett
Perry & Neblett P.A.
2550 S Bayshore Dr Suite 11
Miami, FL 33133
Office: 305-856-8408
Fax: 305-856-8409

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Bar License Information

Membership with The Florida Bar -

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Specialty Certification Information

Board Certified in Admiralty Law -

Florida Board Certification in Admiralty or Maritime Law - For Florida's board specialty certification program, the term "Admiralty and Maritime Law" is defined to include the "distinct and separate practice of law dealing with the corpus of rules, concepts, and legal practices governing vessels, the shipping industry, the carrying of goods and passengers by water as well as related maritime concepts."

Florida lawyers certified in Admiralty and Maritime Law by the Florida Board of Legal Specialization must meet certain minimum standards for admiralty and maritime law certification in Florida are set out in Rule 6-17.3.

Those standards include the practice of law for at least 5 years (4 years with an LL.M. in admiralty law, ocean law, maritime law or a related field), substantial involvement in the practice of admiralty and maritime law (35% or more during each of the 3 years immediately preceding application), and the completion of 50 hours of approved admiralty and maritime law certification continuing legal education in the 3 years immediately preceding application. The attorney certified in admiralty and maritime law must also submit to peer review and pass a written examination.

Nonprofit Organizations

Maritime Law Association of the United States -

Established in 1899, the Maritime Law Association (MLA) seeks appropriate reforms and uniform interpretation in maritime law, which is the body of law that governs legal controversies and criminal offenses on the high seas.