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David F. Tegeler

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Associate
Location:
Winter Park, Florida
Phone:
407-644-7161
Fax:
407-629-6727
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David F. Tegeler is Board Certified by The Florida Bar as a specialist in Construction Law.

Mr. Tegeler is a trial lawyer with the firm of Sasso & Sasso, P.A. in Winter Park, Florida. He has practiced law for more than 28 years and has extensive experience in the area of construction law and commercial litigation. As an attorney, David Tegeler has represented all types of participants in the construction process, including owners, general contractors, subcontractors, sureties, and design professionals. In addition to his trial practice, he also regularly counsels clients regarding the preparation and negotiation of contracts and related transactional documents for construction projects.

David Tegeler earned his Bachelor of Architecture degree at Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He received a Juris Doctor degree from Duquesne University, where he was selected to serve on the Duquesne University Law Review. He has been a Registered Architect for more than 38 years, and has experience in the design and construction of residential, institutional, industrial, recreational, and commercial projects. Mr. Tegeler has been a member of the American Institute of Architects, and served on the Board of Directors of both the Florida Association of the AIA and the Orlando Chapter of the AIA.

Attorney Tegeler is admitted to practice law by the United States District Court, Middle District and Southern District of Florida, and The Florida Bar, where he is a member of the Section on Real Property Probate and Trust Law and its Construction Law Committee. He is also a member of the Orange County Bar Association and Seminole County Bar Association. David Tegeler has also been trained as a Circuit Civil Court Mediator in Florida.

Mr. Tegeler served for over 30 years as an Arbitrator on the Commercial Panel of the American Arbitration Association, primarily in construction cases. He has actively participated in many professional organizations and community service groups. David Tegeler has authored several articles regarding construction law for professional publications, and has presented many seminars to professional groups over the years, including attorneys, architects, engineers, landscape architects, contractors, subcontractors, and surveyors.

Areas of Practice

  • 70% Construction
  • 10% Real Estate
  • 20% Business
  • Administrative Hearings and Adjudication
  • Licensing
  • Regulatory Enforcement
  • Arbitration
  • Mediation
  • Private Judging
  • Commercial Bankruptcy
  • Creditor’s Rights
  • Americans with Disabilities Act — Employer
  • State Trial Practice
  • Property Damage — Defense
  • Commercial Leasing
  • Transactions
  • Uniform Commercial Code
  • Warranties
  • Formation & Business Planning
  • Joint Ventures
  • Limited Liability Companies
  • Disability & Illness Discrimination
  • Government Construction Contracts
  • Other Professional Malpractice
  • Commercial Real Estate
  • Condominiums & Cooperatives
  • Mortgage and Foreclosure
  • Construction Liens
  • Defects
  • Commercial Insurance
  • Errors & Omission Insurance
  • Fidelity, Guarantee & Surety
  • Property & Casualty
  • Copyrights
  • Complex Litigation
  • State Appellate Practice
  • Premises Liability — Defense
  • Property Damage — Defense

Litigation Percentage

  • 90% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Code Enforcement Magistrate, City of Mount Dora, 2012
  • The Florida Bar, Board of Legal Specialization and Education, Board Certified in Construction Law, 2005
  • Juvenile Court, Seminole County, Florida, Hearing Officer, 2001

Bar Admissions

  • Florida, 1990
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Pennsylvania, 1987
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida, 1990
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida, 2013

Education

  • Duquesne University School of Law, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    • J.D. – 1986
    • Law Review: Duquesne Law Review, Senior Staff, 1984 – 1986
  • Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    • Bachelor of Architecture – 1972
    • Honors: John Knox Shear Memorial Traveling Scholarship

Published Works

  • “Advertising for Adoption Placement: Gray Market Activities In A Gray-Area Of Constitutional Protection”, 25 Duquesne Law Review 129, 1986

Classes/Seminars

  • “Design of Improvements to Real Property”, Construction Law Certification Review Course, The Florida Bar, Orlando, Florida, March 8, 2008
  • Design Liability and Related Issues, Construction Law Certification Review Course, The Florida Bar, Orlando, Florida, March 2, 2007
  • “Legal Issues in Design and Construction”, Central Florida Chapter of ASHRAE, Orlando, Florida, September 14, 2006
  • “Design of Improvements to Real Property”, Construction Law Certification Review Course, The Florida Bar, Orlando, Florida, March 2, 2006
  • “Design and Construction of Improvements on Private and Public Projects”, Construction Law Certification Review Course, The Florida Bar, Orlando, Florida, March 23, 2005
  • “ADR Issues – Best Practices from Practitioners”, Second Annual National Forum on Conflict Management in the Construction Industry, American Arbitration Association, Orlando, Florida, November 4, 2004
  • “Construction Lien Law Seminar”, Masonry Association of Florida, Orlando, Florida, April 17, 2002
  • “Construction Lien Law and Payment Bond Seminar”, Central Florida Chapter of Associated Builders & Contractors, Inc., Orlando, Florida, October 31, 2001
  • “How to Analyze Your Legal Liability”, Florida Association / AIA, State Convention, St. Petersburg, Florida, August 5, 2001
  • “Law for Design Professionals in Florida”, Lorman Education Services, Orlando, Florida, March 20, 2001
  • “Are You Legally Liable?”, Florida Chapter of American Society of Landscape Architects, Annual Convention, St. Petersburg, Florida, July 20, 2000
  • “Florida Law for Design Professionals”, Lorman Education Services, Orlando, Florida, November 4, 1999
  • “Recent Case Law Affects Professional Liability in Florida”, Lake County Architects, Tavares, Florida, September 13, 1999
  • “Legal Liability for Landscape Architects”, Florida Chapter of American Society of Landscape Architects, Annual Convention, Naples, Florida, July 24, 1999
  • “Florida Law for Design Professionals”, Lorman Education Services, Orlando, Florida, November 17, 1998
  • “Arbitration and ADR”, Masonry Association of Florida, Altamonte Springs, Florida, November 16, 1998
  • “Florida Construction Law”, Masonry Association of Florida, Sanford, Florida, September 16, 1998
  • “Legal Issues for Landscape Architects”, Florida Chapter of American Society of Landscape Architects, Annual Convention, Palm Beach. Florida, July 25, 1998
  • “Florida Construction Law”, Masonry Association of Florida, State Convention, Daytona Beach, Florida, April 25, 1998
  • “Florida Law for Design Professionals”, Lorman Education Services, Orlando, Florida, November 5, 1997
  • “Avoiding Legal Pitfalls in Architectural Practice”, Lake County Architects, Leesburg, Florida, June 4, 1997
  • “Avoiding Legal Pitfalls”, Coverings National Convention, Orlando, Florida, April 23, 1997
  • “Professional Liability Insurance”, Orlando Chapter / ALA, Orlando, Florida, April 7, 1994
  • “Careers After College Symposium”, University of Florida, Department of Architecture, Gainesville, Florida, February 24, 1994
  • “Construction Liens in Florida”, Lorman Education Services, Orlando, Florida, January 21, 1994
  • “Florida Supreme Court Limits Liability of Architects in Condominium Case”, Florida Architect, Florida Association / AIA, Winter, 1993
  • “Liability from the Operator to the CEO”, North American Crane Bureau Professional Development Conference. Las Vegas, Nevada, 1993
  • “Administrative Proceedings Against Surveyors”, Valencia Community College, Orlando, Florida, December 12, 1992
  • “Alternative Dispute Resolution”, Lake County Architects, Leesburg, Florida, November 4, 1992
  • “Legal Framework of Arbitration and a Comparison to Mediation”, American Arbitration Association, Orlando, Florida, October 22, 1992
  • “Alternative Dispute Resolution”, Orlando Chapter / AIA, Orlando, Florida, July 16, 1992
  • “A Case Study: Architects May Rely on Plan Approval”, Florida Architect, Florida Association / Al A, September/October, 1991

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • The Florida Bar, Real Property, Probate, and Trust Law Section
  • The Florida Bar, Construction Law Committee
  • Registered Architect, Florida, 1992 – 2015
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Seminole Inn of Court
  • American Arbitration Association, Commercial Panel of Arbitrators, 1983 – 2014
  • Certified Hearing Officer, Juvenile Court, Seminole County, Florida, 2001 – 2006
  • Florida Lawyers’ Legal Insurance Corporation, 1993 – 2002
  • The Florida Bar, 1990 – Present
  • American Bar Association, 1986 – 2003
  • Code Enforcement Magistrate, City of Mount Dora, Florida, 2012 – Present
  • American Bar Association, Forum on the Construction Industry, 2001 – 2003
  • Seminole County Bar Association, 2003 – Present
  • Leadership Seminole, 2002
  • American Institute of Architects (“AIA”), 1979 – 1997
  • Florida Association / AIA, 1990 – 1997
  • Florida Association / AIA, Board of Directors, 1991 – 1994
  • Orlando Chapter / AIA, 1990 – 1997
  • Orlando Chapter/ AIA, Board of Directors, 1991 – 1994
  • Chairperson, Governmental Affairs Committee, Orlando Chapter / AIA, 1991 – 1992
  • Pennsylvania Society of Architects, 1979 – 1990
  • Legislative Affairs Committee, Pennsylvania Society of Architects, 1989
  • Pittsburgh Chapter / AIA, 1979 – 1990
  • Chairperson, Governmental Affairs Committee, Pittsburgh Chapter / AIA, 1989
  • Program Committee, Pittsburgh Chapter / AIA, 1980 – 1981

Pro Bono Activities

  • Treasurer, Board of Directors, Seminole County Healthy Start Coalition, Inc., 2002 – 2007

Languages

  • English