Peter M. Cardillo Profile
Termite Litigation; Pest Control Litigation; Insurance Coverage Litigation; Construction Litigation; Business Litigation
1982, Florida; 1987, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida; 1992, U.S. District Court, Southern and Northern Districts of Florida; 1993, U.S. Supreme Court and U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit in Atlanta, Georgia
Columbia University, J.D., 1982
University of South Florida, B.A., 1979
Capt.: U.S. Army, JAG Corps, 1982-1987, Meritorious Service Medal; Gulf War, 1990
Hillsborough County Bar Association (Trial Lawyers Section); The Florida Bar (Section on: Trial Lawyers); Florida Justice Association; Tampa Bay Inn of Court (Master)
Professional Associations & Achievements:
Board Certified Business Litigation Attorney - Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education - Florida Super Lawyer Magazine: 2006 - 2012 -Martindale Hubbell AV Peer Review Rated for 12 Years - Million Dollar and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
Founding partner Peter M. Cardillo has been a trial attorney for the last 30 years. As a result of his Army ROTC academic scholarship, Cardillo incurred a military commitment, and served as a JAG lawyer in the Army for his first four years of practice, trying many military jury cases. Pete was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal while on active duty in Germany at the end of the Cold War. He was discharged from active duty with an honorable discharge at the rank of Captain in 1987, and was recalled to active duty by President Bush during the Gulf War in 1990.
Cardillo began his private practice at a national law firm office in Florida, developing a wide variety of business litigation experience. In 1996, he was recognized by the Florida Bar and granted a specialty certification designation in "Business Litigation," which was the first year it was available. Certification is the highest level of evaluation by The Florida Bar of competency and experience within an area of law, professionalism, and ethics in practice. Only 7% percent of eligible Florida Bar members are board certified. Established in 1982 by the Florida Supreme Court, board certification helps consumers of legal services identify specialists in various areas of law. Cardillo has maintained the Board Certified status.
In 1996, Pete began his focus on the representation of property owners throughout the state of Florida who have suffered termite damage, with claims against either their termite company or insurance carrier. In 1999, he was named the managing partner of the Tampa litigation department of a national law firm, a position he held until 2003. By then, his focus had evolved to the point of exclusively representing property owners with termite damage and insurance claims. Despite tremendous success in building that firm’s Tampa litigation department from its genesis into a formidable team, Cardillo decided that he could best serve his Florida termite clients by opening his own boutique law firm. In 2003, Cardillo founded Cardillo Law Firm, and as a result, he has been able to devote the attention and service expected by his termite claim clients. He now handles termite damage related cases throughout Florida, in Georgia and other parts of the U.S.
Nationally Reported Cases
Kelly v. Balboa Insurance Company, _F. Supp. 2d _, WL4761905 (M.D. Fla. 2012); Park Place Condominium v. State Farm, WL 2470105 (M.D. Fla. 2011); Lakeview Condominium v. Nationwide, WL1453813 (N.D. Fla. 2011); Wang v. American National Property and Casualty Company, WL 52869 (M.D. Fla. 2011); The Oaks v. Allstate, WL 67971 (M.D. Fla. 2011); The Oaks v. Allstate, WL 4542899 (M.D. Fla. 2010); Palma Vista v. Nationwide, WL 4274747 (M.D. Fla. 2010); Sheffield Woods v. Scottsdale Insurance Company, WL 3385311 (M.D. Fla. 2010); Palma Vista v. Nationwide, WL 2293265 (M.D. Fla. 2010); Palma Vista v. Nationwide, WL 2956923 (M.D. Fla. 2009); Kelly v. General Star National Indemnity Co., WL 3034654 (M.D. Fla. 2007); Rollins and Orkin v. Lighthouse Bay, 898 So.2d 86 (Fla.2d DCA 2005); The Sandalwood Condominium Association at Wildwood, Inc. v. Allstate Insurance Co., 294 F.Supp.2d 1315 (M.D. Fla. 2003); Taylor Woodrow Construction Co. v. Burke, 606 So. 2d 1154 (Fla. 1992); Laniewicz v.Rutenberg Construction Co., 580 So. 2d 203 (5th DCA 1991); Perez v. Zohar, 556 So. 2d 569 (Fla.2d DCA 1990); Buns Unlimited of Florida, Inc. v. Unemployment Appeals Commission, 508 So. 2d 786 (Fla.2d DCA 1987); U.S. v. Ezell, 24 M.J. 690 (ACMR 1987); U.S. v. Church, 23 M.J. 870 (ACMR 1987); U.S. v. Cannon, 23 M.J. 676 (ACMR 1986).