Angela C. de Cespedes is an esteemed attorney in the areas of litigation defense and crisis management, including premises liability and commercial litigation. With more than fifteen years of experience, Ms. de Cespedes is a partner at the Akerman LLP Miami office. For her superior legal representation, she has been recognized as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers® and listed as a Legal Elite by Florida Trend.
As she tells it, Ms. de Cespedes has wanted to practice law ever since she can remember:
I recall being obsessed with Perry Mason, a fictional criminal defense attorney, and Mad Law as a small child. I have also always admired the first female Supreme Court justice, Sandra Day O'Connor.
After graduating from the University of Miami, Ms. de Cespedes earned her Juris Doctor from Boston University School of Law in 2001. She started her law career as an associate for a New York law firm and has since developed national and international experience in complex tort and commercial litigation. Today, she serves a diverse client base, including municipalities and professional sports leagues in everything from business disputes to premises liability.
In particular, Ms. de Cespedes' niche is in the use of online content from social media for litigation defense. She regularly lectures and writes about the impact of social media on litigation and attorney ethics in the workplace. Ms. de Cespedes also trains clients on the subjects of crisis management as well as data and evidence retention. Most recently, she helped create an online module on various aspects of data and evidence collection, which is the only online certification of its kind. Commenting on developments in this area, Ms. de Cespedes noted:
The statute of limitation of premises liability cases is usually four years, and I tend to see a trend where plaintiffs wait to file a suit. In many instances, by that time all of the evidence from the first twenty-four hours to thirty days is lost. That is why I stress the importance of collecting all of the evidence and data and filing it away promptly when something happens on a commercial property. That way you are not sitting in a pool with your hands behind your back.
After more than a decade and a half dedicated to litigation defense, Ms. de Cespedes envisions a bright future ahead. In her spare hours, she devotes her time to various nonprofits, including One Day One Charity and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). In 2016, she was nominated as the 2016 Woman of the Year by LLS and was proud to put together a fundraising page on behalf of the organization.