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James H. Perry II

JAMES H. PERRY, II, Born in Vineland, New Jersey, July 26, 1965; Admitted to bar, 1993, Florida; U.S. District Court, Southern, Middle and Northern Districts of Florida; U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth and Eleventh Circuits. Education: University of Pennsylvania (B.A. 1988); University of Miami School of Law (J.D. 1993). Member: The Florida Bar (Member, Admiralty Law Committee); Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute; United States Superyacht Association – General Counsel, International Superyacht Society, Florida Yacht Brokers Association and National Marine Bankers Association. Professional Information: James H. Perry, II is a founding partner of Perry & Neblett, a full service admiralty and maritime law firm based in South Florida. Jim completed his undergraduate work at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, and continued on to the University of Miami Law School where he obtained his juris doctorate degree. For more than 15 years, Mr. Perry has earned a reputation for providing skilled and practical guidance as an admiralty and maritime trial attorney, as well as an internationally recognized authority on yacht transactions, registration/documentation and offshore closings. Jim prides himself on a “hands on” approach and is committed to providing his clients with competent, cost effective legal representation. Jim’s maritime experience has been recognized with his recent inclusion in the International Top 100 Lawyers. Mr. Perry is proud to be a member of the Admiralty Law Committee for the Florida Bar, United States Superyacht Association, Florida Yacht Brokers Association, National Marine Bankers Association, and the Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute. Jim has published articles relating to admiralty and maritime law, and is a frequent lecturer for continuing legal education courses and commercial trade organizations. Jim is very involved in the South Florida maritime community and is a board member of the US Superyacht Association and the Deering Bay Yacht Club. Outside of the courtroom, Jim is an avid boater and is frequently found offshore fishing, freediving, or cruising on the high seas.

David Avellar Neblett

DAVID AVELLAR NEBLETT, Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, May 24, 1975. Admitted to the Florida bar, 2001, Board Certified in Admiralty & Maritime Law, 2013, U.S. District Court, Southern, Middle and Northern Districts of Florida; U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth and Eleventh Circuits. Education: University of Miami, (Marine Affairs 1998), University of Miami School of Law (JD 2001 with special emphasis in Admiralty and Insurance law). Member: WIND, Insurance Appraisal, Umpire Association, Inc., Florida Association of Public Insurance Adjusters, Maritime Law Association, Maritime Law Society, Marine Council, Admiralty Law Committee & the Propeller Club. Professional Information: David Avellar Neblett is a founding partner of Perry & Neblett P.A. and is a Board Certified 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 Admiralty and Insurance law. David has considerable Federal and State Court trial experience and heads Perry & Neblett’s litigation practice. 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 the internal workings of insurance companies. Mr. Neblett is very active boater and fisherman and he tries to fish as many fishing tournaments in Florida and in the Bahamas as his trial schedule permits. David is very involved in the community and has been a board a member or officer of the Miami Yacht Club for eight years. In addition to Mr. Neblett’s community service in Florida, he is also a board member of Wounded Nature Wounded Veterans, a national organization whose mission is to employ veterans in the preservation and cleanup of beaches, estuaries and coastal areas across the United States. Mr. Neblett is an avid fisherman, scuba diver, sailor and aquaculturist.

Gino J Butto

GINO J. BUTTÓ, Born in Hollywood, Florida, September 11, 1986; admitted to the bar, Florida, 2012; New York, 2014; U.S. District Courts for the Southern, Middle and Northern Districts of Florida as well as the West District of New York. Education: University of Central Florida (B.S. 2009); University of Miami School of Law, Magna Cum Laude (J.D. 2012); Business Law Review (member). Member: The Florida Bar, The New York Bar, Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute, Propeller Club, U.S. Super Yacht Association, and Young Professionals in Yachting. Professional Information: Gino earned his Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies from the University of Central Florida with a minor in Business Administration. Gino then earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Miami School of Law where he graduated Magna Cum Laude and was a walk-on member of the Business Law Review. During law school, Gino took numerous admiralty and insurance law. As an associate with Perry & Neblett, P.A., Gino has worked on various maritime and insurance related matters involving coverage determinations, hull claims, repairs to vessels, warranty claims, insurance coverage disputes, vessel collisions, yacht transportation and the arrest of vessels. Even as a young lawyer, Gino has prepared and successfully tried several cases in both federal and state court including three trials which resulting in defense verdicts for Perry & Neblett’s clients. As an accomplished tournament angler and U.S. Coast Guard licensed Captain, Gino enjoys spending his free time out on the water in addition to other outdoor activities such as playing golf and tennis.

JAMES M. MAHAFFEY III

JAMES M. MAHAFFEY III, Born in Austin, Texas, November 10, 1981; admitted to the bar, Florida, 2013. Education: The University of Texas at Austin (B.B.A. 2006); University of Miami School of Law, Magna Cum Laude (J.D. 2013); Inter-American Law Review (member). Member: The Florida Bar; The Spellman-Hoevler American Inn of Court. Professional Information: James received his Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Texas at Austin with a minor in Accounting. Prior to law school, James had a successful six-year sales career, beginning with an Austin telecom start-up before moving to Hoover’s Online, one of the most successful companies in Austin. Then, in 2010, James chose to pursue his dream to practice law, and to be his family’s “cousin in Miami.” James earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Miami School of Law, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. James has worked on quite a number of insurance disputes and has been actively involved in insurance litigation in both State and Federal Courts. In addition to litigation of insurance matters, James has drafted and/or assisted with a number of coverage decisions. James has also assisted clients with construct disputes from breaches of construction agreements to warranty and failure claims and litigation. An outdoor enthusiast, James loves to sail, hunt, and dive, in addition to playing soccer as often as possible.