Peter W. Bellas

Partner

100 Southeast Second Street, 44th Floor
Miami, Florida 33131

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Peter W. Bellas focuses his practice primarily on commercial litigation and business disputes. He has represented clients in complex commercial litigations matters, including issues involving officer and director liability litigation, auditor malpractice, bank liability litigation, fraudulent transfer litigation, breach of contract, torts, construction litigation, franchise disputes, and constitutional rights in both state and federal courts and arbitrations.

Peter also represents clients in eminent domain actions, and he serves as eminent domain counsel for the largest franchisee of Popeye's Chicken.

Peter is "AV" rated by Martindale-Hubbell. He is listed in Woodward/White's "The Best Lawyers in America" and has been selected as a Florida "Super Lawyer" as well as one of the "Top Lawyers" in the state. He has served on the Federal Court Practice Committee of The Florida Bar. Peter has also served on the Board of Directors of the Dade County Bar Association, The Florida Bar's Eminent Domain Committee, The Florida Bar's Judicial Evaluation Committee, the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, the Steering Committee of the Young Vizcayans, the Committee of 100, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, and as an adjunct professor at Nova Southeastern University.

Peter is a member of The Florida Bar and admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court and the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. He earned his bachelor of science degree from Cornell University in 1983 and his juris doctor, cum laude, from the University of Miami School of Law in 1986. While in law school, Peter was an editor of the Law Review and president of the Honor Society.

PRACTICE

  • Business Torts
  • Complex Commercial Litigation
  • Constitutional Rights
  • Construction Law
  • Franchise Disputes
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Securities Fraud
  • Eminent Domain

BAR ADMISSIONS

  • Florida
  • United States Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida

EDUCATION

  • University of Miami School of Law, Coral Gables, Florida
    • J.D. - 1986
    • Honors: cum laude
  • Cornell University
    • B.S. - 1983

LANGUAGES

  • English