My focus is on finding the most effective and efficient path to a successful outcome for my clients. Understanding my clients and their businesses is critical to solving the issue of the moment and beyond. I tap into strategic, litigation, analytical, and advocacy skills to do this, but it starts by listening to and learning from my clients. Understanding my clients at this level helps me guide them effectively no matter the issue.
Gabriel “Gabe” Pinilla is a construction law and commercial litigation attorney focusing his practice on a broad range of business sectors and disciplines. His practice encompasses state and federal court litigation from pre-trial through the appeals process, as well as serving clients with strategic planning, negotiation, and transactional needs.
Gabe also handles business tort matters, including fiduciary breaches by former officers or employees, and related claims, unfair competition, and restrictive covenant enforcement matters, and a variety of strategic planning matters.
Gabe is admitted in Florida, Colorado, Texas and Maryland, and he represents clients before federal district courts in several states and the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.
Gabe is a fluent Spanish speaker, enabling him to serve a broad range of cultures. He learned Spanish as his first language from his Cuban-born father and Mexican mother, and later earned a superior certificate in Spanish language and culture from the Universidad de Valladolid in Spain.
While in law school, Gabe served as Editor-in-Chief of the St. Thomas University Law Review. He was a winning oralist in the St. Thomas University International Moot Court Competition, and he represented his school as a brief writer and oralist at the William C. Vis, International Commercial Arbitration Moot competition in Vienna, Austria.
He earned his bachelor of arts in philosophy from St. Mary’s College of Maryland.
- St. Thomas University School of Law, J.D., 2005, cum laude
- St. Mary’s College of Maryland, B.A., 1999
- Universidad de Valladolid (Spain), Superior Certificate, Spanish Language and Culture, 1998
- United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
- United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
- United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
- United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida
- United States District Court for the District of Colorado
- United States District Court for the District of Maryland
Areas of Practice
- Florida Super Lawyers® Rising Stars 2009-2010
Professional Affiliations & Memberships
- The Florida Bar
- Colorado Bar Association
- State Bar of Texas
- Maryland State Bar
- Serves as outside general counsel and litigation counsel for nine-figure family of retail remodeling sales, construction services and residential solar sales/installation companies.
- Represents ten-figure international building envelope and roofing services company in various strategic planning and dispute resolution matters, including navigating multi-party, multi-faceted construction defect, insurance coverage, and property damages claims.
- Represents award-winning regional advertising and marketing firm as outside general counsel and litigation counsel in various matters from partner dispute litigation to intellectual property acquisition transactions.
- Represents conglomerate of private security, training, and consulting services firm in a variety of strategic planning, transactional, and litigation matters, including the enforcement of restrictive covenant agreements and related anti-trust disputes, securing injunctive relief and damages awards from competitor businesses engaged in unlawful competition.
- Represented state-wide excavation and site preparation contractor in an outside general counsel and litigation counsel capacity on a broad range of matters, including complex contract disputes, bond claim actions, and related matters.
- First to Breach? Not So Fast Navigating Florida’s Prior Breach Doctrine – Florida Bar Journal, Vol. 92, No. 7, 2018
- Corporate Liability for Human Rights Violations on Foreign Soil: A Historical and Prospective Analysis of the Alien Tort Claims Controversy – 16 St. Thom. L. Rev. 687, 2004
- Judicial Proﬁle: Hon. Federico Moreno – The Federal Lawyer, Vol. 56, No. 2, 2009