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  • J.D., Stetson University College of Law, 1979 (Stetson Law Review; Phi Delta Phi)
  • B.S., with honors, University of Tampa, 1976
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  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
Distinctions
Adjunct Professor of Admiralty and Maritime Law, Stetson University College of Law for 25 years

AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell®

Board Certified in Admiralty and Maritime Law, The Florida Bar 

The Best Lawyers in America, 2005-2014

Florida Super Lawyers, 2007-2013

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One year after oil spill, deadline looms

Carl R. Nelson, shareholder in the Firm’s Commercial Property, Insurance and Health Care Litigation Practice and Board Certified in Admiralty and Maritime Law by The Florida Bar, recently appeared on Tampa Fox 13 to discuss the oil spill a year later and BP's deadline for oil claims.  

Carl Nelson discusses the impact of the oil spill

Carl R. Nelson, shareholder in the Firm’s Insurance, Healthcare and Class Action Litigation Practice and Board Certified in Admiralty and Maritime Law by The Florida Bar, recently appeared on CNBC’s Power Lunch to discuss the impact of the oil spill. In the segment, Mr. Nelson discusses who is liable and by how much – in what is fast becoming one of the nation’s worst environmental disasters.

Carl R. Nelson
Shareholder
501 E. Kennedy Boulevard
Suite 1700
Tampa, Florida 33602
 
T (813) 222-1108
F (813) 229-8313
 
 

Quick Look

Carl R. Nelson is Board Certified in Admiralty and Maritime Law by The Florida Bar, he has extensive experience litigating admiralty and maritime law cases involving environmental protection laws (including class actions), collisions, cargo damage, injury and death, charter party disputes, insurance coverage issues, salvage claims, mortgage foreclosures, and considered an expert in admiralty limitation of liability actions.  He headed the firm's legal team in the litigation arising out of the 1993 Tampa Bay oil spill and argued numerous appeals.  In addition, he has experience in commercial litigation, including defense of class actions and qui tam proceedings, representation of Receivers in SEC enforcement actions, and representation of insurers on business practices and coverage issues.  His appellate practice experience includes litigated cases in state and federal courts. 

Past Experience

  • Fowler White Gillen Boggs Villareal Banker, P.A.
    Clerk
  • Fowler White Gillen Boggs Villareal Banker, P.A.
    Associate 
  • Served in United States Navy, 1965-1971

Presentations and Publications

Presentations
  • "Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute," Speaker, Annual Seminar, Savannah, GA
Publications
  • "Maritime Jurisdiction" and "Personal Injury and Wrongful Death," Author, The Florida Bar's Maritime Law and Practice Manual

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • The Florida Bar: Member, Admiralty Law Section and Board Certification Committee
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association
  • Maritime Law Association of the United States: Member, Maritime Personnel and Cruise Ship Committees, 1980-present
  • Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute: Member, 1980-present

Community Involvement

  • Rotary Club of Tampa 1999-present
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