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Areas of Practice
Florida State University College of Law, J.D., 1999
Florida State University, B.S., Finance, 1993
Hon. Harry Lee Anstead, Florida Supreme Court, 1999-2001
United States Courts of Appeals: Eleventh Circuit
United States District Courts: Southern and Northern Districts of Florida
Mr. Lapointe practices commercial and federal criminal litigation and high-risk product liability. His product liability practice includes the defense of Philip Morris USA in actions brought for injuries allegedly caused by smoking cigarettes. His commercial practice includes the recent representation of a large Fortune 500 corporation in a multi-million-dollar credit card contract dispute in federal court, in which he argued and obtained summary judgment against one of the largest global bank holding companies. He also successfully defended an executive from injunctive relief sought by his former employer and related multi-million-dollar breach of contract litigation in connection to a restrictive covenant in federal court.
Before joining the firm, Mr. Lapointe served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney with the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida, where he served in various divisions. As a federal prosecutor, Mr. Lapointe headed numerous grand jury investigations, tried a variety of cases and handled appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. He began his career with a 2-year clerkship with the Honorable Harry Lee Anstead of the Florida Supreme Court, and has published in the areas of constitutional and statutory law.
Mr. Lapointe is very involved both in local, state and national bar associations and his community. He is a member of the American Bar Association's Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, the American Bar Association's Commission on Immigration, and various local bars. He is a former member of the Ad Hoc Committee on Rules and Procedures for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.
In 2010, Mr. Lapointe was awarded the Legal Aid/Put Something Back Pro Bono Award in Child Advocacy and the Daily Business Review's 2010 Most Effective Lawyer Award for Pro Bono in Family Law. He also spends time at high schools and the juvenile detention center through various organizations, including Legal Up!, in an effort to positively impact inner city youth.
Mr. Lapointe has served in the U. S. Marines as a reservist from 1987 to 1993 and as an active member during Operation Desert Storm in 1990-1991, receiving the National Defense Service Medal. He is fluent in Creole and French.
Selected Publications and Presentations
Bush v. Gore: Equal Protection Turned on its Head; Perhaps for a Good Though Unintended Reason, 2 Wyoming L.Rev. 435 (2002)
Universal Service and the Digital Revolution: Beyond the Telecommunications Act of 1996, 25 Rutgers Computer & Tech. L.J. 61 (1999)
BSF Providing Ongoing Aid to People of Haiti (May 15, 2010)
Other BSF Cases of Interest (Winter 2010)
Firm Newsletter: Winter 2010 (02.17.2010)
Firm Report: November 2006 (Vol. 1, Issue III (11.01.2006)
Government ServiceAssistant United States Attorney, United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida (2002-2006).
United States Marine Corps
- Reserve (1987-93)
- Active during Operation Desert Storm (1990-1991)