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Katz, Siegel & Maple, P.L., a Tampa Bay area law firm servicing all of Florida, provides creative, efficient, and cost-effective representation to businesses and individuals in diverse legal matters. Our Firm’s diverse clients include contractors, design professionals, manufacturers, car dealerships, insurers, and companies in a broad range of transactional and litigation matters, from the pre-suit process through alternative dispute resolution and trial. Our respected and practical team puts our legal knowledge, technological resources, and experience to work for you, providing solutions specific to your goals. The Firm is committed to providing high level, client-focused service.

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JEFFREY KATZ

SHAREHOLDER

With 30 years of litigation and trial experience, Jeffrey’s practice includes commercial and personal lines insurance defense. He represents clients in construction litigation, automobile liability, uninsured motorist claims, product liability, toxic tort, lead paint, asbestos, premises liability, and subrogation litigation. Jeffrey tirelessly commits himself to the representation of his clients, involving them in every step of litigation.

A sample of representative recent successes include:

  • Obtaining summary judgment for his contractor client in a construction injury claim;
  • Successful representation of a general contractor at trial, resulting in a favorable verdict for his client;
  • Obtained summary judgment in the Middle District of Florida in a case involving a $1,000,000 claim against his corporate client;
  • Successful defense of stucco subcontractor at arbitration, resulting in zero recovery from the claimant.

Jeffrey practices in Florida state courts, as well as the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida and the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

In the legal community, Jeffrey is an active member of the Florida Bar, the American Bar Association, Claims and Litigation Management, Clearwater Bar Association, and the St. Petersburg Bar Association. Previously, he volunteered with a team that took area high school students to compete at the national level in the History Competition and supported the missions of Habitat for Humanity – Pinellas, Special Olympics, and the Alpha House of Tampa n/k/a Dawning Family Services, among other deserving non-profit organizations. He likewise enjoys annual support of various non-profits by participating in multiple 5K and 10K races throughout the year.

Jeffrey received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Florida in 1988 and his Juris Doctorate degree from Stetson College of Law in 1991. Additionally, Jeffrey earned an advanced law degree, a Master of Laws in Taxation, from Emory University College of Law in 1992. Jeffrey is also a Florida board certified mediator and arbitrator.

In his spare time, Jeffrey enjoys spending time with his family, boating, and fishing.

Honors and Recognition
AV Preeminent Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating achievable

Representative Cases
Clark v. Huff, 192 So. 3d 487, 2016 WL 2944798 (Fla. 5th DCA May 17, 2016)

Education
University of Florida, 1988, Bachelors of Science in Business Administration
Emory University, College of Law, 1992, LLM in Taxation
Stetson College of Law, 1991, J.D.

Admissions
Florida State Courts
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

Memberships
Florida Bar Association
American Bar Association
Claims and Litigation Management (CLM)
Clearwater Bar Association
St. Petersburg Bar Association

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MICHAEL SIEGEL

SHAREHOLDER

Michael has been a trial attorney for more than 35 years in cases throughout Florida. He represents automobile dealerships in litigation of all types, including consumer cases and employment discrimination. Additionally, since 1988, Michael has included defending bodily injury claims, premises liability, automobile negligence, and products liability litigation in insurance defense cases. His experience also includes lawsuits filed under consumer protection laws and insurance coverage litigation.

When he’s not advocating for his clients, Michael can usually be found on the golf course or rooting for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Honors and Recognition
AV Preeminent Rated by Martindale-Hubble, the highest rating achievable

Education
University of South Florida, 1981, Bachelors of Arts
Stetson College of Law, 1984, J.D., cum laude

Admissions
State of Florida
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

Memberships
Florida Bar Association
American Bar Association
St. Petersburg Bar Association
Clearwater Bar Association

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HALEY MAPLE

SHAREHOLDER

Haley’s practice focuses on representing design professionals, general contractors, subcontractors, and manufacturers in all stages of litigation, and in professional liability matters, commercial litigation, contract disputes, and construction defect litigation. Haley’s experience includes resolution of claims before suit is filed, dispositive motion practice, trial, and appellate briefing and argument. For more than 17 years, Haley’s career has involved litigation throughout Florida and in various federal courts.

Prior to joining the Firm in 2014, Haley was an attorney at a multi-state defense firm, focusing on professional liability and construction defect matters. Before that, Haley was a shareholder at a litigation firm where her practice focused on a broad range of commercial disputes, including insurance coverage claims, professional liability matters, class action litigation, and various construction related matters, as well as representing professionals in licensing issues.

Haley is active in the local and legal communities. For over ten years, she’s held numerous positions of leadership in the American Bar Association Section of Litigation. Haley served as President of the Board of Directors for Alpha House of Tampa n/k/a Dawning Family Services and held numerous board positions for the Network of Executive Women of Tampa Bay and  other various memberships and leadership positions. Recently, Haley also volunteered on voter protection efforts in Florida.  Haley has spoken on numerous panels and been published on topics ranging from “total cost” damages claims, Commercial General Liability policies in Florida, litigating single-family home construction disputes, and more.

While in law school, Haley worked as an extern at the Department of Justice, Office of the Solicitor General, under Solicitor General Theodor Olson. There, she assisted attorneys in finalizing briefs submitted on behalf of the United States to the Supreme Court and various Federal Courts of Appeals. She also served as a Dean’s Fellow for the Legal Research & Writing program for two years and was a member of the Administrative Law Review.

When she’s not working or volunteering, Haley enjoys hiking with her family, exploring national parks, reading, and rooting for her son as he competes in the masters division in the All-American Soap Box Derby.

Honors and Recognition
AV Preeminent Rated by Martindale Hubbell, the highest rating achievable
Florida Trend, Legal Elite, 2018 & 2020
Florida Super Lawyers (2014-2020), Rising Star (2010-2013)
Tampa Bay Business Journal, Business Woman of the Year, Finalist 2010 & 2011, and Up & Comers Finalist 2012
Case Study: Axis v. Contravest Construction, Law360.com, 9/19/12
Writing Your First Appellate Brief, The Young Advocate, American Bar Association Section of Litigation

Representative Cases
The Avalon at Clearwater Condo. Ass’n, Inc. v. Montecito Renaissance, Inc., Rex Rouis, et al., 73 So. 3d 765, 2011 WL 4865184 (Fla. 2d DCA Oct. 14, 2011)
O’Halloran v. PricewaterhouseCoopers, 969 So. 2d 1039 (Fla. 2d DCA 2007)
Walker & Co. General Contractors, Inc. v. Transcontinental Ins. Co., 2007 WL 569855 (M.D. Fla. Feb. 20, 2007)

Education
University of Akron, 2000, B.A., 2000, magna cum laude
American University, Washington College of Law, J.D., 2003, cum laude
Harvard Business School Executive Education, Governing for Non-Profit Excellence, 2015

Admissions
State of Florida
S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida & the Southern District of Florida
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

Associations
Florida Bar Association
American Bar Association, Section of Litigation (2005-Present) • Member, Mental Health & Wellness Task Force (2019 to 2021) • Member, Young Litigator Task Force (2017-2020) • Co-Chair, Membership & Marketing Committee (2016-2018); Member 2009-2012) • Co-Chair, Communications Committee (2012-2013) • Editor-in-Chief, The Woman Advocate (quarterly newsletter) (2007-2011)

Community Involvement
Alpha House of Tampa n/k/a Dawning Family Services, Past-President of the Board (2016); Board Member (2010-2017)
Former Volunteer, Bay Area Legal Services
Construction Law Institute Planning Committee of the Florida Bar

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ANNA STEIN

ATTORNEY

Anna concentrates her practice on commercial litigation, including contract disputes and complex construction litigation, representing contractors, subcontractors, custom fabricators, and private homeowners at pre-suit and all stages of litigation in Florida state and federal courts.  Anna’s experience also includes representing construction industry professionals before state and local boards regarding administrative matters, licensing, code enforcement, and stop-work orders.

Prior to joining the Firm, Anna was an attorney at a Miami boutique law firm specializing in construction litigation, lien prosecution and defense, administrative law, and commercial litigation focused on small business owners, contractors, and design professionals.

During her time in law school, Anna was a law clerk for a Miami-Dade County Circuit judge, and served consecutive years as vice president of the Cardozo Legal Society.  Anna is a member of the Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Section of The Florida Bar.

Anna is fluent in Hebrew and Japanese.

Education
University of Alabama at Birmingham, B.S. Psychology
University of Miami School of Law, J.D.

Admissions
State of Florida
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida

Memberships
Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Section of the Florida Bar
Florida Bar Association

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OSCAR BASTARDO

ATTORNEY

Oscar concentrates his practice on complex construction defect matters, representing contractors and subcontractors both pre-suit and through all stages of litigation. Oscar has successfully resolved complex matters without the necessity of trial through alternative dispute resolution. Further, Oscar creatively gathers information through formal and informal discovery, and his experience includes deposing experts and corporate representatives, as well successful pursual of dispositive motions.

Prior to joining the Firm, Oscar served as an Assistant Public Defender in Tampa, Florida for over four years. While there, Oscar represented indigent criminal defendants accused of misdemeanors and felonies of varying degrees. Oscar gained substantial experience arguing substantive motions and selecting jury panels. Most importantly, Oscar gained years of trial experience in cases of varying degrees of potential prison exposure for his clients. The many years at the Public Defender’s Office provided an incredible amount of experience dealing with complex litigation matters and handling high stress situations.

While in law school, Oscar worked for the Immigrant Rights Clinic, working on pro bono cases with the immigrant community. During his time at Florida State University in undergrad, Oscar was involved with Student Government as a Student Senator and was also a member of Sigma Chi.

Oscar is fluent in Spanish.

Education
Florida State University, B.A. in Political Science & International Affairs
Florida Coastal School of Law, J.D.

Admissions
State of Florida
U.S. District Court of Florida, Middle District

Associations & Memberships
American Bar Association
Florida Bar Young Lawyers
Florida Bar Association

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BRITTANY L. KAUFMANN

ATTORNEY

Brittany concentrates her practice on complex construction defect claims, first- and third-party liability claims, automobile negligence claims, and general liability claims, primarily focusing on defending subcontractors, general contractors, insureds, and carriers. Brittany’s experience ranges in all stages of litigation, including pre-suit investigations, discovery, alternative dispute resolution, pre-trial practice, trial, and post-trial practice.

Prior to joining the Firm, Brittany was an attorney at a Tampa personal injury law firm, primarily handling all aspects of automobile negligence and medical malpractice claims.

In 2012, Brittany earned her juris doctor from Stetson University College of Law. During her time in law school, Brittany served as a deputy chief student ambassador and research assistant. Additionally, Brittany earned her place on the honor roll multiple semesters during her time at Stetson. Also while in law school, Brittany clerked for both a Tampa family law firm and a St. Petersburg adoption firm where she gained valuable insight in assisting families with disputes and expansions.

Education
University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, B.A., cum laude
Stetson University College of Law, Gulfport, Florida, J.D.

Admissions
State of Florida
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida

Associations & Memberships
American Bar Association
Florida Bar Young Lawyers
Florida Bar Association

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VALERIE TOLISANO

ADMINISTRATOR

Valerie joined our firm as our Firm Administrator in July 2019.  She has been in the legal industry for more than 25 years providing management and leadership for all administrative operations.  During her career she has been a member and held board positions of the Suncoast Chapter Association of Legal Administrators and volunteered at the Pinellas Auxiliary of the Children’s Home in Tampa.

Born and raised in St. Petersburg and where she raised her two daughters who both have careers in the legal field. Her daughters have blessed her with two adorable grandsons.

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