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J. Derek Kantaskas

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Construction Litigation Attorney in Tampa, FL

Kantaskas Law
2202 N West Shore Blvd, Ste 200
Tampa, FL 33607
Phone: 813-665-1549
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2019, 2022
Selected to Rising Stars: 2011 - 2012
Licensed in Florida Since: 2007
Practice Areas: Construction Litigation: Business, Business Litigation, Real Estate: Consumer
Attorney Profile

J. Derek Kantaskas is a construction law attorney at Kantaskas Law in Tampa, Florida. Mr. Kantaskas has over a decade of experience handling construction litigation claims, as well as real estate matters involving buyer and seller disputes, contracts and property issues. He serves clients, including homeowners, construction companies, contractors, developers, property managers and realtors throughout the Tampa area.

Mr. Kantaskas focuses on obtaining the best possible outcome for his clients and gives them accurate and helpful advice. Over the course of his career, he has successfully negotiated and resolved many complex construction and real estate disputes. 

Recognizing his accomplishments, Florida Trend magazine included Mr. Kantaskas on its “Up-and-Comer” list in 2011. That same year, he was awarded pro bono awards from the Hillsborough County Bar Association and the Florida Bar Foundation. He is the author of articles on various construction and real estate topics for legal publications and former speaker at the American Bar Association Forum on Construction Law.

Active in his legal community, Mr. Kantaskas is a former co-chair of the Hillsborough County Bar Association Construction Law Section and has served as a member of the American Bar Association Forum on Construction Law Division 9 Steering Committee. A graduate of Leadership Tampa Bay, he served in leadership positions with the City of Pinellas Park, Florida, and the American Heart Association.

Born and raised in Florida, Mr. Kantaskas earned his law degree from Stetson University College of Law. He is licensed to practice law before all Florida state courts, the U.S. district courts for the middle and southern districts of Florida and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.

Practice Areas
  • 70%Construction Litigation: Business
  • 20%Business Litigation
  • 10%Real Estate: Consumer
Focus Areas

Construction Defects

Selections

8 Years Super Lawyers
2 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2019, 2022
  • Rising Stars: 2011 - 2012

About J. Derek Kantaskas

First Admitted: 2007, Florida

Professional Webpage: https://kantaskaslaw.com/derek-kantaskas/

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Leadership Tampa (Class of 2017)
  • U.S. Soccer Federation Professional Referee (1994-2005)
  • American Heart Association, Team Captain, Heart Walk (2010-2011)
  • Board of Adjustment, City of Pinellas Park Vice Chairman (2010-2011) and Board Member (2008-2010)

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Lecturer, “Getting to CGL Coverage for Rip and Tear Damages in Construction Defect Claims,” ABA Forum on Construction Law, Division 7 Luncheon, Annual Meeting, Washington D.C. (April 2017)
  • Co-Author, “Rights and Liabilities of the Owner, Architect and General Contractor,” Chapter 2 & 3 in Florida Construction Law and Practice, The Florida Bar Journal, 5th Edition (2006)
  • Author, “Retroactive Change to Construction Licensing Requirements,” Lawyer Magazine, Hillsborough County Bar Association (September 2009)
  • Co-Author, “A Snapshot of Chinese Drywall Litigation,” Lawyer Magazine, Hillsborough County Bar Association (July 2010)
  • Co-Author, “Successfully Serving Two Masters: The Ethics of Joint Representation of Bond Sureties and Principals,” The Florida Bar Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Section, Construction Law Seminar (2012)
  • Co-Author, “The High Hurdle to a Spoliation Claim: Is the Evidence Crucial?,” Lawyer Magazine, Hillsborough County Bar Association (October 2012)
  • Contributing Author, “Special Considerations for Federal Construction Contracts,” Florida Construction Law and Practice, 7th Ed. (2013)
  • Co-Author, “Relation Back … is Back,” Lawyer Magazine, Hillsborough County Bar Association (May 2014)
  • Author, “Arbitration Jurisdiction and Unlicensed Contractors,” Lawyer Magazine, Hillsborough County Bar Association (September 2014)
  • Co-Author, “The Rippin’ and the Tearin,’” Lawyer Magazine, Hillsborough County Bar Association (February 2016)
  • Co-Author, “Injury is Nearly a Fact, While Rip and Tear is No Longer a Wild Card” Florida Bar Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section – ActionLine Vol. XXXVII, No. 3 (Spring 2016)
  • Co-Author, “Triggering Rip and Tear Coverage” Florida Bar Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section Insurance Matters! Vol. 4, Issue 3 (Winter 2016)

Honors/Awards

  • Awarded Most Pro Bono Hours Pledged, 15th Annual Judicial Pig Roast/Food Festival, Hillsborough County Bar Association
  • Ferguson-White American Inn of Court Best Program Award, 2010-2011
  • Recipient of 2011 “One” Pro-Bono Award, Florida Bar Foundation and the Hillsborough County Bar Association
  • Up-and-Comer, Florida Trend’s 2011 Legal Elite
  • Florida Super Lawyers – Rising Stars, 2011-2012
  • Selected for inclusion in Florida Super Lawyers, 2013-2018

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Florida Bar Member in Good Standing
  • American Bar Association, Forum on Construction Law, Division 9 Steering Committee (2012-2019)
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association Construction Law Section, Co-Chair (2018-2019)
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • All state courts of Florida
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Office Location for J. Derek Kantaskas

2202 N West Shore Blvd
Ste 200
Tampa, FL 33607

Phone: 813-665-1549

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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