Melinda S. Gentile

Melinda S. Gentile

Peckar & Abramson, P.C.

Recognized since 2009

Miami, Florida

Practice Areas

Construction Law

Litigation - Construction

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Melinda S. Gentile has developed expertise in all aspects of construction law and construction
dispute resolution, and has demonstrated success in preparing and handling construction
matters ranging from bid protests to contract disputes, and from construction liens to defect,
impact, bond and insurance claims. Ms. Gentile’s construction law practice offers substantial
experience and an understanding of the development and construction process, which is used
to assist general contractors, construction managers, trade contractors, design professionals,
owners and sureties in avoiding and resolving disputes during the construction process. Ms.
Gentile’s representation begins at the earliest stages of the construction process, during the
negotiation and preparation of construction documents, and continues through completion
and any subsequent disputes that may arise. She endeavors, wherever possible, for early
identification and resolution of disputes that arise during the contracting and construction
process in an effort to avoid litigation upon completion of the project. When dispute resolution
cannot be accomplished during the construction process, Ms. Gentile vigorously represents
her clients in varied litigation proceedings. She has successfully handled a variety of matters
before state and federal courts, and in arbitration, mediation, administrative proceedings and
private negotiations.

In addition to her construction law practice, Ms. Gentile maintains an active practice in other
areas of general, civil and commercial litigation. She has been certified by the Supreme Court of
Florida as a Circuit Civil Mediator and is certified as a specialist in construction law by the Florida
Bar. She is admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Northern, Middle
and Southern Districts of Florida, as well as the courts of the State of Florida. She has also served
as a Broward County magistrate.

Practice Areas:
• Construction
• Contracts and Risk Management
• Dispute Resolution
• Commercial Litigation
• Government Contracts


  • One Southeast Third Avenue, Suite 2000
    Miami, FL 33131


  • English


  • Florida International University, MS
  • Nova Southeastern University , J.D.

Bar Admissions

  • Florida, The Florida Bar


  • Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. - Member
  • Broward County Bar (Construction Law Committee) - Member
  • Florida Bar (Construction Law Committee) - Member
  • The Construction association of South Florida - Member
  • The National association of Women in Construction - Member

Court Admissions

  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • Supreme Court of Florida, Circuit Civil Mediator

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2023 for work in:

  • Construction Law
  • Litigation - Construction

Special Focus

  • Arbitration and Mediation
  • Commercial Development
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Construction Disputes
  • Contract Review and Negotiation
  • Contractors
  • COVID-19
  • Industrial


  • Lifetime Achievement Award, The Florida Bar - Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Section
  • Chambers USA
  • International Who's Who of Business Lawyers for Construction
  • The Legal 500
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rated Attorney
  • Best Lawyers in America - Construction

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Building Bridges

by Melinda S. Gentile

The Realities and Implications of Diversity and Inclusion in Construction Law


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