Vocelle & Berg

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Vocelle & Berg is open and ready to assist you with your legal needs during the pandemic. Although working mostly remotely, we are operating at full capacity. All of our attorneys’ emails and their paralegal / legal assistants emails are located in their individual profiles and are checked regularly. Our voicemails are also checked on a regular basis. During this time, in addition to serving your legal needs, if you have any questions regarding any COVID 19 related issues please do not hesitate to contact us. Additionally, we are reviewing clients’ commercial and business insurance policies to see if they cover business interruption during the pandemic. If you believe you are covered and have been denied by your insurance company we may be able to assist. Please practice social distancing and be safe!

Harold "Hal" G. Melville

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Legal Assistant: Patti Yount
Vero Beach, FL

Practice Areas:

  • Civil Trial Practice
  • Zoning
  • Business Litigation
  • Eminent Domain
  • Appellate Practice
  • Construction Law
  • Land Use and Development Law

Certified Legal Specialties:

  • Civil Trial , Florida Bar Board of Legal Education and Specialization, 1989
  • Business Litigation, Florida Bar Board of Legal Education and Specialization, 1997

Biography:

Mr. Melville has become “of counsel” to Vocelle & Berg assisting the firm in the specialized areas in which he practiced for over 30 years including civil trial and business litigation, construction law, land use, zoning, and eminent domain.

Professional Associations:

  • St. Lucie County Bar Association, President, 1992 to 1993
  • Nineteenth Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee, Member, 1998 to 2001
  • Nineteenth Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee, Chairman, 2000 to 2001
  • The Florida Bar, Member, Board of Governors, 2003 to 2007
  • Judicial Nominating Commission, Nineteenth Judicial Circuit, Member 2008 - 2012; Vice-Chairman, 2009 - 2010; Chairman, 2010 - 2011, 1992 to 1993

Representative Cases:

  • Atlantic Gulf Communities Corp. v. City of Port St. Lucie, 764 So.2d 14 (Fla. 4th DCA 1999)
  • City of Port St. Lucie v. Zlinkoff, 821 So.2d 1130 (Fla. 4th DCA 2002)
  • Sherman v. Red Bay Stronghold Foundation, 942 So.2d 1033 (Fla. 4th DCA 2006)
  • Okeechobee Utility Authority v. Kampgrounds of America, Inc., 882 So. 2d 445 (Fla. 4th DCA 2004)
  • Indian Harbor Citrus, Inc. v. Poppell, 658 So.2d 605 (Fla. 4th DCA 1995)
  • Jensen Beach Land Co., Inc. v. Citizens for Responsible Growth of the Treasure Coast, Inc., 608 So.2d 509 (Fla. 4th DCA 1982)
  • 99 Broadcasting Co., Inc. v. Crider, 493 So.2d 462 (Fla. 4th DCA 1985)
  • U.S. Life Ins. Co. in the City of New York v. Town and Country Hospital, Inc., 390 So.2d 71 (Fla. 2d DCA 1980)

Education:

  • University of Miami School of Law, Coral Gables, Florida
    • J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence - 1972
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Honors: Outstanding Law Student, 1972
  • Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
    • B.S., Bachelor of Science - 1969
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Major: Economics and Finance

Bar Admissions:

  • Florida, 1972
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1974
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1981
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida, 1973
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida, 1977
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Florida, 1978
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1979

Honors:

  • Pro Bono Service Award for St. Lucie County from Florida Rural Legal Services 2008-2009; 2009-2010
  • Martindale – Hubbell AV rated – Peer Review Rated Preeminent (5.0 out of 5.0)

Classes/Seminars:

  • Director, 1989-1995 and President, 1992-1993, St. Lucie County Chamber of Commerce

Representative Clients:

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