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Kevin M. Combest

Kevin M. Combest

Associate
Direct Dial: (813) 418-3824
Fax: (813) 229-3502
kcombest@mpdlegal.com
Office Location: Tampa

Overview
Professional Involvement
Community
Representative Experience

Before joining the firm, Kevin served as an Assistant State Attorney for the Fourth Judicial Circuit in Jacksonville, Florida, prosecuting criminal defendants from arrest through trial. Kevin joined Mills Paskert Divers in 2011, where he devotes his practice to indemnity, suretyship, construction litigation, and bankruptcy matters

Kevin earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Florida in 2006, and received his Juris Doctor from the University of Florida Levin College of Law in 2010.

During law school, Kevin was a Final Four member of Florida Moot Court, and argued competition cases before United States Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, the Florida Supreme Court, and other noted attorneys and judges from across the country. Kevin also served on the Business Law Journal, and as both a teaching and research assistant.

Kevin enjoys time with his wife, Jess, and their dogs, Buck and Susie Q.

Practice Areas

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Complex Commercial Litigation
  • Construction
  • Creditors’ Rights and Bankruptcy
  • Suretyship

Admitted to Practice

  • All Florida State and Federal Courts

Education

  • The University of Florida, J.D., 2010, cum laude
    • Moot Court/Business Law Journal

  • The University of Florida, B.A., 2006, cum laude

Professional, Trade, and Philanthropic Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
    • Tort and Insurance Practice Section
    • Fidelity and Surety Law Committee
    • Litigation Section
    • Forum on the Construction Industry

  • The Florida Bar
    • Trial Lawyers Section

  • The Hillsborough County Bar Association
    • Trial Lawyers Section
    • Construction Law Section

Selected Honors & Recognitions

  • UF Moot Court Final Four
  • ABA Moot Court Competition – Best Brief
  • ABA Moot Court Competition – Regional Finalist

Community Involvement

  • HandsOn Suncoast (United Way) Volunteer

Representative Experience

  • Hartford Casualty Insurance Company v. Lanzo Construction Co., Florida – Complex, construction litigation involving assertion of indemnity and subrogation rights, allegations of construction defects, usurious loan practices, and de facto joint ventures.

  • Safeco Insurance Company of America v. Busey Bank – Bank negligence case related to defunct construction projects, subrogation rights, and check fraud.