ALEXANDER PENALTA, Esquire is an American Trial Lawyer born
in Matanzas City, Cuba and of Galecian Spanish descent. He was raised
in the American heartland in Tulsa, Oklahoma, attended law school in
Kansas and has resided in Florida for over 30 years.
Mr. Penalta is a partner and shareholder at the Law Firm of Penalta &
Stiger, P.A. and is licensed to practice in Florida and Washington, D.C.
He is a Supreme Court Certified Arbitrator fluent in English and Spanish.
Mr. Penalta concentrates his practice on representing and defending the
Business Community, Marine Mammal, Rescue and Conservation
Facilities, Non profits, Veterinarians, Entrepreneurs, Small and Medium
Business Owners and Fortune 500 Companies and Families in Civil and
select Criminal matters including but not limited to Aviation, Business
Litigation, Employment Claims, Motorsports, Watersports, Sea, Air and
Land Operations and legal proceedings at the Local, County, State,
Federal and International Level.
As a former Appeals Referee in the executive state branch of government
for the Florida Department of Labor & Employment Security, Division of
Unemployment Compensation, Bureau of Appeals, Mr. Penalta is
experienced in representing and defending businesses and former
management throughout Florida in a variety of legal issues.
Alexander served as an Adjunct Associate Professor at Embry-Riddle
Aeronautical University of Daytona Beach, Florida, Fort Lauderdale Area
Resident Center, Division of Business Administration for ten years. He
taught "Seminar in Aviation Labor Relations," "Aviation Law," and "Federal
Regulations, Ethics and the Legal System," to pilots, maintenance
personnel, aviation management and Sikorsky, Pratt and Whitney, and
former Black Ops, NASA and Russian Rocket Propulsion Engineers. He
is a licensed FAA Private Pilot and represents pilots, management and
fixed base operators.
From 1995 to 1998, Mr Penalta served as an Adjunct Professor at Florida
Atlantic University at Boca Raton, College of Education, Dept. of
Educational Leadership and taught "Education and the Law" to education
graduates regarding legal issues facing public and private sector
employees and employers. Mr. Penalta has jointly authored "OSHA
Regulations' Potential Impact on the Dive Industry." with Robert F. Millott,
Ed.D., Milledge Murphey, Ph.D., Mary Beth Horodoski, Ed.D. in the
National Journal of Underwater Education (1995).
Mr. Penalta serves as a legal advisor to several members of the Alliance
for Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums. Alexander served as the legal
advisor to the University of Florida, College of Health and Human
Performance, Academic Diving Program; National YMCA Scuba Program-
Florida Field; U.S. Underwater Federation and the National Association
for Cave Diving. He has spoken before the Broward County Bar Assoc.,
Labor and Employment Section on "Tactics and Procedures before the
Florida Dept. of Labor and Employment Security, Div. of Unemployment
Compensation Bureau of Appeals." Alexander Penalta has been a guest
on several radio and television interviews including RADIO FIESTA,
WLVS-AM1380, Morning Show with Dante Medina & Helman Ruiz,
"Sexual Harassment & The Jury System (Spanish)".
Alexander Penalta's current and past membership activities include the
Association For Intelligence Officers (AFIO); Women in Defense (WID);
Naval Intelligence Professionals (NIP); Precision Strike Association
(PSA); American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS International);
National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA); Armed Forces
Communications and Electronics Assoc. (AFCEA International);
Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA International); Individual
Rights Committee of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the
Florida Bar; The ABA, Labor and Employment Section, The Broward
County Bar Assoc., Labor and Employment Section; Palm Beach County
Bar Assoc.; Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce; South Palm Beach
County Bar Assoc.; Hispanic Bar Assoc. of Palm Beach County; Cuban-
American Bar Assoc; National Assoc. of Administrative Law Judges;
ATLA; The Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers; The Florida Bar Speakers
Committee; Alliance for Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums (AMMPA);
Aircraft Owner's and Pilots Association (AOPA); National Rifle Association
Alexander has served in the legislative branch of government as a
Legislative Aid for Republican State Representative Nancy Brown, in the
Kansas House of Representatives, Office of the 27th District at the
Kansas State Legislature in Topeka, Kansas.
Mr. Penalta is a former federal officer in the executive branch of the United
States government. Alexander served as a Naval Reserve Officer, LTjg,
Judge Advocate Generals Corps, (JAG), Honorably Discharged in June
1992 and is a recipient of the National Defense Medal, M-16 Rifle
Marksman Medal, Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm for military
service during the Persian Gulf War.
Alexander has served as a Training Officer for the Offshore Sailing
Training Squadron at the United States Naval Academy (USNA) in
Annapolis, Maryland. Mr. Penalta is experienced in sailing Sloops and
Catamarans. He holds multiple American Sailing Association (ASA)
Sailing Certifications and is a United States Coast Guard (USCG)
Licensed Captain and a USCG Licensed Master with Sailing
Alexander was trained by two time World Champion Frank Hawley at the
Gainesville Raceway and is licensed by the National Hot Rod Association
(NHRA) to race Super Comp Dragsters and ET Bracket Class Race Cars.
He has is presently or has in the past been a member of the NSX Club of
America, Scuderia Ferrari and Exotics Club of South Florida, the BMW Car
Club of North America, and S2k (S2000 Honda Motorsports) International.
He has participated in Pace Car activities at the Inaugural Street Race in
St. Petersburg, Florida for the Indy Racing League on behalf of S2k
International and Honda of North America. Alexander has served as a
Teen Survival Safety Instructor for BMW CCA in Palm Beach, Florida and
is proponent of educating teenage drivers on motor vehicle safety
throughout the state in public and private schools. Mr. Penalta has
attended Bertil Roos Racing School at Moroso, Indy Experience at Disney
Raceway, Richard Petty Driving Experience at Disney Raceway and
Daytona Super Speedway, Mario Andretti Racing School at Homestead
Speedway, and Penguin Road Racing School at Homestead Speedway
becoming a licensed Motorcycle Advanced Road Racer on high
performance Ducati Racing Motorcycles.
Mr. Penalta is a graduate of Boca Raton High School (1983), and the
University of Florida (B.A. 1987), and of Washburn University of Topeka,
School of Law (J.D. 1991). Washburn School of Law is best known for
the trial lawyers it has historically produced, as well as for being credited
with creating one of the first Law Clinics in the United States which later
served as a model for other law schools throughout the country. Among
its most notable graduates are the honorable former Senate Majority
Leader and past president-elect Bob Dole, and the esteemed CBS News
reporter Bill Kurtis of the popular "A&E's -- Investigative Reports." Among
the most famous cases tried by Washburn Law graduates are the class
action Dalkon-Shields case, the $10.3 billion dollar case of Pennzoil Co.
v. Texaco Inc., and the landmark United States Supreme Court case of
Brown v. Topeka Board of Education.