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Eric N. Appleton

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1801 North Highland Ave
Tampa, Florida 33602
T: 813.204.6404
F: 813.223.9620

Eric Appleton serves on the Firm’s Board of Directors, and he also chairs the Firm’s Community Association Practice Group.  Mr. Appleton has over fifteen years of experience representing real estate owners, developers, office parks, commercial associations and residential community associations throughout Florida.

Mr. Appleton's law practice focuses on assisting association officers, directors and community managers with corporate operations, including litigation, arbitration, mediation and transactions. Mr. Appleton has represented real property owners, commercial associations and residential community associations in complex disputes with residents, tenants, lenders, insurance carriers, neighboring property owners, vendors and developers at mediation, arbitration and trial.

Mr. Appleton also has considerable experience with condominium terminations, collection and foreclosure litigation, as well as property damage and construction defect claims in Florida.  

Mr. Appleton is certified by the Supreme Court of Florida as a Circuit Court and Appellate Court Mediator.  

In addition to offering common interest community certification courses to board members and their management teams, Mr. Appleton has frequently appeared as a lecturer at various events sponsored by The Florida Bar, the Community Associations Institute, the Hillsborough County Bar Association and Lorman Education Services.

Professional & Community Affiliations

Florida Bar

  • Construction Law Committee
  • Condominium and Planned Development Law Committee

American Bar Association

Hillsborough County Bar Association

  • Real Property Probate and Trust Law Section, Co-Chair, 2006-2009
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association Leadership Institute, Member

Community Associations Institute, Suncoast Chapter

Certified Circuit Court and Appellate Mediator by the Florida Supreme Court

Honors & Recognitions

Best Lawyers in America, 2016

Named to the "Florida Super Lawyers" list by Super Lawyers magazine, 2010-2016

Named to Florida's "Legal Elite" by Florida Trend magazine, 2014, 2015, and 2016

Recognized as a member of Florida's "Up & Coming Legal Elite" by Florida Trend magazine, 2008 and 2012

Recognized as a "Rising Star" by Florida Super Lawyers magazine, 2009


University of Florida, J.D., 1998

  • University of Florida Alumni Merit Scholarship Recipient

University of Florida, B.S., 1995

  • Anderson Scholar with Distinction

Bar and Court Admissions


United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida

United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit