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October 26, 2017
Florida Contraband Forfeiture Act (part 2)

Dunn & Miller, P.A. are very proud to say that we have been the driving force in the Second Judicial Circuit to get a procedure in place to help out victims of criminal asset forfeitures, also known as, as the Florida Contraband Forfeiture Act. Together with local law enforcement agencies, Mr. Dunn petitioned our Circuit […]

October 26, 2017

If you are a victim of civil asset forfeiture, contact us! What are your rights when the "Law" takes your stuff? Before we go into the question, let's start off with a little background. Florida and every other state in the nation has a law on the books to civilly seize someone's assets if they […]

July 26, 2017
Premises Liability

For our latest blog post, we thought we would share a question from a recent visitor to our website. Q: I own a rental property in Tallahassee and serve on the condominium’s Board of Directors.  We have an unlit parking lot.  The Board is concerned that the Directors may be individually liable if there is […]

July 24, 2017
How to avoid a Stop Work Order!

It's relatively easy to be issued a Stop Work Order (SWO) but how do you avoid it? 1. Get your workers' compensation coverage in place! This is a no-brainer, but I meet so many 1st-time business owners who are unaware of their need to get it. Basically, if you are in the construction fields, you […]

July 24, 2017
How did they find your business to give you a Stop Work Order?

You may have a question of "how'd they find out that I did not have workers' compensation coverage?" Well there are several ways that you got that Stop Work Order (SWO): Most common is the random site visit. This is when the Division of Workers' Compensation (DWC) investigator drives by a construction site and just […]

April 2, 2013
The Stop-Work Order Explained

Stop Work Orders and the Construction Industry PLEASE FORGIVE THE FORMATTING BELOW. THIS WAS ORIGINALLY PREPARED ON A WORD DOCUMENT AND WHEN I TRANSFERRED IT TO THIS BLOG, THE FORMAT OF THE OUTLINE DID NOT TRANSFER AS SMOOTHLY AS PLANNED. Sources of law for the Stop Work Order (SWO): Chapter 440, specifically 440.107. Florida Administrative Code […]

January 15, 2013
The Importance of Contesting the Stop-Work Order (Part 2).

Hello friends, This is the second part of my case analysis of US Builders, LP  (see my prior post for part 1: ). This case was almost not a case because US Builders, LP (hereafter “USB”) did not properly contest the Department’s action. When I say “properly contest” what I mean is that USB failed to […]

December 11, 2012
Stop-Work Orders/ Order of Penalty Assessment for companies not based in Florida can be a big surprise!

Hello friends, this scenario happens quite often in Florida. A good case that I like to relate is the case of U.S. Builders, L.P. v. DFS, DoAH Case#07-4428 (see docket at:  This case actually has FOUR fascinating components; Today, I will talk about the issues involved regarding U.S. Builders, L.P.’s (hereafter, “USB”) reliance on their […]

November 29, 2012
Stop Work Order case; the potential benefits of not producing records. DFS v. ALL PHASE CONSTRUCTION AND DEVELOPMENT, LLC

This is a neat case about the benefits of not producing records and going to trial. All Phase Construction and Development, LLC (“All Phase,” hereafter) received a Stop Work Order and a Penalty Assessment totaling $34,141.15. The full docket can be accessed via According to the Recommended Order, the DFS investigator received an anonymous […]

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