Dominic M. Caparello

Fellows – Founders/Distinguished Panel
Practicing In: Florida
Member Since: 2004


Messer, Caparello, P.A.
2618 Centennial Place
P. O. Box 15579 (32317)
Tallahassee, FL 32308


Mr. Caparello has maintained a mediation practice since 1992. His cases range from personal injury disputes to multi-day, multi-party, complex commercial, class action, construction, professional negligence and other significant litigation matters. He has served on the Board of the American College of Civil Trial Mediators and served as President of the College (2013-2015). Mr. Caparello is the recipient of the College’s 2015 National Distinguished Fellow Award.

Mr. Caparello holds an “av” rating by Martindale-Hubbell reflecting the highest distinction available for legal ability ethical standards, professionalism and diligence. He has mediated throughout Florida and other states, and has appeared in all levels of trial and appellate courts including the Florida Supreme Court and Florida Federal Courts.

Mr. Caparello is a past elected member of the Board of ;vernors of the Florida Bar (2005-2010), the ;verning body for all attorneys licensed in the state of Florida. He has lectured on ADR issues to the Florida Bar, Florida State University Law School and various professional organizations. He has been elected into the American Board of Trial Advocacy as an Advocate, and was the President of ABOTA Tallahassee Chapter.

He has served as a member of the Executive Council and Chairman of the Florida Bar’s Trial Lawyers Section. Mr. Caparello has been recognized by Florida Trend Magazine in its top 1.6% listing of Florida attorneys as well as one of Florida’s legal elite attorneys in arbitration and mediation. In addition he has been selected for inclusion into Best Lawyers in America, and is listed in the publication “Super Lawyer” in the areas of Alternative Dispute Resolution. Mr. Caparello has been selected into Florida Circuit-Civil Mediator Association, a Chapter of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals.

Mr. Caparello has been selected into the International Who’s Who of Mediation Lawyers. The selection was based on the opinions and input of international law firm clients, corporate counsel and mediation specialists from the United States and around the world. Forty seven United States mediators were selected and Mr. Caparello was one of only five from the state of Florida. The publication of the International Who’s Who of Mediation Lawyers is affiliated with the American Bar Association Section of International Law, and the International Bar Association.

Education / Training

Mr. Caparello was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1976. He received his B.S. from the University of Massachusetts in 1969; his M.S. in Oceanography from Florida State University in 1972, and his Juris Doctor with honors at Florida State University in 1975.

Types of Cases Mediated