ABOUT THE FIRM

Mission

At Robert Joseph Alwine, P.A., we represent Florida condo owners in disputes with condominium associations, property managers, and neighbors. Our mission is to improve the experience of condo ownership one case at a time.

Condo owners face unique challenges in disputes with their Associations. The Association often has more money and power, allowing it to hire property managers and lawyers paid for with your maintenance fees. In contrast, individual condo owners must find and pay for their own lawyers and seek their own guidance.

This unfairness can make it difficult for condo owners to protect themselves and seek justice when they suffer abuse, something goes wrong, or they disagree with the actions of the Board, Manager, or Association.

We try to level the playing field by removing some of the financial barriers that prevent condo owners from retaining a qualified lawyer. This includes innovative financial options like flat fees, limited scope representation, contingency fees, and hybrid fee models.

We bring 23 years of courtroom experience into every case, stay updated with the latest legal developments in Florida law, carefully manage the number of cases we handle each year, and refuse cases of questionable merit.

About Robert Alwine

Rob has a diverse legal background. He has represented clients large and small in federal court, state court, mediation, arbitration, and on appeal. He practiced criminal law in prosecuting and defending courts-martial all over the world. Since leaving active service with the Navy Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps in 2004, Rob based his law practice in South Florida. For over ten years, Verizon Wireless entrusted Rob with its consumer litigation throughout the State of Florida.

In addition to representing condominium unit owners and Associations, he has represented clients in business disputes, complex commercial lawsuits, class-action lawsuits, construction defect lawsuits, and federal securities lawsuits.

Military Service

Since leaving active duty in 2004, Rob continues to serve as a reserve officer with the U.S. Navy JAG Corps. He was recognized for his work with civil litigation division of the Office of the Judge Advocate General, receiving the the Rear Admiral Hugh H. Howell, Jr. Award of Excellence in 2013 and promotion to the rank of Captain (O-6) in 2022.

As a Navy JAG, he has been awarded the Defense Meritorious Service Medal; Joint Service Commendation Medal; Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four times); Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (three times); Joint Meritorious Unit Award; National Defense Service Medal; Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Humanitarian Service Medal; Sea Service Deployment Ribbon; Overseas Service Ribbon (three times); Armed Forces Reserve Medal; NATO Medal (Afghanistan); Navy Rifle Marksmanship Ribbon; Navy Expert Pistol Shot Medal.

In March 2021, Rob deployed to the Combined Security Transition Command – Afghanistan (CSTC-A) as its last Staff Judge Advocate. In August 2021, he directly participated in Operation Allies Refuge, where he helped evacuate approximately 57,000 Afghan partners and U.S. citizens from Kabul, Afghanistan to Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar in the largest humanitarian airlift in United States history.

Professional Recognition

AV Peer Review Rated, Martindale Hubbell
Rear Admiral Hugh Howell, Jr. Award of Excellence
American Bar Association Award for Professional Merit
Vanderbilt Academic Excellence Award

Bar Admissions

Florida District of Columbia U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida

Education

Vanderbilt University Law School, Nashville, TN J.D., May 2000 Honors and Activities: Order of the Coif; Vanderbilt Academic Excellence Award; Dean’s List (all semesters); Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law, Professional Authorities Editor (1999-2000), Editorial Staff (1998-1999) University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA B.A., magna cum laude, 1996

Professional Affiliations

Florida Bar Association Attorney Grievance Committee 11 “G” (Chair, 2013) American Bar Association Florida Bar Association Dade County Bar Association

Volunteer Activities

American Legion Post 374, Key Biscayne, Florida Roseaire Retreats, Inc. (Board Member) South Florida Leadership Forum Miami-Dade Public Defender’s Office “Give Something Back” Program

Publications

Maritime Law: Make Your Listing Agreement Bullet-Proof, Compass/International Yacht Brokers Association (Oct. 2016)

Teaching

Instructor (2017-18, 2014-15), Naval Justice School, Newport, Rhode Island Instructor (2002-2003), University of Maryland, University Campus Instructor (2002-2003), Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University