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Associate

LatashaS@sblfirm.com

(813) 223-3888

Areas of Practice:
Appellate 
Complex Business
Litigation 

Latasha Scott is a member of the Complex Business Litigation group. She focuses her practice on representing clients in litigation matters involving a breach of contract, property rights, construction defects, real estate transactions, and class action disputes in state and federal courts. Ms. Scott is an effective trial and appellate attorney.  Prior to joining Smolker Bartlett, she worked directly with lending institutions, homeowners, servicers, and investors on appellate matters at the federal, state, and appellate courts for over a decade. Ms. Scott has also successfully represented clients in a broad range of cases including contract disputes, real property, and financial services for complex commercial litigation matters.

Education 

University of Florida, Levin College of Law

University of Notre Dame, M.A. 

University of Notre Dame, B.A. (cum laude)

 

International Education 

Université de Montpéllier in France, 2007

College Year in Athens, 2001

 

Federal Judicial Clerkships 

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Judge Charles R. Wilson

U.S. District Court for the Middle District

Judicial Law Clerk, Honorable U.S. Magistrate Thomas G. Wilson

                       

U.S. District Court – Northern District, Judicial Intern

Honorable U.S. Magistrate Allan Kornblum       

 

Bar + Court Admissions

The Florida Bar

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida

U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida

 

Honors + Distinctions

Florida Super Lawyers Rising Star, Appellate (2016)

Florida Super Lawyers Rising Star, Appellate (2017)

Florida Super Lawyers Rising Star, Appellate (2018)

Florida Super Lawyers Rising Star, Appellate (2019)

 

 

Professional + Community Involvement

Federalist Society – Tampa Bay Lawyers Division

Federal Bar Association – Tampa Chapter

Hillsborough Association of Women Lawyer

Appellate Practice Section of the Florida Bar

Appellate Practice Section of Hillsborough County Bar Association

George Edgecomb Bar Association

 

Publications + Speeches

https://www.lexology.com/18947/author/Latasha_C_Scott/?

 

Notable Appellate Wins in Representation of Investors and Servicers

Ms. Scott has also successfully handled hundreds of appeals and oral arguments. Through her appellate representation, Ms. Scott also has extensive experience in assisting clients with reaching amicable resolutions through settlement.

Gibson v. U.S. Bank Nat’l Assoc., 194 So. 3d 1028 (Fla. 2d DCA 2015) (representing investor in appeal regarding standing to enforce a promissory note)

Flynn v. BAC Home Loans Serv., 4D15-1426 (Fla. 4th DCA 2015) (representing servicer and settlement on appeal)

Jester v. Wilmington Savings Fund Society, FSB, 237 So. 3d 319 (Fla. 2d DCA 2017) (representing investor in appeal regarding standing to enforce a promissory note)

Molina v. Aurora Loan Servs., LLC, 150 So. 3d 1157 (Fla. 3d DCA 2014) (representing servicer and prevailing on appeal of order denying motion to vacate)

Murray v. U.S. Bank Nat’l Assoc., 193 So. 3d 898 (Fla. 4th DCA 2016) (prevailing on appeal of final judgment regarding private right of action under Home Affordable Mortgage Program and standing to enforce promissory note)

Offir v. CitiMortgage, Inc., 225 So. 3d 828 (Fla. 4th DCA 2017) (representing servicer on standing to enforce promissory note and assignment of mortgage)

Thompson v. U.S. Bank Nat’l Assoc., 202 So. 3d 427 (Fla. 4th DCA 2016) (representing investor and prevailing on appeal of final judgment argument on standing)

Trustbiz, LLC v. Christiana Trust, 200 So. 3d 68 (Fla. 2d DCA 2016) (representing trustee on appeal of final judgment and order denying motion to intervene)

 

Other Notable Appellate Wins with Written Opinion

Raff v. CitiMortgage, Inc., 2D16-4721 (Fla. 2d DCA May 24, 2019) (prevailed on appeal of final judgment including uncorroborated award of attorney’s fees)

Phillips v. U.S Bank Nat’l Ass’n., 5D17-007 (Fla. 5th DCA April 5, 2019) (prevailed on appeal of final judgment including uncorroborated award of attorney’s fees)

Perez v. Deutsche Bank Nat’l Trust Co., 2D17-1043 (Fla. 2d DCA Feb. 20, 2019) (prevailed on appeal of final judgment including uncorroborated award of attorney’s fees)

Harris v. Bank of New York Mellon, 2018 WL 6816177 (Fla. 2d DCA Dec. 28, 2018) (prevailed on appeal of order denying attorney’s fees where there is privity of contract of the parties)

Soule v. U.S. Bank Nat’l Ass’n., 2018 WL 3402390 (Fla. 2d DCA July 13, 2018) (prevailed on appeal of final judgment where conditions precedent were not met prior to filing of the action)

Turan v. Nationstar Mortgage, LLC, 2018 WL 1972656 (Fla. 5th DCA April 27, 2018) (prevailed on appeal where court sua sponte entered default final judgment in ex parte proceedings)

Vitaliy v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., 253 So. 3d 779 (Fla. 5th DCA 2018) (prevailed on appeal of final judgment where conditions precedent were not met prior to filing of the action)

M & T Bank v. Mongiello, 242 So. 3d 345 (Fla. 2d DCA 2018) (prevailed on appeal of final judgment on documentary stamp tax argument)

Knight v. GTE Federal Credit Union, 2018 WL 844352 (Fla. 2d DCA Feb. 14, 2018) (prevailed on appeal where final judgment was supported by inadmissible hearsay proffered by third-party vendor)

Spencer v. Ditech, Financial, LLC, 242 So. 3d 1189 (Fla. 2d DCA 2018) (prevailed on appeal where final judgment was supported by inadmissible hearsay)

 

Kamin v. Federal Nat’l Mortg. Ass’n., 230 So. 3d 546 (Fla. 2d DCA 2017) (prevailed on appeal of summary final judgment where affidavits contained hearsay)

 

Bank of N.Y. Mellon v. Swain, 217 So. 3d 226 (Fla. 5th DCA 2017) (prevailed on motion to dismiss for lack of jurisdiction)

Salinas v. U.S. Bank, N.A., 2019 WL 5655886, (Fla. 2d DCA Nov. 1, 2019) (reversing award of attorney fees for lack of evidence)

Rivera v. Bank of New York Mellon, 276 So. 3d 979 (Fla. 2d DCA 2019) (reversing summary final judgment where affidavit was not based on personal knowledge)