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Milne Law Group, P.A. is a construction law firm that serves client needs in multiple construction-related practice areas.  Based in Orlando, our team has successfully handled construction cases and insurance disputes of all sizes throughout the State of Florida.



Milne Law Group, P.A. represents general contractors, construction managers, design builders, subcontractors, suppliers, owners, architects, engineers, and sureties in the State of Florida. Milne Law Group, P.A. also represents each of these groups for insurance defense.

Construction law involves the unique application of many different general bodies of law to the industry specific issues and problems that arise in connection with the construction process and its varied business relationships; the many different particular laws that specifically govern the construction process; and the laws and legal principles that apply to and in connection with the many different types of businesses and professions that are part of and serve the construction industry.

Because of our many years of experience and the dedicated focus of our practice, we are able to provide high-quality legal service economically in connection with virtually any of these industry specific issues, problems and matters.


Bar Admissions

  • 2002, Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida


  • University of Florida, Levin College of Law (J.D., cum laude, 2001)
  • University of Florida (B.A.)


  • Named Florida “Super Lawyer” by Florida Super Lawyers Magazine
    (2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15)

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Our Mission

“Given the complexities and vagaries of the construction process and the many business relationships that are involved in construction projects, it is inevitable that problems will occur and that disputes will arise out of some of those problems.

Our mission is to solve client problems and, when necessary, to guide our clients through their disputes as successfully, productively and cost-effectively as possible.”





































Michael E. Milne, Founder

Michael E. Milne is the founder of the Milne Law Group, P.A. located in Orlando, Florida. Mr. Milne is well versed in handling complex multi-party litigation, including construction defect claims for water intrusion and other damages. He also has vast experience in handling claims for delays, professional design errors and omissions, and contract disputes. He  has represented all tiers of the construction industry, including owners, general contractors, subcontractors, design professionals and material suppliers.

Mr. Milne has significant experience with issues involving building envelope, lien law, architectural design and engineering. He has co-lectured seminars on lien law and performance and payment bonds. Mr. Milne also has extensive experience in contract review and drafting for general contractors and subcontractors.

Mr. Milne is board certified in construction law by the Florida Bar. He has worked with several different insurance companies and understands the intricacies of insurance defense. He has represented wide range of companies including small subcontractor companies to large general contractors and design professionals with general counsel.


  • Down Syndrome Association of Central Florida, Board Member
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Orange Economic Development Commission, Orange and Orlando Teams
  • American Bar Association
  • Associates Counsel of Association of General Contractors, Subcommittee for Green Buildings
  • Leadership Orlando, Class 76
  • The Associated General Contractors of Greater Florida


  • “Substantial Amendment to Chapter 558 – Construction Defects: Amendment Affects All Contracts Executed After October 1, 2009,” Alert – January 12, 2010, Construction
  • “Florida Court Rules on Statute of Limitations for Claims against Subcontractors under Performance Bonds,” Alert – June 12, 2009, Construction
  • “Practical Considerations to Recovery for Damages Caused by Latent Construction Defects,” 2008 Construction Law Institute

Peter J. Kapsales, Associate

Peter KapsalesPeter J. Kapsales is a construction law associate with the Milne Law Group, P.A. Mr. Kapsales has over three years of experience as an attorney with experience in construction law, civil litigation, trial practice, foreclosures, real property law, contract law, and community association law.

He is originally from New Jersey and is a graduate of Florida International University in Miami, Florida where he received his Bachelor of Arts in International Relations in 2005. Prior to law school, Mr. Kapsales had five years of banking experience with Commerce Bank, N.A. (now TD Bank, N.A.) and was a Certified Consumer Lender.

In 2011, he received his Juris Doctorate from the College of Law at Florida A&M University in Orlando, Florida. While in law school he was a Certified Legal Intern and participated in the University’s Housing Clinic. Mr. Kapsales is currently enrolled in the Real Property Development, LL.M program at the University of Miami School of Law.


  • Florida Bar, 2011
  • U.S District Court, Middle District of Florida, 2011
  • District of Columbia Bar, 2013


  • University of Miami, Miami, Florida (LL.M., Current)
  • Florida A&M University, Orlando, Florida (J.D., 2011)
  • Florida International University, Miami, Florida (B.A., 2005)

Derek A. Conn, Associate

Peter KapsalesDerek A. Conn is an associate with the Milne Law Group, P.A. specializing in construction law.  Mr. Conn has over three years of experience as an attorney, with an education and background in litigation and trial advocacy.  This includes the areas of civil, criminal, and family law, and individual’s liberties and rights.

Derek was born and raised in Lake County, Florida.  He moved to Orlando to complete his Bachelors of Science Degree in Legal Studies, with a minor in Criminal Justice, at the University of Central Florida (UCF).  He also achieved Specialization Certificates in Criminal Law & Individual Liberties and Litigation & Trial Advocacy from UCF’s College of Health and Public Affairs, Department of Criminal Justice & Legal Studies.  He received his Juris Doctorate from Florida A&M University (FAMU) College of Law (Orlando, Florida) in 2013.

While in law school, Derek participated in many extracurricular activities, including being elected Vice President of the Entertainment, Arts, and Sports Legal Society (EASLS), and being a member of the Hispanic American Law Students Association (HALSA).  He also helped organize EASLS’ 2012 Symposium in Hollywood, California.  He orchestrated a school-funded educational venture to the American Bar Association’s Entertainment and Sports Industries’ 2012 Forum in Las Vegas, Nevada, and helped supervise and administer the EASLS’ 2013 Symposium, with CLE Accreditation during the final semester of his third year of law school.

Derek’s personal hobbies include reading, writing, working out, traveling, and spending time with his two young nephews, one-year old niece, and close family and friends.  Derek’s law practice at the Milne Law Group, P.A. focuses on complex multi-party commercial and construction litigation.


  • Member of the Florida Bar
  • Member of the Orange County Bar Association
  • Florida A&M University, College of Law, Orlando, Florida (J.D., 2013)
  • University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida (B.S., 2009)
  • Lake-Sumter State College, Leesburg, Florida (A.A., 2005)

Ried J. Arnold, Associate

Ried ArnoldRied J. Arnold is a construction law associate with the Milne Law Group, P.A. Mr. Arnold has over ten years of experience as an attorney with experience in construction law, civil litigation, automobile dealership law and employment law. He has focused exclusively on complex construction defect litigation for the last seven years of practice and has represented virtually every trade from general contractors to landscapers. Mr. Arnold has resolved over 13 cases within the last year and a half with no payment on behalf of his clients.

He is originally from Minnesota and attended the University of Minnesota, Morris from which he obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 2003. Mr. Arnold received his Juris Doctorate from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio in 2006.


  • Florida Bar, 2007
  • U.S District Court, Middle District of Florida, 2009


  • Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio (J.D., 2006)
  • University of Minnesota, Morris, Minnesota (B.A., 2003)

Robert J. Ruiz

Robert Ruiz

Robert J. Ruiz is a dynamic, results-centric professional and associate with the Milne Law Group, P.A.

With proven leadership experience, Robert has held multiple officer positions, including shareholder at Central Florida Excavation. He utilized a broad scope of construction industry knowledge toward driving on-time, in-budget framing, excavation, steel, gunite, plumbing, tile, and finishes.

Before joining Milne Law Firm, Robert was an Assistant Public Defender with the Public Defender’s Office of the 19th Judicial Circuit.

Robert is described as an ambitious self-starter who rises above challenges to attain winning outcomes, including quickly adapting to evolving scenarios, as well as independently resolving in-depth issues to boost success.

Robert is a native Floridian. He received his Bachelors of Science Degree in Legal Studies at the University of Central Florida (UCF). He received his Juris Doctorate from Barry University in 2013.


  • Member of the Florida Bar
  • Member of the Orange County Bar Association
  • Barry University (J.D., 2013)
  • University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida (B.S., 2009)