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Mihaela Cabulea is Of Counsel in our Tampa office. Mihaela joined the firm in 2017 and currently practices in the Appellate practice group. She is a Florida Bar Board Certified Specialist in Appellate Practice. Before joining Butler, she clerked for the Honorable Patrick A. White, U.S Magistrate Judge in the Southern District of Florida and served as a senior judicial staff attorney in the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit Court of Florida. Mihaela has extensive state and federal court experience. She served on the Florida Bar Appellate Court Rules Committee from 2013 to 2016.

Mihaela received her Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Miami, where she was a Soia Mentschikoff Scholar for the duration of her studies. While a law student, she was a legal intern to the Honorable Shelby Highsmith of the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida and she served as a Dean’s Fellow in the Legal Writing Center.

In addition to her law degree, Mihaela holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy and an M.A. in American Studies from Babeş-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. As a doctoral student, she spent the 2001-02 academic year as a Fulbright Scholar at Stanford University, California, where she researched her doctoral dissertation on American Pragmatism.

Mihaela was appointed to the Florida Appellate Court Rules Committee and serves for the 2019—2022 term. 


  • Florida


  • 2019 Florida Defense Lawyers Association Trial Advocate Award


  • Babeș-Bolyai University
    Masters in American Studies
  • Babeș-Bolyai University
    Ph.D. In Philosophy
  • University of Miami
    Doctor of Jurisprudence


  • Florida Appellate Court Rules Committee (ACRC)
  • Florida Bar Association
  • Florida Defense Lawyers Association (FDLA)
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association


  • 11th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • 4th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Florida State Courts
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida


Attorneys’ Fees on Appeal

Join Of Counsel Mihaela Cabulea and Partner Tony Russo as they present for the Appellate Practice Section of the Florida Bar on September 21, 2021. Read the details of the presentation below: We all want to get paid. And if someone other than your client has to foot the bill, all the better. After all, your client wants the most recovery possible. Mihaela Cabulea and Tony Russo will share their e...

Attorney Spotlights | Mihaela Cabulea

  Butler is proud to highlight the diversity among our team of attorneys. Many come from different backgrounds and walks of life. These experiences both professionally and in life are what bring a powerful dynamic and impact to the legal services we provide to our clients. This is especially true of this month’s spotlight attorney, Of Counsel Mihaela Cabulea. Originally from Roma...

Congratulations Mihaela Cabulea | Appellate Board Certification

We are pleased to congratulate Of Counsel Mihaela Cabulea May for receiving her board certification in Appellate practice. This is a highly commendable achievement resulting from her hard work and dedication. Board certification is The Florida Bar's highest evaluation in areas of law approved for specialization by the Supreme Court of Florida. Way to go, Mihaela!...

Florida Supreme Court unveils a revamped summary judgment rule just in time for the May 1, 2021 effective date.

On December 31, 2020, the Florida Supreme Court issued an opinion amending Florida Rule of Civil Procedure 1.510 governing summary judgment proceedings, to adopt the summary judgment standard articulated by the United States Supreme Court in Celotex Corp. v. Catrett, 477 U.S. 317 (1986); Anderson v. Liberty Lobby, Inc., 477 U.S. 242 (1986); Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. v. Zenith Radio Corp.,...

The Federal Summary Judgment Standard Comes to Florida State Courts on May 1, 2021

Last year, the Florida Supreme Court signaled its intention to adopt the summary judgment standard articulated in the Celotex trilogy, by directing the parties in Wilsonart, LLC v. Lopez, SC19-1336, 2019 WL 5188546 (Fla. Oct. 15, 2019) to brief the issue in that case. After having the benefit of the briefings submitted by the parties and numerous amici in Wilsonart, today, in a decision amending t...

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The Days Of The “Scintilla” Of Evidence Summary Judgment Standard In Florida Are Numbered

This article was originally published in the FDLA Trial Advocate, Volume 39, No. 2. Legal opinions may vary when based on subtle factual differences. All rights reserved. Florida Rule of Civil Procedure 1.510, addressing summary judgment proceedings, is modeled after its federal counterpart, Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 56. Although the two rules are substantially similar, the state and federa...

Major Appellate Jurisdictional Shifts In Florida: The Effects Are Yet To Be Determined

          ON JUNE 20, 2020, THE FLORIDA GOVERNOR SIGNED INTO LAW SENATE BILL 1392, which, among other things, divests circuit courts of jurisdiction over appeals from county court orders or judgments. come January 1, 2021, Florida’s circuit courts will no longer have jurisdiction over appeals from county court orders or judgments. The bill amends...

Florida Supreme Court Rewrites the Rules

FLORIDA SUPREME COURT REWRITES THE RULES, LIFTING RESTRICTIONS ON THE IMMEDIATE APPEAL OF ORDERS DENYING ABSOLUTE, QUALIFIED, OR SOVEREIGN IMMUNITY. For those who have kept abreast of the latest opinions issued by the Florida Supreme Court, it should come to no surprise that the court recently amended suas ponte the Florida Rule of Appellate Procedure 9.130 to remove the limitation in the existin...

Mihaela Cabulea – 2019 Trial Advocate Award

Join us in extending congratulations to Mihaela Cabulea for being awarded the FDLA's 2019 Trial Advocate Award. This award recognizes her contributions to the "Trial Advocate", the FDLA's professional journal. Mihaela received this award at the FDLA Leadership Summit on September 27, 2019....

Mihaela Cabulea Appointed to Appellate Court Rules Committee

We are pleased to announce that Mihaela Cabulea has been appointed by the President of The Florida Bar to the Appellate Court Rules Committee, term commencing July 1, 2019.  Standing committees are the backbone of The Florida Bar. This appointment is a recognition of her substantial achievements, ability, and respect within the Bar. Congratulations, Mihaela!...

Offerors relax! Offerees take note! The technical requirements of rule 2.516 do not apply to proposals for settlement

The Florida Supreme Court in Wheaton v. Wheaton, No. SC17-716, 2019 WL 99109 (Fla. Jan.4, 2019), resolved the district split on the issue whether proposals for settlement made pursuant to section 768.79, Florida Statutes and Florida Rule of Civil Procedure 1.442 must comply with the e-mail service provisions of Florida Rule of Judicial Administration 2.516. The court quashed the Third District...

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