Disciplined in Sophisticated Defense and Insurance Litigation

Mihaela Cabulea is Of Counsel in our Tampa office. Mihaela joined the firm in 2017 and currently practices in the Appellate practice group. 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


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


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


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

Blog Posts

January 07, 2019 BLOG POSTOfferors 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.

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June 06, 2019 EVENTHarvey v. GEICO Gen. Ins. Co. - Where do we go from here?

This panel of experienced bad faith attorneys will discuss the landscape of third-party bad faith claims in Florida following the Supreme Court's recent opinion in Harvey v. GEICO Gen. Ins. Co.

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September 27, 2019 NEWSMihaela Cabulea - 2019 Trial Advocate Award

Join us in extending a congratulations to Partner Mihaela Cabulea for being awarded the FDLA's 2019 Trial Advocate Award.

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June 07, 2019 NEWSMihaela 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...

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March 08, 2018 NEWSInternational Women's Day

"Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence and making sure that impact lasts in your absence."

-Sheryl Sanberg

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