Paul A. Capua is Of Counsel to Astigarraga Davis and focuses his international litigation and arbitration practice at the firm on complex business torts, construction disputes, employment related litigation, and class actions. In addition to his litigation practice, Capua has served as past President of the Watauga County Bar Association, Adjunct Professor on Civil Rights at Appalachian State University, and former Co-Chair of the Tortious Interference Subcommittee of the Litigation Section of the American Bar Association.
Capua brings more than 20 years experience prosecuting and defending significant claims involving international and domestic business disputes, including claims involving partnership agreements, construction and engineering disputes, and securities actions locally, nationally, and internationally. He has litigated an array of business disputes ranging from class actions to financial fraud. Capua also represents individuals and institutions in major employment disputes. With his background representing individuals and corporate plaintiffs, and his trial experience in state and federal jury trials and domestic and international arbitration, Capua is an active and adept trial lawyer.
In 2007, the South Florida Daily Business Review recognized Capua along with attorneys Astigarraga and Cardenas as candidate for “Most Effective Lawyer” in recognition of achievements in obtaining a $52.6 million award in a complex, international business, and licensing dispute against one of the nation’s top shoe manufacturers.
The following matters are representative of Capua’s recent trial experience and background: 2014 Class Action (prosecution of multi-million dollar class action involving fraud and construction claims of multi-unit student housing projects); 2013 Discrimination Case, 2013 WL 1742676 (W.D.N.C. 2013) (defense of pattern and practice race and sex discrimination claims against leading industry point of sale provider); 2010 Arbitration Proceedings (prosecution of minority partner’s multi-million claims against partners in lucrative government contracting joint venture) • Alon International, Inc. vs. Converse, Inc. (2007 international business tort and licensing dispute for which Capua was recognized as candidate for "Most Effective Lawyer" award) • 2008 International Arbitration Proceedings (the defense of multi-million dollar construction and engineering dispute involving the installation of turbo-machinery at an off-shore oil refinery) • Jones Boat Yard, Inc. v. M/V CAPELLA C, 2006 WL 3664405 (S.D. Fla. Nov. 17, 2006) (defense of construction and engineering claims involving a 200 ft. refurbished Dutch Pilot Ship) • International Arbitration Proceedings (breach of an international distributorship agreement involving anti-suit injunctions against foreign courts) • White vs. Colonial National Bank (prosecution of class action involving anti-trust and consumer protection violations) • 2006 U.S. Federal Court Case (defense of multinational telecommunications company in employment discrimination claims) • Cruz-Lovo v. Ryder System, Inc., 298 F. Supp. 2d 1248 (S.D. Fla. 2003) (prosecution of federal statutory claims involving employment discrimination) • Taylor v. Camillus House, Inc., 149 F. Supp. 2d 1377 (S.D. Fla. 2001) (state and federal civil rights claims) • Hornfeld v. City of North Miami Beach, 107 F. Supp. 2d 1359 (S.D. Fla. 2000) (prosecution of state and federal civil rights claims) • Padron v. BellSouth Telecommunications, Inc., 196 F. Supp. 2d 1250 (S.D. Fla. 2002) (prosecution of employee whistleblower claims against leading telecom company) • Bistolfi v. Monalisa Import Company (defense of multinational company in sexual harassment lawsuit).
Conversant in Italian and Spanish, Capua also advises individuals and companies in disputes involving foreign investments, foreign companies, and off-shore litigation and regularly provides risk management consulting, seminars, and training on state and federal workplace rules and regulations.
Capua graduated cum laude and Order of the Lytae (Coif) from South Texas College of Law, where he served on the Moot Court Board and became a finalist in the Bar of the City of New York National Moot Court and Vanderbilt First Amendment Moot Court Competitions. He has served as Adjunct Professor at the University of Miami School of Law teaching advanced advocacy and as an Adjunct Professor in the Government and Justice Studies Department at Appalachian State University, where he teaches on civil rights law. Capua has been appointed special assistant public defender for Miami-Dade County, Florida. He is a member of the Litigation Section of the American Bar Association, the Business Torts Section of the American Bar Association, the Construction Litigation Section of the American Bar Association, and is admitted to practice in the state courts of Florida and North Carolina, as well as before the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, and U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina.