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Beatriz S. McConnell

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Bea is a strategic business litigator who has been practicing in the Tampa Bay area since 2007. With an established track record of successful jury and non-jury trials, Bea is dedicated to zealously advocating for her clients in an array of business matters. Her broad experience litigating complex commercial matters, including business torts, contractual disputes, non-compete enforcement matters, and misappropriation of trade secrets claims, enables her to counsel clients based on years of first-hand experience in both federal and state court arenas. In addition to her litigation practice, Bea is the firm’s co-managing partner and is committed to upholding the firm’s cultural values and championing local non-profit organizations. 

In addition to her passion for advocacy and firm culture, Bea is an avid traveler and wine enthusiast. She received her Level 2 Wine Certification from the Wine & Spirit Education Trust and travels the world exploring wine making and culture in her free time. 

Areas of Practice
  • Barry University College of Law, Juris Doctor
  • University of South Florida, B.A.
Bar Admissions

Florida Bar

Court Admissions
  • Florida – all courts
  • United States District Court – Middle District of Florida
  • United States District Court – Southern District of Florida
Representative Cases
  • Served as counsel in suit for misappropriation of trade secrets.  Secured a permanent injunction, sanctions and judgment for both compensatory and punitive damages against one defendant in state court.  Subsequently prevailed in a multi-day jury trial in federal court against remaining defendants and secured sanctions and a judgment for compensatory and punitive damages as well as attorney’s fees.
  • Served as lead counsel in a complex, multi-party suit for breach of a non-compete agreement, tortious interference, and conspiracy where opposing parties sought over $100,000,000 in damages as well as injunctive relief. Through summary judgment, eliminated several claims, including injunctive relief, and reduced opposing party’s potential damage claim to a nominal figure.
  • Served as counsel in complex, multi-party suit prosecuting claims for tortious interference, breach of non-compete after direct competitor began poaching client’s employees. As lead trial counsel at the trial on damages, obtained judgment for damages exceeding $7,000,000.
  • Served as lead counsel in trial defending client against the improper domestication of a foreign judgment procured by fraud
  • Served as lead counsel in suit for breach of fiduciary duty, conversion, civil theft, and negligence against client’s former counsel, a national bank, and an individual after client’s wire transfer in excess of $300,000 was wrongfully diverted. After client was unable to recover funds through law enforcement, he recovered through a favorable settlement in the action.
Practice Experience

Practices in the area of commercial litigation, with an emphasis on restrictive covenant enforcement and commercial contractual disputes.

Professional Recognition
Professional and Civic Activities
  • Lawyers for Literacy, 2024
  • St. Pete Bar Association, Executive Committee Board Member, (2023 – 2024)
  • Enriching Escapes, Board Member and Secretary, (2020 – 2024)
  • St. Pete Bar Association, Business Law Section, (Vice Chair, 2019 and 2020), (Chair, 2021 and 2022)
  • Redefining Refuge, Bubbles & Butterflies Gala Committee, (2016 – 2018)

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