Alexander served has been an AOPA Panel Plan Attorney for over 20 years and served as an Adjunct Associate Professor at  Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University of Daytona Beach, Florida, Fort Lauderdale Area Resident Center, Division of Business Administration for ten years. He taught Aviation Law, Business Law, and Federal Regulations to pilots, maintenance personnel, management, Sikorsky and Pratt
and Whitney employees, and to former Black Ops, NASA/Russian Rocket Propulsion
Engineers. Mr. Penalta is a licensed FAA Private Pilot with general aviation experience
flying 152s, 172s, open cockpit, WWII, and glider aircraft and is an AOPA Panel Plan
Attorney.

AVIATION (UAS) DRONES AND FLIGHT OPERATIONS LIABILITY


Professional Memberships

BUSINESS LITIGATION AND EMPLOYMENT

U.S. NAVAL MILITARY SERVICE

Ensign-Lieutenant Junior Grade, United States Naval Reserve, Judge Advocate General's Corps
United States Naval Reserve

March 1990 – June 1992 Newport, Rhode Island and Mayport, Florida

Mayport, Florida Naval Legal Service Office. U.S.S. Saratoga CV-60. Alexander Penalta is a former federal officer in the executive branch of the United States government. Alexander served as a Naval Reserve Officer, LTjg, Judge Advocate Generals Corps, (JAG), Honorably Discharged

High Performance Motorsports Training
USMC Children's Charity Events

MOTORSPORTS SAFETY AND TRANSPORTATION LIABILTY

The Penalta Law Firm's ANIMAL ENTERPRISE DIVISION provides legal representation in compliance matters and sustainable management practices, Animal Husbandry, Food and Agriculture, F.S. 767 and ADA Canine Disability, Cattle, F.S. 828 Animal Related Crimes, F.S. 474 Veterinary Practice, USDA & FFWC Licensing Investigations and Actions, Administrative Law, Civil and Misdemeanor and Felony Criminal Judicial Proceedings involving Aquariums, F.S. 535, 773 Equine, Zoological Facilities, Bears, Elephants, Primates, Marine Mammals, Big Cat, Wildlife and other Federal and F.S. 379 Regulated and Licensed Facilities, Appeals and Judicial Review of State and Federal agency actions. The AVIATION DIVISION provides services to passengers, pilots, aviation powerplant mechanics involving repairs, accidents, collisions, catastrophic injury, investigations by the NTSB, FSDO, and FAA investigations, FAR licensing actions, Medical, Alcohol Substance Abuse, HIMS, criminal prosecutions, FBO Flight Operations. The COMMERCIAL BUSINESS AND EMPLOYMENT DIVISION provides professional legal advice, in civil and criminal prosecution of F.S. 775-896 crimes, Complex Business Litigation services for Negligence, Strict Liability, F.S. 561-568 Alcohol Licensing, F.S. 605-623 Business Organization and Incorporation, Contract Review, Corporate Compliance and Management, Title VII, F.S. 760 Employment, Negotiations, EEO proceedings, Business losses and Insurance claims handling, F.S. 766-774 Risk Management, Property Management and Liability, Arbitration, Mediation, Compliance and Litigation of legal matters affecting Hotels, Restaurants, Bars and Taverns, Travel, Tourism and Transportation. The AQUATICS AND HIGH PERFORMANCE MOTORSPORTS DIVISION provides legal services related to compliance, claims handling and complex litigation affecting Marinas, Boating, Scuba Diving Operations, Aquatics Liability, Motor Vehicle Safety and Automobile Liability, Catastrophic Motorcycle Accidents. The STATE AND NATIONAL SECURITY DIVISION protects any home, lawful business activity and corporation, Animal Enterprise, Aquarium, Sanctuary, Zoological Facility, Rehab/Rescue Facilities and Marine Mammal Park against Disruptive Business Practices, and Animal Enterprise Terrorism, Domestic Terrorism, Drone UAS Air Space Intrusions, Clandestine Flight Activities, F.S. 934.50 Invasion of Privacy and threats to Florida and America’s National Security, Federal and F.S. 934 Data Intrusion, and Critical Infrastructure Security. 

Alexander Penalta has over 25 years of experience in handling catastrophic injury cases involving motorcycle and automobile collisions. Mr. Penalta places great emphasis on teaching collision prevention and driver awareness. Mr. Penalta served as a Teen Survival Safety Instructor for BMW CCA in Palm Beach, Florida and is a strong proponent of educating teenage drivers on motor vehicle safety throughout the state, in public and private schools. Alexander was trained by two time World Champion Frank Hawley at the Gainesville Raceway and is licensed by the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) to race Super Comp Dragsters and ET Bracket Class Race Cars. He has is presently or has in the past been a member of the NSX Club of America, Scuderia Ferrari and Exotics Club of South Florida, the BMW Car Club of North America, and S2k (S2000 Honda Motorsports) International. He has participated in Pace Car activities at the Inaugural Street Race in St. Petersburg, Florida for the Indy Racing League on behalf of S2k International and Honda of North America.  Mr. Penalta has attended Bertil Roos Racing School at Moroso, Indy Experience at Disney Raceway, Richard Petty Driving Experience at Disney Raceway and Daytona Super Speedway, Mario Andretti Racing School at Homestead Speedway, and Penguin Road Racing School at Homestead Speedway becoming a licensed Motorcycle Advanced Road Racer on high performance Ducati Racing Motorcycles.

​​The Penalta Law Firm

Administrative Law & Animal/Agriculture related Civil and Criminal Court, USDA & State Licensing Compliance Violations

Animal Law: Marine Mammal, Zoological Parks and Aquariums, Equine and Canine; Administrative Investigations & Proceedings

Counselor and Attorney at Law for Animal Husbandry Professionals, Marine Mammal Trainers, Aquariums and Conservation Facilities 

Animal Enterprise Terrorism - Emphasis on Global Marine Mammal Eco-Terrorism, Racketeering and Business Disruption

Authorized Contract Counsel for the State of Florida; Veteran Owned & Minority Business Enterprise, Certified by the State of Florida

Aviation Injuries and Accidents involving Private and Commercial Aircraft; National Transportation & Safety Board Investigations (NTSB) Investigations, FAA UAS, Fixed Wing, Rotor Craft, Glider, Air Balloon Licensing Suspension Revocation Actions for any FAA violation including alcohol, drugs and psychological indicators; Defending Fixed Based Operators, Pilots, (A&P) Aircraft & Powerplant Mechanics 

Chair, Aviation and National Security Committee for the Volusia County Bar Association 

Business and Employment Claims and Litigation, Sexual Harassment, EEO/Title VII Actions

Civilian Counsel for Members of the United States Armed Forces in Military Proceedings

Legal Services Panel Plan Attorney: (AOPA) Aircraft Owners & Pilot's Association

Unemployment Insurance Appeals, Employment Lectures & Workshops

Designated Panel Plan Attorney: (NRA) National Rifle Association

Corporate Flight Departments & Florida Scuba Diving Operators

Business Intelligence/Cyber Warfare/Data Breach

White Collar Crimes and Select Criminal Cases

Certified Arbitrator and Mediation Services

Professional License Disciplinary Actions

Sea, Air, and Land Operations

Environmental Law

Alexander Penalta, Esquire
Chief Litigation Counsel, Juris Doctor
www.penaltalaw.com
Office: (386) 847-5335

PRESENT AND PAST CORPORATE BOARD OF DIRECTORS


Volusia County Officer’s Club, a division of the Military Officer’s Association, Board of Directors


Edgewater Riverfest Business Expo, Inc., Board of Directors and President


Florida Hospital Foundation, New Smyrna. Board of Directors


Allen West Foundation Boca Raton. Board of Directors, Treasurer


Space Coast Women In Defense Melbourne, a national security organization, Board of Directors

  • United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, Division of Professional Development, Offshore Sailing Training Squadron; OSTS Training Officer, Annapolis, Maryland


  • St. Thomas University, The Archdiocesan Catholic University of Florida, Department of Management. Graduate Curriculum for the Masters in Science Management Program: MAN 710 Legal of Business Administration; MAN 712 Labor Relations and The Law. Adjunct Professor  Miami, Florida


  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University of Daytona Beach, Florida, Fort Lauderdale Area Resident Center, Division of Aeronautical Science. Undergraduate Curriculum: AS 405 Aviation Law;  BA 390 Business Law; BA 632 Seminar in Aviation Labor Relations; BA 322  Aviation Insurance and Risk Management: Graduate Curriculum: BA 655 Aviation Law & Insurance; Lockheed Martin, Sikorsky Aircraft, and Pratt & Whitney -United Technologies Rocket Propulsion Engineers: MSTM 620 The Legal & Regulatory Environment of Business, Adjunct Associate Professor  Fort Lauderdale, Florida


  • Lynn University, Graduate College of Business, Graduate Curriculum for the Masters in Business Administration Program: MBA 510 Legal Aspects of Business Administration, Undergraduate Curriculum Business Law I (312) and Business Law II (313). Adjunct Professor, Boca Raton, Florida


  • Florida Atlantic University at Boca Raton, College of Education, Department of Educational Leadership. Graduate Curriculum: EDA 6232,  Education and the Law, Adjunct Professor, Davie Campus & North Palm Beach Campus - Davie,  Florida


  • University of Florida, College of Health and Human Performance, Department of Exercise and Sport Sciences, Academic Diving Program. Undergraduate Curriculum: Open Water, Advanced Open Water, Assistant Instructor and Instructor, Assistant Director and Adjunct  Instructor, Gainesville, Florida

Alexander has spoken before the Broward County Bar Assoc., Labor and Employment
Section on "Tactics and Procedures before the Florida Dept. of Labor and Employment
Security, Div. of Unemployment Compensation Bureau of Appeals." Mr. Penalta has
been a guest on several radio and television interviews including RADIO FIESTA,
WLVS-AM1380, Morning Show with Dante Medina & Helman Ruiz, "Sexual Harassment
& The Jury System (Spanish)". He served in the Florida Department of Labor, Bureau
of Appeals, and is experienced in representing and defending businesses and former
management throughout Florida in a variety of legal issues related to employer-
employee relations.

MARINE, BOATING, SCUBA, AND AQUATICS LIABILITY

ALEXANDER PENALTA, Esquire is an American Trial Lawyer, fluent in English and Spanish, licensed to practice in Florida and Washington, D.C., and is a graduate of Washburn University of Topeka, School of Law. Mr. Penalta interned at the Kansas Statehouse (Kansas State Capitol Building) in Topeka as a legislative aid to Republican House of Representatives Nancy Brown, 27th District of Kansas. Alexander served on United States Senator Bob Dole’s Steering Committee in Broward County, Florida along with other prosecutors from the Broward State Attorney’s Office. Alexander and prosecutors from the Broward County State Attorney’s Office served as transporters and as armed force multipliers alongside Senator Dole’s United States Secret Service detail, while Senator Dole campaigned in South Florida for his 1992 presidential run. 

Alexander Penalta
  • AAUS
  • Administrative Hearings
  • Administrative Law Judge
  • AETA  
  • Agriculture
  • Animal Advocate
  • Animal Enterprise
  • Animals
  • Animal Sanctuary
  • AOPA
  • Aquariums
  • Arbitration
  • Automobiles
  • Aquatics
  • Aviation
  • Bears
  • Big Cats
  • BMW Street Survival
  • Boating
  • Boca Raton
  • Breeders
  • Business
  • Canine
  • Casino
  • Cattle
  • Cavalry Group
  • CMAS
  • Company
  • Contracts
  • Corporate
  • Courtroom
  • Crimes
  • Critical Infrastructure
  • Damages
  • Data Intrusion
  • Defamation
  • Deposition
  • Disability
  • Discovery
  • Disney Animal Kingdom
  • Disney Epcot Living Seas
  • Disruptive Business Practices
  • Dolphin Research Center
  • Dolphins
  • Dolphins Plus MMR
  • Domestic Terror
  • Drones
  • EEO
  • Elephants
  • Employment
  • Equine
  • ERAU
  • FAA
  • FBI Infragard
  • FBO
  • Felony
  • Film and Television
  • Firearms
  • Fish and Game
  • Florida Keys
  • Food
  • Formula 1
  • Fort Lauderdale
  • Fort Myers
  • FFWC
  • Hearings
  • Hotels
  • Incorporation
  • INDY Racing League
  • Insurance
  • Intelligence
  • Jacksonville
  • Jets
  • Jet Ski
  • K-9
  • Legislative
  • Licensing
  • Lions
  • Litigation
  • Manufacturing
  • Marinas
  • Marine Facility
  • Marine Mammals
  • Marine Parks
  • Miami
  • Military
  • Misdemeanor
  • MMPA
  • Mote Marine Laboratory
  • Motorsports
  • National Security
  • NAUI
  • NHRA
  • PADI
  • Rescue/Rehab
  • Restaurants
  • Safety
  • Sailing
  • Sanctuary
  • Sarasota
  • Scuba
  • Sheriff
  • Ships
  • St. Augustine
  • St. Petersburg
  • Tallahassee
  • Tampa
  • Teen Safety Driving
  • Terrorism
  • Tigers
  • Tourism
  • Travel
  • Trials 
  • UAV/UAS
  • USCG
  • USDA
  • USNA
  • US Navy SPA WAR Dolphins
  • Veterinarians
  • YMCA
  • Watersports
  • Wildlife
  • Wildlife Officer
  • Zoos

Mr. Penalta is experienced in legal issues surrounding Scuba, Boating and Marine
Mammal Facilities. Alexander has served as a Training Officer for the Offshore Sailing
Training Squadron at the United States Naval Academy (USNA) in Annapolis,
Maryland. Mr. Penalta is experienced in sailing Sloops and Catamarans. He holds
multiple American Sailing Association (ASA) Sailing Certifications and is a United
States Coast Guard (USCG) Licensed Captain and a USCG Licensed Master with Sailing
Endorsements. Mr. Penalta has served as legal advisor to several Florida members of
the Alliance for Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums and marine mammal facilities
throughout Asia, including the Dominican Republic, the Bahamas, the Philippines,
Singapore, and Japan. Alexander served as the legal advisor to the University of
Florida, College of Health and Human Performance, Academic Diving Program;
National YMCA Scuba Program-Florida Field; U.S. Underwater Federation and the
National Association for Cave Diving, with an emphasis on diving safety and cave
diving deaths.

UNITED STATES MILITARY, CIVILIAN INTELLIGENCE,

ACADEMIC AND SPACE PROGRAM ACTIVITIES


The Cavalry Group – Florida Litigation Counsel, Nationwide before Administrative Law Judges (DOAH)

Animal Advocate, Marine Mammal Responder/Rescue Unit and Dolphins Plus Marine Mammal Facility of the Florida Keys, USA 

USDA & FFWC Licensing Actions, Administrative Law & Judicial Animal Legal Civil and Criminal Proceedings

State of Florida, (FFWC) Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Member, Bear Stakeholder Group (BSG) of the Central Bear Management Unit 

Florida Bar, Animal Law Section, Committee Member 

Co-Chair, Subcommittee of Marine Mammals, Zoological Facilities, and Aquariums for the Wildlife Committee of the Florida Bar, Animal Law Section 

Co-Chair, Subcommittee of Human-Wildlife Interaction for the Wildlife Committee of the Florida Bar, Animal Law Section 

Florida Bar, Animal Law Section, Equine Committee 


Volusia County, Florida Animal Control Advisory Board 

Volusia County, UF-IFAS Extension, Extension Overall Advisory Committee Member 

Volusia County, Agri-Business Inter-Relationship Advisory Committee Member 

Broward County Bar Association, Animal Law Section, Vice-Chair 

Past member of (IMATA) International Marine Animal Trainers' Association and (IAAM) International Association for Aquatic Animal Medicine 

(WIFT-FL) Women In Film and Television Florida, Member

• Former Legal Advisor and Asst. Dir. of the UF SCUBA Academic Diving Program, CMAS Scientific Diver       Rated #006, and (AAUS) American Academy of Underwater Sciences Member


•United States Naval Academy, OSTS Squadron Training Officer, N44 Qualified

•Licensed USCG, U.S. Merchant Marine, Captain & Master 50Ton w/Auxiliary Sail

•United States Naval Reserve, Judge Advocate Generals Corps, (1990-92) Honorable Discharge,

National Defense Medal Recipient

ACADEMIA



Ferrari Club of America FCA 2017 Daytona International Meet, Vice President of Public Relations for the Southeastern United States


Ferrari Club of America Palm Beach Chapter Member 


Certified BMW CCA Street Survival Instructors, Attorneys and Licensed High Performance Drivers


Licensed NHRA Super Comp Dragsters


Licensed Ducati Advanced Road Racer


2005 VIP Pre Race Track Driver, S2ki and Honda of North America at St. Pete (IRL) Indy Grand Prix 

Alexander Penalta at WMEL 1300 was a frequent guest legal expert on the Laureen Trent Radio Show in Brevard County

Chair, Volusia County Bar Association, Aviation (UAS) Drones & National Security


Association of Former Intelligence Officers, D.C. and Florida Satellite Chapter


Licensed FAA Private Pilot - SEL


AOPA Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association LSP Attorney 


Space Coast Women In Defense, (NDIA) a national security organization, Former Board of Directors


(ERAU) Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Former Adjunct Associate Professor

Alexander Penalta's current and past membership activities include the Association For
Intelligence Officers (AFIO); Women in Defense (WID); Naval Intelligence
Professionals (NIP); Precision Strike Association (PSA); American Society for Industrial
Security (ASIS International); National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA); Armed
Forces Communications and Electronics Assoc. (AFCEA International); Intelligence and
National Security Alliance (INSA International);  Individual Rights Committee of the
Labor and Employment Law Section of the Florida Bar; The ABA, Labor and
Employment Section, The Broward County Bar Assoc., Labor and Employment
Section; Palm Beach County Bar Assoc.; Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce; South
Palm Beach County Bar Assoc.; Hispanic Bar Assoc. of Palm Beach County; Cuban-
American Bar Assoc; National Assoc. of Administrative Law Judges; ATLA; The
Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers; The Florida Bar Speakers Committee; Alliance for
Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums (AMMPA); Aircraft Owner's and Pilots
Association (AOPA); National Rifle Association (NRA).

Administrative Animal Business Compliance Contract Data Breach Employment FFWC Insurance law firm Motorsports National Security Risk Management Watersports USDA Advocates for Industry, Business and the Community law firm legal services

• Florida Bar, Speakers Bureau


• Edgewater Riverfest Biz Expo, Inc., President


• Southeast Volusia County Chamber Member


• City of Edgewater, Police Pension Board, Chair


• Edgewater Rotary Club, Former Member 

CIVIL & CRIMINAL COURT STATE AND FEDERAL LICENSES AND CERTIFICATIONS

Licensed to practice in Florida and Washington, D.C. 

United States Supreme Court 

United States Court of International Trade 

United States Court of Military Appeals 

United States District Court, Southern and Middle District 

National Association of Administrative Law Judiciary

Supreme Court of Florida Certified Arbitrator


FBI Infragard, Orlando Branch


Veteran and Minority Business Enterprise, Certified by the State of Florida


Military Officer's Club of Volusia County (MOAA)


National Rifle Association Panel Attorney


United States Naval Academy, OSTS Squadron Training Officer, N44 Qualified


Licensed USCG, U.S. Merchant Marine, Captain & Master 50Ton w/Auxiliary Sail


United States Naval Reserve, Judge Advocate Generals Corps, (1990-92) Honorable Discharge, National Defense Medal Recipient

Space Coast Women In Defense, a national security organization and affiliate of the NDIA

PRACTICE AREAS

ANIMAL  LAW


Animal Husbandry, Agricultural & Wildlife Facilities, Breeders, and Exhibition, Marine Mammal, Zoological Parks and Aquariums, Agricultural Livestock, Equine and Canine

INVITED LECTURES, SEMINARS AND WORKSHOPS


“Terrorism Threat Levels posed by Weaponized Commercially Available (UAS) Flying Drones against Civilian Venues and Critical National Infrastructure throughout the Homeland and Overseas” presented throughout Florida to legislators, government leaders, NASA and Space Coast Rocket Propulsion Engineers, law enforcement, academia, first responders and civic organizations, Volusia and Brevard County, Daytona International Airport, Daytona Beach 2016


"Human Resources 102: Walking the Legal Minefield, A discussion on sexual discrimination concentrating on sexual harassment in the workplace." 8th Annual Employer Seminar, Florida Employer Advisory Council, Inc. (FEAC) and Palm Beach County Workforce Development Board, Omni Hotel, West Palm Beach, Florida. April 2000


Unemployment Tax Consequences for an Employer. Rotary Club of Deerfield. Deerfield Beach, September 1999


(Leyes Relativas a la Operacion Aeronautica en Estados Unidos, sus Responsabilidades y Derechos) “Aviation Negligence: A Discussion on the Civil & Criminal Aspects of U.S. Aviation Law,” Latin American Aeronautical Association (Asociacion Latinoamericana de Aeronautica ALA), ALA MIAMI 99, Radisson Deauville Resort, Miami Beach, Florida, July 1999


“Employment Law and Sexual Discrimination - Defendant’s Perspective,” Personal Injury Continuing Legal Education Committee of the Palm Beach County Bar Association, 16th Annual Personal Injury & Wrongful Death Seminar, Omni Hotel, West Palm Beach, Florida. March 1999


“Terror in the Skies: Managing Aviation Negligence” Palm Beach County Chapter Florida Legal Assistants, Inc., An Affiliate of the National Association of Legal Assistants, Inc., CLER approved. Colony Hotel, West Palm Beach, Florida. June 1998


“Ten Commandments to follow before Administrative Hearing Officers and before Administrative Law Judges” Florida Institute of Government, Palm Beach Community College Affiliate, Seminar on Measurement and Enforcement of Community Noise Standards, Lake Worth, Florida. October 1997


“Tactics and Procedures before the Florida Dept. of Labor and Employment Security, Division of Unemployment Compensation Bureau of Appeals” Broward County Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section Fort Lauderdale, Florida. May 1997


“Hiring practices and Pre-Employment Screening Procedures that can keep a company out of litigation” Dania Marine Trade Association, Dania, Florida. June 1996


ACADEMIC PUBLICATION
Joseph A. Finley, Jr, Ph.D., CPP and Alexander Penalta Juris Doctor, CIVILIAN DRONE OPERATORS: THE THREAT OVER THE HORIZON IN THE AGE OF COUNTERTERRORISM, Brevard Times, July 24, 2015, http://ltnews.brevardtimes.com/2015/07/civilian-drone-operators-threat-over.html

Alexander Penalta, Esq. and Kathleen Bonczyk, "Human Resources 102: Walking the Legal Minefield, A discussion on sexual discrimination concentrating on sexual harassment in the workplace." 8th Annual Employer Seminar, Florida Employer Advisory Council, Inc. (FEAC) and Palm Beach County Workforce Development Board, Omni Hotel, West Palm Beach, Florida. April 2000


Alexander Penalta, Esq., “Employment Law and Sexual Discrimination - Defendant’s” Perspective, CLE Palm Beach Bar Outline, Personal Injury Continuing Legal Education Committee of the Palm Beach County Bar Association, 16th Annual Personal Injury & Wrongful Death Seminar. March 1999


Robert F. Millott, Ed.D., Milledge Murphey, Ph.D., Mary Beth Horodoski, Ed.D. and Alexander Penalta, Esq. “OSHA Regulations’ Potential Impact on the Dive Industry.” SOURCES, National Journal of Underwater Education, Vol. 7, Issue 5 September/October (1995), Technical Issues, p.42A

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