Mr. de Paula received his Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from the University of Florida in 2004, where he was a member of the University’s Honors Program and served as the University’s Traffic Court Chief Justice.
Mr. de Paula received his Juris Doctor and Master of Business Administration from Stetson University College of Law in December 2007, where he also received a full tuition scholarship. While in law school, Mr. de Paula served as a Stetson Ambassador, interned for the Office of the Attorney General, Civil Division, and clerked at the law firms of Gassman, Bates & Associates, P.A. in Clearwater, Florida, and Korey, Sweet, McKinnon, Simpson & Vukelja in Daytona Beach, Florida.
While attending law school, Mr. de Paula mentored children in his community and volunteered to serve in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program where he assisted low income individuals and families in preparing and filing income tax returns. In recognition of his extensive community service, Mr. de Paula was awarded the William F. Blews Pro Bono Service Award.
Mr. de Paula moved to Daytona Beach, Florida in 2008. He was a member of Leadership Daytona Class XXXI, the Board of Directors of the Daytona Beach Young Professionals Group, the Volusia County Bar Association and Daytona Beach Quarterback Club. Mr. de Paula coached youth soccer in Ormond Beach and spoke at the 2010-2011 Seabreaze High School boys basketball team awards ceremony about education. Mr. de Paula also enjoys fitness activities and spending time with his family.