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Dorothy F. Easley

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Appellate Attorney in Miami, FL

Easley Appellate Practice, P.L.L.C.
1200 Brickell Avenue, Suite 1950
Miami, FL 33131
Phone: 305-767-2187
Fax: 888-501-6185
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2022
Licensed in Florida Since: 1994
Practice Areas: Appellate (80%), Business Litigation (10%), Health Care (10%)
Languages Spoken: English, Spanish
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Attorney Profile

Dorothy F. Easley is the president and supervising attorney of Easley Appellate Practice, P.L.L.C., in Miami, Florida. Ms. Easley is highly regarded in the area of appellate law and practices business litigation and health care law, as well. Her clients include individuals, small businesses, national entertainment groups and Fortune 100 national health plans.

Ms. Easley is board certified in appellate law by the Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization & Education and is the author of various publications about federal appeals. Over the course of her career, she has practiced as a partner in a private law firm and served as a law professor. Her current appellate practice encompasses various areas of law including business, criminal, family and intellectual property law.

Martindale-Hubbell awarded Ms. Easley an AV Preeminent* peer review rating, the highest possible rating from the organization. She is rated in the “top one percent” by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel and listed among the “legal elite” by Florida Trend magazine. The South Florida Legal Guide named her a “top appellate lawyer” and the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys included her in its list of “10 best” family lawyers.

Ms. Easley graduated summa cum laude with a master’s degree in forest genetics from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry and is a published research scientist. She earned her law degree from the University of Miami School of Law. She is qualified to appear before all Florida state and appellate courts, all U.S. appellate courts, the Florida Supreme Court, and the Supreme Court of the United States.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
  • 80%Appellate
  • 10%Business Litigation
  • 10%Health Care
Focus Areas

Appeals

Selections

17 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2022

Certificates and Credentials

About Dorothy F. Easley

First Admitted: 1994, Florida

Professional Webpage: http://www.easleyappellate.com/lawyers.html

Other Outstanding Achievements

  • Saving an historic almost-100 year old County landmark, built from stone, old heart pine, and clay tile roofs, from deterioration and destruction and the continuing restoration of the 33,000 square foot structure and its surrounding land reclamation. Directed to protecting historic buildings with community significance.

Honors/Awards

  • Consistently ranked among the top appellate lawyers in Florida since 2006., Florida Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers
  • Consistently ranked among the best appellate lawyers in Florida since 2020., Best Lawyers, Appellate Practice, Best Lawyers(R)
  • Cum Laude, University of Miami School of Law, 1994
  • Legal Elite, Top 1.9 Percent of all Florida Lawyers, Trend Magazine
  • Research Fellow, Edna Bailey Sussman National Fellowship
  • Top Appellate Lawyer, South Florida Legal Guide, 2006 - 2007
  • AV Rated & Preeminent AV Rated, Martindale-Hubbell, 1988 - Present
  • Top Appellate Lawyer, South Florida Legal Guide
  • Sigma Xi Honorary Scientific Research Society
  • American Jurisprudence Award, Top Award for Excellence in the Study of Contract Law, Fall, 1991
  • Florida Bar 2009 Excellence in the Promotion of Board Certification
  • Research Fellow, C. Eugene Farnsworth Memorial Fellowship, SUNY/CESF
  • Award for Significant Contributions, Florida Appellate Practice Section, 2003 - 2007
  • Highest Mark, Top Award for Excellence in the Study of European Market Law, Fall, 1992

Bar/Professional Activity

  • President, Rosemary Barkett Appellate American Inn of Court.
  • Member, Florida Bar Appellate Practice Certification Committee.
  • Chair, Florida Appellate Practice Section 20th Anniversary Committee.
  • President, Third District Court of Appeal Historical Society.
  • Vice Chair, Florida Appellate Practice Section, 2007 - 2008
  • Elected Member, APS Executive Council, 2003 - 2005
  • Member, Labor & Employment Law Section, The Florida Bar
  • Member, Florida Bar Appellate Court Rules Criminal Law Subcommittee, 2007 - Present
  • Chair, Florida Appellate Practice Section Legislation and Public Education Committee, 2011 - 2012
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • Member, Litigation Appellate Section, American Bar Association ("ABA")
  • Member Editorial Board, Trial Advocate Quarterly, 2005 - Present
  • Vice Chair, Florida Bar Appellate Court Rules Committee ("ACRC"), 2008 - 2009
  • Member, Health Law Section, The Florida Bar
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit
  • Member, Florida Bar Appellate Court Rules E-filing Subcommittee, 2005 - Present
  • Member, Florida Bar, Appellate Court Rules Committee, 2004 - Present
  • Member,  ACRC E - filing Subcomm,  2005 - 2009
  • Florida Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
  • Chair, Florida Appellate Practice Section Website Committee, 2005 - 2006
  • Member, Business Law Section, The Florida Bar
  • Member, Appellate Practice and Advocacy Section, The Florida Bar
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8h Circuit
  • Chair Elect, Florida Appellate Practice Section, 2008 -2009
  • Editor-in-Chief, The Record, Florida Journal of the Appellate Practice Section, 2004 - 2005
  • Member, Criminal Law Section, The Florida Bar
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit
  • Chair, Florida Appellate Practice Section Special Subcomm on Appellate Board Recertification Standards, 2006 - 2007
  • Member, Editorial Board, Trial Advocate Quarterly, 2005 - 2009
  • Member, Health Law-Torts Section, American Bar Association ("ABA")
  • Vice-Chair, Florida Bar, Appellate Practice Section, Certification Committee, 2007 - Present
  • Membership Director, Third District Court of Appeal Historical Society, 2010 - 2011
  • Elected-Chair, 1700-member Florida Appellate Practice Section
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit
  • Member, Florida Bar Appellate Court Rules Civil Rules Subcommittee, 2005 - Present
  • Chair, ACRC Orientations Subcomm, 2006 - 2007
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit
  • Member, Florida Bar Appellate Court Rules Records Subcommittee, 2004 - Present
  • Secretary, Florida Bar, Appellate Practice Section, 2006 - 2007
  • Member, ACRC Civil Rules Subcomm, 2005 - 2008
  • All U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeals, Nationwide
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit
  • Vice-Chair, Florida Appellate Practice Section Website Committee, 2004 - 2005
  • Chair, Florida Appellate Practice Section, 2009 - 2010
  • Chair, APS Pro Se Appellate Handbook Committee, 2005 - 2009
  • Immediate Past Chair, Florida Bar Appellate Practice Section ("APS"), 2010 - 2011
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit
  • Delegate, Appellate Practice Section, Florida Bar Council of Sections, 2007 - Present
  • Member, Florida Defense Lawyers Amicus Committee, 2005 - 2009
  • Member, Council of Appellate Lawyers, American Bar Association ("ABA")
  • Secretary, Florida Bar, Appellate Court Rules Committee, 2007 - Present
  • Treasurer, Third District Court of Appeal Historical Society, 2011 - 2012
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • Member, Business Law Section, American Bar Association ("ABA")
  • Chair, Florida Appellate Practice Section Pro Se Appellate Handbook Committee, 2005 - Present Member Editorial Board, Trial Advocate Quarterly, 2005 - Present
  • Chair, ACRC, General Practice Subcomm, 2008 - 2009
  • Vice Chair, Appellate Court Rules Committee
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit
  • Member, Florida Defense Lawyers Amicus Committee, 2005 - Present
  • Chair, Florida Bar Appellate Court Rules Orientations Subcommittee, 2006 - 2007
  • Member, ACRC Rules Criminal Law Subcomm, 2007 - 2008
  • All Florida District Courts of Appeal, Statewide
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit
  • Treasurer, Florida Bar, Appellate Practice Section, 2005 - 2006
  • Officer, Third District Court of Appeal Historical Society, 2010 - Present
  • Member, ACRC Records on Appeal Subcomm, 2004 - 2009
  • Chair, Florida Bar Appellate Practice Section 20th Anniversary Committee, 2012 - 2013
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Senior Counsel, American College of Barristers
  • Chair, Scenic Byway Committee, directed to successfully securing Scenic Byway designation for a County area in Western North Carolina to save historic homes, the rural communities living there, matures forests, and wildlife.
  • Chair, Save Hwy 108 from Road Expansion, directed to saving historic homes, the rural communities living there, mature forests, and wildlife in Western North Carolina., 2019

Representative Clients

  • National Entertainment Groups
  • Long-Term Care Facilities
  • Fortune 500 Corporations
  • Physicians and Medical Practices
  • Fortune 100 National Health Plans
  • National and Florida Hospitals
  • Small Businesses and Individuals
  • Families and Marital Disputes on Appeal

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Florida Bar Board Certified in Appellate Law, 2003 - Present
  • Florida Supreme Court Certified Appeals Mediator
  • Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Law Mediator
  • Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil Mediator

Educational Background

  • Warren Wilson College, B.A., 1982
  • State University of New York, M.S., Summa Cum Laude, 1986

Newsletters

  • The Appellate Gourmet(c) is a site for lawyers interested in the many flavors of appellate issues and law, including Business/Commercial Law, Health Law and Medical Malpractice (defense), Family Law, Criminal, Statutory Actions like ERISA, Civil RICO, Business Torts, Whistleblower, Consumer Protection and Constitutional Law. , The Appellate Gourmet(c), Appellate

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Authored a 501-page appellate treatise on federal appeals, for every Circuit Court of Appeal (1st through 11th Circuits, to which every one the author is admitted to practice), which is now in its 4th edition. It is a go-to treatise for attorneys practicing in federal Circuit Courts of Appeals and law professors use this treatise to also teach their students in high-quality appellate practice., Author, SUCCESSFUL FEDERAL APPEALS IN ALL CIRCUIT COURTS: A PRACTICAL GUIDE FOR BUSY LAWYERS (4th ed. 2019), Federal Appeals Attorneys, 2019
  • Discussed the key difference and important similarities between Florida and Federal Appeals to an audience of appellate judges and appellate practitioners., Lecturer, Federal Versus State Court (Florida) Appeals: Key Differences and the Important Similarities, Fla. App. Prac. Sec. Seminar on Practice in the Fourth District Court of Appeal, Florida Bar, 2019
  • Wrote chapter on how to draft effective Amicus Briefs to guide lawyers., Author, Chapter 20, Amicus Briefs, Florida Bar Appellate Practice Book, Florida Bar, 2020
  • Authored chapter on how to write effective appellate briefs to guide attorneys., Author, Chapter 19, Preparation of Briefs, Florida Bar Appellate Practice Book, Florida Bar, 2020
  • Appellate Stays in Civil Cases: Florida and Federal Courts Offer More Security Flexibility Than Believed, But Beware of Violating Their Stays, 86(10) Fla. Bar. J. 48, Dec. 2012
  • Florida Civil Contempt Proceedings in Family Law Support Matters: an Appellate Perspective, Family Lawyer Magazine, Jan. 2012
  • The Appellate Process and How Decisions Are Made, Univ. Miami School of Law Presentation, June 2012
  • Amicus Briefs, Fla. Bar App. Prac. Book, 2011 - 2012
  • The Appellate Process and How Decisions Are Made, Univ. Miami School of Law Presentation, June 2011
  • Formatting and Cite - Checking Federal and State Appellate Briefs, Fla. App. Prac. Sec. Meet the State and Federal Clerks Seminar Before the Third District Court of Appeal, March 2011
  • Judicial Notice on Appeal: A History Lesson in Recent Trends, 84(10) Fla Bar. J. 45, Dec. 2010
  • Writing Better Appellate Briefs, Fla. App. Prac. Sec. Practice Before the Florida Fifth District Court of Appeal Panel Presentation, March 2010
  • Amicus Briefs, Fla. Bar App. Prac. Book, 2009 - 2010
  • Electronic Filing: The Sun Sets on the Paper Trail, ABA - AJEI Panel Presentation, Fall 2009
  • Judicial Notice on Appeal: National Trends, Fla. App. Prac. Sec. CLE, Spring 2009
  • Appellate Court Rules Committee Update, The Record, Fla. J. of App. Prac. Sec., Fall/Winter, 2007 - 2008
  • Editor - in - Chief & Contributing Author, Florida Bar Appellate Practice Section Pro Se Appellate Handbook: Representing Yourself on Appeal, Various Chapters, 2001 - Present
  • Quo Warranto Extraordinary Writs, Fla. Bar App. Prac. Book, 2006 - 2007
  • Judicial Notice on Appeal: What's All the Fuss?, Fla. Bar J., March 2006
  • Senior Judges, Mandatory Retirement and the Freedom to Continue Contributing, The Record, Fla. J. of App. Prac. Sec., Spring, 2005
  • Bryan Garner Counsels Appellate Lawyers and Judges on Effective Legal Writing, The Record, Fla. J. of App. Prac. Sec., Winter, 2005
  • Bryan Garner Counsels Appellate Lawyers and Judges on Effective Legal Writing, The Record, Fla. J. of App. Prac. Sec., Winter, 2005
  • The Proposed Sixth District Court of Appeal: Real Need or Proverbial "Cutting Butter with a Chainsaw?", The Record, Fla. J. of App. Prac. Sec., Fall, 2004
  • Dr. Bethany Dumas Speaks on Helping Jurors Understand the Law, The Record, Fla. J. of App. Prac. Sec., Summer, 2004
  • Remand Orders in ERISA Cases: When Are They Reviewable in the 11th Circuit?, Fla. Bar J., Oct. 2003
  • Chief Judge Gary Farmer of the Fourth District Court of Appeal, The Record, Fla. J. of App. Prac. Sec., Spring, 2003
  • INS v. Elias - Zacarias: Political Asylum, "Plain Meaning," and the Labyrinth of Formalism, 24 Univ. Miami Inter - Am. L. Rev. 467, 1993
  • Adjunct Professor, University of Miami School of Law, 2007 - Present
  • Executive Editor & Staff Member, Univ. Miami School of Law Inter-American Law Review, 1992 -1994
  • Lillian R. Levy Award for Excellence, University of Miami Inter-American Law Review. 1993 - 1994

Industry Groups

  • Appeals
  • Business
  • Employment-Labor
  • Family Law
  • Health
  • Intellectual Property
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Office Location for Dorothy F. Easley

1200 Brickell Avenue
Suite 1950
Miami, FL 33131

Phone: 305-767-2187

Fax: 888-501-6185

Last Updated: 12/30/2021

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