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CANDACE DUFF

GENERAL OVERVIEW

Florida Supreme Court certified Civil Circuit, Family and Appellate mediator. Florida Supreme Court qualified Arbitrator. Member of the American Arbitration Association’s Commercial and Construction rosters of neutrals, and FedArb and CPR’s rosters. Bankruptcy Mortgage Modification Program certified mediator. Member of the ADR rosters of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida and the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida. WIND Insurance Network certified insurance umpire. Board certified construction lawyer and civil trial attorney with more than twenty years of experience successfully representing clients in civil litigation and construction matters.

EXPERIENCE

Duff Law & Mediation, 1680 Michigan Avenue, #700, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Founder
May, 2014 – Present

Mediates and arbitrates civil, family and appellate disputes including but not limited to construction claims, insurance claims, commercial disputes, contracts, employment discrimination, bankruptcy, ADA violations, landlord/tenant issues, qui tam disputes, condominium claims, marital settlement agreements, divorce issues, custody issues, child support and visitation issues, foreclosure and other real estate matters.  Certified insurance umpire.  Available to serve as a project neutral on construction matters.

Greenberg Traurig, P.A., 333 S.E. 2nd Avenue, Suite 4400, Miami, FL 33131
Shareholder
August 1992-May, 2014

Represented clients in complex commercial, construction, condominium, employment, banking, tort, products liability, insurance coverage, aircraft lease, qui tam, and real estate litigation in state and federal courts and administrative proceedings.  Successfully resolved cases by way of mediation, informal settlement negotiations, dispositive motion practice and/or trial.

EDUCATION

J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School, 1992
B.A., International Studies, Vassar College, 1989
Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (Junior Year Abroad Program), January-June, 1988

ADMITTED TO PRACTICE

Florida State Courts
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

President, Federal Bar Association South Florida Chapter, August, 2014- September 2015

Director, Federal Bar Association South Florida Chapter, 2011-present

Co-Chair, Mindfulness in Law Joint Task Force of the Dade County Bar Association and the Federal Bar Association South Florida Chapter, 2012-present

Member, American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution

Member, American Bar Association Section of Litigation, Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee

Member, Florida Academy of Professional Mediators

Member, Florida Bar

Former Member, Florida Judicial Nominating Commission for the Florida Supreme Court, 2006-2010

Past President and Former Director, Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyers Association, 1997-1999

Former Member, Florida Bar Grievance Committee 11-A, 1998-2000

Former Director, American Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division, 1999-2000

Former Director, Dade County Bar Association, 1998-2000

Vice Chair, Banking & Corporate Litigation Committee, Dade County Bar Association, 1998-1999

Tutor, Minority Bar Passage Project, Dade County Bar Association/Young Lawyers Section, 1997-1999

Former Editor, Affiliate Newsletter, American Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division, 1997-1998

CERTIFICATIONS, AWARDS AND RECOGNITION

Florida Supreme Court Certified Civil Circuit Mediator

Florida Supreme Court Certified Appellate and Family Mediator

Florida Supreme Court Qualified Arbitrator

WIND Insurance Network Certified Insurance Umpire

Bankruptcy Mortgage Modification Mediator, S.D. Florida

Board certified in Construction Law by the Florida Bar

A.V. Preeminent Rating, Martindale-Hubbell

PUBLICATIONS

“Construction Subcontracting: A Comprehensive Practical and Legal Guide” (Chapter 16), ABA Book Publishing, 2014. (Co-authored with Timothy Kolaya, Esq.).

“Judicial Profile Hon. John O'Sullivan, U.S. Magistrate Judge, Southern District of Florida,” The Federal Lawyer Magazine, October/November 2014

LANGUAGES

Conversational Spanish