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Florida (1978)

Supreme Court of Florida (1978)

U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida (1979)

U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit (1980)

U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth and Eleventh Circuits (1982)

U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida (1989)

Supreme Court of the United States (1999)

U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit (2005)

U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida (2007)


Annually recognized as one of Florida Trend’s Legal Elite, Florida “Super Lawyer,” and South Florida Legal Guide’s “Top Lawyers”

2006 Valor Award by The American Diabetes Association

Highlighted in “Settlements and Verdicts for 2001,” Florida Lawyer and Miami Business Review, as Co-Counsel for Trustee

Recognized by the National Law Journal as one of its Lawyers of the Year for 2000, as Member of Gore Legal Team

Selected as Miami’s Best Lawyer for 1998 by the New Times

Named as Plaintiffs Counsel in Big Suits, The American Lawyer (Summer, 1988)

AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

Commendations and Awards from Dade County Association of Chiefs of Police, Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys, Federal Bureau of investigation, and a dozen other federal and local law enforcement organizations for outstanding public service during 1993 through 1996

Public Service Commendation from Dade County Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (1998)

Special Award from Chief Judge, Dade Circuit Court, for Special Leadership in Providing Pro-Bono Legal Services (1991)

Recognized by Dade County Legislative Commendation for Service as “Most Innovative, Inspiring and Invigorating President of the Dade Bar” (1991)

Black Lawyers Award for Support and Commitment to Influence Positive Changes in the Legal Community and In Promoting the General Welfare of AU Citizens (1991)

Legal Services Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Delivery of Legal Services to the Poverty Community (1990)

Dade County Lawyers Most Productive Young Lawyer (1985)

Most Productive Young Lawyer in Florida, Florida Bar Young Lawyers (1984)

Kendall Coffey - Top 100 Florida Lawyers 2010


"The longtime Miami attorney is now a household name nationwide, thanks in large measure to his frequent appearances on CNN and other news networks. The much sought-after legal expert became a media darling after his very public roles in brokering a solution in the divisive Elián González case and in the equally contentious 2000 presidential election vote recount."
Featured in South Florida CEO magazine

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Kendall Coffey

Partner at Coffey Burlington, PL, concentrating on complex litigation at trial and appellate levels, in federal and state courts; founding member of Coffey, Aragon, Martin & Burlington (1988-1993); and Greenberg, Traurig (1978-1988) heading the firm’s banking litigation division (1984-1988). Mr. Coffey is a former U.S. Attorney, Southern District of Florida (1993-1996); and most recently Chair, Southern District Conference, Florida Federal Judicial Nominating Commission (April 2009 – present). He is annually recognized as one of Florida Trend’s Legal Elite, Florida “Super Lawyer,” and South Florida Legal Guide’s “Top Lawyers” , recognized by the National Law Journal as one of its Lawyers of the Year for 2000, as Member of Gore Legal Team.

A frequent teacher and guest lecturer, he has been Guest Legal Analyst providing legal commentary for international networks: CNN International, Telemundo, Univision, Canadian Broadcasting Company; national networks: CNBC, CNN, CNN Headline News, FOX, MSNBC and NBC; and local television: ABC-10, CBS-4, América TeVe, Telemundo-51, Univision-23, TeleMiami. As a teacher, Mr. Coffey is adjunct faculty member for University of Miami School of Law, Florida Constitutional Law (2008 – present); Trial Advocacy Program (1991 – 1993); and a Lecturer in trial skills and substantive law for The Florida Bar, The Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, Dade County Bar Association, University of Miami School of Law, Professional Education Systems, Inc., National Business Institute, Inc. and CLE International, Inc.


Immigration Coordinating Committee (2001-2002); Co-Chair, Immigration Law Committee, Section of Litigation (2001-2002); Legal Assistance to the Poor Committee (1991-1996); Special Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services (1991-1993); Chair, Kid’s Voting (Florida), Inc. (1991-1992)

Legislation Committee (1991-1992); Rules of Civil Procedure Committee (1985-1987); Florida Bar Foundation, Director (1995-1996); Legal Assistance to the Poor Committee (1991-1996)

President (1990-1991); Officer (1985-1990); President, Young Lawyers Section (1984-1985)


Chair, Kid’s Voting (Florida), Inc. (1991-1992); Florida Children’s Campaign (Dade Planning Committee and Leadership Team); Director, Florida Foster Care Review, Inc.; Trustee, Transition, Inc.; Florida International University Council of 100; Law Education Advisory Board; Leadership Miami Planning Committee; St. Thomas University School of Law