Kendall Coffey

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Kendall Coffey
Adjunct Professor

B.S., University of Florida
J.D., University of Florida Levin College of Law





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 –2017). 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. He concentrates on complex litigation at trial and appellate levels, in state and federal court.

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), Florida International University (Administrative Law 2011), and 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.

Publications and Presentations

  • Books
    • Spinning the Law: Trying Court Cases in the Court of Public Opinion, Prometheus Books (2010)
    • Foreclosures in Florida, LexisNexis (2008)
    • Florida Foreclosures: Remedies, Defenses and Lender Liability, Volume I & II, D&S , Butterworth (1991-1998)
    • Contributing Author: Conozca A Los Estados Unidos, – Chapters on Legal System, Role of Prosecutors and Public Corruption (2009)
    • Contributing Author: Real Property III (Chapter on Construction Loan Agreements) The Florida Bar
    • Contributing Author: The Troubled Construction Loan (Chapter on Contractors), Wiley & Sons (1991)
  • Articles
    • The Strauss-Kahn Case: Free Press, Fair Trial? Publicity vs. the Plea, The New York Times online (May 26, 2011)
    • Public Corruption: Why Some Get a Free Pass, (October 31, 2010)
    • The United States vs. Gov. Blabbermouth, Miami Herald (December 21, 2008)
    • Legal highlights and low points of 2008, National Law (December 2008)
    • Commentary: Best and Worst of a Year of Celebrity Justice, CNN (December 28, 2007)
    • Feds Take On Political Corruption With Gusto, More Flexible Tools, Sun-Sentinel (September, 2007)
    • Prosecution Oversight: Beyond The Duke Lacrosse Case, Durham Herald-Sun (September, 2007)
    • Mortgage Fraud And The Law Enforcement Challenge, Daily Business Review (August, 2007)
    • Cooperating Witnesses: Milestones in U.S. History, The National Law Journal (August, 2007)
    • Civilian Trials Not the Truest Gauge of Success, Sun-Sentinel (May, 2007)
    • Padilla And The Lesser Of Terrorism’s Evils, CNN (2007)
    • The Best And Worst In Legal News For 2006, CNN
    • The Best, The Worst Of 2005, The Miami Herald (December, 2005)
    • The Case For Military Tribunals, The Wall Street Journal (May, 2003)
    • Let World Oversee The Trials Of Iraq’s War Crimes, The Herald (May 2003)
    • Perils Of The New Rules On Absentee Ballots, The Herald (February, 2002)
    • Liberty’s New Federalism, The Miami Herald (December, 1991)
    • Three Part Series On The Bill Of Rights, The Miami Times (Spring, 1991)
    • From Confidence-Keeper To Whistle Blower, Miami Review (April, 1990)
    • Justice For All Includes Indigents, Miami Review (May, 1988)
  • Law Journals
    • Litigating at Light Speed, The Florida Bar Journal (January 2009)
    • Inherent Judicial Authority and the Expert Disqualification Doctrine, Vol. 56 Florida Law Review 195 (2004), cited in BP Amoco Chem. Co. v. Flint Hills Resources, LLC, 500 F.Supp.2d 957, 960 (N.D. Ill. 2007), and American Empire Surplus Lines v. Care Center, Inc., 484 F.Supp.2d 855, 857 n.2 (N.D. Ill. 2007)
    • The Due Process Right to Seek Asylum In The United States: The Immigration Dilemma And Constitutional Controversy, 19 Yale Law and Policy Review (May 2001), portions reprinted in Refugee Law and Policy: Cases and Materials (2d Ed.), reprinted in 22 University of Cincinnati Immigration and Nationality Law Review (Fall, 2002)
    • Non–Compete Agreements Under Florida Law: A Retrospective and a Requiem! 19 Florida State University Law Review, 1105 (1992), quoted in, Health Care Financial Enterprises, Inc. v. Levy, 715 So.2d 341 (Fla. 4th DCA 1998); cited in Bradley v. Health Coalition, Inc., 687 So.2d 329, 1997 (Fla. 3rd DCA 1997); Kupscznk v. Blasters, Inc., 647 So.2d 888 (Fla. 2nd DCA 1994); and Jewett Orthopaedic Clinic, P.A., 629 So.2d 922 (Fla. 5th DCA 1993)
    • The Expansion of Lender Liability in Florida, 40 University of Florida Law Review (1988)
    • Freezing Cash Before Judgment, The Florida Bar Journal, Vol. 18, No. 5 (May, 1983)
    • Contribution Among Joint Tortfeasors, 35 University of Miami Law Review 971 (1981), quoted in, West American Ins. Co. v. Best Products Co., Inc., 541 So.2d 1302 (Fla. 4th DCA 1989); and cited in Mathias v. Uniroyal Goodrich Tire Co., 677 So.2d 328 (Fla. 3rd DCA 1996)
    • Non–Compete Agreements by the Former Employee, Florida State University Law Review (1980), cited in Jewett Orthopaedic Clinic, P.A., 629 So.2d 922 (Fla. 5th DCA 1993); and Herndon v. Eli Witt Co., 420 So.2d 920 (Fla. 1st DCA 1982)
    • Commentary, “Civil Rights § 1981,” 29 University of Florida Law Review (1977)

Professional and Community Involvement

  • American Bar Association – Co-Chair, Task Force on Expert Witness Code of Ethics (2010-2011); Member, Special Committee on Haiti (2010-2011); Immigration Coordinating Committee (2001-2002); Co-Chair, Immigration Law Committee, Section of Litigation (2001-2002); Advisory Committee to the Standing Committee on Elections Law (2010-2011); Special Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services (1991-1993); Chair, Kid’s Voting (Florida), Inc. (1991-1992)
  • The Florida Bar – 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)
  • Dade County Bar Association  – President (1990-1991); Officer (1985-1990); President, Young Lawyers Section (1984-1985)


Awards and Recognition

  • 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.


  • University of Florida (J.D., with high honors, graduated first in March, 1978 class)
    • Florida Blue Key; Phi Kappa Phi; Order of the Coif; Member, Moot Court; Articles Editor and Senior Student Works Editor, University of Florida Law Review (1977-1978)
  • University of Florida – B.S. with honors (1972-1975)
  • Miami Dade Community College
  • Palmetto Senior High School

Admitted to Practice

  • Supreme Court of Florida (1978)
  • S. District Court, Southern District of Florida (1979)
  • S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit (1980)
  • S. Court of Appeals, Ninth and Eleventh Circuits (1982)
  • S. District Court, Middle District of Florida (1989)
  • Supreme Court of the United States (1999)
  • S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit (2005)
  • S. District Court, Northern District of Florida (2007)

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