Florida Bar Board Certified in Appellate Practice*
Admitted to all U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeals and U.S. Supreme Court
Dorothy is Florida Bar Board Certified in appellate law. When it comes to appeals, Dorothy is a nationally recognized author who literally wrote the book on federal appeals: Successful Federal Appeals in All Circuit Courts: A Practical Guide for Busy Lawyers. Dorothy appreciates the value of hard work, perseverance and tenacity. She grew up on a farm, learned to drive a tractor, and worked on a forestry logging crew for room and board as an undergraduate in the mountains of North Carolina. Dorothy has a Master of Science, summa cum laude, in forest genetics from New York SUNY/ESF, where she also worked as a Research Fellow, and a Juris Doctor, cum laude, in law from University of Miami, where she served as the Inter-American Law Review Executive Editor after serving as a Research Assistant for work on Constitutional and Latin American law. Dorothy also interned at the Third District Court of Appeal, State of Florida.
Her diverse professional experience–as a published research scientist in Latin America, as a university law professor, as a board certified appellate specialist, and as a former “biglaw” partner–has positioned her as a recognized leader in the appellate community. Dorothy is a former elected-Chair of the 1700-member Florida Appellate Practice Section, former Vice Chair of the Appellate Court Rules Committee, and former heads of two “big firm” appellate departments. As the firm’s founder and board certified appellate specialist, Dorothy uses that experience to supervise intimately and works exhaustively with a team of appellate attorneys and appellate paralegals to efficiently and expertly advance your appeal to leave no stone unturned.
With hundreds of appeals, Easley Appellate is highly experienced and respected by appellate judges and the appellate community as an exceptional appellate advocate and writer, possessing the uncanny ability to turn complex legalese into understandable prose, and advance even the most complex appeals.
* Only seven percent of the more than 100,000 Florida Bar members are Board Certified. Board certification recognizes the attorney’s special knowledge, skills and proficiency in the law and professionalism and ethics in practice.
Appellate and Strategic Litigation Support Areas:
Federal & State Appeals in Civil, Administrative & Criminal
Business Law Appeals: Commercial, Contracts and Business Torts
ERISA, Civil RICO, FDUTPA, Antitrust, Consumer Protection Actions
Health Law & Medical Malpractice Law Defense
Constitutional, Entertainment & Employment Law
Family Law Appeals
Contract Law and Insurance Coverage Appeals
President, Rosemary Barkett Appellate American Inn of Court, 2015-2017.
Appellate Practice Certification Committee, 2012-15.
Adjunct Professor, University of Miami School of Law, 2007-2012
Immediate Past President, Third District Court of Appeal Historical Society, 2015-16.
President, Third District Court of Appeal Historical Society, 2014-15.
Officer, Third District Court of Appeal Historical Society, 2010-15.
Chair, Florida Bar Appellate Practice Section 20th Anniversary Committee, 2012-13.
Immediate Past Chair, Florida Bar Appellate Practice Section (“APS”), 2010-11.
Chair, Florida Appellate Practice Section, 2009-10.
Chair Elect, Florida Appellate Practice Section, 2008-09.
Vice Chair, Florida Appellate Practice Section, 2007-08.
Delegate, Appellate Practice Section, Florida Bar Council of Sections, since 2007.
Chair, Florida Appellate Practice Section Special Subcomm on Appellate Board Recertification Standards, 2006-07.
Chair, Florida Appellate Practice Section Legislation and Public Education Committee. 2011-12.
Treasurer, Third District Court of Appeal Historical Society. 2011-12.
Membership Director, Third District Court of Appeal Historical Society. 2010-11.
Vice Chair, Florida Bar Appellate Court Rules Committee (“ACRC”), 2008-09.
Chair, ACRC, General Practice Subcomm, 2008-09.
Chair, ACRC Orientations Subcomm, 2006-07.
Member, ACRC E-filing Subcomm, 2005-09.
Member, ACRC Rules Criminal Law Subcomm, 2007-08.
Member, ACRC Civil Rules Subcomm, 2005-08.
Member, ACRC Records on Appeal Subcomm, 2004-09.
Chair, APS Pro Se Appellate Handbook Committee, 2005-09.
Editor-in-Chief, The Record, Florida Journal of the Appellate Practice Section, 2004-05.
Elected Member, APS Executive Council, 2003-05.
Member, Florida Defense Lawyers Amicus Committee, 2005-09.
Member, Editorial Board,Trial Advocate Quarterly, 2005-09.
Executive Editor & Staff Member, Univ. Miami School of Law Inter-American Law Review, 1992-94.
Lillian R. Levy Award for Excellence, University of Miami Inter-American Law Review. 1993-94.
American Jurisprudence Award, top award for excellence in the study of Contract Law, Fall, 1991.
Highest Mark, top award for excellence in the study of European Market Law, Fall, 1992.
Research Fellow, C. Eugene Farnsworth Memorial Fellowship, SUNY/CESF.
Research Fellow, Edna Bailey Sussman National Fellowship.
Best Lawyers of America ® in Appellate Practice 2020.
Best Law Firms of America® in Appellate Practice 2020.
Ranked Best Law Firms of America®, Rue Ratings since 2016
Ranked Best Attorneys of America®, Rue Ratings since 2015.
Ranked Top 100 Lawyers, South Florida, in Super Lawyer Magazine 2010.
Ranked AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell®
Ranked Top 100 Lawyers, South Florida, in Super Lawyer Magazine 2010.
Ranked Top 50 Women Lawyers in Super Lawyer Magazine 2009, and again in 2010.
Ranked Florida Super Lawyer (top 5 percent of Florida lawyers), Super Lawyer Magazine, annually since 2006.
Florida Bar Board Certified in Appellate Law as an Appellate Specialist since 2003.
Ranked in the Legal Elite (top 1.9 percent of all Florida Lawyers), Trend Magazine.
Florida Bar 2009 Award for Excellence in the Promotion of Board Certification.
Florida Super Lawyer (top 5 percent of Florida lawyers), Super Lawyer Magazine
Senior Counsel, American College of Barristers.
Sigma Xi Honorary Scientific Research Society.
Bar Admissions, Other Court Admissions & Professional Memberships:
Florida Supreme Court
All Florida District Courts of Appeal, First through Fifth Districts
U.S. Supreme Court and all U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeals, which are as follows:
U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
Trial Court Admissions:
All Florida state trial courts
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Florida
Member, The Florida Bar Appellate Practice and Advocacy Section
Member, The Florida Bar Health Law Section
Member, The Florida Bar Business Law Section
Member, The Florida Bar Criminal Law Section
Member, The Florida Bar Labor & Employment Law Section
Member, American Bar Association (“ABA”) Council of Appellate Lawyers
Member, ABA Health Law-Torts Section
Member, ABA Litigation [Appellate) Section
Member, ABA Business Law Section
Spanish (worked in Mexico, Colombia and Puerto Rico; studied tropical biology in Costa Rica).