Kendall Coffey

Kendall Coffey

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Kendall Coffey is a founding member of Coffey Burlington, PL, concentrating on complex litigation at trial and appellate levels in federal and state courts. Mr. Coffey currently serves as the Chair of the Southern District Conference, Florida Federal Judicial Nominating Commission.

From 1993-1996 he served as the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, one of the nation’s largest federal prosecution offices. Thereafter, he had major litigation roles in such high profile cases as the Elian Gonzalez international custody battle, and the 2000 presidential election recount. A legal media commentator on high-profile cases, he has appeared on the Today show, Larry King Live, the O’Reilly Factor, Good Morning America, the CBS Early Show, Anderson Cooper 360, Fox & Friends, CNN International, and numerous other nationally televised programs.

Mr. Coffey is the author of Foreclosures in Florida published by LexisNexis.Over the years, he has written some three dozen articles on legal topics in publications ranging from the Yale Law and Policy Review to the Wall Street Journal and he recently published another book, Spinning the Law: Trying Cases in the Court of Public Opinion. He also teaches law as an adjunct professor at the University of Miami, School of Law, and has lectured for The Florida Bar, The Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, Dade County Bar Association, Professional Education Systems, Inc., National Business Institute, Inc. and CLE International, Inc.


  • 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)
  • 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)
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