Candace Duff


Candace Duff

CANDACE R. DUFF
Duff Law & Mediation, PLLC
150 S. Pine Island Road, Suite 300
Plantation, FL 33324
Phone: (954) 361-7095
candace@dufflawandmediation.com

Duff Law & Mediation, PLLC’s owner, Candace Duff, Esq., is a Florida Supreme Court certified Civil Circuit and Appellate mediator. Florida Supreme Court qualified Arbitrator. Member of the American Arbitration Association’s Commercial and Construction rosters of neutrals. 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. Board certified construction lawyer and civil trial attorney with more than twenty five years of experience successfully representing clients in civil litigation and construction matters.

EXPERIENCE

Duff Law & Mediation, 150 S. Pine Island Road, #300, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33324

Mediator, Arbitrator, Mediation Coach

May, 2014 – Present

Mediates and arbitrates civil and appellate disputes including but not limited to construction claims, insurance claims, commercial disputes, contracts, employment discrimination, bankruptcy, ADA violations, landlord/tenant issues, labor and employment disputes, local government issues, qui tam disputes, condominium claims, foreclosure and other real estate matters.

City Attorney’s Office, City of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 300 N. Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Assistant City Attorney

March, 2016 – June, 2018

Responsible for handling all legal issues pertaining to the Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport, labor and employment matters, probate matters and bankruptcy matters.  Provided legal advice to the City Commission, officials, managers and staff on ethical and legal issues. Provided ethics training. Drafted proposed ordinances, resolutions, leases and ethics memoranda. Negotiated with the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (“FAA”). Oversaw compliance with FAA requirements, deed restrictions and grant assurances. Negotiated, drafted, and handled legal issues arising from the City’s leases with airport property tenants. Represented the City in legal proceedings. Monitored cases handled by outside counsel.

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, 2012-2014

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 Mediator

Florida Supreme Court Qualified Arbitrator

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

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