Betsy E. Gallagher



Betsy Gallagher has concentrated on state and federal civil appeals and insurance coverage litigation. She has handled hundreds of appeals with published opinions in vast areas of civil practice and has appeared before all five of Florida's District Courts of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Florida. She also appears before trial courts, both state and federal. Ms. Gallagher is recognized by her peers as being at the top of her field and presently handles appeals in all areas of civil practice including tort liability, construction litigation, products liability, professional malpractice and insurance coverage. In 2013, she was added to Florida Trend's Legal Elite Hall of Fame. She was inducted based on the distinction of being named as a Florida Legal Elite every year for the past 10 years.

Regularly published, her articles have appeared in the Florida Bar Journal, Trial Advocate Quarterly (the publication of the Florida Defense Lawyers' Association) and "The Record" (the publication of the Appellate Section of the Florida Bar) as well as the University of Florida Law Review. She is presently on the Editorial Board for the Florida Bar Journal and the Trial Advocate Quarterly, and a past member of the Executive Council and past Chair of the Outreach Committee for the Appellate Section of the Florida Bar. She is a past member of the Florida Bar's Appellate Rules Committee, the Florida Bar's Standing Committee on Continuing Legal Education and the Legal Needs of Children Committee. Ms. Gallagher presently serves on the Board of Trustees for the University of Florida College of Law where she is Chair of the Outreach Committee. She is also a lifetime member of the President's Council, University of Florida.

Practice Areas


  • University of Florida College of Law, Gainesville, FL (J.D., 1976)
    cum laude
  • Cornell University, Ithaca, NY (B.S., 1974)


  • State of Florida, 1977
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1989
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit, 1982
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit, 1981
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • The Florida Bar, Appellate Practice Section, Charter Member - 1993-Present
  • The Florida Bar, Appellate Practice Section, Executive Council - 2004-2010
  • The Florida Bar, Appellate Practice Section, Chair, Outreach Committee - 2010
  • The Florida Bar, Member, Editorial Board of Florida Bar Journal - 2009-2010
  • The Florida Bar, Standing Committee on Continuing Legal Education - 2007-2009
  • The Florida Bar, Appellate Practice Section, Editor, The Record - 2006-2007
  • The Florida Bar, Appellate Practice Section, Chair, Continuing Legal Education Committee - 2007-2009
  • The Florida Bar, Appellate Rules Committee - 2004-2007, 1979-1981
  • The Florida Bar, Legal Needs of Children Committee - 2003-2008
  • The Florida Bar, Vice Chairman, Grievance Committee - 1984-1985
  • International Association of Defense Counsel - 1990-1993
  • Florida Defense Lawyers Association - 1980-Present
  • Defense Research Institute - 2009-Present
  • Florida Defense Lawyers Association, Board of Directors - 1985-1986, 1988-1989
  • Third District Court of Appeal Historical Society, Charter Member - 2008-Present
  • U.S. Supreme Court Historical Society - 2009-Present
  • Orange County Bar Association, Appellate Practice Committee - 2007-2009
  • Dade County Bar Association, Board of Directors - 1985-1986
  • Dade County Bar Association, Chairman, Appellate Court Committee - 1980-1981, 1983-1984
  • Dade County Defense Bar Association, Board of Directors - 1988-1989
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association - 1994-Present
  • Florida Association of Women Lawyers
  • Hillsborough County Association of Women Lawyers - 1993-Present
  • Hillsborough Community College, Adjunct Instructor & Advisory Committee (2001-2008), Member, Legal Assisting Program (2001-2007)
  • National Association of Women Judges, Friends Committee - 2012-2014

Special Awards and Recognitions

  • Listed Florida Trend Magazine, Florida Legal Elite, Appellate Practice Area - 2004-2016
  • Listed, Florida "Super Lawyers", Appellate Practice Area - 2007-2016
  • Listed Tampa Bay Magazine, Tampa Bay's Best Lawyers, Appellate Practice Area - 2008-2015
  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, Woodward/White, Inc., Appellate Law - 2008-2015
  • Listed "AV Preeminent" Top Rated Lawyers in Insurance, Corporate Counsel Magazine and National Law Journal - 2013-2014
  • Listed "AV Preeminent", Top Rated Lawyers in Appellate Practice - 2013-2014
  • Became Lifetime Member of the President's Council, University of Florida Giving Society - 2012
  • University of Florida College of Law, Member, Board of Trustees - 2007-Present
  • Listed, Florida Super Lawyers, Top 50 Women Lawyers in Florida - 2007
  • Recipient, "Lawyer in the Spotlight Award," Hillsborough Association of Women Lawyers - 2004
  • Recipient, Best Amicus Brief Award, Florida Defense Lawyers Association - 1996-1997
  • Children's Home Society (Southeastern Division, Florida), Member, Board of Directors - 1990-1993
  • Multiple Sclerosis Foundation of South Florida, Board of Directors

Speaking Engagements/Presentations:

  • Speaker, "We've Got You Covered! Hot Topics in Florida Insurance Coverage Law", Kubicki Draper, Claims Management Conference, 2012
  • Speaker, " The Florida Court System, Basic Appellate Principles", Progressive Insurance, 2012
  • Speaker, "Non -Party Subpoenas", Hartford Insurance, 2011
  • Speaker, "Uninsured Motorist Benefits/Coverage", Kubicki Draper, Claims Management Conference, 2010
  • Speaker, "Proposals for Settlement" & "Adjuster Ethics", Kubicki Draper, Claims Management Conference, 2009
  • Speaker, Bridge the Gap Seminar, "The Opinion's Out -- Help!" The Florida Bar, November 13, 2008
  • Speaker, "Attorney Fees - How to Put More in Your Pocket", Kubicki Draper, Claims Management Conference 2007
  • Speaker, Bridge the Gap Seminar, "Handling Your Case Once the Appellate Opinion is Out" The Florida Bar, October 05, 2007
  • Speaker, "The Florida and Federal Court Systems" Paralegals of Florida, August 07, 2007
  • Speaker, Bridge the Gap Seminar, "The Opinion's Out--Now What?", The Florida Bar, September 8, 2006
  • Speaker, 10th Annual Claims Conference, "Preserving the Record on Appeal or How to Keep Your Appellate Lawyer Employed", Florida Defense Lawyers Association, June 1, 2006
  • Speaker, "Everything (and More) That You Want to Know About Attorney's Fees in 45 Minutes or Less", Florida Defense Lawyers Association, August 5, 2004
  • Speaker, Investiture of the Honorable R. Fred Lewis, as the seventy-eighth Justice of the Supreme Court of Florida, February 5, 1999
  • Speaker, 10th Annual Third DCA Appellate Practice Seminar, May 7, 1993
  • Speaker, "How to Get and Keep Clients", Florida Association of Women Lawyers, Mid-Year Meeting of The Florida Bar, January 09, 1993.

Published Works:

  • You Are Not Listening! Preserving Rulings on Objections for Appeal, Trial Advocate Quarterly, Vol. 31, No. 4, Fall, 2012.
  • Practical Considerations in Defending Claims for Attorneys' Fees in PIP Cases: Making Sure the Lodestar Does Not Become a Comet, Trial Advocate Quarterly, Vol. 28, No. 2, Spring 2009.
  • The Appellate Opinion is Out - Now What Do I Do? 82 Fla. B. J. 29, May 2008 - Florida's Third District Court of Appeal - Balancing Justice May It Please the Court, Ch. 8, Centennial Press 2007
  • Preserving the Record for Appeal Ch. 30, The Defense Speaks, Florida Defense Lawyers Association, 2006
  • Revisiting The Use Of Declaratory Judgment Actions To Determine Insurance Coverage Issues Trial Advocate Q.,Vol. 24, No. 3, Summer, 2005
  • Setting the Standard: A Fresh Look at Finding the Right Standard of Review The Record, Florida Bar Journal Appellate Practice Section, Winter, 2005
  • Preserving the Record for Appeal: Six Basic Steps Trial Advocate Q., Vol. 23, No. 4, Fall, 2004
  • Spreading the Pain: Suing Subsequent Tortfeasors in Nursing Home Cases Trial Advocate Q., Vol. 23, No. 4, Fall, 2004
  • Ten Signs That You Need an Appellate Lawyer 78 Fla. B. J. 65, May 2004
  • Confessions of an Abuser of Motions for Extension of Time and Other Stories The Record, Florida Bar Journal Appellate Practice Section, Fall, 2003
  • Third DCA Chief Judge Alan Schwartz - "A Most Happy Fella" The Record, Florida Bar Journal Appellate Practice Section, Spring, 2003
  • Using Declaratory Judgment Actions to Determine Insurance Coverage Actions - Lawyer Beware Trial Advocate Q., Vol. 14, No. 3, July, 1995
  • In Personam Jurisdiction: Expansion But Restrictions Trial Advocate Q., Jan., 1987
  • The Inseparable-Appellate Law and the Trial Lawyer 59 Fla. B. J. 43, March, 1985
  • Author: Comment, "Florida's Loitering Statute
  • Round Two" 29 Univ. of Fla. Law Review 250, 1975
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