Caryn L. Bellus



Caryn L. Bellus is a board certified appellate lawyer whose practice includes all aspects of the firm’s legal work. She specializes in the areas of civil appeals, civil litigation support and insurance coverage. Her extensive appellate experience includes appearances before the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, the Florida Supreme Court and all five Florida District Courts of Appeal. In addition, in the areas of insurance coverage and bad faith, Caryn is an expert in providing coverage analysis and litigating the interpretation of insurance policies.

Caryn is a Past Chair of The Appellate Practice Section of The Florida Bar, the Chair of the Florida Defense Lawyers Association’s Amicus Curiae Committee, and a member of the Appellate Court Rules Committee.

Caryn was voted a Florida Super Lawyer in Appellate Practice from 2006 through 2016, named one of Florida's "Best Lawyers" in Appellate Practice from 2013 through 2017, named one of Florida Trend’s Legal Elite in Appellate Practice from 2009 through 2011, and selected as a "Top Lawyer" in Appellate and Insurance Coverage by South Florida Legal Guide each year since 2005.

Prior to joining Kubicki Draper, Caryn served as a law clerk for the Honorable Gisela Cardonne-Ely at the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court for Miami-Dade County, Florida.

Practice Areas


  • University of Florida College of Law, Gainesville, FL (J.D., 1995)
  • University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL (B.A., 1991)


  • State of Florida, 1995
  • United States Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit

Certifications / Specialties

  • Florida Bar Board Certified - Appellate Practice
  • Certified Continuing Education Instructor, State of Florida

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • The Florida Bar, Appellate Practice Section, Appellate Court Rules Committee (Present)
  • The Florida Bar, Appellate Practice Section, Executive Council (2000 - Present)
  • The Florida Bar, Appellate Practice Section, Immediate Past Chair (2014 - 2015)
  • The Florida Bar, Appellate Practice Section, Chair (2013-2014)
  • The Florida Bar, Appellate Practice Section, Chair-Elect (2012-2013)
  • The Florida Bar, Appellate Practice Section, Vice Chair (2011-2012)
  • The Florida Bar, Appellate Practice Section, Secretary/Treasurer (2010-2011)
  • The Florida Bar, Appellate Practice Section, Chair, Publications Committee (2006 - 2010)
  • The Florida Bar, Appellate Practice Section, Editor, The Guide (2002 - 2006)
  • The Florida Bar, Appellate Practice Section, Member, Publications Committee (2001 - Present)
  • The Florida Bar, Appellate Practice Section, Assistant Editor, The Guide (2001-2002)
  • The Florida Bar, Appellate Practice Section, Chair, Programs Committee (1999-2001)
  • The Florida Bar, Appellate Practice Section, Vice Chair, Programs Committee (1998 - 1999)
  • The Florida Bar Appellate Practice Section, (1996 - Present)
  • Claims & Litigation Management Alliance, Member
  • Dade County Bar Association (1995 - Present)
  • Dade County Bar Association (2001 - Present), Dade County Appellate Court Committee
  • Dade County Defense Bar (1995 - Present)
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Florida Defense Lawyer Association, Chair, Amicus Curiae Committee (2007 - Present)
  • Florida Defense Lawyers Association
  • Junior Achievement, Dade County, Board of Directors (Past)
  • National Association of Women Judges, Friends Committee (2011 - 2012)
  • The Rosemary Barkett Appellate American Inn of Court

Special Awards and Recognitions

  • "Best Lawyers", Women in the Law, Appellate Practice, Spring 2017
  • Selected as "Best Lawyers" in America, Commercial Litigation, Best Lawyers Magazine (2017)
  • Selected as "Top Lawyer" in South Florida - Appellate and Insurance Coverage, South Florida Legal Guide (2005 - 2017)
  • Named Florida "Super Lawyer" in Appellate Practice, Law & Politics Magazine (2006 - 2016)
  • Named Florida's "Best Lawyers", Appellate Practice, Best Lawyers Magazine (2013 - 2017)
  • Super Lawyers Business Edition (2011, 2014)
  • Listed Florida Trend Magazine, Florida Legal Elite, Appellate Practice Area (2009 - 2011)
  • FDLA's Annual Amicus Award (2009, 2011)
  • Rated "AV Preeminent" by Martindale Hubbell
  • The Florida Bar 

Speaking Engagements / Presentations

  • “Let the Wookie Write: Friend-of-the-Court Briefs”, The Florida Bar, Appellate Practice Section, 2017
  • “Deciding Whether to Jump into the the Ring of Fire or Just Walk Away - To Appeal or Not to Appeal?", CLM Annual Conference, 2017
  • "Attorney's Fees", GEICO, 2016
  • "Teaching ‘Good Faith’ to prevent 'Bad Faith'", CLM Annual Conference, 2016
  • "Sharing the Misery: The Defects with Construction Defect Coverage in Insurance Policies", CLM National Construction Claims Conference, 2016
  • "Risk Allocation: Contractual Indemnification, "Insured Contract" Coverage and "Additional Insured" Coverage & Restaurant and Fast Food Liability", CJW, 2015
  • "Indemnity Clauses in Construction", Builders, 2015
  • "PIP Hot Topics", GEICO, 2014
  • "Bad Faith: Top Ten Pitfalls", Gainsco, 2014
  • "Bad Faith Hot Topics", Windhaven, 2014
  • The Florida Bar Leadership Academy Program, 2013
  • "We've Got You Covered! Hot Topics in Florida Insurance Coverage Law", Kubicki Draper Claims Management Conference, 2012
  • "First Party Bad Faith, Ethics for the Insurance Claims Professionals, Spoliation, Insurance Coverage", First Protective, 2012
  • "Investigating Staged Accidents, Liens & Set Offs", GEICO, 2011
  • "Claims Handling Mediation Strategy Issues", First Protective/Front Line, 2011
  • "Coverage/Setting Aside Defaults", Kubicki Draper Claims Management Conference, 2010
  • "Case Law Update for Trial Lawyers", American Board of Trial Advocates, Florida Chapter (FLABOTA), 2010
  • "Adjuster Ethics: An Overview of Applicable Regulations and Relevant Considerations", Kubicki Draper Claims Management Conference, 2009
  • "Defending and Evaluating Mold Claims", Kubicki Draper Claims Management Conference, 2008
  • "Premises Liability Law and Defenses", Kubicki Draper Claims Management Conference, 2007

Published Works


Past Employment Positions

  • Hon. Gisela Cardonne-Ely, Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court Judge Law Clerk
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In 1963, Gene Kubicki founded the firm based on dedication to excellence. The same high standards have been maintained for over five decades -- years which have seen the firm’s ranks swell to over 100 attorneys.


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