Chelsea R. Winicki

Shareholder

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Chelsea Winicki is a shareholder in the firm's Jacksonville office. Chelsea obtained her law degree cum laude from the Florida Coastal School of Law and her undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Since joining Kubicki Draper in 2008, Chelsea has maintained a varied practice that has included handling cases in the areas of automobile liability, premises liability, products liability, police liability defense and malicious prosecution, negligent security, PIP defense and construction defect. Chelsea works closely with her clients to develop a strong litigation strategy for the handling of cases and always strives to obtain the best possible result for her clients, whether through settlement or in the courtroom during jury trial.

Prior to joining Kubicki Draper, Chelsea worked as an Assistant State Attorney with the State Attorney's Office in Jacksonville, FL. Chelsea was quickly promoted from the misdemeanor division, to the felony division, and ultimately was promoted to the specialized Repeat Offender Court division, where she prosecuted only repeat felony offenders charged with violent, drug, or gun-related crimes. While working as an Assistant State Attorney, Chelsea was known for her passion and success in the courtroom, especially when she was in front of a jury. She tried 29 cases to jury verdict and tried additional cases in non-jury trials.

While at Florida Coastal School of Law, Chelsea was a member of the school's successful Moot Court Honor Board. Chelsea competed in 5 Moot Court Appellate Competitions, winning the Robert Orseck Moot Court Competition in 2006. Also in 2006, Chelsea, won the Jessup International Law Moot Court Regional Competition, allowing her to travel to Washington, D.C. to compete in the international rounds against teams from around the world. Chelsea secured a rank of 24th best team in the world. These competitions allowed Chelsea to write multiple appellate briefs and argue numerous oral arguments before judges, including justices from the Florida Supreme Court. Chelsea was also awarded the Founder's Award in 2006, by her fellow students, recognizing her significant contributions to the ideals and objectives at Florida Coastal.

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Credentials

Education

  • Florida Coastal School of Law, Jacksonville, FL (J.D., 2006)
    cum laude
    Moot Court Honor Board, Oral Advocate and Brief Writer, Treasurer; Founder Award 2006; Dean’s Scholar; Book Award - Remedies, Legal Research and Writing; Outstanding Advocate - Trial Practice; Student Bar Association
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC (B.S., 2003)
    Dean’s List; Sigma Delta Pi (Spanish National Honors Society)

Admissions

  • State of Florida, 2006
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida, 2010

Certifications/Specialties

  • Certified Continuing Education Instructor, State of Florida

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Jacksonville Area Defense Counsel, Member
  • Kubicki Draper PIP / SIU Practice Group, Member
  • Kubicki Draper First Party Practice Group, Member
  • Kubicki Draper Hospitality and Retail Practice Group, Member
  • Kubicki Draper Trucking, Transportation and Logistics Practice Group, Member
  • Jacksonville Bar Association
  • Jacksonville Women Lawyers Association
  • Florida Coastal School of Law Alumni Board

Special Awards and Recognitions

  • “AV Preeminent” Rating by Martindale Hubbell
  • Named Florida “Rising Star” by Florida Super Lawyers Magazine (2016) 
Presentations

Speaking Engagements/Presentations

  • "Post Trial Issues: Post Verdict Motions", GEICO, 2017
  • "Bad Faith Hot Topics and Social Media", Mercury, 2017
  • "Comparative Negligence and Material Misrepresentation", Allstate, 2016
  • "Florida 5 - Hour Law and Ethics Update", Mercury, 2016
  • "Florida 5 - Hour Law and Ethics Update", National General, 2016
  • "Alcohol, Cell Phones and The Law; Collateral Sources & Multiple Claimants: Low Limit Solutions", Progressive, 2016
  • "Legal Documentation: Daubert Standard, Utilization of Motions & Production of Documents" Liberty Mutual, 2015
  • "Premises Liability and Negligent Security", RaceTrac Petroleum, 2014
  • "PIP: Emerging Issues, Ethics for the Claims Professional and SIU: Tips and Tactics", GEICO, 2014
  • "SIU: Tips and Tactics", Windhaven, 2013
  • "Adjuster / SIU Deposition Strategy", FIFEC, 2013
  • "Effect of the New 2013 PIP Statute and Litigating Fraud", Florida Farm Bureau, 2013
  • "Mediation Techniques", GEICO, 2013
  • "Effect of the New 2013 PIP Statute and Litigating Fraud", United Automobile, 2012  
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25 West Flagler Street, Penthouse
Miami, FL 33130

T: 305.374.1212 F: 305.374.7846

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402 Applerouth Lane, Suite 2C
Key West, FL 33040

T: 305.509.7300 F: 305.374.7846

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One East Broward Boulevard, Suite 1600
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

T: 954.768.0011 F: 954.768.0514

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515 North Flagler Drive, Suite 1800
West Palm Beach, FL 33401

T: 561.640.0303 F: 561.640.0524

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400 North Ashley Drive, Suite 1200
Tampa, FL 33602

T: 813.204.9776 F: 813.204.9660

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201 South Orange Avenue, Suite 475
Orlando, FL 32801

T: 407.245.3630 F: 407.245.7685

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101 Southwest 3rd Street
Ocala, FL 34471

T: 352.622.4222 F: 352.622.9122

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76 South Laura Street, Suite 1400
Jacksonville, FL 32202

T: 904.396.0062 F: 904.396.0380

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125 West Romana Street, Suite 550
Pensacola, FL 32502

T: 850.434.0003 F: 850.434.0223

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1705 Metropolitan Boulevard, Suite 202
Tallahassee, FL 32308

T: 850.222.5188 F: 850.222.5108

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13350 Metro Parkway, Suite 401
Fort Myers, FL 33966

T: 239.334.8403 F: 239.939.0700

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Mobile Office

11 North Water Street, Suite 10290
Mobile, Alabama 36602

T: 251.308.3351 F: 251.308.3352

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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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