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Caryn L. Bellus


Shareholder




Miami Office
Direct Line: 305.982.6611
Mobile: 305.308.9254
cb@kubickidraper.com

Kubicki Draper

Caryn L. Bellus 

Caryn L. Bellus is a shareholder in the Miami office, where she practices in the areas of civil appeals, civil litigation support and insurance coverage. She is a Board Certified Appellate Lawyer whose practice encompasses all areas of civil law. 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 experienced in providing coverage analysis and litigating the interpretation of insurance policies. 

Caryn is the Immediate Past Chair of The Appellate Practice Section of The Florida Bar and is the Chair of the FDLA’s Amicus Curiae Committee.  Ms. Bellus was voted a Florida Super Lawyer in Appellate Practice in 2006 through 2014, named one of Florida Trend’s Legal Elite in Appellate Practice in 2009 through 2011, and selected as a top lawyer in Appellate and Insurance Coverage by South Florida Legal Guide each year since 2005. She was also named one of Florida's "Best Lawyers" in Appellate Practice in 2012 through 2014.

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

Areas of Practice:  
- Appellate and Insurance Coverage including: 
   - Appraisal
   - Arbitration
   - Automobile
   - Construction Defects
   - Contract
   - Employment/FLSA
   - Medical Malpractice
   - Personal Injury Protection
   - Premises Liability
   - Product Liability
   - Professional Liability
   - Silica/Asbestos
   - Tort
- Claims Administration and Bad Faith
 
Bar Admissions:  
- 1995, State of Florida
- 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

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

Certifications/Specialties:
- Florida Bar Board Certified - Appellate Practice
- Certified Continuing Education Instructor, State of Florida

Special Awards and Recognitions: 
- Named Florida "Super Lawyer" in Appellate Practice, Law & Politics
   Magazine (2006 -2014)
- "Top Lawyer" in South Florida - Appellate and Insurance
   Coverage, South Florida Legal Guide (2006 - 2009, 2012, 2014)
- Named Florida's "Best Lawyers", Appellate Practice, Best Lawyers Magazine (2012 - 2014)
- 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

Professional Associations and Memberships:
- The Florida Bar, Appellate Practice Section,
   Immediate Past Chair (Current)
- 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
   Executive Council (2000 - Present)
- 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
- National Association of Women Judges, Friends Committee (Present)
- The Rosemary Barkett Appellate American Inn of Court 

Speaking Engagements/Presentations:
- "PIP Hot Topics", GEICO, 2014 
- "Bad Faith: Top Ten Pitfalls", Gainsco Insurance, 2014
- "Bad Faith Hot Topics 2014", Windhaven, 2014
- Guest Speaker, The Florida Bar Leadership Academy Program, July 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 Seminar, 2012
- "Investigating Staged Accidents, Liens & Set Offs", Geico Insurance, 2011
- "Claims Handling Mediation Strategy Issues", First Protective/Front Line Insurance, 2011
- "Coverage/Setting Aside Defaults", Kubicki Draper, Claims Management Conference, 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
 
Past Employment Positions:
- Hon. Gisella Cardonne, Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court Judge
   Law Clerk


 

Caryn L. Bellus - Shareholder
cb@kubickidraper.com - 305.982.6611 - 305.308.9254 - Miami


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