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Caryn L. Bellus


Miami Office
Direct Line: 305.982.6611

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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.

Ms. Bellus was voted a Florida Super Lawyer in Appellate Practice from 2006 through 2015, named one of Florida's "Best Lawyers" in Appellate Practice from 2012 through 2016, 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, Ms. Bellus served as a law clerk for the Honorable Gisela Cardonne-Ely at the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court for Miami-Dade County, Florida.

Areas of Practice:  
- Appellate and Insurance Coverage
- 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

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

- 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 - 2016)
- Named Florida's "Best Lawyers", Appellate Practice, Best Lawyers Magazine (2012 - 2016)
- Selected as "Top Lawyer" in South Florida - Appellate and Insurance
  Coverage, South Florida Legal Guide (2005 - 2016)
- 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, 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 

Speaking Engagements/Presentations:
- "Risk Allocation: Contractual Indemnification, "Insured Contract" Coverage and "Additional
   Insured" Coverage & Restaurant and Fast Food Liability", CJW, 2015
- "Indemnity Clauses in Construction", Builders Insurance, 2015
- "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. Gisela Cardonne-Ely, Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court Judge
   Law Clerk

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

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