Nicole M. Ellis

Of Counsel


Nicole M. Ellis has significant experience in the evaluation and execution of various cases and disputes. Her background includes the successful litigation of both criminal and civil matters, including the handling of over 30 trials.  She has defended clients on a wide variety of litigation matters including General Liability, Products Liability, Personal Injury, Wrongful Death, Construction Accidents and Defect, Toxic Tort, Malicious Prosecution, False Arrest/False Imprisonment, Breach of Contract, Declaratory Actions, Coverage Issues and First Party defense. Her prior work as an Assistant State Attorney has proved to be especially useful when defending insurance companies against an insured suspected of committing misrepresentation and/or fraud. Nicole has a reputation for detailed analysis in the evaluation and defense of complex litigation matters, varying from construction accident and defect cases to insurance coverage issues.

As an Assistant State Attorney for the Miami-Dade County State Attorney’s Office, Nicole built a reputation for her thorough and aggressive approach to case investigation, preparation and conducting of discovery. During her tenure, Nicole also trained and supervised the office’s newest attorneys as a County Training Attorney for the Misdemeanor Domestic Violence Crimes Unit.

Prior to attending law school, Nicole worked in the news and entertainment industries, focusing on marketing and production. She carried out college marketing campaigns for Atlantic Records, worked the news desk for Fox News Chicago, was a weekend producer for WGN Radio, and was an associate producer for The Jerry Springer Show.

Practice Areas


  • University of Illinois College of Law, Champaign, IL (J.D., 2005)
    Dean’s List, Frederick Douglas Moot Court Board, Top Oral Advocate 2003
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL (B.S., 1999)


  • State of Florida, 2005
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida, 2009
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida, 2013

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Kubicki Draper First Party Practice Group, Member
  • Florida Bar Association
  • Dade County Bar Association
  • Wilkie D. Ferguson, Jr. Bar Association, Past President
  • The Spellman-Hoeveler American Inns of Court
  • DRI – Vice Chair, Diversity Committee’s Publication Subcommittee
  • Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc. (LSGMI), Board of Directors
  • National African American Insurance Association (NAAIA)

Special Awards and Recognitions

  • Top 100 in Florida, The National Black Lawyers, 2020
  • Florida "Rising Star" by Florida Super Lawyers Magazine (2013-2015)
  • Selected by Legacy Magazine as one of South Florida’s 40 Under 40 Leaders of Today & Tomorrow for 2012

Speaking Engagements / Presentations

  • "Liar, Liar: Proving Material Misrepresentation and Fraud in Florida," Kubicki Draper, A Day at the First Party Property Oscars, 2017
  • "Premises Liability: Overview, Slips, Trips & Falls," FIGA, 2017
  • “Hurricane, Storm Surge and Flooding: Wind and Water Damage Claims,” Windstorm Insurance Network Conference, 2015
  • "Florida 5-Hour Law and Ethics Update," United Automobile, 2014
  • "Important Considerations with Property Damage Claims," Florida Insurance Fraud Education Committee (FIFEC), 2014
  • "UM/UIM, Effective Recorded Statements and EUOs and PIP Update," Infinity, 2012

Published Works

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  • Credentials
  • Presentations
  • Authorships



Miami Office

9100 S. Dadeland Blvd., Suite 1800
Miami, FL 33156

T: 305.374.1212 F: 305.374.7846

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Key West

Key West Office

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

T: 305.509.7300 F: 305.374.7846

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Ft. Lauderdale

Ft. Lauderdale Office

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

T: 954.768.0011 F: 954.768.0514

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West Palm Beach

West Palm Beach Office

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

T: 561.640.0303 F: 561.640.0524

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Indian River | Martin | Okeechobee | Palm Beach | Saint Lucie


Tampa Office

400 North Ashley Drive, Suite 1200
Tampa, FL 33602

T: 813.204.9776 F: 813.204.9660

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Hernando | Hillsborough | Manatee | Pasco | Pinellas | Polk | Sarasota

Orlando Office

201 South Orange Avenue, Suite 475
Orlando, FL 32801

T: 407.245.3630 F: 407.245.7685

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Brevard | Highlands | Orange | Osceola | Seminole

Ocala Office

101 Southwest 3rd Street
Ocala, FL 34471

T: 352.622.4222 F: 352.622.9122

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Alachua | Citrus | Dixie | Gilchrist | Lake | Levy | Marion | Putnam | Sumter | Volusia

Jacksonville Office

76 South Laura Street, Suite 1400
Jacksonville, FL 32202

T: 904.396.0062 F: 904.396.0380

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Baker | Bradford | Clay | Columbia | Duval | Flagler | Hamilton | Nassau | Saint Johns | Union

Pensacola Office

125 West Romana Street, Suite 550
Pensacola, FL 32502

T: 850.434.0003 F: 850.434.0223

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Escambia | Holmes | Okaloosa | Santa Rosa | Walton


Tallahassee Office

1705 Metropolitan Boulevard, Suite 202
Tallahassee, FL 32308

T: 850.222.5188 F: 850.222.5108

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Bay | Calhoun | Franklin | Gadsden | Gulf | Jackson | Jefferson | Leon | Liberty | Wakulla | Washington | Madison | Lafayette | Taylor 

Ft. Myers

Ft. Myers Office

13350 Metro Parkway, Suite 401
Fort Myers, FL 33966

T: 239.334.8403 F: 239.939.0700

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Charlotte | Collier | DeSoto | Glades | Hardee | Hendry | Lee


Mobile Office

11 North Water Street, Suite 10290
Mobile, AL 36602

T: 251.308.3351 F: 251.287.1624

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Baldwin | Washington | Clarke | Escambia | Covington | Geneva | Houston | Henry |  Dale | Coffee | Barbour | Pike |Crenshaw | Butler  | Monroe | Clarke | Choctaw | Wilcox | Bullock | Russell


Seattle Office

800 5th Avenue, Suite 4100
Seattle, WA 98104

T: 206.453.3030 F: 206.829.9046

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King | Pierce | Snohomish 

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Our Firm

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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 170 attorneys.


Our team knows return clients are the life blood of any law firm and this is why we ensure client satisfaction by an exacting attention to service and quality.  Client service coupled with a spectacular work ethic, makes our team hard to beat.

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Kubicki Draper is committed to fostering an environment of equal opportunity for success and believes diversity is not only a moral imperative, but is also sound business practice.

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In response to the growing needs of its clients, the firm began expanding in the early 1980's and today is a diverse full-service law firm providing trial, appellate, coverage, commercial and real estate transaction services.

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Kubicki Draper enjoys a national reputation for expertise in the handling of complex, high stakes litigation matters, as well as, appellate, general commercial and real estate practice.

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With a dozen offices throughout the State of Florida and other key points in the southern parts of Georgia, Alabama, and Mississipi, as well as in Seattle, Washington, our firm is familiar to every venue statewide and will never get home-teamed.

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