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Celene Humphries

Education
  • Tulane University, B.A., 1987
  • Tulane Law School, J.D., 1990
    • Order of the Barristers Award for exceptional appellate advocacy skills
    • Winner, Southeast Regional Phillip C. Jessup International Moot Court Appellate Competition
    • Winner, Best Advocate in Trial Advocacy
Certifications & Bar Admissions
  • Florida (licensed 1991); Tennessee (pending)
  • Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Appellate Practice (2005)
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • United States District Court, Northern, Middle, and Southern Districts of Florida
  • All Florida Courts
Honors & Distinctions
  • Appellate Court Rules Committee of The Florida Bar Outstanding Contribution Award (2007)
  • Best Lawyers in America, Appellate Practice (2011-2024)
  • Chambers USA: Band 1 (2021-2022), Band 2 (2017-2000)
  • Daily Business Review, Florida Verdicts Hall of Fame (2014)
  • Florida Bar Appellate Practice Section Chair’s Recognition Award (2007)
  • Florida Justice Association: Fellow (2018-present), EAGLE Legend Award (2018), EAGLE Hall of Fame (inducted 2017), Tipton Award (2009)
  • Legal Elite, Florida: Hall of Fame (inducted 2013), General List (2004-2023)
  • Litigation Counsel of America: Senior Fellow, Order of Juris Barrister, Order of Certus Advocate (2018-present)
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent rating (2006-present)
  • National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Civil Plaintiff Lawyers (2018-present), Top 25 Products Liability Lawyers (2019-present)
  • Super Lawyers, Florida: Top 10 Lawyers (2019-2022), Top 100 Lawyers (2009, 2010, 2012-2023), Top 50 Women Lawyers (2007-2023), Appellate Practice (2006-2023)
  • Super Lawyers, Tennessee: Appellate Practice (2024)
Professional Associations
  • American Associate for Justice: Appellate Litigation Group (2011-present), Products Liability Section (2015-present)
  • Appellate Practice Section of the Florida Bar: Appellate Board Certification Review Course, Chair and Faculty (2007-present), Appellate Advocacy Workshop, Chair and Faculty (2006-present), Appellate Justice Conference, Chair and Faculty (2006-2008), Executive Council (2006-2009), Programs Committee, Chair (2006-2007)
  • Council of Chief Judges of the State Courts of Appeal: Annual Conference Attorney Liaison (2022)
  • Florida Appellate Court Rules Committee: Parliamentarian (2008-2009), Civil Practice Rules Subcommittee, Chair (2008-2009), Member (2006-2009)
  • Florida Supreme Court Historical Society: Board of Trustees (2022-present), Long-Range Planning Committee (2023-present)
  • Florida Second District Court of Appeal Historical Society: President (2007-present)
  • Grievance Committee of the Florida Bar: Chair (2008-2009)
  • Judicial Nomination Commission for Second District Court of Appeal: Chair (2010-2011)
  • National Civil Justice Institute: Fellow (2023-present), Inner Circle (2023-present)
  • Southern Trial Lawyers Association
  • Trial Law Institute
Lectures
  • “Extraordinary Writs,” Advanced Appellate Practice and Appellate Certification Review Seminar (Annually, 2007-2023)
  • Faculty Member, Florida Justice Association’s Al J. Cone Trial Advocacy Institute (August 10-12, 2023)
  • Speaker and Faculty Member, Florida Justice Association’s Christian D. Searcy Voir Dire Institute (August 9-10, 2023)
  • Faculty, National Civil Justice Institute’s Forum for State Appellate Court Judges (July 15, 2023)
  • “Preservation of Error: How to Snatch Victory from the Jaws of Defeat,” Hillsborough County Bar Association, Trial and Litigation Section (March 30, 2023)
  • “The Law, Strategy and Tactics Regarding Punitive Damages in State Court Cases in Florida in 2023,” Florida Justice Association’s Workhorse Seminar (February 21, 2023)
  • Speaker and Faculty Member, Florida Justice Association’s Christian D. Searcy Voir Dire Institute (October 24-25, 2022)
  • “Jury Instructions and Verdict Form – Know the Basics,” Florida Justice Association’s Workhorse Seminar (March 22, 2022)
  • “Combating Dirty Tricks at Trial,” Panel Discussion, Florida Justice Association (February 11, 2022)
  • “Review of Changes to MSJ Standards & Punitive Damages,” Panel Discussion, Broward County Trial Lawyers Association (February 8, 2022)
  • Speaker, Faculty Member and Program Moderator, Florida Justice Association’s Christian D. Searcy Voir Dire Institute (October 18-20, 2021)
  • “Ruth Bader Ginsburg: The “Cataclysmic – Catalyst” Who Changed the Landscape for Lawyers, Citizens and Humanity – Understanding What RBG Did for You, Your Practice and Your Clients,” Panel Moderator, Florida Justice Association’s Workhorse Seminar (February 23, 2021)
  • “Looking Back at Bush v Gore on its Twentieth Anniversary,” Moderator of panel with Justice Peggy Quince, and attorneys Mitchell Berger and Barry Richard, Cheatwood Inn of Court, Tampa (January 12, 2021)
  • “Persuasion: Logic Fallacies and Cognitive Distortions,” Florida Justice Association’s Annual Convention: Advanced Trial Skills Seminar (June 24, 2020)
  • “Spoliation Remedies,” Florida Justice Association (August 27, 2019)
  • “The William A. Van Nortwick Appellate Workshop,” Faculty Member, The Florida Bar’s Appellate Practice Section, (August 7-9, 2019)
  • “Knowing the Law and Procedure of Voir Dire in State Court in Florida: What you Need to Do in Order to Avoid Traps and Pitfalls,” Faculty Member, Florida Justice Association’s Christian D. Searcy Voir Dire Institute (August 5-7, 2019)
  • “Key Issues in Engle Cigarette Litigation,” 2019 Florida College of Advanced Judicial Studies (May 30, 2019)
  • “Florida Writs,” The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division’s Basic Appellate Practice Seminar (February 22, 2019)
  • “Appellate Considerations at Trial,” The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division’s Basic Trial Practice Seminar (December 7, 2018)
  • “Trial Support Counsel—The Unsung Hero of Your Trial Team,” Florida Justice Association’s Christian D. Searcy Voir Dire Institute (August 29, 2018)
  • “2018 Case Law Update: July 2017-March 2018,” Florida Justice Association Case Law Update Webinar (April 5, 2018)
  • “What Did Worley do to Bias-Related Discovery,” Florida Justice Association’s Workhorse Seminar (March 21, 2018)
  • “What’s All the Fuss about Email Service of Proposals for Settlement Under Fla. R. Jud. Admin. 2.516,” Florida Justice Association’s Proposals for Settlement Webinar (March 2, 2018)
  • “Your Appellate Partner at Trial,” The National Trial Lawyers’ Annual Summit (February 3, 2018)
  • “Keeping Your Verdict: Case Law Update on Proper Closing Argument,” Tampa Bay Trial Lawyers Association (February 1, 2018)
  • “Closing Arguments: Recent Appellate Warnings,” Florida Justice Association (June 30, 2017)
  • “Your Appellate Partner At Trial,” Florida Justice Association’s Annual Convention (June 15, 2017)
  • “Sweating the Small Stuff: A Debate Over The Little Things That Can Make Your Good Appeal Great,” The Hillsborough County Bar Association’s Appellate Practice Section CLE: An Appellate Medley: Diverse Perspectives on Appellate Advocacy (April 5, 2017)
  • “The Consumer Expectation Test and Product Liability in Law—History and Progeny-Jury Instructions and Verdict Form,” Florida Justice Association’s Workhorse Seminar (March 1, 2017)
  • “Appellate Considerations During Trial,” The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division’s Basic Trial Practice Seminar (December 2, 2016)
  • “The Evolving Law Related to Discovery From ‘Hybrid Experts’ and Plaintiffs’ Law Firms,” Florida Justice Association’s Expert Webinar Series (October 21, 2016)
  • “Proposals for Settlement: Heading to Court on a PFS claim, and the Latest Arguments in Court,” Florida Justice Association’s Case Law Insider Seminar (October 14, 2016)
  • “Ten Most Important/Interesting Decisions on Trucking Law in the Past Two Years,” Florida Justice Association’s Masters of Justice Conference (September 28, 2016)
  • “Top Ten Trial Mistakes that Lead to Appeals, and How to Avoid Them,” Tampa Bay Trial Lawyers Association (May 19, 2016)
  • “ACA & Joerg—Fight Collateral Sources Defenses,” Florida Justice Association’s Collateral Sources Seminar (May 5, 2016)
  • “Juror Nondisclosure,” Florida Justice Association’s Case Law Insider Seminar (February 12, 2016)
  • “Proposals for Settlement: Percolating Issues,” Florida Justice Association’s Case Law Insider Seminar (November 19, 2015)
  • “Heading to Court on a PFS claim, and New Percolating Issues in the Courts,” Florida Justice Association’s Proposal for Settlement Seminar (October 30, 2015)
  • The Statute of Limitations and the Relation-Back Doctrine,” Florida Justice Association’s Case Law Insider Seminar (August 27, 2015)
  • “Your Appellate Partner at Trial,” Florida Justice Association’s Workhorse Seminar (February 11, 2015)
  • “Defense Attack on Treating Physicians Based on the Katzman Decision and Progeny,” Florida Justice Association’s Expert Advantage Seminar (February 28, 2014)
  • “Jury Instructions and Verdict Forms in Florida State Court and Federal Court Product Liability Cases—Navigating Minefields,” Florida Justice Association’s Workhorse Seminar (February 19, 2014)
  • “Appellate Strategies Panel Discussion,” The National Attorneys General Training and Research Institute (January 28, 2014)
  • Defense Attack on Treating Physicians Based on the Katzman Decision and Progeny,” Florida Justice Association’s Annual Convention (June 12, 2013)
  • “Evolving Spoliation Law in Florida,” University of Florida, Levin College of Law (March 7, 2013)
  • “Gaps in the Law Regarding Privilege Logs,” Florida Justice Association’s Case Law Insider Seminar (January 31, 2013)
  • “Florida Criminal Appeals: Preservation of Error,” Clearwater Bar Association (October 18, 2012)
  • “Florida Civil Appeals: Preservation of Error,” Clearwater Bar Association, (October 18, 2012)
  • “An Attempt to Understand Florida Law Regarding Proposals for Settlement,” Tampa Bay Trial Lawyers Association (August 23, 2012)
  • “Florida Criminal Appeals: Extraordinary Proceedings,” Herbert G. Goldburg Criminal Law American Inn of Court (May 14, 2012)
  • “Contending with 1.360 Exams,” Florida Justice Association’s Case Law Insider Seminar,” (February 9, 2012)
  • “An Attempt to Understand Florida Law Regarding Proposals for Settlement,” Florida Justice Association’s Case Law Insider Seminar (January 18, 2012)
  • “Collateral Source Evidence: Maximizing Presentation to the Jury, Leaving Setoffs Post-trial, and Other Recent Developments,” Florida Justice Association’s Collateral Sources Seminar (January 25, 2011)
  • “Florida Law Regarding Dismissals for Plaintiff’s Fraud,” Florida Justice Association’s Case Law Insider Seminar (January 14, 2011)
  • “Collateral Sources,” Florida Justice Association’s Collateral Sources Seminar (August 5, 2010)
  • “The Top Ten Most Frequent Errors Appellate Lawyers See,” Florida Justice Association Annual Convention (Jun 16, 2010)
  • “Florida Civil Appeals: Preservation of Error,” Clearwater Bar Association (May 20, 2010)
  • “Florida Civil Appeals: Preservation of Error,” Tampa Bay Trial Lawyers Association (January 21, 2010)
  • “Contending with 1.360 Exams,” Florida Justice Association’s Case Law Insider Seminar (September 11, 2009)
  • “Hospital Liability for Independent Contractors,” Florida Justice Association’s Case Law Insider Seminar (July 20, 2009)
  • “The Amendment 7 Battlefield: Securing Your Client’s Right to Know at the Trial Court Level as Well as the State and Federal Appellate Courts,” Florida Justice Association’s Case Law Insider Seminar (September 19, 2008)
  • “Balancing Judicial Independence and Accountability,” Annual Appellate Justice Conference, Conference of District Court of Appeal Judges and The Florida Bar’s Appellate Practice Section (June 27, 2007)
  • “Role of the District Court of Appeal Decision,” Annual Appellate Justice Conference, Conference of District Court of Appeal Judges and The Florida Bar’s Appellate Practice Section (June 21, 2006)
Publications
  • “Insurance Companies’ Argument on the Collateral Source Rule Hurts Taxpayers (and Other Dirty Secrets),” Journal (Florida Justice Association), January/February 2019
  • “Juror Nondisclosure: Subtleties to the Most Common Post-Trial Argument,” Journal (Florida Justice Association), January/February 2018
  • “Fighting Collateral Sources Defenses After the Affordable Care Act and Joerg,” Journal (Florida Justice Association), July/August 2016
  • “The Proposal to Restate the Certiorari Standard to Ensure Review of Non-Final Orders that Implicate the Right to Due Process Would Change the Historical Scope and Use of the Certiorari Writ,” Stetson Law Review, Winter 2013
  • “An Attempt to Understand Florida Law Regarding Proposals for Settlement,” Journal (Florida Justice Association), July 2011
  • “A Remittitur to Zero is No Remittitur at All,” Journal (Florida Justice Association), March/April 2009
  • “Research, Online Sources of Information,” Journal (Florida Justice Association), July 2008
  • “The Collateral Source Rule: A Rule of Evidence and a Rule for Calculating Damage Setoffs,” Journal (Florida Justice Association), May/June 2008
  • “Keeping Defendants out of Court-Ordered Medical Exams,” Journal (Florida Justice Association), January 2008
  • “Applying Boecher to the Elephant in the Room,” Journal (Florida Justice Association), January 2008
  • “Bad Faith Claims,” Chapter Author, The Florida Medical Malpractice Handbook, 2d Ed., 2009
  • “Bad Faith Claims,” Chapter Author, The Florida Medical Malpractice Handbook, 1st Ed., 2006
  • “Keeping Faith in Bad Faith: Berges v. Infinity Insurance Co.,” Author, Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers Published Materials, June 2005
  • “Bad Faith Under the Knife: Dealing with Medical Malpractice Bad Faith Law,” Author, Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers Published Materials, April 2005
  • “Practice and Procedure in Handling an Automobile Case,” Chapter Author, Florida Automobile Insurance Law, 6th Ed., 2005