Judge Susan L. Kelsey
J.D. 1988, University
of Florida College of Law, Law Review Editor-in-Chief; B.A.
Communications 1980, Freed-Hardeman University, Henderson, TN, magna cum
Judge, First District
Court of Appeal, April 2015 – present; Kelsey Appellate Law Firm, P.A., 2007 –
2015 (solo appellate practice); Anchors Smith Grimsley, P.L. Litigation Group,
2005 – 2007; Holland & Knight LLP, 1988 –
Best Lawyers In
America, 2013-14; Florida Super Lawyers, 2006-15; Florida Legal Elite, 2004-11,
2015; Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers, 2013; Martindale-Hubbell AV
rating, 2000-present; Pro Bono Award co-recipient, The Florida Bar Appellate
Practice Section, 2004; Award for Outstanding Contribution by an Attorney to the
Guardian Ad Litem program, Second Judicial Circuit, Leon County, Florida, 1990;
Leadership Tallahassee Class 8 graduate, 1991.
Appellate American Inn of Court: President and Master, 2009-10, and Executive
Committee Officer and Master member, 2008-16; Member, The Florida Bar Appellate
Practice Section and past member, The Florida Bar General Practice, Small Firm
and Solo Practice Section; Member, The Federalist Society; Vice Chair, The
Florida Bar Appellate Rules Committee, 1999-2004, Subcommittees: Administrative
Practice, Transition/Term Limits (chair); University of Florida Law Review
Editor in Chief, summer & fall 1987; Title Standards Editor, spring 1987;
Assistant Research Editor, 1986-87; UF College of Law Legal Research & Writing
Instructor, 1987-88; Florida Blue Key 1987-88.
Oral Arguments Through Tentative Opinions and Focus Orders,
The Florida Bar Journal (December 2014); Florida Appellate Practice,
Jurisdiction and Review (The Florida Bar, 6th ed. 2006); Florida
Appellate Practice Guide, Jurisdiction (The Florida Bar, 2002/03 ed.)
(rewritten); The New & Improved APA: Another Question Answered, The
Florida Bar Admin. L. S. Newsletter (Dec. 2001); The New And Improved APA:
Three Questions, Three Answers, The Florida Bar Admin. L. S. Newsletter
(Mar. 2001); The Hidden Diversity, Florida Association of Women Lawyers’
Journal (Spring 2001); The Record on Appeal: The Foundation for Appellate
Review, Florida Association of Women Lawyers’ Journal (Winter 2000);
Revising the Role of the Florida Supreme Court in Constitutional Initiatives,
The Florida Bar J. (April 1997).
Married, one child. Born 1959, Phoenix, AZ.