Dorothy F. Easley

Dorothy F. Easley

Easley Appellate Practice, P.L.L.C.

Recognized since 2020

Miami, Florida

Practice Areas

Appellate Practice

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When it comes to federal appeals, Dorothy is a nationally recognized author who literally wrote the book: Successful Federal Appeals in All Circuit Courts: A Practical Guide for Busy Lawyers. Dorothy appreciates the value of hard work, perseverance and tenacity. She grew up on a farm, learned to drive a tractor, and worked on a forestry logging crew for room and board as an undergraduate in the mountains of North Carolina. Dorothy has a Master of Science, summa cum laude, in forest genetics from New York SUNY/ESF, where she also worked as a Research Fellow, and a Juris Doctor, cum laude, in law from University of Miami, where she served as the Inter-American Law Review Executive Editor after serving as a Research Assistant for work on Constitutional and Latin American law. Dorothy also interned at the Third District Court of Appeal, State of Florida.

Her diverse professional experience--as a published research scientist in Latin America, as a university law professor, as a board certified appellate specialist, and as a former "biglaw" partner--has positioned her as a recognized leader in the appellate community.

Dorothy is a former elected-Chair of the 1700-member Florida Appellate Practice Section, former Vice Chair of the Appellate Court Rules Committee, and former heads of two "big firm" appellate departments. As the firm's founder and board certified appellate specialist, Dorothy uses that experience to supervise intimately and works exhaustively with a team of appellate attorneys and appellate paralegals to efficiently and expertly advance your appeal to leave no stone unturned. With hundreds of appeals, her firm is highly experienced and respected by appellate judges and her colleagues. Dorothy is an exceptional appellate advocate and writer, recognized with numerous awards for expertise, the uncanny ability to turn complex legalese into understandable prose, and win even the most complex cases.


  • 1200 Brickell Avenue, Suite 1950
    Miami, FL 33131


  • English
  • Spanish


  • University of Miami , Law, graduated 1994
  • SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry, M.S. Forest Genetics
  • Warren Wilson College, B.A. Forest Management/Minor Economics

Bar Admissions

  • Florida, Florida Bar


  • Appellate Court Rules Committee - Former Vice Chair
  • Florida Bar Appellate Certification Committee - Committee Member, Former
  • Florida Bar Appellate Practice Section - Former Chair
  • Rosemary Barkett Appellate American Inn of Court - Past President
  • Third District Court of Appeal Historical Society - Past President

Court Admissions

  • US Supreme Court
  • US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

Easley Appellate Practice, P.L.L.C.
Miami, Florida

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Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2022 for work in:

  • Appellate Practice


  • Florida Bar Board Certified in Appellate LawNational Association of Distinguished Counsel, Top One Percent, since 2016Best Attorneys of America, Rue Ratings since 2015 AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell®Florida Bar 2009 Award for Excellence in the Promotion of Board CertificationRanked Top 100 Lawyers, South Florida, in Super Lawyer Magazine 2010Ranked Top 50 Women Lawyers in Super Lawyer Magazine 2009, 2010Florida Super Lawyer (top 5 percent of Florida lawyers), Super Lawyer Magazine, annually since 2006Legal Elite (top 1.9 percent of all Florida Lawyers), Trend MagazineTop Appellate Lawyer, South Florida Legal GuideALM Recognition of Easley in Top Women Leaders in the Law, featured in Fortune Magazine, 2014 and again in 2015ALM Recognition of EAP Among South Florida's Top Lawyers, Legal Leaders in Appellate, Business/Commercial Law

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