Celene Humphries

Brannock, Humphries & Berman
1111 West Cass Street
Suite 200
Tampa, FL 33606
(813) 223-4300
www.bhappeals.com


Awards and Honors

       
  • Appellate Court Rules Committee of The Florida Bar Outstanding Contribution Award
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  • Best Lawyers in America, Appellate Practice, 2011-2018
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  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, 2017
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  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
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  • Florida Bar Appellate Practice Section Chair's Recognition Award
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  • Florida Justice Association's EAGLE Hall of Fame
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  • Florida Justice Association's Tipton Award
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  • Florida Super Lawyers, 2006-2017
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  • Florida Super Lawyers, Top 100 Lawyers, 2009 & 2010, 2012-2017
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  • Florida Super Lawyers, Top 50 Lawyers in Tampa Bay, 2013-2017
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  • Florida Super Lawyers, Top 50 Women Lawyers, 2007-2017
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  • Florida Super Lawyers, Top 25 Women Lawyers in Tampa, 2007
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  • Florida Trend’s Legal Elite, 2004-2017
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  • Florida Trend’s Legal Elite, Hall of Fame, Inducted in 2013
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  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent rating
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  • Member, The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Civil Plaintiff in Florida

Certifications and Bar Admissions

       
  • Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Appellate Practice
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  • United States Supreme Court
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  • United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
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  • United States District Court, Northern, Middle, and Southern Districts of Florida
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  • All Florida Courts

Professional Associations

       
  • American Association for Justice.  Ms. Humphries is a member of the American Association for Justice.
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  • Appellate Practice Section of The Florida Bar.   Ms. Humphries served on the Executive Council of The Florida Bar's Appellate Practice Section and was the Chair of the Programs Committee. She is a Past Chair and a founding committee member of the Appellate Justice Conference, an event hosted by the Conference of District Court of Appeal Judges and the Appellate Practice Section of The Florida Bar. She is also the planning chair and a faculty member of The Florida Bar’s Appellate Advocacy Workshop, a three-day appellate practice program taught by appellate judges and appellate practitioners.
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  • Florida Appellate Court Rules Committee.   Ms. Humphries is a Past Parliamentarian of the Florida Appellate Court Rules Committee and is a Past Chair of the Civil Practice Rules Subcommittee.
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  • Florida Bar Grievance Committee.   Ms. Humphries is a Past Chair of the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee "B" of The Florida Bar.
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  • Florida Justice Association.   Ms. Humphries is extremely active in the Florida Justice Association.  She previously served on the Board of Directors, and is currently serving a second term as Chair of the Appellate Practice Section.  She is also Chair of the Case Law Insider Telephone Seminar.  She is an active member of the Amicus Curiae Committee, frequently writing amicus briefs on behalf of the FJA in some of the most important appeals that affect Florida's citizens.  The Florida Justice Association has awarded Ms. Humphries the Tipton Award in recognition of her contributions as an appellate lawyer, and also inducted her into the EAGLE Hall of Fame in recognition of her long-standing commitment and years of work to protect Florida's civil justice system.
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  • Florida Supreme Court Historical Society.  Ms. Humphries is a member of the Florida Supreme Court Historical Society.
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  • Hillsborough County Bar Association.   Ms. Humphries is a Past Chair of the Appellate Section of the Hillsborough County Bar Association.
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  • J. Clifford Cheatwood American Inn of Court.   Ms. Humphries is a Master of the Bench in the J. Clifford Cheatwood American Inn of Court.
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  • Judicial Nominating Committee.   Ms. Humphries is a past Chair of the nine-person Judicial Nominating Committee for the Second District Court of Appeal.
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  • Manasota Trial Lawyers Board.  Ms. Humphries is a member of the Manasota Trial Lawyers Board.
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  • Second District Court of Appeal Historical Society.   Ms. Humphries is the President and a founding officer of the Second District Court of Appeal Historical Society.
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  • Other professional associations.   Other associations include membership in the American Bar Association Council of Appellate Lawyers and Judges, the Federal Bar Association, and the Tampa Bay Trial Lawyers Association.

Lectures

       
  • "2018 Case Law Update: July 2017 - March 2018," Florida Justice Association Case Law Update Webinar, 4/5/2018
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  • "Keeping Your Verdict: Case Law Update on Proper Closing Argument," Tampa Bay Trial Lawyers Association, 2/1/2018
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  • "Closing Arguments: Recent Appellate Warnings," Florida Justice Association, 6/30/2017
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  • "Your Appellate Partner At Trial," Florida Justice Association Annual Convention, 6/15/2017
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  • "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, 4/5/2017
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  • "The Evolving Law Related to Discovery From “Hybrid Experts” and Plaintiffs’ Law Firms," Florida Justice Association, 10/21/2016
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  • "Proposals for Settlement: Heading to Court on a PFS claim, and the Latest Arguments in Court," Florida Justice Association, 10/14/2016
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  • "Trucking Seminar," Florida Justice Association Masters of Justice Conference, 9/28/2016
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  • "Extraordinary Writs," Advanced Appellate Practice and Appellate Certification Review Seminar, Annually
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  • "Appellate Strategies Panel Discussion Before the National Attorneys General Training and Research Institute", 1/28/2014
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  • "Florida Criminal Appeals: Preservation of Error", 10/18/2012
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  • "Florida Criminal Appeals: Extraordinary Proceedings", 5/14/2012
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  • "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", September 2008
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  • "Florida Civil Appeals: Preservation of Error"
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  • "The Florida Bar Appellate Practice Section's Appellate Workshop"
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  • "Florida Justice Association Annual Convention and Workhorse Seminar"

Publications

       
  • "2018 Case Law Update: July 2017 - March 2018," Author, Florida Justice Association Case Law Update Webinar Published Materials, April 5, 2018
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  • "Juror Nondisclosure: Subtleties to the Most Common Post-Trial Argument," Journal (Florida Justice Association), January/February 2018
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  • "Closing Argument: Recent Appellate Warnings," Author, Florida Justice Association Published Materials , June 30, 2017
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  • "Your Appellate Partner At Trial," Author, Florida Justice Association's Annual Convention Published Materials, June 15, 2017
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  • "Proposals for Settlement: Heading to Court on a PFS claim, and the Latest Arguments in Court," Author, Florida Justice Association Webinar Published Materials, October 2016
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  • "Trucking Seminar," Author, Florida Justice Association Masters of Justice Conference Published Materials, September 2016
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  • "Bad Faith Claims," Chapter Author, The Florida Medical Malpractice Handbook, 2d Ed., 2009
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  • "Bad Faith Claims," Chapter Author, The Florida Medical Malpractice Handbook, 1st Ed., 2006
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  • "Keeping Faith in Bad Faith: Berges v. Infinity Insurance Co.," Author, Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers Published Materials, June 2005
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  • "Bad Faith Under the Knife: Dealing with Medical Malpractice Bad Faith Law," Author, Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers Published Materials, April 2005
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  • "Practice and Procedure in Handling an Automobile Case," Chapter Author, Florida Automobile Insurance Law, 6th Ed., 2005

Professional Experience

Early in her career, Ms. Humphries was Senior Attorney for the Honorable Carolyn Fulmer at the Florida Second District Court of Appeal. She later coordinated appellate work for a major plaintiff's firm.

Education

A St. Petersburg native, Ms. Humphries attended Tulane University and Tulane Law School where she was a member of the Moot Court, received an award known as the "Order of the Barristers" for her exceptional appellate advocacy skills, won the Southeast Regional Philip C. Jessup International Moot Court Appellate Competition, and was designated the "Best Advocate in Trial Advocacy."