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Kelly L. Rooth

Kelly RoothKelly L. Rooth, graduated from the University of South Florida, summa cum laude, in 2000 with a Bachelor of Arts, where she completed both the USF Honors Program and Political Science Honors Programs. She graduated from Stetson University College of Law, magna cum laude, in 2002.

While in law school, Ms. Rooth completed the Federal Government Litigation Practicum at the U.S.
Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida, Appellate Division and served as a Federal Judicial Intern for the Honorable Susan C. Bucklew of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida. She was also an Articles & Symposia Editor for the Stetson Law Review, Research Assistant for Dean Emeritus and Professor of Law Bruce Jacob, Legal Writing Clinic Teaching Fellow, Student Bar Association Class Representative, and the Honorary Legal Fraternity Phi Delta Phi Clerk/Historian. Ms. Rooth won first place in the Phelps Dunbar First-Year Appellate Advocacy Contest, the Victor O. Wehle Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy, and the Outstanding New Associate and Outstanding Senior Associate Awards for her service on the Stetson Law Review.

Following law school, Ms. Rooth was a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Paul H. Roney, Circuit Court Judge of the Eleventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. Prior to beginning her appellate practice, she then entered the private sector and worked at Holland & Knight LLP and Trenam Kemker P.A. where she practiced civil litigation, including business torts, contracts, unfair trade practices, and creditors’ rights. She became Of Counsel to The Carlyle Appellate Law Firm in 2009 and Of Counsel to Florida Appeals when it was founded in 2019.

Ms. Rooth is a founding member and former Vice President of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Tampa Bay, and a member of the Appellate Practice Section of the Florida Bar, Barney Masterson American Inn of Court, and the Tampa Bay Catholic Lawyers Guild. Ms. Rooth is admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in Florida and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

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