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Overview

Amy M. Wessel is a Partner in the Fort Lauderdale office of Shutts & Bowen LLP, where she is a member of the Appellate Practice Group.

Amy represents clients in a wide range of appellate and litigation matters in state and federal courts.  Her practice includes appellate and trial litigation involving commercial disputes, premises liability, white collar crime, and qui tam and False Claims Act cases.  Amy is experienced in handling all aspects of appeals, from briefing to oral argument.  She also provides pre-trial and trial support to litigators, assisting in the development of legal arguments and ensuring that all steps necessary to preserve issues for appellate review are taken.  Amy is also a regular contributor to the Florida Appellate Law Blog, where she writes on issues of appellate practice and procedure.

Prior to joining the firm, Amy clerked for the Honorable Jay P. Cohen at the Florida Fifth District Court of Appeal. During her appellate clerkship, Amy gained invaluable insight into the preservation of error at trial as well as effective appellate advocacy techniques. Prior to clerking, Amy completed a post-graduate fellowship with the Honorable Robin S. Rosenbaum at the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida. During law school, Amy served as a Managing Editor of the Florida Law Review and received its D.T. Smith Outstanding Associate Editor Award. She was also the recipient of the UF Law Pro Bono Certificate of Excellence in recognition of her commitment to public service through pro bono work.

Education

  • University of Florida Levin College of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2011
  • University of Florida, B.A., cum laude, Political Science, 2006
    • Phi Beta Kappa

Bar Admissions

  • Florida

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Court

Professional and Civic Activities

  • Florida Bar Appellate Practice Section
  • Broward County Bar Association
    • Young Lawyers Section
    • Appellate Practice Section
  • PACE Center for Girls – Broward
    • Partners4PACE, Member
    • PACE Center’s Annual Girls Just Wanna Have Fun Brunch Fundraiser, Co-Chair (2018 and 2019)
  • Ghost Light Society

Presentations

  • Co-Presenter, “Preservation of Error and Avoiding Trial Mistakes,” Broward County Bar Association Appellate Practice Section CLE, February 2018

Recognition

  • Florida Super Lawyers, Rising Star, Appellate, 2019

Practice Areas

Publications

  • Appellate Practice Section Update: Fourth District Court of Appeal at the 2017 Bench & Bar Convention, Broward County Bar Association Barrister (December 2017)
  • Co-editor, Appellate Law Blog