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Ciara C. Willis

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Ciara C. Willis is an associate in Dean Mead’s Tampa office and she practices in the firm’s Litigation Department. She focuses her practice in a variety of general commercial litigation matters, including contract and business disputes, labor & employment matters, securities litigation and wills, trusts & estates litigation.

Prior to joining Dean Mead, Ms. Willis was a law clerk at Raymond James in St. Petersburg. There she worked on matters relating to FINRA and SEC regulations, cyber security, trust and estates, contracts, compliance, employment law, bankruptcy, property law, international law, and other matters as needed in-house. Ms. Willis was also a Judicial Intern to the Honorable Justice Barbara J. Pariente at the Florida Supreme Court. Ms. Willis was responsible for making recommendations on petitions for discretionary review and preparing memoranda on pending cases for the Justices, as well as assisting in the editing process of opinions and orders. In addition, she has worked with in-house counsel at Bankers Financial and interned with the Honorable Judge Paul Huey at the 13th Judicial Circuit General Civil Business Court in Tampa.

In her first year of practice, Ms. Willis was appointed to, and currently serves on, The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division Board of Governors, one of the largest young lawyer groups in the country with approximately 25,000 members. Ms. Willis also currently serves as the Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers (HAWL) Young Lawyer Division (YLD) Chair, Hillsborough County Bar Association YLD Membership Chair, and member of the Stetson University College of Law Tampa Bay Alumni Leadership Committee. Additionally, Ms. Willis is an active member of Emerging Leaders of Tampa Bay, Southeastern Women in Financial Services (SWIFS), Tampa Bay Business Journal Elite, and the Federal Bar Association Tampa Bay Chapter.


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Professional and Civic Activities

  • The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division Board of Governors, 2017-Present
  • Federal Bar Association, Tampa Bay Chapter, 2017-Present
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association, Young Lawyer Division, 2016-Present
    • Membership Chair, Starting Fall 2017
  • Emerging Leaders of Tampa Bay, 2016- Present
  • Stetson University College of Law Tampa Bay Alumni Leadership Committee, 2016-Present
  • Southeastern Women in Financial Services (SWIFS), 2016-Present
  • Tampa Bay Business Journal Elite, 2016-Present
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association, 2016- Present
  • Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers, 2016- Present
    • Young Lawyer Division Chair, 2017-Current
  • Florida Association for Women Lawyers, 2013– Present
  • The Florida Bar Young Lawyer Division Law Student Division - Board of Governors, 2013-2016
    • Public Relations Chair, 2014-2016
    • Stetson Chapter President, 2015-2016
    • Stetson Chapter Treasurer, 2013-2014
  • Tampa Bay Inn of Court – Pupil, 2014-2015

Education

  • Juris Doctor, cum laude, Stetson University College of Law, Gulfport, Florida, May 2016
    • Dean’s Full Tuition Merit Scholarship
    • Alternative Dispute Resolution Board, 2014 – 2016
      • Semifinalist, Robert R. Merhige, Jr. National Environmental Negotiation Competition 2016
      • Second Place, William & Mary Negotiation Competition 2014
    • Journal of International Aging Law and Policy, Editor, 2014 – 2015
      • Editor-in-Chief, 2015 – 2016;
    • Stetson Ambassadors, Senior Ambassador, 2014 – 2016
    • SBA Representative, 2014
  • Bachelor of Science, cum laude, Finance, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida, May 2013
  • Bachelor of Science, cum laude, Applied Economics, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida, May 2013
    • Gamma Phi Beta Sorority, Scholarship Chair, 2012
    • Rho Gamma Leadership Class, 2012

Bar Admissions

  • Florida
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida

Publications

  • Age is Just a Number; Not a Reason to Force Retirement, 11 J. Int’l Aging L. & Pol’y. (forthcoming Spring 2016).