Candace W. Padgett
Associate Candace W. Padgett

Candace W. Padgett


Areas Of Practice

Candace Padgett’s practice focuses on insurance defense litigation, including complex federal and state insurance coverage issues and insurer bad faith cases, and appeals.

Candace has over 15 years of experience in the legal industry, starting as a legal secretary for a local auto insurance defense firm. While in law school, Candace served as the president of the Moot Court Honor Board and competed in several national moot court competitions. She also earned a certificate in legal research and writing.

Prior to joining Boyd & Jenerette, Candace worked in insurance defense. She also focused her practice on appeals and representing private and governmental employers in the defense of claims of violation of civil rights and employment issues alleged by current and former employees.

Born and raised in Jacksonville, Candace is an avid angler and often competes in kayak fishing tournaments with her husband. She is also a proponent of the Oxford comma.


  • Florida, 2011
  • United States District Court
    • Northern District of Florida, 2015
    • Middle District of Florida,2011
  • United States Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit, 2016


  • The Florida Bar
    • Appellate Section
    • Labor & Employment Section
  • Jacksonville Association of Defense Counsel
    • Treasurer, 2014 – Present

Gretchen Middleton


  • B.A., University of North Florida, 2007
  • J.D., Florida Coastal School of Law, 2010

Representative Cases

  • SEDA Constr. Co. v. Nassau Cty., 156 So. 3d 1083 (Fla. 1st DCA 2015)
  • Elliot v. Wilcox, 641 F. App’x 893 (11th Cir. 2016)
  • Wilson v. Chevrolet, 669 F. App’x 980 (11th Cir. 2016)
  • Ponds v. State Dep’t of Corr., 225 So. 3d 806 (Fla. 1st DCA 2017)
  • Bronson v. State Dep’t of Bus. & Prof’l Regulation, 2017 Fla. App. LEXIS 18208, 237 So. 3d 948 (Fla. 1st DCA 2017)

Comprehensive Services

Many cases overlap several areas of law. As a full service law firm, we are able to recognize how one legal discipline impacts another. We work as a team on complex issues that require knowledge of a variety of state and federal laws. This multi-disciplinary approach allows clients to receive the large-firm advantage of access to multiple attorneys in a wide scope of practice areas as well as the hands-on customer service offered by a boutique law firm. In addition to civil litigation, employment law, workers’ compensation defense, commercial law, construction law and appeals, our firm also handles professional liability claims.

Our bilingual staff is available to assist with immigration matters, including consular and removal defenses.