Partner, Kansas R. Gooden
Kansas R. Gooden, Partner

Kansas R. Gooden

Shareholder / Practice Group Leader

Areas Of Practice

Kansas R. Gooden, a Board Certified Appellate Specialist and AV Rated attorney, serves as the firm’s Appellate Practice Group Leader.  She has extensive experience handling all types of civil appellate proceedings, including extraordinary writs and plenary appeals, in state and federal courts.  She also provides litigation and trial support to attorneys throughout the state. She currently works remotely for the firm in Miami.  Through her remote work, she is able to efficiently and more cost-effectively serve her clients needs.

Ms. Gooden is highly involved in the state and local bar associations and has served in many leadership roles.  Currently, she is on the board of the Florida Defense Lawyers Association as the Third District Representative and serves as the chair of the organization’s Amicus Committee.  On behalf of the organization, she authors and co-authors amicus briefs in important cases impacting tort, litigation, and insurance issues.  She is on the Florida Bar’s Appellate Board Certification Committee, which writes and grades the board certification test. The committee also examines the fitness of the candidates for board certification and those applying for recertification. She is also on the Executive Council of the Florida Bar’s Appellate Section and is the current chair of the CLE Committee. As chair, Ms. Gooden is responsible for creating and organizing the CLE programing for the section.  Moreover, Ms. Gooden is a frequent lecturer and travels the state presenting seminars and presentations on various topics to both attorneys and adjusters.

While in law school, Ms. Gooden interned for the Third District Court of Appeal Chief Judge David Gersten. It was there that she developed her passion for appellate practice. Additionally, Ms. Gooden played nationally competitive junior, amateur and collegiate golf. She was the Virginia State Girls Golf Champion in 1997 and 1999 and was awarded the Marion Miley Bracelet by the Western Women’s Golf Association in 1997.


  • Florida, 2008 – Board Certified Appellate Practice
  • United States District Court
    • Northern District of Florida, 2009
    • Middle District of Florida, 2009
    • Southern District of Florida, 2009
  • United States Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit, 2012

Awards & Recognition

  • Board Certified in Appellate Practice by The Florida Bar, 2015-present
  • AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, 2018
  • Listed in Attorney at Law Magazine, Jacksonville, as a Rising Star, 2016
  • Listed in Attorney at Law Magazine, Jacksonville, in Top Ten Under 40, 2016-2017
  • Listed in Florida Super Lawyers as a “Rising Star” in Appellate Practice, 2011-2018
  • Recipient of Amicus Award from the Florida Defense Lawyers Association, 2015. This award is bestowed upon an appellate attorney with significant contributions to the defense bar through Amicus, or “Friend of the Court,” briefs.
  • Recipient of the James A. Dixon Young Lawyer of the Year Award from the Florida Defense Lawyers Association, 2017. The award is given annually to a young lawyer who exceeds the standards of excellence, dedication and commitment to the FDLA and its goals.


  • The Florida Bar – Appellate Section
    • Appellate Practice Board Certification Committee, 2017-2020
    • Executive Council, 2015-2018
    • Publications Committee Member, 2014-present
      • Assistant Editor of the Florida Bar Journal, 2014-2016
    • CLE Committee Member, 2013 – present
      • Co-Chair of the Monthly Telephonic CLEs, 2015-2017
      • Chair, Essential of Appellate Law CLE, 2017
      • Chair, Hot Topics in Appellate Law CLE, 2013
    • Outreach Committee Member, 2014-2016
      • Liaison to the Jacksonville Bar Association, 2014-2016
  • First District Appellate Inn of Court – Barrister, 2011-present
  • Third District Court of Appeal Historical Society, 2017-present
  • Jacksonville Bar Association
    • Vice Chair of the Appellate Section, 2012-2013
    • Chair of the Appellate Section, 2013-2014
  • Florida Defense Lawyers Association
    • Amicus Committee, 2010-present
    • Board of Directors – First District Representative, 2016-present
  • Jacksonville Association of Defense Counsel
    • Secretary, 2013
    • Vice President, 2014
    • President, 2015
  • Federalist Society, 2015-present
  • 4th Judicial Circuit Large Firm Pro Bono Subcommittee, 2011-2012
  • Ronald McDonald House’s Inaugural Golf Tournament Committee, Member, 2014

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Representative Cases

  • Allstate Prop. & Cas. Ins. Co. v. Lewis 14 So. 3d 1230 (Fla. 1st DCA 2009)
  • Hinely v. Fla. Motorcycle Training, Inc, 70 So. 3d 620 (Fla. 1st DCA 2011)
  • Smith v. New Hampshire Indem. Co., 60 So. 3d 429 (Fla. 1st DCA 2011)
  • Rife v. A.W.A. Contracting Co., Inc., 87 So. 3d 69 (Fla. 1st DCA 2012)
  • Town of Davie v. Santana, et. Al., 98 So. 3d 262 (Fla. 1st DCA 2012)
  • Diversified Dev. Of Kansas City, Inc./Bridgefield Ins. Co. v. Sanchez, 90 So. 3d 337 (Fla. 1st DCA 2012)
  • Miller Elec. Co. v. Oursler, 113 So. 3d 1004 (Fla. 1st DCA 2013)
  • Boozer v. Stalley, 146 So. 3d 139 (Fla. 5th DCA 2014).
  • Allstate Ins. Co. v. Theodotou, 171 So. 3d 163 (Fla. 5th DCA 2015).
  • Hankerson v. Wiley, 154 So. 3d 511 (Fla. 4th DCA 2015).
  • Messinese v. USAA Cas. Ins. Co., 14-14876, 2015 WL 4619808 (11th Cir. 2015).


  •   Co-Author, What to do with Discovery Until Florida Adopts Rule, MIAMI DAILY BUSINESS REVIEW, March 13, 2008, at A-13.
  • King Solomon’s Solution To The Disposition of Embryos: Recognizing A Property Interest And Using Equitable Division, 20 U. OF LA VERNE 66 (Nov. 2008).
  • What’cha Gonna Do Brother When Hulkamania Runs Wild On You?: A Practitioner’s Guide To Section 322.09 Of The Florida Statutes, 21, ST. THOMAS L. REV. 390 (2009).


  • B.B.A., Finance, James Madison University, 2004
    • Member, two-time CAA Conference Champion Varsity Girls Golf Team
    • Named to the CAA All Conference Golf Team
    • Member, National Collegiate Scholars Association
  • J.D., St. Thomas School of Law, 2008, magna cum laude
    • Articles Editor, St. Thomas Law Review
    • Competing Member, St. Thomas Mock Trial Competition Team
    • Best Student/Book Awards-Property I, Trial Advocacy Practice, Florida Practice, Wills & Trusts and Criminal Procedure
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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.