Kelly L. Gillis
Associate Kelly Gillis

Kelly L. Gillis


Areas Of Practice

Kelly Gillis is an attorney in the Jacksonville office. Her practice focuses primarily on complex insurance coverage and bad faith/extra-contractual liability litigation. Prior to joining the firm, Mrs. Gillis worked in private practice on healthcare and corporate law matters.

After graduating from law school, Mrs. Gillis completed a two-year clerkship for the Honorable Vincent G. Torpy, Jr. at the Florida Fifth District Court of Appeal, and she returned to the court in 2018 to clerk for Judge Torpy leading up to his retirement. She was also selected as an Honors Program participant through the Department of Justice, where she was assigned to a one-year term as an attorney advisor to an administrative law judge at the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Mrs. Gillis is a member of the Military Spouse JD Network and is passionate about its mission of advocating for licensing accommodations for military spouse attorneys, educating the public about the career challenges faced by military spouses, and encouraging employers to hire military spouses. She is also a mother of two children and enjoys spending her time outdoors and traveling with her family.


  • Florida, 2009
  • United States District Court, 2013
    • Middle District of Florida
    • Northern District of Florida
    • Southern District of Florida


  • The Florida Bar
  • Military Spouse JD Network
  • Florida Defense Lawyers Association

Stephanie Carr-Williams


  • “Representing DEA Registrants,” as Kelly Downer, American Health Lawyers Association, Physician Organizations Newsletter, Spring, 2013.
  • “What We Learned from DEA’s Operation Pill Nation I and II: What Every Physician and Practice Need to know to Avoid Being the Target of Operation Pill Nation III,” Mid-Florida Medical Group Management Association Quarterly Meeting, Ocala, FL, Nov. 2012.
  • “Representing Physicians Subject to DEA Regulations,” Jacksonville Bar Association Health Law Section Meeting, Jacksonville, FL, 2012.
  • “Recent Developments: City of Miami v. Wellman,” as Kelly Downer, 38 Stetson L. Rev, 747, Spring 2009


  • J.D., cum laude, Stetson College of Law, Gulfport, FL, 2009
    • Merit Scholarship Recipient. Melvyn Trute, P.A. Trust Award Recipient
    • Stetson Law Review, Notes and Comments Editor. Book Award: Florida Trust & Estates
  • M.B.A., cum laude, Stetson University School of Business Administration, Deland, FL, 2009
    • Beta Gamma Sigma, International Honor Society
  • B.S., cum laude, Florida State University, 2005

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.