ABOUT

Mrs. Delancy is a member of the Florida Bar and is admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. She is a member of the Wilkie D. Ferguson, Jr. Bar Association, Caribbean Bar Association, Florida Assoc. of Women Lawyers, the Cuban American Bar Association and the Dade County Bar Association. She is a Special Magistrate for the Village of Pinecrest and, until recently, the Village of Palmetto Bay. Since 2007, Mrs. Delancy has served as an adjunct law professor at Miami-Dade College Law Center teaching Legal Writing, Business Law I and II, Criminal Law, Trial Prep and Practice and Fundamentals of Law. She is a certified Guardian ad Litem who volunteers her time representing the interests of children.

Born in New York and raised in Miami, Mrs. Delancy holds a law degree from the University of Miami School of Law and a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service (B.S.F.S.) from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. Mrs. Delancy was a Dean’s Fellow to the late Professor Richard Hausler and was an inaugural fellow in the Academic Achievement Program at the University of Miami School of Law. She was the recipient of the American Jurisprudence (“Book”) Award in Contracts and Torts law and was further honored with the West Award for excellence in Contracts law. Professionally, in 2010, Mrs. Delancy was selected as a Most Effective Lawyer finalist by the Daily Business Review and was a recipient of the 40 under 40 award by Success Magazine. She was selected as a Top Lawyer by the Daily Business Review in 2015.

Michelle has been married to Adrian C. Delancy, Esq., a commercial bankruptcy lawyer, for 26 years. They have 6 children: Jalyn (25), Lauren (16), Kristen (14), Adrian, Jr. (13), Aidan (10) and Jordin (9).

PRACTICE AREAS

Construction Litigation

Commercial Litigation

Family Litigation

Administrative Litigation

Criminal Defense
 

EDUCATION

J.D., University of Miami School of Law, 1995

- Dean’s Fellow, 1993

B.S.F.S., Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, 1992
 

BAR & COURT ADMISSIONS

Florida Bar

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida

MEMBERSHIPS

Wilkie D. Ferguson Bar Association

Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyers Assoc.

Florida Association of Women Lawyers

Cuban American Bar Association

Virgil Hawkins Lawyers Assoc – Florida Chapter

Dade County Bar Association

Caribbean Bar Association

Georgetown University Alumni Association
 

RECOGNITION

Martindale Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Rated

Top Lawyer, 2015, Daily Business Review

Most Effective Lawyer Finalist, 2010, Daily Business Review

40 Under 40 Award, Success Magazine

Dean’s Fellow to the late Professor Richard Hausler

American Jurisprudence Book Award in Contracts law

American Jurisprudence Book Award in Torts law

West Award for Excellence in Contracts law

James Weldon Johnson Moot Court Competition Fellow

NOTABLE VERDICTS AND JURY TRIAL EXPERIENCE
  • McIntyre v. Freiburger – Successful jury trial verdict of constructive trust claim worth over $500,000.
     

  • Payton v. Monterey Condo. Association – Successful trial defense verdict at trial of unit owners’ claim for Negligence, Nuisance and Injunctive Relief against Association and additional unit owner.
     

  • Bojangles, Inc. – Successful jury trial defense at trial of Employment Discrimination case where employee alleged dispa- rate treatment against the employer.
     

  • Fashion Café (2d circuit) – Suit against Fashion Supermodels for trademark infringement. We were successful in getting summary judgment granted in Defendant, Supermodels’ favor, noting that there was no sufficient use of the mark in the United States, though there may have been significant use in Italy.
     

  • Building Inspection Services / Jenkins – Condominium Lien Foreclosure Defense. Client owned an Office Building. Plaintiff, Condo Association, liened the building claiming various unpaid assessments and late fees over the course of 10 years, totaling $187,000, including fees and costs. The trial court granted judgment in Plaintiff’s favor in the amount of $10,000. We appealed and the 4th DCA reversed for judgment in favor of Defendants and granted fees and costs, while restoring previously dismissed counterclaim for Slander of Title.
     

  • State v. Bernard – Principal indicted on 2 counts of Official Misconduct and was facing 10 years state prison. After 3 and 1/2 years of litigation, 23 state witnesses and a two week trial, we were successful in obtaining a 20-minute not guilty verdict, by jury, on both counts.
     

  • State v. Laidley – Successful jury trial defense of contractor at trial, accused of breach of contract and improper of use of foreign engineering license.
     

  • State v. Bhagwandin and Taylor – Successful jury trial defense of teacher accused of battery against a student.
     

  • Deutsche Bank National Trust v. Lema Jamison - Successful bench trial pertaining to the defense of a complex mortgage foreclosure on property valued at over $1.4 million dollars.

EVENTS
  • March 2019, Speaker
    Rainmaker’s Academy: Retainer Agreements and Consultation Fees
     

  • September 2018, Adjunct Faculty
    The Skilled Advocate Company
     

  • June 16, 2018, Panelist
    Trial Bootcamp: Pre-trial Practice and Depositions (Orlando)
     

  • December 15, 2016, Speaker
    Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyers Association: Dine & Dish event
    “Private Practice Start-Ups”
     

  • December 4, 2016, Speaker
    Florida Classic CLE - Virgil Hawkins Florida Chapter
    “Construction Litigation Pitfalls”
     

  • December 1, 2016, Speaker
    Council of Litigation Management (CLM) presentation
    “Construction Litigation in the Mediation Context”
     

  • June 2016, Moderator
    “Eliminating the Sentencing Judge’s Bias”
     

  • October 2015, Speaker
    Dade County Bar Association Seminar on the Bar and the Bench

MICHELLE DELANCY

FOR CIRCUIT COURT JUDGE

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