Katherine Eastmoore   Giddings
Katherine Eastmoore   Giddings
106 East College Avenue
12th Floor
Tallahassee, FL 32301

Recognized in Chambers as "very intelligent and very accessible," Katherine ("Kathi") Eastmoore Giddings is ranked as one of the "Top 250 Women in Litigation in the United States" by Benchmark Litigation (2012-2013), and one of the "Top 100 Lawyers in Florida" by Super Lawyers Magazine (2011, 2013). A board-certified appellate attorney, Kathi has litigated high-stakes civil and administrative appeals and bar ethics issues in state and federal courts nationwide. Her diverse appellate work ranges from cases involving a sanctions appeal arising out of an oil and gas venture in which claimed damages were $1.15 billion to whether the Florida Department of Revenue's statewide tax on commercial lease-hold improvements was lawful.

In conjunction with her appellate practice, she also monitors litigation management issues nationally, advises on ethics issues and the unauthorized practice of law, has filed amicus curiae briefs on behalf of the insurance industry in twelve states, and provides national consulting services to her clients on insurance issues, with special emphasis in the area of bad faith, in-house counsel operations, and related issues involving the tripartite relationship among insurers, insureds, and defense attorneys.

Before entering private practice, she had the honor of serving as a staff attorney to Florida Supreme Court Justice Ben F. Overton for seven years. She is Past Chair of the Florida Rules of Judicial Administration Committee, which govern administrative matters in all Florida appellate and trial courts. She is also past Chair of the Appellate Court Rules Committee, served as a steering committee member for the 2003, 2006, and 2009 editions of The Florida Bar's Appellate Practice CLE Manual, and served a four-year term on the First District Court of Appeals Judicial Nominating Commission via appointment by the Governor.

National Party Voting Dispute Appeals
General Complex Civil Appeals involving:
$1.15 billion sanctions order
$125 million dispute over the sale of coal
Constitutional issues
Class actions
Qui tam actions
Workers compensation immunity issues
Prospective/retrospective statutory application
Attorney's fee awards
Tortious Interference with a business relationship and defamation
Alleged violations of property interests and contractual rights
Interstate Land Sales Full Disclosure Act involving condomimium property descrition compliance, disclosure requirements for partially exempt builders, and two year promise to build.
Discovery Issues
Pre-suit medical malpractice issues
High seas choice of law issues
Proposed constitutional amendments and initiatives
Statute of limitations barring negligent hiring and retention claims
Exclusion of medical expert opinion based on differential etiology analysis
Construction lien law issues
Indian law
Reversal of jury verdict involving tortious interference with business relationship and defamation verdict
Administrative Appeals
Substantially affected interests
Licensing revocation and suspension, including emergency suspension orders
Medicaid audit challenges
Attorney's fee awards
Agency authority
Highway planning
Filing amicus curiae briefs with courts and bar associations throughout the country regarding the propriety of insurance defense staff counsel and other insurance issues of national importance, including alleged bad faith, conflicts of interest, and the unauthorized practice of law.
Assisting insurers in properly structuring and naming staff counsel operations throughout the country.
Handling appeals and litigation support involving a wide range of other insurance issues, including: the tripartite relationship, extra-contractual exposure/bad faith, licensing, aftermarket parts, diminished value, PIP, UM/UIM, deductible refund practices, coverage disputes, Coblentz agreements, hurricane claims, agent/broker disputes, class certifications, and general appeals involving suits against insureds where defense is provided under a policy of insurance.
Complex Tax Appeals
Taxation of leasehold improvements
Separate return limitation
Documentary stamp taxes on conditional leases
Financial Appeals
Representing major financial institutions in dozens of appeals, including complex foreclosure and post-foreclosure issues, posting of deposition testimony on You-Tube, voluntary dismissals as a matter of right where no affirmative relief has been obtained from court, writs of garnishment, indexing of recorded documents as prerequisite to priority of lien, availability of a private right of action under the Home Affordable Modification Program, loan servicer liability under Federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, Truth in Lending Act and Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act issues, claims of bankruptcy stay violations and municipal board determinations.
Rule Amendment Proceedings
Representing Florida Bar Rules Committees or clients before the Florida Supreme Court in more than a dozen rule amendment proceedings.

Board Certified in Appellate Law, The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education
The Best Lawyers in America 2008-2014, Listed in Florida for Appellate Practice
Chambers USA 2010-2013, Ranked in Florida for Litigation: Appellate
Benchmark Litigation 2013: Listed as a Florida local litigation star for Appellate and General Commercial Litigation
Benchmark Appellate 2012-2013: Listed as a Florida Eleventh Circuit litigation star
Benchmark Litigation 2012-2013: Ranked as one of the Top 250 Women in Litigation in the United States
Super Lawyers Magazine 2006-2013, Listed in Florida for Appellate, Administrative Law, and Insurance Coverage
Super Lawyers Magazine 2006-2013, Listed in Florida as one of the "Top 50 Women Lawyers"
Super Lawyers Magazine 2011, 2013, Listed in Florida as one of the "Top 100 Lawyers"
Florida Trend's Legal Elite 2005-2013, Listed for Appellate Practice
Benchmark Litigation 2012, Ranked as one of seven finalists for Female Litigator of the Year, Southern Region
First District Court of Appeal Judicial Nominating Commission, Appointed by Governor Crist to a four-year term, 2008
Martindale-Hubbell, AV Rated
Order of the Coif

The National Association of Attorneys General's Appellate Practice Seminar, Speaker on Oral Argument Best Practices, January 2014
Claims & Litigation Management Alliance (CLM) Annual Conference, Speaker, "Ethical Dilemmas in the Tripartite Relationship," April 2014
The Florida Bar Continuing Legal Education Committee and the Appellate Practice Section, Speaker on Administrative Appeals, January 2014
The Florida Bar Continuing Legal Education Commitee and the Government Lawyer Section, Speaker on Extraordinary Writs, Interlocutory Review, and Attorney's Fees, January 2014
Florida Bar Appellate Practice Section's Certification Review Course, Administrative Appeals, 2009-2014
Association of Corporate Counsel Staff Counsel Committee Roundtable, Speaker, 2009, 2012 - 2014
Claims & Litigation Management Alliance (CLM) Annual Conference, Speaker, "Staff Counsel: Benefits, Challenges, and Ethics," April 2013
Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, Speaker, "Appellate Practice for Legal Services Trial Attorneys: Strategies, Perfecting the Record, Oral Argument," April 2013
Florida Bar Appellate Practice Section's Practice Before the First District Court of Appeal, Faculty, Panel Moderator, and Speaker on Administrative Appeals, March 2012
Florida Bar Appellate Practice Section CLE, Stays of Orders Pending Appeal, February 2009
ABA Tort, Trial & Insurance Practice Section, Ethics Guidance For Insurance Defense Attorneys , August 2009
A View From the Bench, Anticipating and Perfecting The Appeal, November 2008
Florida Bar Appellate Practice Section CLE, Emergency Stays in Appeals, March 2008
ABA Tort, Trial & Insurance Practice Section, Ethical Issues in Insurance Defense Representation, September 2006
ABA Tort, Trial & Insurance Practice Section, Informed Consent , May 2006
Insurance Litigation Seminar: Tools for Conquering New Frontiers & Familiar Foes, Managing Legal Representation June 2005
ABA Tort, Trial & Insurance Practice Section Staff Counsel Seminar, Ethics Issues, April 2005
Routinely provides in-house presentations for clients on various insurance topics
The Record, Journal of the Appellate Practice Section of the Florida Bar, Vol. XIII, No.2, Co-Author, "Preservation of the Record in Administrative Proceedings"
25 Florida State University Law Review, 25, Co-Author, "Florida's Privacy Provision in the Age of Technology"
Risk Management Memo, Vol. 13, No. 4, (a publication of the Professional Liability Division of Great American Insurance Group), Author, "Informed Consent Under the ABA 2004 Model Rules"
Florida Bar Appellate Practice CLE Manual, Steering Committee Member, 2003, 2006, and 2009
28 Florida State University Law Review, 4, Co-Author, "Insurance Defense in the Twenty-First Century: The Florida Bar's Proposed Statement of Insured Client's Rights: A Unique Approach to the Tripartite Relationship"
81 Florida Bar Journal, No. 9, 36, Co-Author, "Appeals of State Agency Immediate Final Orders and Emergency Suspension Orders"
Florida Bar Administrative Law Section, Vol. 30, No. 3, Co-Author, "Florida Supreme Court Eliminates Automatic Stay Pending Review For Governmental Entities In APA Proceedings"
73 Journal of Tax, 296, Co-Author, "Supreme Court Distinguishes Remedy and Retroactivity Issues Affecting State Taxes"
19 Florida State University Law Review, 265, Co-Author, "Partisan Gerrymandering: A New Concern for Florida's 1992 Reapportionment"

The Florida Bar:
Rules of Judicial Administration Committee, Past Member and Chair
Appellate Practice Section, Member
Administrative Law Section, Member
CLE Committee on Insurance Staff Counsel Rules of Professional Conduct, Past Member and Chair
Drafting Subcommittee for Florida's Statement of Insured Client's Rights, Past Member
Appellate Court Rules Committee, Past Member and Chair
American Bar Association:
Litigation Insurance Coverage, Member
Torts & Insurance Practice Committee, Member
Staff Counsel Committee, Member
Eleventh Circuit Historical Society, Board of Trustees 2013-2016
Tallahassee Women Lawyers, Past Secretary; Past Employment Chair
Tallahassee Bar Association, Member
Florida Association for Women Lawyers, Member
First District Court of Appeal Appellate Inn of Court, Founding Executive Committee Member; Treasurer 2008-Present
Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM), Member

Florida Supreme Court, Justice Ben F. Overton, Career Staff Attorney, Florida

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Katherine Eastmoore   Giddings


J.D., Florida State University College of Law, 1992; with high honors (5th in class), Florida State University Law Review, Executive Writing Editor
B.S., Florida State University, 1989; cum laude

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