PATRICIA J. DUFFY

Patricia J. Duffy

Partner/Founder
T: (352) 505-8900
F: (352) 414-5488
Duffylaw@gmail.com

PATRICIA J. DUFFY focuses primarily on the practice areas of personal injury law, employment law, civil rights, wage and hour law, and commercial litigation. She has represented hundreds of employees in a variety of employment related disputes, including unpaid overtime, sexual harassment, discrimination based on race, age, gender, pregnancy, religion, national origin, or disability, as well as whistleblower and retaliation cases. The commercial litigation aspect of Ms. Duffy’s practice consists of representing businesses in such situations as breach of contract disputes and commercial torts.

Ms. Duffy is committed to her client’s interests at any cost. Admitted to practice in both Georgia and Florida, Ms. Duffy is responsible for numerous cases eventually resulting in settlements and verdicts of millions. She was co-counsel in a case where the defendant offered only $1,000 to settle at trial; the jury verdict exceeded one-half million dollars. She also has handled large-scale litigation involving multiple plaintiffs, including collective actions, seeking monetary and injunctive relief against corporations for violating the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Prior to founding Massey & Duffy, PLLC in October, 2003, Ms. Duffy practiced law in Atlanta, Georgia where she gained significant experience in complex litigation matters. She also served a two-year term as a Staff Attorney for the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, upon graduation from law school. Ms. Duffy currently is a member of Precedent Setters, the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.

Education

J.D. with honors, (top 15%), 1998, University of Florida College of Law
• Journal of Law & Public Policy, Articles and Note Senior Editor
• Book Award, Appellate Advocacy
• Appellate Advocacy Teaching Fellowship
• Legal Research & Writing Teaching Fellowship
• Constitutional Law Research Fellowship

B.S. cum laude, 1995, Florida State University, in Accounting and Finance

Clerk & Government Experience

United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, Staff Attorney, 1999-2000
Office of the State Attorney, Eighth Judicial Circuit of Florida, Externship, 1998

Professional Memberships and Affiliations (Past and Present)

Elite Life Member, Precedent Setters
Invited Lifetime Member, Million Dollar Advocates Forum

Invited Lifetime Member, Multi Million Dollar Advocates Forum
National Employment Lawyers Association (Florida Chapter)
Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Association
Marion County Bar Association

Admissions

United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida
United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
Supreme Court of Florida
Supreme Court of Georgia

Reported and Westlaw Decisions

Federal: McCullen v. RDR, LLC, Slip Copy 2007 WL 2071362 (M.D. Fla. July 13, 2007); Vaughn v. Oak Street Mortgage, LLC, Slip Copy 2006 WL 1529178 (M.D. Fla. May 22, 2006); Epps v. Oak Street Mortgage, LLC, Slip Copy 2006 WL 1460273 (M.D. Fla. May 30, 2006); Bell v. Georgia-Pacific Corp., 390 F. Supp.2d 1182 (M.D. Fla. 2005); Burgess v. AllState Insurance Company, 334 F.Supp.2d 1351 (N.D. Ga. 2003); Equidyne Corp. v. Does, 279 F.Supp.2d 481 (D.Del. 2003)

State: Poropat v. Poropat, 54 So.3d 57 (Fla. 5th DCA 2010); Nash v. Ohio Nat. Life Ins. Co., 266 Ga. App. 416, 597 S.E.2d 512 (Ga. App. 2004); Hill v. Paluzzi, 261 Ga. App. 123, 581 S.E.2d 730 (Ga. App. 2003); Professional Standards Commission v. Smith, 257 Ga. App. 418, 571 S.E.2d 443 (Ga. App. 2002); Ash v. Geoline Surveying, 03-2671-CA-K (Ocala, FL, 2005) (Florida Jury Verdict Review & Analysis, Vol. 15, Issue 7, pp. 9-10, July, 2005)

Publications and Speaking Engagements

Comment, Constitutional Law: Equal Protection and Single-Sex Education,
2 U.S.F. J. L. & Soc. Challenges 101 (Fall 1998)

Guest Lecturer, Georgia State Law School, 2003:
• Litigation Course: Writing Effective Motions for Summary Judgment
• Moot Court: Oral Argument and Preparing Appellate Briefs

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