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Kelly T. Candela

  • Profile
  • Credentials

Concentrating exclusively on marital and family law, Kelly brings a wealth of trial experience to the firm which began when she served in the criminal courtrooms as an assistant public defender for Hillsborough County trying criminal jury trials. Kelly’s strength as a first-class litigator is applied to all facets of family law including; divorce, child custody, alimony and support cases, and enforcement and modification actions.

A member of a family law team of trial attorneys and staff who are ranked among the best in their fields, Kelly’s performance has added to the growth of accolades earned by the firm including: “Best Law Firm” by U.S. News, National Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers & Top 40 Under 40, Lawyers of Distinction, "Best Lawyers in America" since 1998 - Woodward/White lawyer rating, and “Legal Elite” by Florida Trend magazine.


  • Young Lawyers Division of the Florida Bar

Awards & Accolades

  • Best Lawyers "Ones To Watch" - 2021

Bar Admissions

  • State Courts of Florida

Experience and Advocacy

  • Former Assistant Public Defender, Hillsborough County Public Defender's Office
  • More Than 15 Jury Trials
  • Countless Non-Jury trials
  • Countless Substantive Motion Hearings
  • J.D. University of Florida - Graduate School
  • Bachelor of Science-Cum Laude University of Florida - University