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I joined Dell Graham upon graduating from the University of Florida College of Law in 1997. Since then I have concentrated my practice on the representation of individuals, insurance companies, and self-insured entities in the areas of medical malpractice, governmental liability, and personal injury defense. I also serve as a Peer Review Hearing Officer pursuant to the Healthcare Quality Improvement Act.  My cases include state and federal court matters, and I am admitted to the Northern and Middle Federal District Courts.  I have tried cases in state and federal courts in Florida and argued appeals before the state District Court of Appeals, the Florida Supreme Court, and the federal Circuit Court of Appeals.  My experience representing school districts in court and as general counsel has led to my expertise in the area of Education law.  I am recognized by the Florida Bar as a board certified specialist on this topic.

After growing up in Gainesville, I am delighted to continue to live and work in my hometown.  Away from the office you can find me training on Gainesville's roads and trails for an upcoming race.


Practice areas


  1. Education: 50%
    18 years
  2. Medical Malpractice: 30%
    18 years
  3. Personal Injury: 10%
    18 years
  4. Government: 10%
    18 years



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Contact info

Dell Graham

203 NE First Street
Gainesville, FL, 32601-5367


FLMember in Good Standing199709/08/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2015
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2014
Board Certified - Education LawFlorida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education2013
Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2011
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2011
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerDell Graham, PA1997 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Florida Bar, Education Law CommitteeMember2015 - Present
Youth CombineBoard Member2014 - Present
Lawyers Advisory Committee, Federal District Court of the Northern District of FloridaMember2012 - Present
Florida School Board Attorneys AssociationMember2011 - Present
North Florida YMCABoard Member2009 - 2014
Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar AssociationBoard of Directors2000 - 2001
North Florida Regional Medical Center Ethics CommitteeMember1999 - 2010
American Bar AssociationMember1999 - Present
Federal Bar AssociationMember1999 - Present
Florida Defense Lawyers AssociationMember1998 - Present
Florida Track ClubMember1996 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Winslow v. School Board of Alachua CountyAffirmed on appeal
Winslow v. School Board of Alachua CountyFlorida Supreme Court allowed the dismissal to stand.
Mazzuca v. Hernando County School BoardMotion granted. Case dismissed.
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor with Honors1997
Baylor UniversityLatinBA - Bachelor of Arts1994
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
U.S. Court of Appeals 11th CircuitOral Argument Cook, et al vs. Florida Department of Education, et al2015
FASA Summer ConferenceSuccessful Testimony- Pitfalls and Opportunities Under Oath2014
Work-A-Like GroupCurrent National Trends: School Liability and Employment Claims2013
Risk Managers MeetingImproving Evidence Gathering in the Digital Age2012
Florida Supreme CourtOral Argument2012
Florida First District Court of Appeal January 17, 2012Oral Argument Case #10-57062012
Northeast Florida Educational Consortium Fall ConferenceRisk Management Issues2011
FSBIT Work-A-Like GroupStudent Restraints2010
Florida First District Court of AppealOral Argument Case #10-1046 September Docket2010
NEFEC Fall ConferenceIn Loco Parentis: The Duty of Supervision of Students2006