Skip to main content


Not yet reviewed

About me


Kendall Coffey is a founding member of the law firm Coffey Burlington, PL, with offices in Miami, Florida. Coffey Burlington handles matters in Florida as well as the United States.


Mr. Coffey also serves as the Chair of the Federal Judicial Nominating Commission for South Florida. He was appointed by Florida’s United States Senators and oversees the 21-person commission that selects individuals to be considered by the White House to become U.S. federal judges. He also helps the commission select the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida.


Mr. Coffey served during the 1990's as the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, the nation's largest federal prosecution office. As the U.S. Attorney, he was accountable for thousands of federal criminal prosecutions and civil lawsuits involving the United States. After his public service, he resumed private law practice with major litigation roles in such high profile cases as the Elian Gonzalez international custody battle, and the 2000 U.S. Presidential Election Recount.


Mr. Coffey has authored numerous legal works and serves as a frequent teacher and guest lecturer. Currently he is an adjunct faculty member for the University of Miami School of Law, teaching classes on Florida Constitutional Law. He also appears regularly as a guest legal analyst on international news networks, sharing his perspectives on major cases and controversies. He has most recently appeared as a legal analyst and consultant for NBC, MSNBC, and Telemundo.


Today, Kendall Coffey’s law practice includes national and international litigation, business disputes and litigation, enforcement of contracts and loan agreements, fraud cases, government disputes, and defense of criminal investigations. The Coffey Burlington law firm also focuses on assisting business people with their financial and personal disputes.


Languages spoken: Spanish

Photos and videos

1255464 1451511322

Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 100%

Attorney endorsements

3 total 

Are you an attorney? Endorse this lawyer

  • Frank A. Rubino

    I endorse this lawyer.


    Frank Rubino Federal crime Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Jesus Novo III

    I endorse this lawyer.


    Jesus Novo Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Coffey Burlington

Office in the Grove
2601 S Bayshore Drive, Penthouse
Miami, FL, 33133-5408


FLMember in Good Standing197806/17/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
RecognitionFlorida Super Lawyers2016
RecognitionFlorida Super Lawyers2015
RecognitionFlorida Super Lawyers2014
RecognitionFlorida Super Lawyers2013
RecognitionFlorida Super Lawyers2012
RecognitionFlorida Super Lawyers2011
RecognitionFlorida Super Lawyers2010
RecognitionFlorida Super Lawyers2009
RecognitionFlorida Super Lawyers2008
RecognitionFlorida Super Lawyers2007
RecognitionFlorida Super Lawyers2006
Lawyer of the YearNational Law Journal2000
AV RatedMartindale-HubbellN/A
Top LawyerSouth Florida Legal GuideN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Adjunct faculty member for Florida Constitutional LawUniversity of Miami School of Law2008 - Present
Founding PartnerCoffey Burlington2006 - Present
Adjunct faculty memberFlorida International University (Administrative Law 2011)2011 - 2011
PartnerCoffey & Wright2002 - 2007
U.S. AttorneySouthern District of Florida1993 - 1996
Adjunct faculty member for Trial PracticeUniversity of Miami School of Law1991 - 1993
Law Clerk to Hon. Lewis R. MorganU.S. Court of Appeals1978 - 1978
Publication nameTitleDate
Prometheus booksSpinning the Law2010
LexisNexisForeclosures in Florida2009
Role of Prosecutors and Public CorruptionConozca A Los Estados Unidos, - Chapters on Legal System2009
John A. Wiley and SonsThe Troubled Construction Loan (Chapter on Contractors)1991
The Florida Bar Law JournalContributing Author: Real Property III (Chapter on Construction Loan Agreements)N/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1978
University of FloridaN/ABS - Bachelor of Science1975
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
The Florida Bar Media Law Committee Annual Media Law ConferenceReporting on High Profile Cases2011
Navigating Criminal Appellate PracticeEthical Considerations of Media Coverage and the Impact of the Internet in Criminal Cases2011
Fidler Institute on Criminal JusticeHandling High-Maintenance Trials and Clients2011
Avvo WebinarMedia Spin and the Court of Law with Kendall Coffey2011
2011 Media Law ConferenceReporting on High Profile Cases2011
2011 Annual Florida Bar ConventionForeclosure Jurisprudence in Florida after the Real Estate Collapse2011
2011 ABA Section of Litigation & Criminal Justice Joint Annual ConferenceDirect and Cross: How to Get What You Need from Every Witness2011