Colleen A. Conley
Bar Admissions and Education
Ms. Conley has been admitted to the Florida Bar, the Ohio Bar, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. Ms. Conley received her juris doctor degree at the University of Florida, Levin College of Law in December 1998, and she was inducted into the Order of the Coif, which is an honor society open only to the top ten percent of law school graduates. While attending the Levin College of Law, she completed the International Legal Studies Program at the Université de Montpellier in Montpellier, France, and she traveled throughout Europe. In May 1995, Ms. Conley graduated cum laude from Kent State University, Kent, Ohio, where she earned a Paralegal Certification with her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology.
Ms. Conley’s twenty-year legal career includes private practice and court service. In private practice, Ms. Conley served clients in resolving complex business disputes, protecting their intellectual property rights, optimizing the benefits of insurance coverage policies, and identifying molehills before legal mountains arise. In public service, Ms. Conley gained invaluable experience and litigation expertise by serving as a judicial clerk to several brilliant United States district court judges.
In 1999, Ms. Conley commenced work as an associate at a multinational law firm—Jones Day, which is one of America’s largest and most prestigious law firms. From 2001 to 2005, she practiced in Jones Day’s Intellectual Property Litigation Group in Cleveland, Ohio. Ms. Conley served on several patent litigation trial teams, including prosecution and defense of medical device, electrical device, and business method patents. Ms. Conley helped a client launch its trademarked video game by defeating a competitor’s motion for preliminary injunctive relief. She also regularly represented clients before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.
In 2008, Ms. Conley became Of Counsel at a regional law firm in Cleveland, Ohio—Calfee, Halter & Griswold. Working in Calfee’s Insurance Recovery Group, Ms. Conley counseled clients on insurance coverage issues and recovered millions of dollars in benefits under Property, CGL, D&O, and Fidelity policies. Ms. Conley served on several complex business dispute trial teams for international manufacturing, regional utility, and computer technology clients. Ms. Conley also defeated and obtained preliminary injunctive relief for such clients in state and federal courts.
Most recently, in 2021, Ms. Conley worked as a litigator at a regional law firm in Orlando, Florida representing policy holders in state and federal court.
After law school, Ms. Conley was fortunate to obtain the highly sought position of judicial clerk to the Honorable Patricia C. Fawsett in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida. Ms. Conley returned to the courts in 1995, when she obtained a one-year judicial clerkship in the Chambers of the Honorable Lesley B. Wells in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. Ms. Conley then served two years as a staff attorney back in the Middle District of Florida, where she focused on habeas corpus and civil rights actions. Starting in August 2011, Ms. Conley returned to Judge Fawsett’s Chamber to serve as her permanent judicial clerk until her full retirement in 2014. Ms. Conley then moved to the Chambers of the Honorable Roy B. Dalton, Jr. Before leaving the Middle District in December 2018, Ms. Conley also served temporary judicial clerkships in the Chambers of the Honorable Gregory J. Presnell and the Honorable G. Kendell Sharp. Federal law clerks gain valuable knowledge and expertise concerning procedural and evidentiary rules unique to federal court litigation. As a judicial clerk, Ms. Conley assisted her judicial officers to conduct dozens of civil and criminal trials and to resolve novel legal issues by drafting numerous proposed judicial decisions which remain undisturbed on appeal. Ms. Conley was thanked by the Committee on Pattern Jury Instructions of the Judicial Council of the Eleventh Circuit for her assistance in preparing revisions to the Pattern Jury Instructions, Civil Cases, Eleventh Circuit (2013 revision). When her judicial officers were invited to serve as visiting judges at the Eleventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, Ms. Conley also was fortunate to work on several appellate matters.
During brief breaks from the practice of law, Ms. Conley was blessed with a son, two daughters, three cats and one two dogs. Now aged 12, 14, and 17, Ms. Conley’s human children keep her very busy outside of work.