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Background

Whitney Untiedt has proven to be a forceful advocate for Freidin Brown clients, and an invaluable asset to our entire firm’s success. Whitney has more than 14 years of legal experience in a range of complex matters, ranging from family law to civil litigation to immigration law.

Whitney graduated with her B.A. from the College of William and Mary, where she received the prestigious James Monroe Scholarship, after which she worked as a writer and editor in New York City before attending law school. She attended the University of Florida Levin College of Law and received her J.D., cum laude, in 2005. During law school, Whitney served as President of the nationally-recognized Trial Team and was named a Fellow of the Center for Governmental Responsibility.

Since her admission to The Florida Bar, Whitney has spent more than a decade serving Floridians in difficult legal matters. After working as a public defender for many years, she developed a national practice representing nonprofit organizations and low-income clients facing complex legal situations. In 2016, she was named “Attorney of the Year” for ensuring that Florida juveniles who had been unfairly sentenced received appropriate resentencing hearings. Whitney has successfully represented clients in appeals before the Florida Supreme Court and the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

Community Involvement

As a leading member of dozens of professional organizations, including The Florida Bar, the National Juvenile Defender Center, and the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, Whitney is unparalleled in her commitment to strengthening the national legal community. She is also passionate about the environment, and volunteers regularly with Surfrider Miami, a grassroots organization dedicated to preserving Florida’s oceans.

Court Admissions

  • State of Florida
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • Admitted to practice before the Executive Office of Immigration Review & Board of Immigration Appeals

Education

  • University of Florida Levin College of Law, Gainesville, Florida
    • Adjunct Professor, 2007 – 2016
    • J.D. cum laude – 2005
      • Student Commencement Speaker
      • Order of the Barristers
      • University of Florida Presidential Award for Outstanding Student Contributions
      • Gerald T. Bennet Award
      • University of Florida College of Law Volunteer of the Year
      • Trial Team, President
      • Association for Public Interest Law, President
      • University of Florida College of Law Pro Bono Certificate
  • College of William and Mary, Location, Williamsburg, Virginia
    • B.A. – 1999
      • James Monroe Scholar
      • Alpha Lambda Delta Honors Society
      • Phi Eta Sigma Honors Society
  • The Flat Hat, News Editor

Professional Memberships

  • American Bar Association
    • Section of State and Local Government Law
  • The Florida Bar
    • Juvenile Law Board Certification Committee
    • Pro Bono Legal Services Standing Committee
    • Juvenile Court Rules Committee
    • Criminal Law Section, Executive Council
    • Public Interest Law Section, Executive Council
  • Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Grievance Committee, 2011-2015
  • Dade County Bar Association
  • Center for Reproductive Rights, Lawyers Network Commission
  • National Juvenile Defender Center, Advisory Board Member
    • Juvenile Training Immersion Program (JTIP), Certified Trainer
    • Southern Juvenile Defender Center, Advisory Council
  • UF Law Alumni Council, Board of Directors

Publications

  • Lighting the Way: The Johnson Amendment stands strong against dark money in politics, EMORY CORPORATE GOVERNANCE AND ACCOUNTABILITY REVIEW, February 2019.
  • The Power of Pro Bono Partnerships, FLORIDA BAR JOURNAL, May 2018.
  • Moving Forward from Gault, THE CHAMPION, April 2017.
  • High Court’s Montgomery Ruling Fuels Demand for Pro Bono, LAW360, February 25, 2016.
  • The Role of the Lawyer, FLORIDA BAR JUVENILE LAW AND PRACTICE MANUAL (201l, 2013, 2015, & 2017 eds).
  • Juvenile Justice Handbook: published by UF Law Center for Children & Families, Accredited Contributor.

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