Whitney M. Untiedt
Whitney Untiedt has more than 14 years of legal experience in a wide range of areas, including complex civil litigation and appellate practice. At Freidin Brown, P.A., Whitney leads the firm’s national Whistleblower and Qui Tam practice, while also representing victims of defective consumer products and complex injuries throughout the state of Florida. Over the course of her career, Whitney has tried dozens of cases and represented clients in hundreds of depositions. Before joining the firm, Whitney was a partner at an AmLaw 100 firm, a managing attorney in the Eighth Circuit Public Defender’s Office, and a law professor.
In 2016, Whitney was named South Florida’s “Lawyer of the Year” for her leadership in upholding the constitutionality of Florida’s criminal sentencing statutes. She has successfully represented clients in appeals before the Florida Supreme Court and the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals and has been recognized by Florida Trend Legal Elite every year since 2017.
Whitney holds leadership roles in several influential professional organizations, including The Florida Bar, National Institute for Trial Advocacy, and University of Florida Law Alumni Council. Whitney is unparalleled in her commitment to strengthening the national legal community; she regularly presents across the country on topics of client representation, ethics and professionalism, trial advocacy, and legal strategy.
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 at the University of Florida Levin College of Law.
Why did you decide to become an attorney? – Whitney M. Untiedt
I decided to become a lawyer because I really wanted to help people, and the work that I’m doing here at Freidin Brown, every single day, I’m helping people. I’m working with clients who have been hurt by someone else, family members who have lost a loved one, and people who are bravely stepping forward to expose fraud against the government. My job is to help them put their best foot forward, to recover what they are entitled to, and protect themselves and all the rest of us from fraud and deceit.
- Advocates for Human Rights 2019 Human Rights Volunteer Award
- American Immigration Lawyers Association 2019 Arthur C. Helton Memorial Human Rights Award
- National Law Journal 2018 Pro Bono Hot List
- Florida Trend Legal Elite, Civil Trial 2018-2019
- Florida Trend Legal Elite “Up And Comer” 2017
- Daily Business Review, 2016 Lawyer of the Year
- West Palm Beach Office of the Public Defender, 2016 Equal Justice Honoree
- Daily Business Review, 2015 Most Effective Lawyer Finalist for Pro Bono
- The Florida Bar Leadership Academy, Class I Fellow, 2013-2014
- National Institute for Trial Advocacy, 2010 “Next Generation” Faculty Award
- The Florida Bar
- Trial Lawyers Section, Executive Council
- Public Interest Law Section
- Juvenile Law Board Certification Committee
- Pro Bono Legal Services Standing Committee
- National Institute for Trial Advocacy
- Board of Trustees
- Program Director, Florida Trial Skills Program
- Florida Justice Association
- Center for Reproductive Rights, Lawyers Network Commission
- National Juvenile Defender Center
- Juvenile Training Immersion Program, Certified Trainer
- Southern Juvenile Defender Center, Advisory Council
- UF Law Alumni Council, President
- Business as (UN)Usual: Remote Hearings in the COVID Crisis and Beyond, CLE Webinar Presentation, May 4, 2020.
- The New Normal: Practical and Legal Considerations for Remote Depositions and Mediations, CLE Webinar Presentation, April 13, 2020.
- Lighting the Way: The Johnson Amendment Stands Strong against Dark Money in Politics, 6 EMORY CORP. GOVERNANCE & ACCOUNTABILITY REV. 37 (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 (2011, 2013, 2015, & 2017 eds).
- Juvenile Justice Handbook: published by UF Law Center for Children & Families, Accredited Contributor.