Kelly-Ann Cartwright

Directors Committee Chair
  • T 305.789.7795

Kelly-Ann Gibbs Cartwright practices in the area of general civil and commercial litigation, with an emphasis on employment discrimination, civil rights, business torts and labor law. Ms. Cartwright also has experience in the litigation of cases involving trade secrets, defamation, fraud, civil theft, breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract and unfair competition.

Her employment and labor practice involves representation of clients before federal, state and local administrative agencies, at arbitration and in state and federal court on matters arising out of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Whistle Blower Act, the National Labor Relations Act and other federal, state and local anti-discrimination and employment statutes. Ms. Cartwright advises clients on compliance with employment-related issues and regulations and assists in the development and implementation of employment policies. She has served as principal trial counsel for management in a number of jury trials, arbitrations and administrative proceedings. Ms. Cartwright has co-authored an article on class action communications.

Ms. Cartwright received her Juris Doctor, with honors, from the University of Florida in 1991.  Ms. Cartwright currently serves as chair of Holland & Knight's Directors Committee and has served as the chair for the Miami office Women's Initiative.  Ms. Cartwright formerly served on the Federal Ad Hoc Grievance Committee for the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida and on the Board of the YWCA of Greater Miami-Dade. Ms. Cartwright has also served as a "Big Sister" in a youth mentoring program known as Big Brothers/Big Sisters.

Honors & Awards

  • 2018 Most Influential Black Lawyers, Savoy Magazine
  • Distinguished Leaders in Law Honoree, Daily Business Review, 2017
  • The Best Lawyers in America guide, Labor Law - Management, Employment Law - Management, 2009-2019; Litigation - Labor and Employment, 2016-2019
  • Power Leaders in Law, South Florida Business Journal, 2012-2017  
  • Top Lawyer, South Florida Legal Guide, 2011-2019
  • Florida Super Lawyers magazine, 2007-2018
  • Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA) Rainmaker, 2014
  • 2015 Most Influential Black Lawyers, Savoy Magazine
  • Guide to the World's Leading Labour and Employment Lawyers, Legal Media Group's Expert Guides, 2014, 2015 
  • Top 20 South Florida Women in Law, Daily Business Review, 2014
  • Transformative Leadership Award, InsideCounsel magazine, 2011
  • Miami Ultimate CEO, South Florida Business Journal, 2011
  • South Florida Most Influential Business Women, South Florida Business Journal, 2010
  • Top Up and Comer, South Florida Legal Guide, 2007-2010, 2012
  • Florida Legal Elite, Florida Trend magazine, 2006-2009
  • Corporate Counsel Edition, Super Lawyers magazine, November 2009
  • Outstanding Minority Academic Achievement Award
  • Leadership Miami's Outstanding Community Service Project Award
  • Featured as "The Achiever" in Dec. 2007 issue of Miami Today


  • Association of Caribbean Corporate Counsel, International Advisory Board
  • National Bar Association
  • Dade County Bar Association
  • ABA - Employer-Employee Relations Committee, former Vice Chair
  • Leadership Miami, Graduate
  • Miami-Dade County Wilkie D. Ferguson Bar Association
  • The Florida Bar, Labor and Employment Section
  • YWCA - Greater Miami-Dade, Inc., Board of Directors, Former Executive Vice President