Ciara C. Willis
Ciara Willis focuses her practice on civil litigation in state and federal courts, primarily in matters involving business and contract disputes, condominium associations, homeowner associations, real estate, employment litigation, and other general commercial litigation matters.
Prior to coming to private practice, Ms. Willis was a law clerk at Raymond James where she worked on matters relating to FINRA and SEC regulations, cyber security, contracts, employment law, international law, and other matters. Ms. Willis was also a Judicial Intern to the Honorable Justice Barbara J. Pariente at the Florida Supreme Court, responsible for making recommendations on petitions for discretionary review and preparing memoranda for the Justices. Additionally, she has worked with in-house counsel at Bankers Financial and interned with the Honorable Judge Paul Huey at the 13th Judicial Circuit General Civil Business Court.
In her first year of practice, Ms. Willis was appointed to, and currently serves on, The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division Board of Governors, one of the largest young lawyer groups in the country with approximately 25,000 members. Ms. Willis also currently serves as the Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers (HAWL) Young Lawyer Division (YLD) Chair and is a member of the Stetson University College of Law Tampa Bay Alumni Leadership Committee.
Professional & Community Affiliations
- The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division Board of Governors 2017 – Present
- Law Student Division, Co-Chair, 2018 – Present
- Webinars Committee, Member, 2018 – Present
- Federal Bar Association, Tampa Bay Chapter, Member 2017 – Present
- Tampa Bay Seminole Club, Member 2017 – Present
- Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers (HAWL) 2016 – Present
- Young Lawyer Division, Chair, 2017 – Present
- Hillsborough County Bar Association 2016 – Present
- Young Lawyer Division, Membership Committee, Co-Chair, 2017 – 2018
- Young Lawyer Division, Law Week Committee, Member, 2016-2017
- Stetson University College of Law Tampa Bay Alumni Leadership Committee, Member 2016 – Present
- Tampa Chamber of Commerce, Emerging Leaders of Tampa Bay, Member 2016 – Present
- Southeastern Women In Financial Services (SWIFS), Member 2016 – Present
- Tampa Bay Business Journal Elite, Member 2016 – Present
- Florida Association for Woman Lawyers (FAWL), Member 2013 – Present
- National Asian Pacific American Bar Association ("NAPABA")
- Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Tampa Bay ("APABA-TB")
PUBLICATIONS & SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS
- Ciara C. Willis, Note, Age is Just a Number; Not a Reason to Force Retirement, 11 J. Int’l Aging L. & Pol’y. (forthcoming Spring 2019).
- April 2018, Panelist, Courtroom Etiquette Panel hosted by The Florida Bar YLD Law Student Division, Stetson Chapter.
Honors & Recognitions
Recognized as a "Rising Star" by Florida Super Lawyers Magazine, 2019
William F. Blews Pro Bono Service Award, 2016
Ciara Willis was born in Miami, Florida and raised in Jensen Beach, Florida.
Judicial Intern to the Honorable Justice Barbara J. Pariente, Florida Supreme Court
Judicial Intern to the the Honorable Judge Paul Huey, 13th Judicial Circuit General Civil Business Court
- Stetson University College of Law, cum laude, J.D., 2016
- Dean's Full Tuition Merit Scholarship
- Editor-in-Chief, Journal of International Aging Law and Policy
The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division Law Student Division Board of Governors, 2013 – 2016
- Florida State University, B.S., Finance & B.S., Applied Economics cum laude, 2013