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Tracy Carlin

Tracy Carlin is board certified by The Florida Bar in appellate practice and has been since 1997.  She has been recognized by numerous “Best Lawyer Lists,” including Florida Super Lawyers, the list of top 50 Women Lawyers in Florida, and Florida Trend’s Legal Elite.  Tracy’s practice involves appeals of all kinds and trial support, and she has recently been developing special knowledge regarding proposals for settlement.

Before joining Brannock Berman & Seider, Tracy co-founded her own appellate firm, Mills & Carlin, P.A.  Earlier in her career, she was a partner in the Jacksonville office of the national law firm of Foley & Lardner, where she developed an exclusively appellate and trial-support practice.


Tracy works remotely for Brannock Berman & Seider: she and her husband live in Buffalo, Wyoming, in the foothills of the Bighorn Mountains.  Tracy spends her free time hiking with her dog and playing in a local bluegrass band.


  • University of Florida, B.A., with honors
  • University of Florida College of Law, J.D., with honors
    • Order of the Coif
Certifications and Bar Admissions
  • Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Appellate Practice
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Eighth, Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh, and District of Columbia Circuits
  • United States District Court, Northern and Middle Districts of Florida
  • All Florida Courts
Honors and Distinctions
  • Florida Super Lawyers, Top 25 Women Lawyers in Tampa, 2007
  • Florida Super Lawyers, Top 50 Women Lawyers in Florida, 2006 & 2007
  • Florida Super Lawyers, 2006-2008, 2010-2024
  • Florida Bar Appellate Practice Section Chair’s Recognition Award
  • Florida Trend’s Legal Elite
  • Guardian Ad Litem Pro Bono Attorney of the Year for the State of Florida
  • Pro bono Attorney of the Year, Guardian Ad Litem Program for the Fourth Judicial Circuit
  • Foley & Lardner’s Lynford Lardner Community Service Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent rating
Professional Associations
  • Appellate Practice Section of The Florida Bar
    • Member of Executive Council
    • Former Chair of the Amicus Curiae Committee
    • Former Chair of the Continuing Legal Education Committee
  • The Florida Association of Women Lawyers
    • Former Chair of Association
    • Former Chair of Amicus Curiae Subcommittee
  • Jacksonville Bar Association
    • Founding Chair of the Appellate Practice Section
  • Florida Justice Association
  • Florida Supreme Court Historical Society
  • Second District Court of Appeal Historical Society
  • “What is Pass-Through Jurisdiction, and Why Do I Want to Know About It?” The Florida Bar Appellate Practice Section’s Monthly Audio Webcast (November 19, 2019)
  • “Brief Writing Panel, Practicing Before the First District Court of Appeal” (2006)
  • “The Art of Networking So You Are Prepared to Take the Big Leap and Go Out On Your Own (If You Need To),” The Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers Workhorse Seminar (2003)
  • “Considerations Regarding the Standard of Review,” The Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers Workhorse Seminar (2003)
  • “The Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure,” Advanced Appellate Practice and Appellate Certification Review Seminar (2003)
  • “Working with Appellate Lawyers at the Trial Level, Preserving Errors in Jury Selection, What Do You Mean I Didn’t Preserve the Issue? What Every Trial Lawyer Needs to Know about Preservation of Error,” The Florida Bar Continuing Education Committee (2003)
  • “Views of the Child, Agencies, and Advocates: Privacy vs. Information Sharing for the Best Interest of the Child: Whose Business Is It Anyway?, The Law of Confidentiality and Information Sharing of a Child’s Records,” The Florida Bar Annual Meeting (2003)
  • “2018 Case Law Update: July 2017-March 2018,” Author, Florida Justice Association Case Law Update Webinar Published Materials, April 5, 2018
  • Unpreserved Errors Are All the Same, Right? Not Exactly,” 92 Florida Bar Journal 35, March 2018
  • “The Evolving Law Related to Discovery From “Hybrid Experts” and Plaintiffs’ Law Firms,” Florida Justice Association Webinar Published Materials, Author, October 21, 2016
  • “Proposals for Settlement: Heading to Court on a PFS claim, and the Latest Arguments in Court,” Florida Justice Association Webinar Published Materials, Author, October 14, 2016
  • “Trucking Seminar,” Florida Justice Association Masters of Justice Conference Published Materials, Author, September 28, 2016
  • The Ins and Outs of Pass-through Jurisdiction,” 80 Florida Bar Journal 42, December 2006
  • Medical Malpractice Caps Move from the Legislature to the Courts: Will They Survive?” 78 Florida Bar Journal 10, May 2004
  • “Inside the District Court of Appeal, The First District,” Chapter Author, Florida Appellate Practice Guide, 2004-05
  • “Purchase Agreements: Winning the ‘Battle of the Forms,’” Chapter Author, Product Distribution Law Guide, 1999
Community Involvement

Tracy served as pro bono counsel for a number of organizations in the Jacksonville area, including the Fourth Judicial Circuit Guardian Ad Litem Office, Jacksonville Legal Aid, and Jewish Family Services. She also served as a Board Member of the Environmental Resource Council.  Tracy has remained active in her adopted town of Buffalo, Wyoming, and volunteered with the Empty Bowl Project for the Bread of Life Food Pantry, which has since been discontinued, and is President of the Dan Carlat-Occidental Jam Memorial Scholarship Fund and a Board Member for the Kearney Community Hall Restoration Project.

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