Stephanie L. Varela

Stephanie L. Varela


Stephanie is an attorney in the Firm’s Miami Appellate Department and a member of the Firm’s National Appellate Practice. She focuses her practice on appellate litigation and trial support during all stages of litigation leading up to an appeal, which includes pre-trial motion practice and post-trial motion practice. Stephanie represents clients in both state and federal courts in a variety of areas of the law, including products liability, medical malpractice, employment litigation, and contract disputes, and brings a practical and client-driven approach to each case. She has also co-authored publications on various issues, including stays. Stephanie is a former staff attorney to Florida Supreme Court Justice Jorge Labarga and has been recognized as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers magazine.



  • Legal Intern, Full Representation Clinic, University of Florida Levin College of Law, Gainesville, FL, Summer 2008

Recognition & Leadership

  • Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Florida Super Lawyers, "Rising Star," 2015-2017
  • Board Member, Florida Supreme Court Historical Society, Board of Trustees
    • Member, Publications Committee
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Florida Association for Women Lawyers, Miami-Dade Chapter
  • Member, Cuban American Bar Association
  • Member, Dade County Bar Association
    • Member, Appellate Court Committee
  • Member, Federal Bar Association, South Florida Chapter
    • Former Mentor in Federal Bar Association Mentorship Program
  • Member, Rosemary Barkett Appellate Inn of Court
  • Member, The Florida Bar, Appellate Practice and Advocacy Section
    • Member, Publications Committee
      • Assistant Editor, The Record
  • Member, The Florida Bar, Young Lawyers Division
  • Member, Third District Court of Appeal Historical Society
  • Participant, Leadership Miami 2015-2016


  • J.D., University of Florida Levin College of Law, 2009
    • Florida Law Review, Member
      • Recipient of the Florida Law Review Best Note, Spring 2008
  • B.S., Communications and Political Science, cum laude, University of Miami, 2005
  • Staff Attorney, Justice Jorge Labarga, Florida Supreme Court, October 2009-September 2011
  • Florida
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida