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Kelly Parsons Kwiatek

Kelly Parsons Kwiatek

Of Counsel
Daytona Beach, Florida

A native of Daytona Beach, Kelly Parsons Kwiatek is a commercial litigator, Board Certified by the Florida Bar in labor and employment law. Ms. Kwiatek represents many of Volusia County's universities and businesses in all matters of employment law. Specifically, she represents employers in managing employee relations, from the negotiation and preparation of employment contracts to the litigation of federal and state antidiscrimination and retaliation claims, including the Florida Civil Rights Act, Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and the Fair Labor Standards Act. She also regularly enforces and defends contracts in restraint of trade, advises clients on their day-to-day operations related to employment law and handles appeals.

Ms. Kwiatek is an active leader in Daytona Beach serving as the Chair of the Board of Directors of Easterseals of Northeast Central Florida, as well as Legal Counsel for the Daytona Regional Chamber of Commerce. Ms. Kwiatek is on the Board of Directors of the Volusia/Flagler YMCA and is a member of the Halifax Area Civic League, and also serves on the Nuisance Abatement Board for the City of Daytona Beach. Ms. Kwiatek holds an AV rating, the highest rating obtainable by an attorney from Martindale-Hubbell, and has been selected as a Florida Super Lawyer's Rising Star every year since 2012.

Areas of Practice

  • 65% Employment Law & Litigation
  • 25% Commercial Litigation
  • 10% Intellectual Property Law

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Labor & Employment Law, Florida Bar Association

Bar Admissions

  • Florida, 2004
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida, 2004
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Florida, 2004
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 2006


  • Florida State University College of Law, Tallahassee, Florida
    • J.D. cum laude - 2004
    • Honors: Mock Trial
  • Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York
    • B.F.A magna cum laude - 2001
    • Major: Musical Theater

Published Works

  • Author, "The Effect of the ADA Amendments Act of 2008," The Communicator, 2009


  • Speaker, "Our Legal System: the Process, People and Effects," Leadership Daytona Class XXXII, 2012 - 2015
  • Speaker, "He Said She Said: Sexual Harassment in the Workplace Training Course," 2009 - Present, 2009 - Present
  • Speaker, "Sexual Harassment in the Workplace," Seminole State College of Florida, 2013
  • Speaker, "Social Media & The Workplace," 2012- Present
  • Speaker, Civil Panel of Professionalism Symposium, a Joint Project of the Volusia County Bar Association and the Seventh Judicial Circuit Professionalism Committee, 2012
  • Presenter, "Advising the Start-Up Business," CLE for Volusia County Bar Association, 2010
  • Speaker, "COBRA and HIPAA," Volusia County Manufacturer's Association, 2008
  • Speaker, "What's in Your Personnel Files," Volusia County Manufacturer's Association, 2008
  • Speaker, "Afternoon at the Courthouse, " Volusia County Bar Association, 2006
  • Speaker, "Sexual Harassment in the #MeToo Movement," several private companies, 2018
  • Speaker, "Best Practice Policy Writing Program: Marijuana," Volusia Manufacturers Association, 2017
  • Speaker, "FLSA Exemption Changes and How it Will Affect Your Business," Cobb Cole Lunch and Learn, 2016

Honors and Awards

  • Florida Super Lawyers' Rising Stars, 2012 - 2018
  • Top Labor & Employment Lawyer, News Journal, 2016
  • Agency Champion for Easter Seals, 2015
  • Young Professionals Group Leadership Award, 2009
  • Easter Seals Volunteer of the Year Award, 2008
  • Young Business Leader, Volusia/Flagler Business Report, 2007
  • Young Professionals Group President's Award, 2006
  • Phi Delta Phi Honor Society, Florida State University, 2004
  • Second Place Team Winner in St. Mary's Mock Trial Competition, 2003
  • Team Winner and Best Advocate, Association of Trial Lawyers of America Competition, 2002

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Member, Volusia Civil Trial Lawyers Association, 2014 - Present
  • Member, Charter Review Commission, City of Daytona Beach, 2014
  • Vice Chair, Nuisance Abatement Board, City of Daytona Beach, 2013 - present
  • Legal Counsel, Daytona Regional Chamber of Commerce, 2013 - Present
  • Board of Directors, Volusia Flagler YMCA, 2013 - Present
  • Member, Halifax Area Civic League, 2012 - Present
  • Member, Volusia County Bar Association, 2004 - Present
  • Board of Directors, Easterseals of Northeast Central Florida, 2004 - present (Chair 2016-2018)
  • Board of Directors, Florida Hospital Memorial Foundation for Ormond Memorial, 2008 - 2013
  • Member, Cultural Council for Volusia County, Advisory Board for the Volusia County Council, 2011-2012
  • Chair Membership Committee, Florida Bar Labor & Employment Law Committee, 2009-2012
  • Board of Directors, Daytona Beach Young Professionals Group, 2004 - 2010 (President 2008)
  • Member, ISB Coalition, 2009 - 2011
  • Board of Governors, Florida Bar YLD, 7th Circuit Representative, 2009 - 2010
  • Board of Directors, United Way of Volusia and Flagler Counties, 2009 - 2010
  • Membership Committee, Halifax Historical Society, 2009 - 2010
  • Dunn-Blount Inns of Court, 2005 - 2009
  • Executive Committee and Board of Directors, Halifax Area Chamber of Commerce, 2009
  • Member, Mayor's Kitchen Cabinet, 2009
  • Board of Directors and YLD Representative, Volusia County Bar Association, 2004 - 2009
  • Graduate: Leadership Daytona Beach, Class XXVIII, 2008
  • Board of Directors, Operation Sharing Through Caring, 2005 - 2006
  • Joyful Heirs Benefiting Great Kids, 2004 - 2006
  • Executive Women's Council, 2004 - 2006
  • Member, St. James Episcopal Church

Ancillary Businesses

  • Training employees in harassment, social media & other employment topics


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