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Fentrice D. Driskell

Fentrice D. Driskell

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Overview

Fentrice Driskell is an AV Preeminent-rated attorney with significant experience representing banks and other financial institutions in commercial litigation and bankruptcy matters. She also defends clients throughout all stages of consumer finance litigation involving the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), the Florida Consumer Collection Practices Act (FCCPA), the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), the Fair Credit Billing Act (FCBA), and the Truth in Lending Act (TILA).  Fentrice partners with clients to develop policies, procedures, and compliance best practices with respect to state and federal consumer protection laws, including the TCPA. In addition, she handles commercial and contested foreclosures and works with clients to enforce creditors’ remedies in bankruptcy proceedings.

As a business litigator, Fentrice has handled cases involving breach of contract, civil theft, the Uniform Commercial Code, covenants not to compete, nonsolicitation clause disputes, theft of trade secrets, and unfair and deceptive trade practices. She also has experience litigating civil lawsuits to recover criminal restitution.

Prior to joining Carlton Fields, Fentrice clerked for the Honorable Anne C. Conway of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida. Fentrice also previously interned for the Honorable Andrew J. Peck of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Fentrice currently serves as president of the George Edgecomb Bar Association and has been selected by Florida Super Lawyers as a “Rising Star” each year since 2011. In 2015, she was listed as an "Up & Comer" in Florida Trend's Florida Legal Elite.

Experience

  • Managed portfolio of consumer finance defense litigation for national and state-chartered banks.
  • Assisted private lender with prosecuting and defending multiple federal and state court actions related to borrower’s $22 million default on commercial loan.
  • Assisted preferred Small Business Administration lender in prosecuting commercial foreclosures from filing of complaint to property sale.
  • Secured $1.7 million award for international manufacturing in companion civil case after former employee convicted of embezzlement.

Recognition

  • AV-Preeminent Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Florida Association for Women Lawyers "Leader in the Law" (2015)
  • Selected for inclusion in Florida Super Lawyers Rising Stars (2011-2019)
  • Selected for inclusion in Florida Trend’s Florida Legal Elite (2019)
  • Listed as an “Up & Comer” in Florida Trend’s Florida Legal Elite (2015)
  • George Edgecomb Bar Association’s President’s Award (2014)
  • Honorary Chair, Hillsborough County Branch NAACP Freedom Fund Dinner (2014)
  • Lake Gibson High School Hall of Fame, first student inducted (2012)
  • Carlton Fields Pro Bono Hero, multiple years and Mentor of the Year (2013)
  • Tampa Connection Team Member of the Year (2008)
  • Recipient, “Up and Comer” Award, Tampa Bay Business Journal (2008)

Professional & Community Involvement

  • George Edgecomb Bar Association
    • President (2014-2016)
    • First Vice President (2010-2014)
    • Secretary (2008-2010)
  • Florida Association for Women Lawyers
  • Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (2014-2015)
    • Fellow
  • American Bar Association
  • The Florida Bar
    • Standing Committee on Diversity and Inclusion (2013-present)
  • William Reece Smith Jr. Litigation Inn of Court (2014-2015)
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association
  • Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers
  • Hillsborough Education Foundation
    • Board of Directors
  • Tampa Bay Bankruptcy Bar Association
  • Virgil Hawkins Florida Chapter of the National Bar Association
  • Tampa Crossroads Inc.
    • Board of Directors
    • Secretary (2014-present)
    • Director (2007-2014)
  • SHARE Florida Food Network
    • Advisory Board (2008-2009)
  • Tampa Connection (2007-2008)
  • J. Clifford Cheatwood Inn of Court (2006-2008)
  • Gasparilla Festival of the Arts
    • Volunteer (2007)
  • Susan G. Komen, Suncoast Affiliate Race
    • Committee Member (2006-2007)

Speaking Engagements

  • "Who You Gonna Call? An Update on the Telephone Protection Consumer Protection Act, Compliance Best Practices, and Litigation Trends," International Association of Privacy Professionals (February 11, 2014).
  • "The Florida Bar Presents: Practicing with Professionalism," (March 1, 2014).
  • "Balancing Life and the Law," The Florida Bar’s Standing Committee on Professionalism and The Florida Bar's Young Lawyers Division Law Student Division, Stetson University College of Law, Gulfport, FL (October 6, 2014).
  • "Legal Issues Involving the Use of Personal Electronic Devices and Social Media in the Workplace," Virgil Hawkins Florida Chapter of the National Bar Association (June 23, 2012).
  • "Attorney Client Privilege and the Use of Social Media in the Workplace," Association of Corporate Counsel (May 19, 2011).

Credentials

Education
  • Georgetown University Law Center (J.D., 2004)
    • Frederick Douglass Moot Court Team
    • Dean’s Certificate for Outstanding Service to Law Center Community
  • Harvard University (B.A., 2001)
    • President, Undergraduate Council
    • First African-American Woman Elected as President Council
Bar Admissions
  • Florida
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • Florida State Courts
Clerkships
  • Hon. Anne C. Conway, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida

Background

  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Anne C. Conway, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida (2004-2006)
  • Intern to the Honorable Andrew K. Peck, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York (2002)

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