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Mandi Clay

A dedicated problem solver, Mandi Clay has experience in a variety of subject matters, including business/commercial litigation, labor and employment, real estate, contracts, intellectual property, HOA disputes, personal injury, negligent security, property damage, civil rights, and class actions. Mandi has experienced the practice of law from both sides of the bench, having clerked for U.S. District Judge Gregory A. Presnell and U.S. District Judge Charlene Edwards Honeywell, both in the Middle District of Florida. She prides herself on being efficient and responsive to her clients and is dedicated to providing practical advice tailored to fit each client’s specific goals. Mandi is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Court Mediator, a U.S. District Court Mediator, a trained arbitrator, and has served as a special magistrate. She joined Miles Mediation & Arbitration in 2023.

Mandi has a talent for understanding and explaining the law and its nuances in ways that most law school professors and supervising attorneys cannot. Her ability to adjust her communication style to her audience and articulate complicated arguments in easily digestible facets is greatly admired.

Within the legal community, Mandi is well-respected among both practitioners and the judiciary. She began her pro bono work in 2008, her first year in private practice, by representing a teenager who was shot in the back by police officers, giving her immediate trial experience. She is also passionate about mental health and has spoken publicly about this issue to groups around the country.

Admitted to Practice

  • Florida Bar Association, October 2006-Present, Member #28808
  • S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida, October 2008-Present
  • S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, December 2008-Present
  • S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, February 2009-Present
  • S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, May 2009-Present


  • University of Georgia School of Law; Athens, GA
    • J.D., cum laude, May 2006
      • Notes Editor, Georgia Journal of International & Comparative Law, 2005-2006
      • 1st Place, Georgia Association of Women Lawyers’ Scholarship Contest, 2005
      • President, Women’s Law Student Association, 2004-2005
      • Equal Justice Foundation Grant Recipient, 2004
      • Intern, Georgia Innocence Project, 2004
  • Florida Atlantic University; Boca Raton, FL
    • B.A., summa cum laude, in Criminal Justice with a minor in Political Science, May 2003
      • Kenneth R. Williams Leadership Award Recipient (awarded to one graduate per year)
      • Phi Alpha Delta Pre-law Fraternity (chapter co-founder and secretary)

Professional or Trade Affiliations

  • Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers, 2011-Present
    • Board of Directors, President’s Advisory Committee Chair, 2023-Present
    • President, 2020-2021
    • President-Elect, 2019-2020
    • Vice President of Programs, 2018-2019
    • Treasurer, 2017-2018
    • Secretary, 2016-2017
    • Board of Directors, Website Director, 2013-2015
    • Public Relations/Website Committee Chair, 2012-2013, 2016-2021
  • Florida Bar Association Voluntary Bar Liaison Committee, 2017-2023
  • Florida Bar Standing Committee on Mental Health and Wellness of Florida Lawyers, 2018-Present
    • Committee Secretary, 2019-Present
  • National Alliance for Mental Illness
    • Pasco County, FL Chapter Support Group Facilitator, 2020-Present
    • Hillsborough County, FL Chapter Board Member, 2018-2020
  • Board Member. Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida, 2017-2019
  • Tampa Connection, Class of 2018
  • Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Light the Night Walk, Team Captain, 2018
  • George Edgecomb Bar Association, 13th Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Liaison, 2017-2019
  • Florida Association for Women Lawyers, 2011-Present
    • Director of Public Relations, 2023-2024
    • First Place, Middle School Mock Trial (Team Captain), 2013
    • Leader in the Law, 2019
  • Bay Area Legal Services, Volunteer Attorney & Mediator, 2017-Present
  • Crisis Center of Tampa Bay, 2013-Present
    • Cup of Compassion Fundraiser Table Captain, 2014 & 2021
    • Circle of Caring member
    • Volunteer speaker
  • Pinellas County Florida Association for Women Lawyers, 2014-Present
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association, 2009-Present
    • Solo & Small Firm Section Chair, 2022-2023
  • National Association of Women Lawyers, 2012-Present
    • Mid-Year National Meeting Marketing Committee Member, 2013
  • SERVE Volunteers in Education, 2013-2015
    • Board of Trustees Member, 2013-2015
    • President, 2015
    • Volunteer, Great American Teach-In, 2012-2014
  • Crossroads for Florida Kids, 2012-2014 – Pro Bono Attorney
  • Domestic Violence Assistance Program for Hillsborough County, 2011-2014 

Honors & Awards

  • Florida Association for Women Lawyers’ Leader In The Law, 2019
  • Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers’ President’s Award, 2014 & 2019
  • Super Lawyers Rising Star 2013, 2014, 2018, 2019 & 2020
  • Super Lawyer, 2022
  • Florida Trend’s Legal Elite 2019, 2020, & 2021
  • National Alliance for Mental Illness, Pasco County, Justice Hero of Hope, 2023


  • Using Your Benefits to Improve Your Wellness, Lawyer Magazine (Hillsborough County Bar Association), 2023
  • Effective Mediation in Employment Law Cases, Lawyer Magazine (Hillsborough County Bar Association), 2023