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James Edwin Kirtley, Jr.

Practice Areas

  • Land Use & Governmental Operations
  • Annexation, Incorporation, Environmental Policy & Resilience


  • University of Miami, Magna Cum Laude, 2006, J.D.,
  • Arizona State University, B.S. Political Science, Summa Cum Laude, 2002


  • Honorable Robert N. Scola, Jr., U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida, 2011-2013

Court Admissions

  • The Florida Bar, 2006
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

James Edwin Kirtley, Jr.

Joined the Office in 2013
Assistant County Attorney

[email protected] 305-375-2066

Prior Experience

James "Eddie" Kirtley, Jr. joined the Miami-Dade County Attorney's Office in 2013.  Eddie is a member of the land use section, handling a wide variety of matters relating to comprehensive planning and zoning.  He also provides counsel to the County's Zoning and Historic Preservation Boards, in addition to the Board of County Commissoners.  Previously, Eddie was in private practice for 5 years litigating federal class action cases, municipal government actions, First and Fifth Amendment cases, and Indian tribe lawsuits.  Eddie also clerked for a federal district judge before joining this office.  

Articles, Publications, & Lectures

  • University of Miami Law Review, Senior Notes & Comments Editor, 2005-06
  • Co-author, E.E.O.C. v. BCI Coca-Cola Bottling Co. of L.A.: Subordinate Bias Liability, "The Cat's Paw," In-House Defence Quarterly, Fall 2007
  • Where's Einstein When You Need Him? Assessing the Role of Relative Qualifications in a Plaintiff's Case of Failure-to-Promote under Title VII, 60 U. Miami L. Rev. 365 (2006)

Community Involvement, Awards, & Recognition

  • H.O.P.E (Pro Bono Student Organization); Out Law (Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Student Support and Diversity Initiative Group)
  • Florida Appellate Law, CALI Excellence for the Future Award (Top Student in Class); Dean's Certificate, Legal Research & Writing.


  • Board Member, Federal Bar Association, South Florida Chapter