Meet Denise Cespedes

Denise Cespedes


During her time at Koeller Nebeker Carlson Haluck, LLP, Denise has gained experience in all aspects of the litigation process, including preliminary investigations, discovery, depositions, settlement negotiations, mediation, motions for summary judgement, and trial.  She has represented owners and general contractors in connection with major construction claims, including defending against claims of defects and initiating third party claims against implicated parties.

She is a firm believer in maintaining professional integrity while serving as a formidable advocate for her clients.  She has obtained numerous favorable outcomes for her clients through alternative dispute resolution efforts, including mediation and settlement negotiations.

Born and raised in Miami, Florida Denise is the second to youngest of seven siblings.  Growing up, she participated in debate club and moot court competitions.  In high school, she participated in her school’s inaugural mock trial program allowing her to practice roles, learn about legal concepts and create persuasive arguments.

Denise attended the University of Central Florida, where she earned her B.S. summa cum laude in Criminal Justice.  She also attended the University of Central Florida to earn her M.S. summa cum laude in Criminal Justice.  She earned her law degree from Florida A&M University College of Law during which time she was a merit scholarship recipient, editor of Law Review, a research assistant to Professor Rhoda Cato, and interned at law firms Holland & Knight and Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, P.A .  She graduated from Florida A&M University College of Law in 2013 class valedictorian and summa cum laude and after sitting for the bar, she was selected for the distinguished honor of speaking on behalf of the newly inducted lawyers at the 5th District Court of Appeal’s induction ceremony after having earned one of the highest scores on the July 2013 Florida Bar Exam.

In her spare time, Denise enjoys spending time with her family and exercising.  She is a fan of true crime documentaries, podcasts, and home projects. She loves the Miami Heat, good food and travel.

  • Construction Claims & Litigation

American Bar Association

(407) 345-5501
  • University of Central Florida, 2008 – B.S. Criminal Justice
  • University of Central Florida, 2010 – M.S. Criminal Justice
  • Florida A&M University College of Law, 2013- J.D.
States Licensed to Practice
  • State Bar of Florida, 2013