Kortney Daly was born in Clearwater, Florida. Kortney attended Palm Harbor University High school and St. Petersburg College simultaneously during her last two years of high school. She obtained her Associates Degree upon completion of high school. She then moved to Orlando to attend the University of Central Florida where she majored in Legal studies with a specialized focus in Criminal law and Individual liberties, as well as a focus in litigation and Advocacy.
After graduating from the University of Central Florida in 2015, Kortney continued her education at Stetson University College of Law. While in law school, Kortney focused on clinical education and practical experiences to prepare her for the practice of law. She completed an internship or clinic every semester she was eligible during her legal education. She worked as judicial intern for the Honorable Judge Thane Covert researching issues and watching court every day to get a sense of the day to day in a criminal court room. She then interned for the United States Attorney’s Office in the Middle District of Florida where she researched complex issues and wrote motions for the US Attorney’s Office.
The Summer before her last year of law school, she moved to Chicago, Illinois to intern for the Federal Defender Program where she helped research legal issues, prepared motions, and met with clients who were charged with Federal crimes.
In her final year of law school, she completed two clinics as a Certified Legal Intern. The first clinic was with the State Attorney’s Office: in the 6th Judicial Circuit where she tried cases to verdict and defended motions to suppress for the State. In her final semester she worked as a Certified legal Intern for The Public Defender’s office in the 6th Judicial Circuit. While at the Public Defender’s office she worked with juveniles who had pending delinquency and dependency cases. She would help represent the children in both their criminal case and their case with the Department of Children and Families. She gained a lot of experience navigating the dependency system while helping children who came from sensitive and complex situations.
After Passing the bar, Kortney moved back to Orlando and began her career at the Public Defender’s Office. While at the Public Defender’s Office she handled over 1,500 cases from arrest to case resolution. While working for the Public Defender’s Office, she handled misdemeanor and felony cases. Kortney filed motions to suppress in several cases and tried many cases to verdict. She always advocated zealously for her indigent clients.
Stetson University College of Law, Gulfport, FL
Degree: Juris Doctor, 2018
University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL
Degree: Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies, 2015
The Florida Bar
Central Florida Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida