Candice D. McKinley is an associate with the Davis Bozeman Law Firm and primarily handles personal injury and civil rights cases in the Civil Litigation Section of the firm. Attorney McKinley is a member of the State Bar of Georgia and admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia and the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. She is a member of the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys, the American Bar Association, and the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association.
Attorney McKinley joined the firm after practicing in the area of employment law in the 11th Circuit. She was drawn to the firm because of its extensive outreach to the community through education and the arts as well as the desire to hone her skills as a legal practitioner. Attorney McKinley in a native of Miami, Florida, a graduate of Spelman College, and Florida A&M University College of Law. In 2002, Teach for America (TFA) selected Attorney McKinley to work in the Atlanta Public School System as a first grade teacher in the Bowen Homes housing community. Following TFA, Attorney McKinley co-developed a community based after-school program, and simultaneously earned her teacher certification from Georgia State University in 2006. Attorney McKinley decided to attend law school to gain the knowledge she thought was necessary to change education policy.
In law school, Attorney McKinley received a national merit scholarship from the Council of Legal Education Opportunities (CLEO) and she was selected as a Public Service Fellow by The Florida Bar Foundation. Attorney McKinley founded and was president of the Florida A&M University College of Law, Henry J. Richardson, III, International Student Association (ILSA) from 2008-2009, was a Committee Chair of the Women’s Law Caucus from 2007-2008, was a member of the Jesse McCrary Chapter of the Black Law Students Association from 2006-2009 and the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity from 2007-2009. Attorney McKinley also participated in Florida A&M University College of Law’s Community Economic Development Legal Clinic where she provided direct client services to new and mature small businesses and non-profit organizations in the greater Orlando, Florida area.
After graduation, Attorney McKinley was selected as a legal intern at the International Criminal Tribunal of Rwanda where she worked on a prosecutorial team to bring several state leaders to trial for the county’s genocide. Upon her return to the United States, Attorney McKinley worked in the Office of Senator Michael F. Bennet in Washington DC on the No Child Left Behind (NCLB)/Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) reauthorization efforts as a Leadership for Educational Equity/Policy and Advocacy Fellow.
Attorney McKinley is a proud mother of two little blessings, a triathlete, and loves to travel. Attorney McKinley welcomes the opportunity to become “Your Attorney, Advocate, and Friend.”