Tampa, Florida

Kelly T. Candela

Kelly T. Candela

Tampa Family Law Attorney

Kelly Candela - Givens Givens Sparks

An up-and-comer in the Tampa family law community, Kelly’s dedication to her clients’ needs and their complex cases demonstrates her commitment to the award-winning culture of Givens Givens Sparks. She operates at the highest levels of family litigation, helping families navigate the intricate process of divorce, custody and support cases.

Kelly’s trial experience as a former public defender for Hillsborough County has proven essential for her clients when they find their cases in the courtroom. In front of a jury, or in non-jury trials and hearings, Kelly’s strengths as a first-class litigator shine through, her focus on achieving the best possible outcomes for her clients and their families.

A member of a family law team of trial attorneys and staff who are ranked among the best in their fields, Kelly’s performance has added to the growth of accolades earned by the firm including: “Best Law Firm” by U.S. News, National Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers & Top 40 Under 40, National Black Trial Lawyers Top 100, Lawyers of Distinction, "Best Lawyers in America" since 1998 - Woodward/White lawyer rating, and “Legal Elite” by Florida Trend magazine.

Quick Facts About Kelly Candela


  • University of Florida, Bachelor of Science Cum Laude 2005
  • University of Florida, Juris Doctorate 2008

Bar Admissions

  • State Courts of Florida


  • Young Lawyers Division of the Florida Bar

Experience and Advocacy

  • Former Assistant Public Defender, Hillsborough County Public Defender's Office
  • More Than 15 Jury Trials
  • Countless Non-Jury trials
  • Countless Substantive Motion Hearings

Practice Areas


  • After retaining GG & S to get opposing in gear, things proceeded in a timely manner. I have to say that I "tried out" quite a few attorneys during my long drawn out divorce for 2 years. I would have saved myself a lot of stress if I would have just bit the bullet and retained them sooner. I was trying to find a firm that didn't know opposing counsel but alas, she had been around too long. However, GG & S and Kelly got it to the finish line. I've been divorced for over a year now, and time helps calm things a bit. Thanks for your assistance.

  • My divorce case was almost done but Givens Givens Sparks was needed and retained to get it into final motion and encourage opposing counsel to cease the stalling. I was assigned to Kelly Candela. I do wish I would have retained earlier so as to avoid a lot of unnecessary stress.

  • We really like Kelly. She's really quick on her feet and able to think outside the box, in terms of getting favorable solutions to our unorthodox situation. Tiffany is very helpful too, working with us as a team. My husband and I appreciate them both.

  • Kelly and Tiffany, thank you both so much for all of the wonderful work you did for me in handling my divorce. I had feared it was going to be a stressful experience despite the overall situation and it was far from it. You both made it so simple for me and responded so quickly to my concerns and eased my mind throughout the entire process. I couldn't have asked for a more wonderful experience.