Debra J. Gell

DEBRA J. GELL was born in Kingston, New York, and moved to Florida in 1959. Ms. Gell is the Managing Partner and has been with the firm since 1984.

Ms. Gell received her B.A. from the University of South Florida in 1978, magna cum laude. She completed her senior year internship at the firm of Osborne & Ciarciaglino, and in May of 1986, she received her certification as a CLA. When the firm changed to Ciarciaglino & Coyle, she continued to work as the CLA/Office Manager. Ms. Gell then began the study of law at Stetson University, College of Law, and received her Juris Doctor degree cum laude. She was sworn in by the senior partner, Joseph M. Ciarciaglino and immediately became a partner in the firm.

Debra J. Gell aggressively represents the interests of her clients and has successfully resolved numerous cases for her clients through mediation and trial. She has been successful in suits against Coca-Cola, Publix, Pinellas County, Walmart and numerous others.

In her spare time Ms. Gell is an active fisherwoman. She has and continues to compete successfully in Kingfish and Tarpon fishing tournaments as part of Team GForce.


  • Florida Bar (Eligible to Practice in All Florida State Courts)
  • U.S. Federal Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. Appeals Court for the 11th Circuit
  • St. Petersburg Bar Association
  • Florida Justice Association (Formerly Association of Florida Trial Lawyers)
  • Southern Kingfish Association
  • Suncoast Tarpon Roundup--Volunteer
  • G-Force Fishing Team
  • Women’s Professional Tarpon Tournament Series (WPTTS)

Areas of Practice

  • Personal Injury & Wrongful Death
  • Automobile Accidents
  • Slip and Fall
  • Boating Accidents
  • Motorcycle Accidents

  • General Civil Litigation & Trial Work

  • Criminal Law

  • Probate
  • Simple Wills
  • Living Wills
  • Power of Attorney
  • Summary & Formal Administration