Haley’s practice focuses on representing design professionals, general contractors, subcontractors, and manufacturers in all stages of litigation, and in professional liability matters, commercial litigation, contract disputes, and construction defect litigation. Haley’s experience includes resolution of claims before suit is filed, dispositive motion practice, trial, and appellate briefing and argument. For more than 17 years, Haley’s career has involved litigation throughout Florida and in various federal courts.
Prior to joining the Firm in 2014, Haley was an attorney at a multi-state defense firm, focusing on professional liability and construction defect matters. Before that, Haley was a shareholder at a litigation firm where her practice focused on a broad range of commercial disputes, including insurance coverage claims, professional liability matters, class action litigation, and various construction related matters, as well as representing professionals in licensing issues.
Haley is active in the local and legal communities. For over ten years, she’s held numerous positions of leadership in the American Bar Association Section of Litigation. Haley served as President of the Board of Directors for Alpha House of Tampa n/k/a Dawning Family Services and held numerous board positions for the Network of Executive Women of Tampa Bay and other various memberships and leadership positions. Recently, Haley also volunteered on voter protection efforts in Florida. Haley has spoken on numerous panels and been published on topics ranging from “total cost” damages claims, Commercial General Liability policies in Florida, litigating single-family home construction disputes, and more.
While in law school, Haley worked as an extern at the Department of Justice, Office of the Solicitor General, under Solicitor General Theodor Olson. There, she assisted attorneys in finalizing briefs submitted on behalf of the United States to the Supreme Court and various Federal Courts of Appeals. She also served as a Dean’s Fellow for the Legal Research & Writing program for two years and was a member of the Administrative Law Review.
When she’s not working or volunteering, Haley enjoys hiking with her family, exploring national parks, reading, and rooting for her son as he competes in the masters division in the All-American Soap Box Derby.
Honors and Recognition
AV Preeminent Rated by Martindale Hubbell, the highest rating achievable
Florida Trend, Legal Elite, 2018 & 2020
Florida Super Lawyers (2014-2020), Rising Star (2010-2013)
Tampa Bay Business Journal, Business Woman of the Year, Finalist 2010 & 2011, and Up & Comers Finalist 2012
Case Study: Axis v. Contravest Construction, Law360.com, 9/19/12
Writing Your First Appellate Brief, The Young Advocate, American Bar Association Section of Litigation
The Avalon at Clearwater Condo. Ass’n, Inc. v. Montecito Renaissance, Inc., Rex Rouis, et al., 73 So. 3d 765, 2011 WL 4865184 (Fla. 2d DCA Oct. 14, 2011)
O’Halloran v. PricewaterhouseCoopers, 969 So. 2d 1039 (Fla. 2d DCA 2007)
Walker & Co. General Contractors, Inc. v. Transcontinental Ins. Co., 2007 WL 569855 (M.D. Fla. Feb. 20, 2007)
University of Akron, 2000, B.A., 2000, magna cum laude
American University, Washington College of Law, J.D., 2003, cum laude
Harvard Business School Executive Education, Governing for Non-Profit Excellence, 2015
State of Florida
S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida & the Southern District of Florida
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
Florida Bar Association
American Bar Association, Section of Litigation (2005-Present) • Member, Mental Health & Wellness Task Force (2019 to 2021) • Member, Young Litigator Task Force (2017-2020) • Co-Chair, Membership & Marketing Committee (2016-2018); Member 2009-2012) • Co-Chair, Communications Committee (2012-2013) • Editor-in-Chief, The Woman Advocate (quarterly newsletter) (2007-2011)
Alpha House of Tampa n/k/a Dawning Family Services, Past-President of the Board (2016); Board Member (2010-2017)
Former Volunteer, Bay Area Legal Services
Construction Law Institute Planning Committee of the Florida Bar