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Jonathan Hayes brings his entrepreneurial, SEC, and judicial law clerk experience to bear when representing clients in the areas business law, trusts and estates, and litigation.

Jonathan Hayes is a shareholder with the firm and practices in the areas of litigation, appellate practice, probate, trust and estates, business law, health care, and corporate law.

Prior to joining the firm, Jonathan clerked for the Honorable Robert L. Hinkle of the Northern District of Florida. While in law school, Jonathan interned at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission investigating securities violations for the litigation group in Atlanta, and externed with the Honorable Mark E. Walker of the Northern District of Florida.

Before pursuing a career in law Jonathan started, ran, and sold several businesses which gives him a unique perspective on the legal challenges facing anyone making key business decisions.

  • Probate Litigation – represented the personal representative of a divorced decedent, and succeeded at the summary judgment stage of recapturing assets seized by the decedent’s ex-spouse, resulting in a judgment for the client of over $800,000.
  • Commercial Foreclosure – successfully argued equitable defenses to the interest rate sought by the lender, resulting in a savings in interest of over $2,000,000.
  • Appellate Practice – successfully defended an appeal on a motion for relief under Rule 1.540(b) on jurisdictional and procedural grounds, resulting in a per curiam affirmance.  Related litigation ultimately resulted in an award of attorney’s fees for the client.
  • HIPAA Compliance – regularly assists medical clients in complying with state and federal privacy laws.
  • Data Breach –assists clients who have suffered a data breach, including facilitating required notification and negotiations for cyber insurance.
  • Consumer Protection – represented a consumer in a substantial consumer fraud case involving state and federal warranty violations, resulting in a settlement not possible at trial, ultimately resulting in an award of attorney’s fees for the consumer.


  • Duke University School of Law, J.D., 2015
  • Florida State University College of Law, first in his class before transferring to Duke, 2013
  • Florida State University, B.S, 2012, Management Information Systems

Bar Admissions

  • State of Florida (2015 – present)
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida
  • United States Bankruptcy Court, Middle District of Florida
  • Legal Aid Foundation of the Tallahassee Bar, Board of Directors (2022-present)

  • The Florida State University College of Law, Adjunct Professor, Trusts and Estates (2022-present)

  • William H. Stafford Inn of Court, member 2019-current

  • Class 4 of the Legal Aid Foundation Tallahassee’s Thunderdome Program

  • Tallahassee Bar Association

  • Tallahassee Women Lawyers
  • Florida Trend, Legal Elite, Up & Comer – July 2021
  • The Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch - Commercial Litigation, 2024
  • Jonathan Hayes, Continuing Legal Education presentation to the Florida Government Bar Association: Update on Medical Marijuana Law (Mar. 27, 2019)
  • Jonathan Hayes, Constitutional Rulemaking: What Happens When the APA Doesn't Apply?, Fla. B. J., Jan. 2018, at 34, 34-37.