Jeffrey S. Haut
Associate

2400 First Street
Suite 300
Fort Myers, Florida 33901

Jeffrey S. Haut has a litigation practice focused on counseling corporate clients, non-profits, governmental entities, and individuals through a broad range of trial and appellate litigation matters in both state and federal court.

Jeffrey routinely represents clients in complex business and commercial litigation cases, including those involving breaches of contracts and promissory notes, shareholder and partnership disputes, breaches of fiduciary duty, securities and financial fraud, tortious interference, trade secrets, and violations of restrictive covenants. Additionally, Jeffrey’s litigation experience includes representing clients in construction litigation matters, real property disputes, land use and zoning disputes, and condominium disputes. Jeffrey also regularly represents clients in connection with creditors’ rights matters, including all facets of commercial loan and equipment lease/loan enforcement, from initiating actions through enforcing and collecting upon judgments.

In the constitutional litigation arena, Jeffrey represents governmental entities and individuals in trial and appellate matters arising under the United States Constitution and Florida Constitution.  This includes defending alleged civil rights violations under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, bringing and defending inverse condemnation claims, and assisting individuals in proceedings involving alleged violations of the First and Second Amendments to the United States Constitution.

On a national scale, Jeffrey represents clients responding to data breaches, cybersecurity incidents, real estate closing and wire transfer fraud, and business email compromise schemes. When a crisis occurs, Jeffrey acts as a “breach coach.”  Jeffrey evaluates his clients’ potential legal liability to customers or governmental agencies, assesses the possibility of legal recourse against the responsible parties, directs forensic network investigations, coordinates with law enforcement, and advises his clients about any breach notification or regulatory reporting obligations under federal and state data security and privacy laws.

Professional History

  • Associate, Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP, 2019-present
  • Attorney, Vernon Litigation Group, 2016-19; Summer Associate, 2015
  • Summer Law Clerk, Office of Hon. Christine Greider, 20th Judicial Circuit for Collier County, 2014

United States Supreme Court

  • As counsel of record, successfully opposed pro se (unrepresented) petitioner’s timely-filed petition for review of Final Judgment of Dismissal in 42 U.S.C. § 1983 civil rights lawsuit filed against various current and former officers of municipal police department.  Reported as: Topa v. Kerbs, et al., 140 S. Ct. 939, 205 L. Ed. 2d 525 (2020).

Florida Supreme Court

  • Prepared jurisdictional briefs opposing petitioner’s request to accept review of Abu-Khadier v. City of Fort Myers, 312 So. 3d 975 (Fla. 2d DCA 2020) and Abu-Khadier v. City of Fort Myers, 313 So. 3d 704 (Fla. 2d DCA 2020) based on alleged “express and direct conflict” with Keshbro v. City of Miami, 801 So. 2d 864 (Fla. 2001).  Review proceedings before Florida Supreme Court currently pending.

Florida District Courts of Appeal

  • Assisted in successful defense of municipality in related inverse condemnation appeals, holding that nuisance exception under Keshbro v. City of Miami applied to landowner’s claims and precluded entitlement to compensation under Florida Constitution and United States Constitution following one-year closure of landowner’s grocery store pursuant to nuisance abatement board order. Reported as: Abu-Khadier v. City of Fort Myers, 312 So. 3d 975 (Fla. 2d DCA 2020) and Abu-Khadier v. City of Fort Myers, 313 So. 3d 704 (Fla. 2d DCA 2020). Review proceedings before Florida Supreme Court currently pending.
  • In consolidated appeals raising First and Second Amendment issues, prepared successful merits briefs challenging stalking injunctions entered against property owner pursuant to Section 784.0485, Fla. Stat. in connection with ongoing business dispute.  Reported as: Laquidara v. Houghtaling, 320 So. 3d 243 (Fla. 2d DCA 2021).
  • Obtained unanimous opinion holding, for the first time under Florida law, the two international defendants waived their timely objections to personal jurisdiction in Florida courts by seeking affirmative relief in the form of attorneys’ fees in their motions to dismiss. Reported as: TBI Caribbean Co. Ltd. v. Stafford-Smith, Inc., 239 So. 3d 103 (Fla. 3d DCA 2017).

Federal District Courts

  • Assisted in preparation of successful motion to remand inverse condemnation proceeding to state court on the basis that statutory exception to requirement that notice of removal be within 30-days of service, which allowed for removal if initial case was not removable, did not apply to defendant’s notice to remove. Reported as: Myakka River Resort, LLC v. City of North Port, 469 F. Supp. 3d 1323 (M.D. Fla. 2020).

Credentials

Education

Indiana University Maurer School of Law, J.D., 2016

Honors & Activities: Maurer Fellowship; Sherman Minton Moot Court Competition Executive Board, Executive Judge Coordinator; Dean’s Advisory Committee; Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research, Intern

Florida Gulf Coast University, B.A., magna cum laude, Political Science, 2013

 

 

Awards & Distinctions

AV Preeminent® Rating, Martindale-Hubbell

 

Best Lawyers® Ones to Watch: Appellate Practice (2022), Privacy and Data Security (2022), Commercial Litigation (2021-2022)

 

Top Lawyers, Naples Illustrated, Appellate Practice (2021), Commercial Litigation (2019)

 

“40 Under 40” Honoree, Naples Herald, 2018

 

 

Bar Admissions

State of Florida

 

Supreme Court of the United States

 

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

 

U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida

 

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida

 

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida

Memberships & Affiliations

Appellate Practice Section of The Florida Bar, Member

 

International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), Member

 

America Inns of Court Michael R.N. McDonnell Chapter, Member, 2016-present; Team Co-Captain, 2018-19

 

Lee County Bar Association, Member

 

Collier County Bar Association, Member

 

Associate Leadership Collier™ (formerly Growing Associates in Naples (GAIN)™), The Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce, Class of 2019

 

Youth Leadership Collier™, The Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce™, 2008