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Robyn Hattaway is an attorney with Lacey Lyons Rezanka, Rockledge, where she focuses on Civil Litigation and Business Transactions.

Ms. Hattaway began her career in litigation representing large publicly held corporations in complex business disputes. She has experience in both federal and state courts. Her practice includes civil litigation, real property litigation, franchise transactions and development, as well as business litigation. 

Ms. Hattaway is a Commissioner at the Canaveral Port Authority, elected in November 2018.  She is currently serving a four-year term.  Most recently Ms. Hattaway founded a Junior Port Ambassador Program to provide area youth with job opportunity education and workforce development. 

Ms. Hattaway is a graduate/participant in LEAD Brevard (2014) and WeVenture’s ATHENA NextGen Women’s Leadership Program (2017).  She is a member of the Board of Directors for LEAD Brevard, the Board of Directors for the Titusville Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the Brevard County Civilian/Military Council. She believes strongly in volunteer work and has contributed to her local communities through such organizations as Brevard Public Schools, Literacy for Adults in Brevard, LEAD Brevard, Brevard Art Museum Council of 100, Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS), Florida Supreme Court Justice Teaching Program, and 2-1-1 Brevard.

Ms. Hattaway is presently admitted to practice law in Florida (2010) and Georgia (2001).  She is currently a member of the Florida Bar Health Law and Business Law Sections.

Ms. Hattaway has been a Brevard County resident since 2009.  She received her law degree from Emory University School of Law in 2001, and her undergraduate degree in Government and Sociology from the University of Texas in 1997.

Bar Admissions:

  • State Bar of Florida, 2010 – Present, Active and in Good Standing Health Law & Business Law Sections
  • State Bar of Georgia, 2001- Present, Active and in Good Standing U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
  • Supreme Court of Indiana, Roll of Attorneys
    • 2015 – Present, Inactive in Good Standing
    • 2004 – 2015, Active and in Good Standing
    • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
    • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana

Experience

  • Cantwell & Goldman, PA, Cocoa, Florida
    Attorney, 2019 – August 2020. Initiate and defend clients in business litigation, real property litigation, franchise transactions and development. Negotiate lease termination, franchise agreement termination, and physician employment agreements. Investigate and answer alleged compliance and consumer complaints from Florida Attorney General and federal agencies. Represent clients before local municipal boards regarding COVID orders.
  • Willson Hattaway Law PLLC, Merritt Island, Florida
    Attorney and Owner-Member, 2010 – present: Develop strategic business planning: draft operating agreements, draft and edit sales contracts, negotiate contracts and advise businesses including multi-specialty medical group, individual physicians, pharmacology research specialists, and new franchisees. Manage medical malpractice claims and coordinate with insurance carriers and defense counsel. Educate medical practices via interactive educational seminars on maintaining electronic records, confidentiality in correspondence, HIPP A compliance, and attorney client privilege. Present educational programs to businesses and non-profits re: privilege and confidentiality in a digital world, risk avoidance, volunteer management and liability. Provide risk management services via hold harmless agreements, liability waivers, and consents to avoid corporate or non-profit liability exposure.
  • 5HATTS LLC, Merritt Island, Florida
    President, 2012 – present: Organize and lead small family property investment group. Author group operating and management agreements. Negotiate and customize appropriate contracts for purchase and subsequent lease of properties. Manage tenants and property repairs. Draft notice and eviction forms and pleadings.
  • Law Offices of Lawrence M. Reuben, Indianapolis, Indiana
    Attorney, August 2004 -2010: Managed diverse case load and developed new practice areas including civil rights litigation, employment law, real property litigation, franchise negotiations, and business litigation. Organized case timeline and strategy from complaint through trial/ settlement. Deposed witnesses and parties in complex business litigation and in federal employment litigation. Tried cases at both state and federal level. Communicated regularly and knowledgably with clients to maintain client control and part1c1pation. Developed office case management system for purpose of attorney efficiency and communication. Registered domain, designed webpage, and built office email system. Interviewed and helped train associate attorneys and paralegal.
  • Gorby, Reeves, & Peters, P.C., Atlanta, Georgia
    Associate, September 2001 -December 2003: Managed complex commercial litigation as lead associate including client and witness relationships, voluminous discovery, and brief writing on trademark infringement, franchise law, and breach of contract. Drafted contract provisions for large property management company. Coordinated discovery and drafted motions/briefs in medical malpractice defense, plaintiffs’ premises liability, and nursing home suits. Provided litigation updates to corporate counsel and client representatives. Corresponded with both client and insurance carriers for defense strategy and case exposure. Drafted pleadings, briefs, and discovery for corporate litigation in both state and federal courts. Review firm website and counsel regarding necessary disclaimers for compliance with state rules of professionalism.

Community Leadership

  • Canaveral Port Authority, Board of Commissioners
    Commissioner, Elected November 2018; Sworn in December 2018 (four year term).
    Vice-Chairperson, 2019
    Focused on community interaction and workforce development: Founded and designed Junior Port Ambassador Program with support of Brevard Public Schools to engage area high school students in career education program. Earned unanimous support of board to pass resolution in support of Brevard Schools apprenticeship and workforce training center.
  • LEAD Brevard, Member 2014-present. LEADERSHIP Class of 2014.
    Board of Directors, May 2019 -present.
    Governance Committee, June 2020 -present.
    Membership & Alumni Engagement Committee, June 2019 – 2020
    Curriculum Planning Committee, August 2017- 2019
  • Literacy for Adults in Brevard
    Board President, January 2015 -October 2016
    Board of Directors, June 2014- October 2016
    Networked and built community partnerships. Recruited board members. Researched and educated staff and board members regarding liability issues for organization, board, and volunteers. Coordinated, prepared agenda and chaired monthly board meetings for maximum board efficiency. Strategically developed a strong working board consistent with mission and needs of organization. Organized and lead board retreat and new board orientation. Interviewed and assessed executive director candidates. 
  • RL Stevenson Elementary School of the Arts,
    Legal counsel, 2017 – present. Review and recommend bylaws updates. Advise principal and volunteer leaders. Coordinate with CPA for 501(c)(3)tax filings/compliance.
    School/Advisory Council, 2012- 2015. Reviewed and made recommendations for updates to Council bylaws as well as supporting Section 501 (c)(3) Non-Profit administration. Drafted waivers and recommendations to minimize liability to school, administrators, and directors of non-profit.
    Recipient of Brevard County Schools volunteerism awards:
    “Silver Apple Award” 2011, 2013, “Super Apple Award” 2012, 2014, 2015.

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