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Jeffrey S. Haut is a member of the Litigation and Data, Privacy & Cybersecurity Practices in Greenberg Traurig’s West Palm Beach office. Jeffrey has a broad litigation and arbitration practice focused on counseling corporate clients, non-profits, governmental entities, and individuals through a broad range of trial and appellate matters in state and federal courts.

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, 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 has experience representing clients in securities and financial arbitration matters in FINRA arbitration, including breach of promissory note and wrongful termination cases, and customer disputes with financial institutions.

In the constitutional litigation arena, Jeffrey has represented 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.

Capabilities

Experience

  • As Counsel of Record, 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).°
  • Drafted answer briefs on behalf 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).°
  • 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).°
  • As lead counsel in appeal raising an issue of first impression before the court, obtained ruling holding that defendants, a Bahamian company and a Mexican citizen, waived their timely objections to personal jurisdiction by seeking attorneys’ fees in their motions to dismiss. Reported as: Stafford-Smith, Inc. v. TBI Caribbean Construction, 239 So. 3d 243 (Fla. 3d DCA 2017).°
  • Prepared written submissions in interlocutory appeal challenging order granting motion to disburse rents during pendency of commercial foreclosure. (Settled prior to ruling).°
  • Prepared jurisdictional portions of brief opposing exercise of appellate jurisdiction over interlocutory summary judgment order in connection with declaratory judgment action brought against master condominium association.°
  • 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).°
  • Prepared 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).°
  • Represented homeowner in certiorari proceedings before circuit court in connection with challenge to special exception granted by municipality to adjoining property owner. °
  • Represented corporation in appeal to circuit court of adverse small claims judgment. °

°The above representations were handled by Mr. Haut prior to his joining Greenberg Traurig, P.A.

  • Summer Law Clerk, Hon. Christine Greider, Twentieth Judicial Circuit of Florida, 2014

Recognition & Leadership

  • Rated, AV Preeminent®
  • Selected, Best Lawyers®, "Ones to Watch"
    • Appellate Practice, 2022
    • Privacy and Data Security, 2022
    • Commercial Litigation, 2021-2022
  • Selected, Naples Illustrated, Top Lawyers
    • Appellate Practice, 2021
    • Commercial Litigation, 2019

°AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell DistinguishedSM and Martindale-Hubbell NotableSM are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell® certification procedures, standards and policies.

  • Member, International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAAP)
  • 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

Credentials

Education
  • B.A., magna cum laude, Florida Gulf Coast University, 2013
  • J.D., Indiana University Maurer School of Law, 2016
Admissions
  • Florida
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida