Monique D. Hayes practices in the areas of business transactions, commercial litigation, and corporate restructuring. She has extensive experience advising fiduciaries, corporate and non-profit board members, entrepreneurs, and small businesses. Monique has successfully represented clients in a broad range of matters including asset sales and acquisitions; finance transactions, bankruptcy plan confirmations, avoidance actions, directors and officers claim litigation, Ponzi scheme and other fraud litigation.
She also has substantial experience representing franchisors in franchisee bankruptcy proceedings. In the innovation and technology sector Monique has represented start-ups, entrepreneurs, and founders in corporate formations and restructuring, due diligence, and related transactional matters.
Ms. Hayes is a member of the American Bar Association – Business Law Section, the Bankruptcy Bar Association S.D. Fla., the American Bankruptcy Institute, the International Women’s Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation (“IWIRC”) – Florida Network Chair, and the Wilkie D. Ferguson Jr. Bar Association – President Elect. She is also a member of the ABA Business Bankruptcy Committee and served as its 2013-2015 Fellow. Ms. Hayes frequently serves as a writer, commentator, and panelist on business issues.
Ms. Hayes is a member of the Florida Bar and has been admitted to practice before the United States District Courts for the Southern and Middle Districts of Florida. She received her Juris Doctor degree, cum laude, from the University of Miami School of Law. While at UM Law, Ms. Hayes was a member of the Bar and Gavel Honor Society.
She was named to the Dean’s List, awarded the Dean’s Honor Scholarship, and received the C.A.L.I. Excellence for the Future Award in Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Skills. She received her undergraduate degree in Political Science, with honors, from the University of South Florida.
Prior to entering private practice, Ms. Hayes served as law clerk to U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Laurel Myerson Isicoff and as a housing attorney for Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc. She was an attorney at the law firm Genovese, Joblove & Battista, P.A. before founding The Hayes Firm, PLLC then moving on to join Goldstein & McClintock, LLLP.
In the community, Ms. Hayes is an active philanthropist and has been recognized among the United Way Miami-Dade Young Leaders. She is a member of the Miami Foundation Fellows Class 7 and received the Blackshear Fellowship Award, which is given to select candidates each year by the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges.
Ms. Hayes has also been honored by the University of South Florida as the 2014 Young Alumnus of the Year and received the Sojourner Truth Award from the Miami-Dade Business & Professional Women’s Alliance in recognition of her service to women in the business community. Ms. Hayes serves as board secretary for the University of South Florida Alumni Association. She is also a member of the board of directors and outside general counsel to Venture Café Miami.
- University of Miami School of Law, Coral Gables, FL, Juris Doctorate, May 2004
- University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, B.A. Political Science, May 2001
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