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Allison C. Hartnett | Attorney Spotlight | July 2020

Allison C. Hartnett, Esq. is the Firm’s newly elected Managing Partner.  She is the first female to hold the position in the Firm’s 85-year history.  After attending Bunnell High School in Stratford, Connecticut, and undergraduate school at the University of Connecticut, she found her way to law school in Miami. It was while she was still in law school that Ms. Hartnett came to the Firm as a law clerk. She never left. After graduating from The University of Miami School of Law, she began as an associate and focused on insurance defense. Honing her skills in the Firm’s large workers’ compensation section, she was rewarded with regular promotions, first to Junior Partner and then to Senior Partner. In addition to her dedication to her clients, Ms. Hartnett always found time for her family, including her husband David Hartnett (also an attorney) and their two children, Alex Hartnett, a recent graduate of Vassar College, and Katelyn Hartnett, a student at Gulliver Preparatory School in Miami. Those who know her are not surprised that she found the time to be a troop leader in the Tropical South Florida Girl Scouts or that she was a huge fan of her son’s baseball teams and her daughter’s soccer teams. Over the years her primary focus has been on representing Employers and Carriers and assisting them in their labor and workers’ compensation issues. Her commitment to the workers’ compensation community included her membership in the Miami-Dade Workers’ Compensation Section of the Florida Bar, including Committee Chair from 2006 to 2009 as well as her membership on the Friends of 440 Board of Directors, including the President from 2006 to 2009. In 2009, she was honored with the Employer/Carrier Attorney of the Year Award by the Friends of 440, a charitable organization that she has served since 1988. In addition to her charitable work, Ms. Hartnett has been an advocate for women in the law and initiated a variety of different programs designed to allow for the development of collegial mentoring and professional development including special luncheons and more recently a book club. It is in this spirit that she has often nurtured the careers of young “lady lawyers” and why the Firm is so proud that Ms. Hartnett was selected to be the first female Managing Partner in the Firm’s remarkably long 85-years plus history.

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