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Allison Hartnett joined the firm in 1987 as a law clerk and has continued her career at Walton Lantaff for the past 29 years. Ms. Hartnett has been a Senior Partner with the firm since 2002 and has served as the Office Manager of the Miami office for many years. Ms. Hartnett oversees the office’s community service projects.

Ms. Hartnett started handling medical malpractice cases representing doctors and medical providers as well as civil premises liability matters early on in her career. At this time, Ms. Hartnett specializes in workers’ compensation litigation representing self insured employers, carriers , self insured corporations and third party administrative agencies. Ms. Hartnett also concentrates her practice in the area of labor and employment disputes on behalf of employers.

Practice Areas

  • Workers’ Compensation Defense litigation
  • Employment and Labor Law
  • Civil premise liability
  • Medical malpractice defense

Admitted to Practice

  • Florida Bar 1988
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Florida


  • University of Connecticut BA, Political Science, 1985
  • University of Miami JD , Scholarship recipient, 1988,

Professional or Trade Affiliations

  • Friends of 440 Trustee and Member since 1988
  • Scholarship Fund/ Friends of 440 Trustee since 1990
  • Girl Scouts of Tropical Florida/ Troop leader
  • State certified lecturer for CEU credits to insurance industry affiliates since 1990
  • Past member of Board of Directors of Miami Dade County YLS
  • Miami Dade Workers’ Compensation Section of the Bar, Committee Chair
  • Connecticut General Assembly past legislative intern

Honors & Awards

  • Employer/Carrier Attorney of the Year Award , 2009
  • Past President’s Award, Friends of 440, 2009
  • Service to the Dade County Bar Association award, 2008

Representative Experience

  • Somar Poveda v. ABC Distributing, Order awarding Fees, A fee of $150 an hour was found to be reasonable by the Judge of Compensation Claims on an hourly fee based case. Judge Medina Shore, Order 7/17/2012
  • Recchia America Inc. v. Hall, 692 So. 2d 153 Supreme Court of Florida, Rebuttable presumption of intoxication which denies a claim was found unconstitutional, Employer must show intoxication has causal connection to the injury.
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield v. Public Health Trust, 546 So. 2d 1077
  • Edelson v. Morgan Lewis & Chubb Group, 900 So. 2d 558
  • Kelley Tractor v. Pagan, 821 So. 2d 1060
  • SCI/ Hunters Run v. Howard 883 So. 2d 283
  • Bellsouth Advertising and Publishing Co. v. Kerr 731 So. 2d 1273

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