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Malinda Hayes


Malinda HayesMs. Hayes is a graduate of Florida State University College of Law, graduating in the top 5% of her class. She was highly involved in the Florida State University Law Review, serving as Associate Articles Editor and Social Chair. Ms. Hayes studied International Law at Oxford University in England. Before attending law school, Ms. Hayes graduated with a B.A. from University of Washington. Raised in the Pacific Northwest, Ms. Hayes comes from a background closely tied to agriculture and farming, which gives her a unique perspective and qualification to handle financial distress matters specific to family farmers and fisherman, including chapter 12 bankruptcy, PACA litigation, and bankruptcy alternatives for family farmers. While in law school, Ms. Hayes was inducted into the Order of the Coif, an honorary scholastic society that recognizes excellence in legal education.

Prior to commencing her practice, Ms. Hayes served as a Term Law Clerk to the Honorable J. Rich Leonard for the United States Bankruptcy Courts, Eastern District of North Carolina. In this role, she logged countless hours in the courtroom, observed motions practice, honed her legal research and writing skills, and gained a unique perspective on the interworkings of bankruptcy court.

Since her clerkship, Ms. Hayes has focused her practice in the areas of bankruptcy and creditor’s rights, and particularly on reorganization of businesses, individuals, and family farmers under chapters 11 and 12 of the Bankruptcy Code. She is Board Certified in Business Bankruptcy Law. In addition to her representation of debtors and creditors in bankruptcy court, Ms. Hayes also assists clients with other matters related to financial distress, such as debt management, credit repair, defense of collection actions, and out-of-court workouts, as well as general business litigation.

Ms. Hayes is active in various professional and community organizations, including active membership in Leadership Florida, which has led to mentoring youths aging out of the foster care system. She has also assisted domestic violence victims with family law and social issues and served as a Volunteer Income Tax Preparer for Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA). In her spare time, Ms. Hayes enjoys college football, stand up paddle boarding, and ballroom dancing.

Areas of Practice:

  • Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights
  • Chapter 11 Reorganization for individuals and businesses
  • Board Certified in Business Bankruptcy Law
  • Reorganization for Family Farmers and Fisherman
  • PACA Litigation
  • Out of Court Workouts
  • Debt Management and other alternatives to bankruptcy
  • Asset Protection


  • Florida, 2009


  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida, 2010
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida, 2011
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida, 2014
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Middle District of Florida, 2010
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Florida, 2011
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Florida, 2014
  • Florida 2009


  • Florida State University College of Law
    Tallahassee, Florida, 2009
    J.D., Juris Doctor, magna cum laude
  • University of Washington
    Seattle, Washington, 2006
    B.A., Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude


  • Leadership Florida
  • The Florida Bar, Business Law Section
  • South Florida Bankruptcy Bar Association
  • Palm Beach County Bar Association, Board of Directors for the North County Section and Board of Directors for the Young Lawyers Section
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