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Heather M. Jonczak

Heather M. Jonczak

Associate

Overview

Heather Jonczak is a commercial litigator with particular experience in the areas of construction, surety, fidelity, and other complex commercial disputes in state and federal courts.

She has experience handling complex construction disputes involving construction defects, contract disputes, project delay claims, payment and performance bond claims, construction lien law matters and regulatory investigation. She regularly represents sureties, private and public owners, contractors, developers, homebuilders, homeowners, suppliers and design professionals on all types of construction matters.

Heather also has experience with insurance claim investigation and fidelity coverage analysis. In addition, her experience includes representing fiduciaries, beneficiaries, creditors and other interested parties in probate, trust, and guardianship litigation and administration.

Experience

  • Defended construction company in complex pollution case involving leak of hazardous materials.
  • Prosecuted owner’s claim for defective work against general contractor.
  • Prosecuted nonpayment claims by design professionals, material suppliers, and subcontractors.
  • Prosecuted indemnity claims and claims for reimbursement on behalf of sureties.
  • Defended contractors and subcontractors on claims of nonpayment.
  • Defended sureties on performance and payment bond claims.
  • Defended design professionals on claims of professional negligence.
  • Defended owners on claims of lien.
  • Coverage analysis and defended fidelity and other claims under bonds and crime policies.

Professional & Community Involvement

  • American Bar Association
    • Forum on the Construction Industry
    • Trial and Insurance Practice Section
      • Fidelity and Surety Law Committee
      • Young Professional Subcommittee Co-Chair
  • The Florida Bar
    • Real Property, Probate, & Trust Law Section
    • Trial Lawyers Section
    • Younger Lawyers Division
  • Florida Association of Woman Lawyers (FAWL)
  • Dade County Bar Association
  • Trustee Member of Women’s Chamber of Commerce of Miami-Dade County
  • The Commonwealth Institute
    • Participant, Strategies for Success Program (2016)

Credentials

Education
  • Florida State University College of Law (J.D., cum laude, 2011)
  • University of Florida (B.S., summa cum laude, 2008)
Bar Admissions
  • Florida
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • Florida State Courts

Background

  • Associate, Welbaum Guernsey, LLP, Coral Gables, FL (2011 - 2013)
  • Contract Attorney, Brown Sims, PC, Miami (2011)

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