Dakeitha Haynes is an Attorney in the firm’s Fort Lauderdale office, where she assists in handling matters related to Third Party Insurance Defense, General Liability & Coverage, Products Liability, Premises Liability, Construction Disputes, Employer Liability, Negligent Security, Automobile, and Trucking accidents.
Prior to joining the firm, Dakeitha worked as an Assistant Public Defender at the Miami-Dade Public Defender’s Office, where she represented indigent persons from inception to trial and sentencing. Throughout her career as a Public Defender, she handled over 150 misdemeanor and felony cases and litigated several motions and trials to verdict.
Dakeitha earned her Bachelors of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Sam Houston State University and went on to earn her Juris Doctor degree from St. Thomas University School of Law. During law school, Dakeitha was a member of the Moot Court Board, where she was awarded the Best Brief Award for the Spring 2016 competition. She also served as the Articles Editor for the St. Thomas Journal of Complex Litigation. Additionally, Dakeitha received CALI Book Awards in recognition of earning the highest scores in Advance Legal Research and Writing, Trial Advocacy Practice, and Criminal Procedure.
Also while attending law school, Dakeitha served as a Legal Intern at the Southern Poverty Law Center and Florida Justice Institute, where she helped advocate for legislative changes relating to juvenile justice, children’s rights, mass incarceration, and various unconstitutional conditions of confinement. Dakeitha was honored by the Pro Bono Honor Program for her extensive volunteer work and contributions. She also served as a Judicial Intern for the Honorable Michael Robinson of the 17th Judicial Circuit.