Jeff Haynie is originally from Marietta, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta. He earned both his undergraduate degree (international business) and his law degree from the University of Georgia in Athens. Jeff developed an interest in public service during law school, where he worked as an intern in a county attorney’s office and also participated in a clinic that provided free legal services to low-income families. He moved to Jacksonville, Florida, after finishing law school in 2004. He was admitted to practice law in Florida’s state courts in 2004, and he was admitted to the U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida, in 2005.
From 2004 through 2017, Jeff worked as a full-time staff attorney at Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, Inc. (“JALA”), a non-profit law firm in downtown Jacksonville that provides free civil legal services to low-income clients who cannot afford to retain private counsel. While at JALA, Jeff represented many individuals, families, and groups of clients, such as tenant associations. He represented clients in civil litigation in state and federal courts, at trial and appellate levels, and in administrative proceedings. He handled a wide range of cases, including guardianship, landlord/tenant, civil rights, and consumer protection. He successfully litigated against corporations and governmental entities.
While at JALA, Jeff served as one of two co-leaders of a state-wide group of attorneys advocating for low-income tenants in state and federal courts throughout Florida and before the Florida legislature. In that role, he contributed to amicus briefs, drafted legislation and worked with lobbyists to find sponsors and other support for legislation, created educational materials for the public, and trained other attorneys around the state.
Jeff opened his own law office in January 2018 in order to expand his practice, work closer to his home in Atlantic Beach, and become a member of the business community at the Jacksonville beaches. He focuses on serving clients who are not served by big law firms. Sometimes that’s a small business owner who can’t afford a big firm’s fees, and sometimes it’s an individual whose case is “not big enough” for a big firm to handle. Jeff’s approach to practicing law is personal and client-centered. He spends the time necessary to understand his clients and their needs, and he works hard to solve problems and obtain results. Jeff is detail-oriented, and he values quality over quantity.
Jeff volunteered for over 10 years as a "big brother" with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Florida, he serves on the board of directors of BEAM (Beaches Emergency Assistance Ministry, Inc.) and he volunteers in various roles at his church in Atlantic Beach. You do not need to share Jeff's Christian faith in order to work well with him, but he hopes his work is an extension of the loving protection and provision he receives from his heavenly Father. When Jeff is not working, he enjoys surfing and playing tennis in the Florida sunshine, traveling, and spending time with his family and friends.
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