Jeannie A. Hanrahan

Shareholder

Jeannie is a member of the Professional Liability Department, where the focus of her practice is on condominium and homeowner association disputes, Florida and Federal Fair Housing Act, §1983 Civil Rights claims and claims brought under Florida statute §768.28. She also represents clients in breach of fiduciary actions, civil  theft, professional (non-medical) negligence claims, privacy and data security and complex business litigation cases.

Much of Jeannie's representation and defense of her clients is based on soundings and legal theories based on breach of fiduciary, violations of Florida Statutes, Ch. 718 and 720, negligence, Florida/Federal Fair Housing violations, tortious interference, as well as employment actions based on pregnancy discrimination, race, age and gender discrimination, sexual orientation discrimination (Miami-Dade), retaliatory employment termination, Florida Unfair Trade Practices Act and breach of contract.

Jeannie represents a wide variety of clients such as condominium and homeowner associations, corporate directors and officers, management organizations (not-for-profit)  and houses of worship. She also defends non-medical professionals such as lawyers, architects, engineers, contractors, subcontractors, debt collectors, insurance brokers/agents and title agents. Jeannie also works with other attorneys and clients in privacy and data breach matters. Here, she works with clients helping them to reduce cyber risk exposures, as well as guiding them through incident response, containment, and compliance measures after a data breach occurs.

In 2001, Jeannie graduated from Florida State University obtaining her B.S. degree and majoring in political science. She then went on to earn her juris doctor from the St. Thomas University School of Law in 2004, graduating with honors. After joining Marshall Dennehey, Jeannie was a participant in the firm’s Advanced Trial Advocacy Mock Trial Program.

After graduating law school in 2004, Jeannie joined a south Florida law firm primarily handling matters involving commercial real estate development, land use and zoning. Jeannie continued to handle a variety of real estate transactional matters in Miami, Fort Myers and Orlando, Florida, including the issuance of title insurance on various commercial and residential real estate and financial transactions, lender representation, condominium law and real estate litigation.

Jeannie is admitted to practice law in the state of Florida and United States District Court Southern District of Florida.

Significant Representative Matters

Victory obtained at the trial court on a property owners association’s Motion for Summary Judgment by successfully arguing an appeal wherein three condominiums sought to invalidate Articles of Incorporation for a homeowners association in Lee County, Florida, dating back to 1988.  The Second District Court of Appeals affirmed the lower court’s ruling on the POA’s Motion for Summary Judgment confirming that the 5 Year Statute of Limitations acts as a bar to any challenge by unit owners to a homeowners associations articles of incorporation 5 years from its effective date (i.e. filing with the Secretary of State). In this case, the challenge was as to the ability of the POA to assess its membership for over 28 years. The Second DCA confirmed that the condominiums could not invalidate the amendment to the Articles of Incorporation for the POA and therefore, the POA was not obligated to return 28 years of assessments.

Publications

"Five Common Hiring Errors Every Employer Should Know", Tampa Bay Business Journal, January, 2021

"Good News for HOAs: Courts Clarify Deadline for Governing Document Lawsuits," Daily Business Review, January 13, 2017

"Associations Rejoice: Florida Appellate Courts Breathe New Life into Controlling Documents for Community Associations," Defense Digest, Vol. 22, No. 4, December 2016

"Florida Supreme Court to Rule on Pregnant Employees," Daily Business Review, March 19, 2014

“Patiently Waiting for the Florida Supreme Court to Decide Whether Pregnant Women Are Protected Under the Florida Civil Rights Act,” Defense Digest, Vol. 20, No. 1, March 2014

Case Law Alerts, contributor, 2014-present

"At-Will Employees--How Can the Florida Employer Protect Itself From the Time and Expense of Unwarranted Litigation?" Defense Digest, September 2011

Media Commentary

"19 Hiring Traps to Avoid", SHRM, October 23, 2020

Admissions
Florida
2004
U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida
2010
Education
St. Thomas University School of Law (J.D., 2004)
Florida State University (B.S.,2001)
Honors & awards
South Florida Legal Guide, Top Lawyer, Condo & Planned Development Law, 2021
South Florida Legal Guide, Up & Comer, Condominium Law, 2019
Associations & memberships
Broward County Bar Association
Florida Bar Association, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section
Year joined
2009