Helaina Bardunias joined Hackleman, Olive & Judd in 2013. Helaina concentrates her practice on complex and general commercial litigation. She also practices in the areas of accounting malpractice and employment litigation. Helaina represents local and national clients in Florida’s federal and state courts, as well as in arbitration.

Prior to joining the firm, Helaina was a shareholder in the business litigation group of Gunster, Yoakley & Stewart in Fort Lauderdale.

Helaina received her Bachelor of Science degree from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and her Juris Doctor from the University of Chicago Law School. Following law school, Helaina served as a law clerk to the Honorable Howard Sachs in the Western District of Missouri.

Representative Experience

  • Successfully defended a Big Four accounting firm in a $500 million auditing malpractice arbitration.
  • Defeated the Seminole Tribe of Florida’s sovereign immunity defense in a national construction and engineering firm’s multiple-contract dispute with the Tribe.
  • Obtained dismissal with prejudice of a federal shareholder and ERISA class action against U.S. Sugar Corporation in connection with a $1.7 billion sale of assets to the State of Florida.
  • Successfully defended a national real estate developer in a comprehensive plan consistency challenge in the trial and appellate courts.