Helaina Bardunias joined Hackleman, Olive & Judd in 2013. Helaina concentrates her practice on complex and general commercial litigation, including breach of contract, partner and shareholder disputes, and misrepresentation. Her experiences also include accounting, legal and malpractice, and employment litigation. Helaina represents local and national clients in Florida’s federal and state trial and appellate courts, as well as in arbitration. Notable examples include successfully defending a Big Four accounting firm in a $500 million malpractice arbitration, defending The Seminole Tribe of Florida’s sovereign immunity defense to breaches of multiple construction contracts and obtaining dismissal of a $1.7 billion shareholder and ERISA class action.
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.
- Defeated the Seminole Tribe of Florida’s sovereign immunity defense in a national construction and engineering firm’s multiple-contract dispute with the Tribe.