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Timothy Maze Hartley

Commercial real estate Attorney at Fort Lauderdale, FL

4.8   16 reviews
  • Licensed for 30 years
    State FL
    Acquired 1993
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

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About Timothy

Learn Timothy’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Commercial real estate
    more than 30 year of experience in all aspects of commercial transactions and litigation, including breach of contract, trade secret, noncompetition, commercial debt collection and commercial tort litigation as well as legal counseling for businesses

    37 years

  2. Litigation
    Commercial and real estate litigation in all state and federal courts

  3. Contracts and agreements
    more than 30 years of experience in negotiating, drafting and interpreting various types of commercial contracts, including real estate purchase agreements and leases, financing agreements, employment and consulting agreements

    37 years

  4. International law
    experienced in foreign commercial transactions and litigation with non-US entities

    30 years


Hartley Law Offices, PLC
12 Southeast Seventh Street
Suite 610
Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33301

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4.8 / 5.0
  16 customer reviews
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Posted by Marcela Ortiz | March 15, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Lawyer!!! Excellent Person!!! Super professional!!! Always got a good result.
Posted by Albert | February 14, 2023
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
The consummate professional and a man of integrity
I first met Tim almost two (2) decades ago as adversaries on a case, in which he did an excelelnt job for his client while being a consummate professional and a gentleman. While things, at times, got heated and contentious, Tim never resorted to any questionable conduct and a mutual respect developed into a friendship. I am proud to call Tim a friend today, and have had the pleasure and honor of working several cases and matters with him throughout the years where his compassion and commitment to his clients has remained second to none. Tim is an outstnding lawyer, but he is also an even better person. The Bar and the profession could use more lawyers like Tim.
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Posted by Kathy | February 10, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Dependable and Knowledgeable
My husband and I have worked with for Tim many years, involving several different business dealings. He is always available, and responds to any questions in a timely manner. More importantly, he is genuinely a nice person, and we always feel confident in his handling of our legal issues. He gets the job done.
Posted by Joe | February 8, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I have been working with Tim for nearly 10 years - first on a local development in Fort L but he now advises on nearly all facets of our business in and out of Florida. Exceptional ability to listen and synthesize any industry or matter in a proficient (and often humorous) manner.
Posted by JH | February 8, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Experienced problem solver.
Hartley Law Offices handled multiple issues for our property management business. Mr.Hartley assisted in preventing the loss a multiunit condominium building for an international investor worth millions. He quickly and creatively solved the crisis which ultimately ended in success for the owners. We highly recommend his legal counsel.
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Posted by mark | February 8, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Energized and experienced counsel
Tim is an extremely competent and seasoned litigator. He has been adverse and aligned in a number of large commercial disputes that we have litigated and he brings his years of experience to every facet of the matter. Tim is the litigator you want heading up your team.
Posted by John | February 7, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Tim is who you want
I have had the pleasure and benefit of working with Tim on a variety of cases over the last 10 years. Besides being a good guy, he is a gifted lawyer of extraordinary proficiency. Tim is smart. He is accomplished in a wide range of litigation and transaction matters. He is attentive and resourceful with a confident and convincing manner. If you need an attorney, Tim is who you want.
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Posted by Joe | February 7, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Extremely knowledgeable
Tim has helped me in the past with contracts and now helping me with a very complicated legal matter by displaying his exceptional understanding.
Posted by Joan | February 7, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Property Manager
Hartley Law Offices saved us on many occasions regarding our rental properties. Despite the fact that our issues were mostly simple transactions for him, he was extremely diligent and articulate in dealing with all the matters that came up. In our opinion we would highly recommend his office for any real estate matters and complex transactional issues. We highly recommend him!
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Posted by WBW | February 7, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Knowledgeable, experienced and great to work with....
Tim is a very knowledgeable, experienced and thorough attorney who anticipates problems and keeps everyone organized and on track in order to get to the finish line. We had a difficult golf course closing involving several lenders. Tim kept all of the balls in the air and worked well with all the parties taking a lead to make it happen. Tim is a sincere, thoughtful attorney who can be trusted to handle your business affairs and do a great job.
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Posted by Wendy | February 7, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing Attorney
Timothy ( Tim ) is defenitly someone I would recommend. He is extremely professional, listens to his customer and is well rounded in what he can handle for you as an attorney. He responds in a timely manner which is rare these days. Keeps you updated and communicates beyond my expectations. It has been a pleasure working with him. 5 stars are not enough.
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Posted by Glenn | March 1, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great attorney
Tim handled a difficult case for me involving a hidden defect in my house. He did a nice job on the case and I recommend him to anyone needing a smart business lawyer
Posted by P.W. | August 12, 2013
Awesome Attorney and great person. What else is there to look for?
Timothy Hartley is an attorney you can actually TRUST. Yes, I know it's hard to believe that there are actually lawyers out there who are not "Liar Liars". lol He's on point, professional, courteous and patient. He makes his clients feel welcome and gives them reassurance. Some lawyers will tell you anything to make you feel like you have a case, just so that it drags on and on and on and the attorney's fees pile up. But Tim will look out for your best interest, even the financial part. Plus he's a looker (not your average overweight, balding attorney) but unfortunately for all the single ladies out there, he is taken! lol ;)
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Posted by Marc | June 6, 2010
Outstanding results & dedication.
Over a decade, Mr. Hartley has been our legal counsel on general business matters & also cases involving International Health Insurance companies. He is one of very few attorneys in the USA specializing in International Travel Health Insurance cases. This country has billions of dollars of travel health related cases that affect several thousand health providers (Hospitals, physicians & etc) every year. These claims are incurred by international patients visiting to the USA. Mr. Hartley expertize in this field has benefited our company tremendously overs the years by increasing our overall reimbursement rate on such claims.. I strongly recommend Mr. Hartley.
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Posted by marie | January 7, 2010
Timothy Hartley
Professional, curteous and genuine. A pleasure to have as our attorney
Posted by anonymous | December 11, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Don't get what you paid for
Solo practitioner who takes on more than he can handle. Result is less than satisfactory communication and not the work you hoped for. Also hourly billing at full attorney fees. Many other firms would have paralegals and associates doing the work at lower rates. Bottom line mediocre work for exorbitant costs.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 450-550 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.5 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Hartley Law Offices, PLC
  • 2004 - Present
  • Partner
  • Harbsmeier, DeZayas and Appel
  • 2002 - 2004
  • Partner
  • Valle & Craig, PA
  • 1995 - 2002
  • Associate
  • Nicklaus, Valle, Craig & Wicks
  • 1992 - 1995
  • Associate
  • Brown, Todd & Heyburn
  • 1987 - 1992
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  • Washington and Lee University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1987
  • Washington and Lee University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts (Cum laude)
  • 1984

Sample of Legal Cases

  • GAINSCO v. ECS/CHOICEPOINT SERVICES, 853 So. 2d 491 (Fla. App. 1st DCA 2006)
  • reversed summary judgment entered in favor of Defendant
  • TRAVEL INS. FACILITIES, PLC v. NAPLES CMTY. HOSP. 330 So. 3d 108 (Fla. 2d DCA, 2021), Opinion Filed.
  • order denying motion to dismiss for lack of jurisdiction upheld on appeal


  • Union International des Avocats
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Broward County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • The Florida Bar
  • 1993 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2000


  • Louisville CCIM Newsletter
  • "Closing the Loan"
  • 1992

Speaking Engagements

  • Optimum Seminar on Travel Insurance
  • Collection Activities by US Medical Providers
  • 2012
  • Guest Lecturer, THIA Conference
  • Travel Health Insurance
  • 2009
  • National Business Institute
  • Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Law
  • 2004
  • Federal Civil Practice: A Guide for Florida Attorneys
  • Federal Civil Practice
  • 2004
  • Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Law
  • insurance
  • 2002
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Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (2)
Endorse Timothy
Litigation Attorney | Feb 24
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Our firm worked closely with Tim as our local counsel in Florida in a challenging litigation matter. Tim and his entire team were responsive and helpful at every step of the way. Tim is extremely well versed in contractual and litigation matters, and is obviously dedicated to his craft. Our firm would not hesitate to use Tim's firm again in any Florida matter where we need local counsel. I would give this attorney the highest possible rating for skills, experience and ethics."
Commercial real estate Attorney | Feb 27
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I had a case against Mr. Hartley that lasted several years. I gained great respect for him for his handling of the case. He is very intelligent and I was very impressed with his litigation skills. While we were opposing counsel, he was professional, honest and I would highly recommend him to anyone."
Litigation Attorney | May 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Tim is a sharp and aggressive litigator whose care for his clients is demonstrated through diligence and a strong work ethic. He is also a good guy, accessible and easy to worth with. Tim's client are in good hands."

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Fort Lauderdale Commercial real estate Lawyer Timothy Maze Hartley
Timothy Maze Hartley
Commercial real estate Attorney
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Licensed for 30 years