Ms. Hayes is board certified in business bankruptcy, with a practice focused primarily on guiding individual and business debtors through the bankruptcy process, and in assisting creditors in the collection of debts. She recently started her own solo practice after working for several years as a partner in a medium sized law firm.
Ms. Hayes is a graduate of Florida State University College of Law, graduating in the top 5% of her class. She was highly involved in the Florida State University Law Review, serving as Associate Articles Editor and Social Chair. Ms. Hayes studied International Law at Oxford University in England. Before attending law school, Ms. Hayes graduated with a B.A. from the University of Washington. Raised in the Pacific Northwest, Ms. Hayes comes from a background closely tied to agriculture and farming, which gives her a unique perspective and qualification to handle financial distress matters specific to family farmers and fisherman, including chapter 12 bankruptcy, and bankruptcy alternatives for family farmers. While in law school, Ms. Hayes was inducted into the Order of the Coif, an honorary scholastic society that recognizes excellence in legal education.
Prior to commencing her practice, Ms. Hayes served as a Term Law Clerk to the Honorable J. Rich Leonard for the United States Bankruptcy Courts, Eastern District of North Carolina. In this role, she logged countless hours in the courtroom, observed motions practice, honed her legal research and writing skills, and gained a unique perspective on the interworkings of bankruptcy court.
Since her clerkship, Ms. Hayes has focused her practice on the areas of bankruptcy and creditor’s rights, and particularly on reorganization of businesses, individuals, and family farms under chapter 11 and 12 of the Bankruptcy Code. In addition to her representation of debtors and creditors in bankruptcy court, Ms. Hayes also assists clients with other matters related to financial distress, such as debt management, credit repair, defense of collection actions, collection actions and out of court workouts, as well as general business litigation and probate representation.
Ms. Hayes is active in various professional and community organizations, including active membership in Leadership Florida, which has led to mentoring youths aging out of the foster care system. She has also assisted domestic violence victims with family law and social issues and served as a Volunteer Income Tax Preparer for Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA). In her spare time, Ms. Hayes enjoys college football, stand up paddle boarding, and ballroom dancing.
|FL||Member in Good Standing||2009||04/04/2021|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Rising Star||Super Lawyers||2020|
|Rising Star||Super Lawyers||2018|
|Rising Star||Super Lawyers||2017|
|Mary Moers Weinig Writing Competition||National Counsel for Trust and Estates||2009|
|Owner||Law offices of Malinda L. Hayes||2020 - Present|
|Partner||Markarian & Hayes||2015 - 2020|
|Partner||Frank, White-Boyd & Hayes P.A.||2014 - 2015|
|Associate||Frank, White-Boyd P.A.||2011 - 2014|
|Associate Attorney||Broad & Cassel||2010 - 2011|
|Law Clerk||US Bankruptcy Court Eastern District of North Carolina||2009 - 2010|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Leadership Florida||Member||2013 - Present|
|Bankruptcy Bar Association||Member||2010 - Present|
|Palm Beach County Bar Association, North County Section||Board of Directors||2014 - 2018|
|Palm Beach County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section||Board Member||2012 - 2017|
|Friendly Passages||Can Bankrutpcy Save Your Client's Income Producing Residence?||2017|
|Friendly Passages, A Publication of the Friends of Rupert J. Smith Law Library of St. Lucie County Florida||Proceed with Caution: the pitfalls of defending a foreclosure after bankruptcy||2016|
|The Florida State University College of Law||Doctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor||2009|
|University of Washington||BA - Bachelor of Arts||2006|
|Condominium and Association Law CLE||Serial Filers and How to Stop Them||2017|
|Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 Line by Line Workshot||Consumer Bankruptcy Fundamentals & What a Trustee is looking for in your bankruptcy filing||2017|
|Board Certification Panel CLE||Board Certification||2017|
|Bankruptcy for the Non-Practitioner||Intersection of Bankrutpcy and Family Law||2016|
|What every non-bankruptcy lawyer should know about bankruptcy law||Intersection of bankruptcy and other practice areas||2015|
|Bankruptcy Litigation 101||Bankruptcy Litigation||2015|
|Annual Condo Law CLE||Bankruptcy and intersection of condominium law||2015|
|PBCBA Community Association Law Seminar||Community Association Law||2013|
|Contested Confirmation for Chiropractic Firm||Confirmation achieved|
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