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Sara Elizabeth Hanley

Securities and investment fraud Attorney at Naples, FL

5.0   23 reviews

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About Sara

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Practice areas
  1. Securities and investment fraud
    90%
    Hanley Law Group is a nationally recognized securities and commodities arbitration law firm which represents investors nationwide. At Hanley Law Group we represent investors in claims against their brokers, broker dealers, & investment advisors.

    16 years, 500 cases

  2. Class action
    10%
    Hanley Law Group is a nationally recognized securities and commodities law firm which represents investors nationwide in class actions against the major Wall Street broker dealers.

Sara Hanley focuses her practice on representing investors nationwide who have lost their savings and retirement funds as a result of their brokerage accounts being mishandled. Attorney Hanley is the founder of Hanley Law which focuses exclusively on representing investors in claims against their brokers, broker dealers, investment advisors, financial advisors and insurance companies. Ms. Hanley is experienced in providing representation for investors who have been the victims of financial fraud, negligence and unsuitable investments. Attorney Hanley has experience in prosecuting claims against the major Wall Street brokerage firms.

Ms. Hanley has litigated several national securities related class action lawsuits. Recently, Ms. Hanley represented a group of foreign investors in an action against Raymond James which arose from the mismanagement and transfer of funds and margin loans among accounts resulting in a class action settlement of $150 million dollars. Ms. Hanley represented class members in the United States District Court Southern District of Florida in a class action against Newbridge Securities which resulted in a substantial settlement. Ms. Hanley also represented national class members in securities class action litigation against Raymond James before the United States District Court Southern District of Florida which resulted in a $15 million dollar class action settlement. Ms. Hanley has represented thousands of investors in securities arbitration and litigation. Attorney Hanley is duly licensed to practice law in both Florida and North Carolina and represents clients in FINRA arbitrations nationwide.

Ms. Hanley graduated with honors from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and attended law school at Nova Southeastern University where she received an academic scholarship and graduated Magna Cum Laude. Ms. Hanley is a member of the Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association (“PIABA”) where she serves as the 2020 Editor-in-Chief of the national PIABA Bar Journal. Ms. Hanley also serves as an arbitrator for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”). Ms. Hanley is admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Southern and Middle Districts of Florida and the United States District Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Attorney Hanley has been featured in various publications including Bloomberg Business, Financial and Economic News, Investment News, Lawyers Weekly and various law journals. Throughout her legal career Ms. Hanley has dedicated numerous hours to the community by working on both political campaigns, as well as, providing legal services to non-profit organizations.

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Editor in Chief PIABA Bar Journal Vol. 27, No. 3 2020 and
Author of Women in the Profession- Tell me I Can't
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Licensed for 15 years
State FL
Status Member in Good Standing
Acquired 2013
Updated 11/23/2022
State NC
Status Active
Acquired 2007
Updated 12/27/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Hanley Law
365 Fifth Avenue S.
Suite 202
Naples, FL, 34102

Reviews

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Posted by anonymous | October 18, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
WON MY DIFFICULT CASE!
DO NOT mistake Sara Hanley's mild manner for weakness. A thorough researcher who combs through every document, she is a force to be reckoned with whose tenacity won my case. Other lawyers dismissed my case for being too iffy, but Sara saw promise where others saw too much risk. She is professional, honest, kind and direct. I highly, highly recommend her!
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Posted by anonymous | January 15, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent lawyer
Sara Hanley is a very fine lawyer: she is knowledgeable and diligent, responds promptly to phone and email messages, and cares about her clients. My case had some problems, but Sara obtained a prompt and satisfactory resolution. I highly recommend her.
Posted by Catherine | July 2, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Experienced & Successful
Sara is a very professional, knowledgeable and personable attorney. She thoroughly prepared me for the legal process and was realistic in how to negotiate my case which resulted in a successful outcome on my behalf. I highly recommend Sara to anyone in need of her services.
Posted by Lawrence | May 24, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
100% satisfied
My wife and I regard Ms. Hanley as an ideal lawyer. In all of our dealings with her she has been completely open and patient with us and has always demonstrated that she was intimately familiar with the details of our case, and she proved adept in her grasp of legal details.. We cannot imagine how our case could have been handled better, and we are completely satisfied with its outcome. We unreservedly recommend her very highly.
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Posted by Mitchell | May 17, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Satisfied client
We hired Sara to pursue a group FINRA arbitration against a brokerage firm, after consulting with several other attorneys. In addition to obtaining a satisfactory settlement, she was easy to work with, explained every step along the way, promptly returned phone call, and the matter was resolved in less than the predicted time. I would not hesitate to recommend her.
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Posted by Barbara | May 17, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Not sure what this is asking.
Sara was honest, predicted possible outcome of arbitration, very supportive through out entire process. I felt fortunate to have her on my side.
Posted by Harry | November 18, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Job well done!!
Sara Hanley provided good counsel and excellent communication throughout the FINRA process. While the outcome was not necessarily as desired, she shared professional rationale and advice. I believe she worked very hard trying to find all the supporting facts to strengthen our position. Throughout the process, she kept expectations in check and did so in a very positive manner. Her excellent analysis of the process and personnel involved significantly helped our final decision on how to proceed.
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Posted by Kenneth | November 8, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Caring and professional
I felt very comfortable with Ms. Hanley right from the outset. Our telephone conversations were always very straightforward, and I felt that she provided my wife and I with good sound, understandable advice. We were pleased with the speed that she was able to resolve our case.
Posted by Linny | October 12, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A Caring Professional Advocate
I salute Sara Hanley for her Professional Work as my Legal Representative. Ms. Hanley has the utmost respect for The Law in her efforts of seeking fairness and justice meted for her Representation of her Client. Linny
Posted by Rick | September 30, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Sara Hanley's representation
Sara just completed handling the second of two cases for me dealing with investment fraud. From the very beginning, she was extremely professional, helpful and thorough in handling my cases. I am very pleased with my experience in working with her, and highly recommend her services to anyone considering using her.
Posted by Heather Green | September 9, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Trustworthy attorney!
My experience was great. The attorney I worked with, Sara Hanley, was extremely knowledgeable, proactive, efficient, timely and approachable. Would absolutely recommend Place and Hanley.
Posted by Frankie Leigh | August 27, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great experience
Hanley was extremely informative and thorough. I was very happy with the outcome of my case. I had a wonderful experience working with her. I felt that she was honest and genuine. I highly recommend her!
Posted by Constance | August 27, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The Best
Attorney Hanley was very knowledgable, professional and experienced. Mrs. Hanley was effective in her representation and it was a pleasure to work with her firm.
Posted by Charles | August 9, 2015
Investment Accounts
We would like to take this opportunity to commend Ms. Sara E. Hanley with the law firm of Place and Hanely regarding the way she handled the arbitration case we filed regarding the mishandling of our investment accounts. We have had contact with several different attorneys in the past for various reasons, however we have never had such a positive experience as we had with attorney Sara E Hanley. After our first contact with Ms Hanley regarding our situation we felt she was very much interested in helping us resolve our problem. In our past experience with attorneys we felt it necessary for us to keep calling to get updates, however with Ms Hanley it was her doing the calling with updates and letting us know everything pertaining to our case. Ms Hanley was always very easy to talk with on every occasion and it was always very obvious she knew her business in the mishandling of investment accounts. We would never hesitate to recommend Ms Sara E Hanley based on our positive experience with her. Sincerely submitted, Charles and Mary Macon, GA
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Posted by Charles & Mary | August 5, 2015
Attorney Ms. Saras E. Hanley, ESQ
We would like to take this opportunity to commend Ms. Sara E. Hanley with The Law Firm of Place & Hanley, LLC, 1415 Panther Lane, Naples, FL. 34109 regarding the way she handled The Arbitration Case we filed regarding the mishandling of our Investment Accounts. We have had contact with several different attorneys in the past for various reasons; however we have never had such a positive experience as we had with Attorney Sara E. Hanley, Esq. After our first contact with Ms. Hanley regarding our situation we felt she was very much interested in helping us resolve our problem. In our past experience with attorneys we felt it necessary for us to keep calling them to get updates; however with Ms. Hanley it was her doing the calling giving us updates and letting us know everything pertaining to our case. Ms. Hanley was always vey easy to talk with on every occasion and it was always very obvious she knew her business in the mishandling of Investment Accounts. Ms. Hanley was successful in recovering a large amount of our losses. We would never hesitate to recommend Ms. Sara E. Hanley, Esq. based on our positive experience with her. Sincerely Submitted, Charles & Mary Day 2624 Minuette Ct. Macon, Ga. 31216
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Posted by Robert | November 23, 2014
Very satisfied
Ms. Hanley was of great assistance in helping me settle a claim. She was always available, efficient, knowledgeable and helpful. Her advice and assistance was of great help to me.
Posted by Judy and Jim | November 22, 2014
Great Job
Sara Hanley was professional, knowledgeable and always available to us as we went through a legal issue that lasted several months. We recommend her wholeheartedly.
Posted by William | November 20, 2014
Case against Investors Capital
Mrs. Hanley is very knowledgeable, efficient and friendly to work with. She handled my case very professionally to a successful conclusion in my favor when another attorney would not even consider my case. I would recommend Mrs. Hanley to any client seeking an attorney who will be dedicated to winning their case.
Posted by anonymous | November 16, 2014
great attorney
Sara kept digging and did a fantastic job in my lawsuit against William Gordon and Investors Capital. She and her husband are persistent and get the job done.
Posted by George | November 16, 2014
Investment Loss Claim
She represented us on a contingency basis regarding an investment loss in which we were sold a product that turned out to be a Ponzi Scheme. She was able to recover about 40% of the loss before fees. I think she provided us with good advise. We were well satisfied with her as our attorney.
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Cost

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  • Contingency 25%-40%

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Hanley Law
  • 2017 - Present
  • Of Counsel
  • Woodward, Pires and Lombardo, P.A.
  • 2017 - 2018
  • Partner
  • Law Offices of Place & Hanley, LLC
  • 2007 - 2017
  • Intern
  • Judge Susan Greenhawt
  • 2006 - 2006
  • Law Clerk and Associate Attorney
  • Scott J. Brook, PA
  • 2006 - 2008
  • Law Clerk
  • Law Offices of Lemoine and Riordan
  • 2004 - 2006
  • Assistant Forensic Accountant
  • Blum & Silver, LLP
  • 2003 - 2004
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Education

  • Nova Southeastern University - Shepard Broad Law Center
  • Juris Doctor
  • 2007
  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • 2003

Legal Cases

  • SEC v. Ariel Quiros et. al. 16-cv-21301
  • $8,000,000 settlement
  • Jyll Brink v. Raymond James & Associates, Inc.; Case No.: 15-cv-60334
  • $15,000,000 settlement
  • Attorney Hanley Serves as a FINRA Arbitrator
  • FINRA Award
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Associations

  • Public Investors Advocate Bar Association
  • Diversity Committee Chair
  • 2021 - Present
  • United States Court of Appeals Ninth Circuit
  • Member
  • 2021 - Present
  • University of North Carolina Chapel Hill School of Law Pro Bono Partner
  • Member
  • 2020 - Present
  • PIABA Bar Journal
  • Editorial Board
  • 2018 - Present
  • Collier County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Financial Industry Regulatory Association ("FINRA")
  • Arbitrator
  • 2015 - Present
  • National Futures Association ("NFA")
  • Arbitrator
  • 2015 - Present
  • Collier County Women's Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Florida Association for Women Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Florida Bar
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • North Carolina Bar
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association
  • Editor-in-Chief PIABA Bar Jounral
  • 2020 - 2021
  • Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association Bar Journal
  • Managing Editor
  • 2019 - 2020
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • 2021 Attorney of the Year
  • Top 100 Registry Business Leaders & Professionals
  • 2021
  • Outstanding Service Award
  • Public Investors Advocate Bar Association
  • 2020
  • Clients' Choice Award
  • Avvo
  • 2015

Publications

  • Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association Bar Journal Vol. 26 No. 1 2019
  • Cases & Materials
  • 2019
  • Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association Journal Vol. 25 No. 1 2018
  • Cases & Materials
  • 2018
  • Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association Bar Journal Vol. 25 No. 2 2018
  • Cases & Materials
  • 2018
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Speaking Engagements

  • Investor Rights Clinic
  • Securities Arbitration Practitioners Guest Speaker
  • 2022
  • Public Investors Advocate Bar Association Annual Meeting
  • Women in the Law
  • 2020
  • Women and Divorce Seminar
  • Women and Divorce
  • 2008

Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (5)
Endorse Sara
Arbitration Attorney | May 24
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked on several matters with Sara. She is an exceptional attorney. She works tirelessly and achieves great results for her clients."
Securities and investment fraud Attorney | Jan 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Sara for several years. She is very knowledgeable about securities and investment fraud matters. Sara is a zealous proponent for her clients and considered by many defense lawyers as an aggressive advocate fighting for her clients."
Family Attorney | Aug 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer as she is very knowledgeable in Family law, securities and civil litigation."
Securities and investment fraud Attorney | Jul 29
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Sara is an experienced and knowledgeable attorney and a great advocate for investor rights."
Securities and investment fraud Attorney | Jul 29
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Sara has an outstanding reputation as a securities attorney who vigilantly represents the rights of investors. Sara has a long track record of delivering amazing results on even the most difficult of cases. I endorse this lawyer."
Securities and investment fraud Attorney | Jan 07
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Can't go wrong with Sara."
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Securities and investment fraud
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