Helaina Bardunias



Company NameHackleman, Olive & Judd, P.A.
Dates Employed: Apr 2013 – Present
Employment Duration: 7 yrs 5 mos
LocationMiami/Fort Lauderdale Area

Shareholder, Business Litigation
Gunster Yoakley & Stewart
Dates Employed: Oct 2001 – Apr 2013
Employment Duration: 11 yrs 7 mos

Stinson Mag & Fizzell
Dates Employed: Sep 1998 – Sep 2001
Employment Duration: 3 yrs 1 mo
LocationKansas City, Missouri

Judicial Law Clerk
Honorable Howard Sachs, United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri
Dates Employed: Aug 1996 – Aug 1998
Employment Duration: 2 yrs 1 mo
LocationKansas City, Missouri

Of Counsel

Ms. Bardunias represents national and local clients in complex business litigation in Florida's federal and state courts, as well as in arbitration. Representative matters include the successful defense of a Big Four accounting firm in a $500 million auditing malpractice arbitration; the successful prosecution of a national construction and engineering firm's multiple-contract dispute with the Seminole Tribe of Florida, including raising and prevailing on issues of first impression to overcome the Tribe's sovereign immunity defense; obtaining the dismissal with prejudice of a federal shareholder and ERISA class action against U.S. Sugar Corp. regarding a $1.7 billion sale of assets to the State of Florida; and the successful defense of a national real estate developer in a comprehensive plan consistency challenge in the trial and appellate courts.

Helaina concentrates her practice on complex and general commercial litigation, including breach of contract and partner and shareholder disputes.  Her experience also includes accounting and legal malpractice, as well as employment litigation.  Helaina represents local and national clients in Florida’s federal, state, and appellate courts, as well as arbitration.  Notable examples include successfully defending a big-four accounting firm in a $500 million malpractice case, defeating the Seminole Tribe of Florida’s sovereign immunity defense to breaches of multiple construction contracts, and obtaining a dismissal of a $1.7 billion shareholder and ERISA class action.

Prior to joining Kasserman, Wasserman, Bennardini & Rubinstein, PA, Helaina was a shareholder at Hackleman, Olive & Judd, and, prior to that, at the Gunster Firm.

Helaina received her B.S. (magna cum laude) from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and her Juris Doctor (with honors) from the University of Chicago School. After law school, Helaina served as a law clerk to the Honorable Howard Sachs in the Western District of Missouri.

University University of Pennsylvania -- The Wharton School
Degree NameBS, BAField Of StudyEconomics, Psychology
Dates attended or expected graduation1988 – 1992
Law School University of Chicago Law School
Degree NameJD, with honors
Dates attended or expected graduation1993 – 1996
Admitted Florida, Missouri
Wharton School of Business Helaina received her B.S. (magna cum laude)
University of Chicago School Juris Doctor (with honors)

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