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Monique D. Hayes
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“It is easy to find brilliant lawyers, the challenge is to find business partners by whom you are supported and with whom you work to achieve good success for clients and the community. I have found both at DGIM.”

Monique is a renowned business attorney with the rare benefit of experience in both private and public practice. This provides her with a broad understanding of the business and economic landscapes, handling the most complex matters. Monique centers her practice of wealth preservation and protection-including corporate restructuring, business succession and estate planning. Her extensive experience in bankruptcy includes claim prosecution, asset sales and acquisitions, financial transactions, fraud litigation, restructuring, due diligence, transactional matters, and more.

A balanced approach and innovative mindset greatly support Monique’s practice. She regularly provides results-driven counsel to principals, fiduciaries, and both for-profit and non-profit corporations involved in commercial transactions, litigation, and succession planning.

As a leading attorney, board certified in Business Bankruptcy Law, ranked by Florida SuperLawyers and Florida Trend as a “Legal Elite,” Monique’s impressive professional recognitions are a result of her passion for the law and commitment to excellence. She is a member American Bar Association’s Business Law Section Council. Monique is also a best-selling author and is frequently called upon to provide insight on developments in the law via publications and speaking engagements. She also serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Miami School of Law.

Monique’s deep-rooted passion for philanthropy and supporting women and underrepresented groups in the business community, both as a volunteer and leader, is evident in all her commitments. She is a former chair of the International Womens Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC), Florida Network and past president of the Wilkie D. Ferguson, Jr. Bar Association (a National Bar Association affiliate). She is the Founding Director and Board Chair of aire Ventures, Inc., a social impact venture studio focused on scaling technology and innovation solutions to systemic gaps in access, opportunity, and racial equity.

Monique is a Past Chair of the University of South Florida (USF) Alumni Association Board of Directors (2021-2022). She regularly contributes her time and talents to other local and national organizations, a rewarding endeavor for which she remains steadfast—as service is part of her DNA.

Early in her career, Monique realized that as a bankruptcy attorney, she would be able to meet her highest objective, “to do well and to do good.” Prior to entering private practice, Monique served as law clerk to Hon. Laurel M. Isicoff, Chief Judge of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida.

 


Practice Areas

  • Bankruptcy and Restructuring
  • Creditors Rights
  • Business & Corporate Transactions
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Estate and Succession Planning

 

Notable Matters + History

  • Successfully represented Debtor in defending a 523 (non-dischargeability) action and associated issues related to ownership of Florida corporation. In re Daly, 655 B.R. 255 (Bankr. S.D. Fla. 2023)
  • American Board of Certification: Business Bankruptcy
  • Law Clerk to U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Laurel Myerson Isicoff
  • Alumni of Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc.
  • Represented Subchapter 5 Debtor in successful restructuring and confirmation of plan providing for 100% distribution to creditors and multi-million real estate sale transaction.
  • Represented Trustee and Receiver in multi-million dollar litigation related to healthcare management and insurance company liquidations.
  • Represented international distributor in compliance matters, business merger, and related transactions.
  • Represented bankruptcy trustee in suit against former officers and directors leading to the recovery of more than $70 million for the benefit of creditors.
  • Represented bankruptcy trustee in recovery of more than $36 million funds divested in Ponzi‐
  • Represented commercial tenants in asserting claims prosecuting against large commercial landlord debtor in bankruptcy.

 

Education

  • University of Miami School of Law, Coral Gables, FL
  • University of South Florida, Tampa, FL

 

Admissions

  • Florida Bar
  • S. Supreme Court
  • S. District Court Southern District of Florida
  • S. District Court Middle District of Florida
  • S. District Court Western District of Wisconsin
  • S. District Court N.D. Illinois

 

Associations

  • American Bankruptcy Institute, Inaugural class 40 Under 40 Award Recipient
  • International Womens Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation, Past Network Chair and Inaugural Rising Star Award Recipient
  • Wilkie D. Ferguson, Jr. Bar Association, Past President and Rising Star Award Recipient
  • Miami- Dade County by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 40 under 40 Outstanding Lawyers
  • American Bar Association, Kathryn R. Heidt Memorial Award Recipient
  • Miami-Dade Business & Professional Women’s Alliance, Sojourner Truth Award Recipient
  • University of South Florida, Outstanding Young Alumnus Award Recipient
  • University of Miami School of Law, Adjunct professor
  • Miami Foundation, Fellow Class 7
  • aire Ventures, Inc, Founding Member of the Board of Directors
  • BAC Funding, Inc, Member Board of Directors
  • Miami MOCAAD, Inc., Member Board of Directors
  • ABA Business Bankruptcy Committee, Co-Chair Chapter 11 Subcommittee
  • Dade County Bar Association, Member
  • Southern District of Florida Bankruptcy Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member Business Law Section Council
  • Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Member

Monique is a renowned business attorney with the rare benefit of experience in both private and public practice. This provides her with a broad understanding of the business and economic landscapes, handling the most complex matters. Monique centers her practice of wealth preservation and protection-including corporate restructuring, business succession and estate planning. Her extensive experience in bankruptcy includes claim prosecution, asset sales and acquisitions, financial transactions, fraud litigation, restructuring, due diligence, transactional matters, and more.

A balanced approach and innovative mindset greatly support Monique’s practice. She regularly provides results-driven counsel to principals, fiduciaries, and both for-profit and non-profit corporations involved in commercial transactions, litigation, and succession planning.

As a leading attorney, board certified in Business Bankruptcy Law, ranked by Florida SuperLawyers and Florida Trend as a “Legal Elite,” Monique’s impressive professional recognitions are a result of her passion for the law and commitment to excellence. She is a member American Bar Association’s Business Law Section Council. Monique is also a best-selling author and is frequently called upon to provide insight on developments in the law via publications and speaking engagements. She also serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Miami School of Law.

Monique’s deep-rooted passion for philanthropy and supporting women and underrepresented groups in the business community, both as a volunteer and leader, is evident in all her commitments. She is a former chair of the International Womens Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC), Florida Network and past president of the Wilkie D. Ferguson, Jr. Bar Association (a National Bar Association affiliate). She is the Founding Director and Board Chair of aire Ventures, Inc., a social impact venture studio focused on scaling technology and innovation solutions to systemic gaps in access, opportunity, and racial equity.

Monique is a Past Chair of the University of South Florida (USF) Alumni Association Board of Directors (2021-2022). She regularly contributes her time and talents to other local and national organizations, a rewarding endeavor for which she remains steadfast—as service is part of her DNA.

Early in her career, Monique realized that as a bankruptcy attorney, she would be able to meet her highest objective, “to do well and to do good.” Prior to entering private practice, Monique served as law clerk to Hon. Laurel M. Isicoff, Chief Judge of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida.

 


Practice Areas

  • Bankruptcy and Restructuring
  • Creditors Rights
  • Business & Corporate Transactions
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Estate and Succession Planning

 

Notable Matters + History

  • Successfully represented Debtor in defending a 523 (non-dischargeability) action and associated issues related to ownership of Florida corporation. In re Daly, 655 B.R. 255 (Bankr. S.D. Fla. 2023)
  • American Board of Certification: Business Bankruptcy
  • Law Clerk to U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Laurel Myerson Isicoff
  • Alumni of Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc.
  • Represented Subchapter 5 Debtor in successful restructuring and confirmation of plan providing for 100% distribution to creditors and multi-million real estate sale transaction.
  • Represented Trustee and Receiver in multi-million dollar litigation related to healthcare management and insurance company liquidations.
  • Represented international distributor in compliance matters, business merger, and related transactions.
  • Represented bankruptcy trustee in suit against former officers and directors leading to the recovery of more than $70 million for the benefit of creditors.
  • Represented bankruptcy trustee in recovery of more than $36 million funds divested in Ponzi‐
  • Represented commercial tenants in asserting claims prosecuting against large commercial landlord debtor in bankruptcy.

 

Education

  • University of Miami School of Law, Coral Gables, FL
  • University of South Florida, Tampa, FL

 

Admissions

  • Florida Bar
  • S. Supreme Court
  • S. District Court Southern District of Florida
  • S. District Court Middle District of Florida
  • S. District Court Western District of Wisconsin
  • S. District Court N.D. Illinois

 

Associations

  • American Bankruptcy Institute, Inaugural class 40 Under 40 Award Recipient
  • International Womens Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation, Past Network Chair and Inaugural Rising Star Award Recipient
  • Wilkie D. Ferguson, Jr. Bar Association, Past President and Rising Star Award Recipient
  • Miami- Dade County by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 40 under 40 Outstanding Lawyers
  • American Bar Association, Kathryn R. Heidt Memorial Award Recipient
  • Miami-Dade Business & Professional Women’s Alliance, Sojourner Truth Award Recipient
  • University of South Florida, Outstanding Young Alumnus Award Recipient
  • University of Miami School of Law, Adjunct professor
  • Miami Foundation, Fellow Class 7
  • aire Ventures, Inc, Founding Member of the Board of Directors
  • BAC Funding, Inc, Member Board of Directors
  • Miami MOCAAD, Inc., Member Board of Directors
  • ABA Business Bankruptcy Committee, Co-Chair Chapter 11 Subcommittee
  • Dade County Bar Association, Member
  • Southern District of Florida Bankruptcy Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member Business Law Section Council
  • Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Member

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