Attorney Hanley has focused 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 represents investors in claims against their brokers, broker dealers, investment advisors, financial advisors, and insurance companies.  Attorney 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.

Attorney Hanley has extensive experience in the areas of securities litigation and arbitration, including securities class actions, numerous arbitrations and trials, mediations, and settlements of claims on behalf of investors.  Attorney Hanley also serves as an arbitrator for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) and the National Futures Association (“NFA”).  Attorney Hanley is admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida and the United States District Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Attorney Hanley is duly licensed to practice law in both Florida and North Carolina and represents clients in FINRA arbitration nationwide.  Attorney Hanley graduated with honors from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and attended law school at Nova Southeastern University, Shephard Broad School of Law where she graduated Magna Cum Laude.

Throughout her legal career Attorney Hanley has dedicated numerous hours to the community by working on both political campaigns as well as providing legal services to non-profit organizations. Attorney Hanley has been featured in various publications including Bloomberg Business, Financial and Economic News, Investment News, Lawyers Weekly, and the Law Journal.  Attorney Hanley is a member of the Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association, Collier County Bar Association, Collier County Women’s Bar Association and Florida Association of Women Lawyers.

Practice Focus

  • Securities Arbitrations before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”)
  • Securities Class Actions
  • Commodities Arbitrations before the National Futures Association (“NFA”)

Practice Areas

  • Securities Arbitration and Litigation
  • Securities Class Actions
  • Commodities Arbitration and Litigation

Publications & Speaking Engagements

  • Bloomberg- Business, Financial and Economic News: John Thomas Draws Scrutiny
  • Investment News: VA Surrenders Jump After Hartford Bowed Out
  • North Carolina Lawyers Weekly: Due Diligence Paves the Way for Trust with Cloud Computing
  • North Carolina Lawyers Weekly: Special Focus- Management & Technology
  • Law Journal Newsletter: The Place to Network
  • AVVO Client Choice for Investment Fraud Attorney


  • Nova Southeastern University, Shephard Broad College of Law, Juris Doctorate, Magna Cum Laude, 2007
  • University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, Bachelor of Science, Dean’s List, 2004

Bar Admissions:

  • Florida, 2013
  • North Carolina, 2007
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, 2016
  • U.S. District Court of Appeals, Middle District of Florida, 2015
  • U.S. District Court of Appeals, Southern District of Florida, 2013

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association
  • Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Arbitrator
  • National Futures Association Arbitrator
  • Collier County Bar Association
  • Collier County Women’s Bar Association
  • Florida Association of Women Lawyers
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