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  • Writer's pictureJoshua Duvall

Maynard Expands Florida Footprint

Last week, nationally recognized law firm Maynard Cooper & Gale (Maynard) announced a series of moves to expand the Firm’s Florida footprint.

Swann Hadley Stump Dietrich & Spears, P.A., an AV-rated, full-service law firm based in Winter Park, Florida, will be merging into Maynard.

This union serves as the latest market extension for Maynard, with the new Central Florida location serving as the fourteenth office in Maynard’s national practice.

Swann Hadley enjoys a well-earned position as a long-standing fixture in Florida’s legal, business, and political scene. Tracing its roots back to 1924, the firm has established highly regarded practices within commercial real estate and corporate transactions, banking and finance, and general litigation, all of which have led to the firm’s robust growth over the past few years.

The excellence and continuing influence of the Swann Hadley firm reflect the legacy of Richard Swann, a longtime real estate lawyer and leader in both Florida and national Democratic Parties.

Currently led by real estate and corporate lawyer Terry Hadley, litigator John Stump, and real estate and banking lawyer D. Paul Dietrich II, who along with ten other attorneys will be transitioning to Maynard, the Swann Hadley firm is well-positioned to lead Maynard’s expansion throughout Florida.

Says Paul Dietrich, Winter Park/Orlando office Managing Partner, “Right from the start, we could tell that Maynard was a special place with the kind of people we would be proud to call friends and colleagues. The Firm’s proven track record of successful growth and legal excellence, while still focusing on collaboration and building client relationships, resonated with our group, and their team-based culture aligns perfectly with ours. The vibrant Central Florida market presents great opportunities for both our newly combined firms and our clients.”

In addition to the Swann Hadley merger, Maynard is pleased to announce that Mya Hatchette, the former Litigation Co-Chair at Winderweedle Haines Ward & Woodman P.A., will be joining the Firm as a Shareholder.

Hatchette has enjoyed a decorated, twenty-two-year legal career, practicing in real estate, business, and healthcare litigation, while also developing a niche practice in complex title disputes. Additionally, Hatchette has extensive experience in general contract disputes within the commercial business and real estate sectors while also operating as a Supreme Court Certified Circuit and County Court Mediator.

Ms. Hatchette will operate out of the Winter Park/Orlando office. She and Mr. Dietrich will manage Maynard’s continued growth throughout the State of Florida and lead the Firm’s Florida Management Committee.

Moving forward, Maynard will now build on the synergies and collective strength generated by these moves, broadening and deepening the Firm’s work within the real estate, banking, and finance sectors.

Additionally, the Firm will look to expand opportunities in prominent, national practice areas such as Government Solutions, Insurance, and Securities and Financial Services Litigation. Also, with expertise and experience coming from other Maynard offices in Nashville, Huntsville, San Francisco, and Washington D.C., the Firm will look to compellingly create opportunities within the Hospitality, Technology, and Aerospace & Defense sectors.

“We have been focused on the Central Florida market for some time, with our Firm exploring opportunities for the past several years. Maynard has been doing a significant amount of client service in this high growth market as we’ve been actively searching for the right partner to help us expand our services. As indicative of how Maynard has grown in recent years, it was an existing relationship that formed the basis for this opportunity. Maynard’s Chief Strategy Officer, Daniel Wilson, and Paul Dietrich have a long-standing relationship that formed the genesis of our newly constructed partnership, a partnership where culture and ambitions seamlessly mesh. We believe the interconnectedness of our practices and markets will be a mutually beneficial and synergistic combination for ourselves and, most importantly, our clients. We are very excited about what lies ahead,” said Jeff Grantham, Managing Shareholder of Maynard Cooper & Gale.

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