PRIMARY PRACTICE AREAS:
- Premises & Produce Liability Defense
- Civil Litigation & Subrogation
- Insurance Contracts & Coverage
- Workers' Compensation
- Appellate Practice
Ms. Hewitt is a partner of Jones, Hurley & Hand, P.A. Prior to joining our firm, Ms. Hewitt was in-house counsel for the Walt Disney Company; and before Disney, Counsel to the Orange County Sheriff's Office. Her focus includes Premises and Product Liability Defense experience including over 120 jury trials, not to mention administrative hearings and appeals. She has aggressively, and more importantly, successfully defended manufacturers and commercial property owners in multi-million dollar personal injury liability actions. Her experience includes Insurance Coverage, Employment, and Workers' Compensation. She has been designated an "AV" Peer Review Rated Lawyer by Martindale Hubbell, the most authoritative and widely consulted directory of lawyers in the United States.
Ms. Hewitt was raised in Florida. While a student in high school, she helped support her family while her father attended Stetson University Law School, graduating valedictorian in 1977. She received her Bachelor's Degree in History and Music from the University of Florida in 1980, graduating in only three years, while working full time and participating in the UF Band. She also earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of Florida in 1983. She was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1984, after a brief music sabbatical, auditioning for the jazz band Spyro Gyra. She joined the firm in 1997 and became a partner in 2002. She mentors high school and college students interested in law, sponsors summer interns for college credit. She has served as Guardian ad Litem to at risk children, and regularly performs pro-bono service to seniors.interested in law and sponsors summer interns for college credit. She has served as Guardian ad Litem to at risk children, and regularly performs pro-bono service to seniors.
She was recently nominated by the City of Winter Park Chamber of Commerce as 2017 Volunteer of the Year, and while she did not win that honor, the winner was a young man Ms. Hewitt recruited and mentored for several years on the Winter Park Autumn Art Festival Committee.
During her free time, Ms. Hewitt enjoys time with her daughter, who also graduated from Florida, attending sporting events and charity functions at and for UF. She is an avid motorcycle rider and mechanic, and is a diehard University of Florida Gator.
University of Florida (B.A., Honors, 1980)
University of Florida College of Law (J.D., 1983)
AREAS OF PRACTICE
Premises and Produce Liability Defense
Civil Litigation & Subrogation
Insurance Contracts & Coverage
Florida Bar (admitted 1984)
U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida 1984
U.S. Supreme Court 1999
Workers' Compensation Section of the Florida Bar
Florida Association of Police Attorneys
Florida Defense Lawyers Association
National Retail and Restaurant Defense Association
Defense Research Institute
AWARDS & RECOGNITION
"AV" Peer Review Rated Lawyer by Martindale Hubbell