Hazel Ann B. Gumera

Hazel Ann B. Gumera is an associate in the Barkett Law’s Real Estate Transactions, Eminent Domain, and Land Use and Zoning practices. She focuses her real estate practice on representing buyers, sellers and commercial lenders in real estate transactions, and landowners and businesses in eminent domain litigation.

Prior to joining the firm, Hazel was an attorney in King & Spalding LLP’s Tort and Environmental Litigation Practice Group, where she defended large multi-national corporations in products liability cases. Hazel worked as an attorney at New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG). At NYLAG, she represented clients in foreclosure litigation and counseled victims of Superstorm Sandy on federal and state disaster relief, insurance, building code violations, and contractor fraud. Previously, Hazel was a closing agent at Halstead Management Company, which manages over 22,000 multi-family units in the New York City area, and a law clerk at a boutique firm, where she prepared purchase agreements and closing documents.

During law school, Hazel worked at NYLAG’s Housing Project, representing tenants in Housing Court, and at the New York City Department of Buildings (DOB). At the DOB, she represented the Department at administrative hearings regarding building and construction code violations, and drafted the Department’s responses to violation appeals. Prior to law school, Hazel was a commercial litigation paralegal at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP in their New York City office.

Hazel is licensed to practice law in Florida, New York and Georgia.

Currently, Hazel serves as the Co-Director of the Young Lawyers of the Central Florida Association for Women Lawyers (CFAWL). In addition, Hazel mentors high school students at Central Florida Leadership Academy Charter and volunteers her time at United Against Poverty Orlando. Hazel has provided pro bono legal services to clients by preparing and filing tax returns at the Legal Aid Society of the Orange County Bar Association, Inc., drafting wills and powers of attorney for low-income individuals, and representing domestic violence victims at injunction hearings.

Hazel attended New York Law School, where she obtained her Juris Doctorate, and was selected as an Associate of the Center for Real Estate Studies. Hazel attended the University of Virginia and received a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology.

A native of Jacksonville, Florida, Hazel resides in the Dr. Phillips area. She and her husband enjoy running, cooking, volunteering, and cheering on their favorite sports teams.

RECOGNITION

  • Central Florida Association for Women Lawyers (CFAWL), 2016-2017 Emerging Lead Award
  • The Georgia Bar Journal, 2014-2015 Pro Bono All Star