Heekin Litigation Group is pleased to announce the acquisition of Ariel Spires, business law attorney and commercial counsel whose primary focus will be in the area of commercial dispute resolution, including but not limited to, homeowner’s association disputes, construction disputes, real and personal property disputes, and contractual disputes. Ariel’s extensive legal experience and expertise will complement our firm's practice, and her determination to meet and exceed her client’s goals, creating durable outcomes, is the focus of what we collectively strive for on a continuous basis.
Prior to joining Heekin Litigation Group, Ariel primarily litigated insurance coverage issues for several years with a heavy emphasis on complex construction defect claims always involving a large number of parties. Ariel also litigated consumer protection claims involving the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, Florida Consumer Collection Practices Act, and Fair Debt Collection Practices Act.
Ariel came to Jacksonville, Florida from Charleston, South Carolina, where she graduated summa cum laude with a 3.9 GPA from Charleston Southern University. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice while working full time in a management position. She was a University Scholar, on the Dean’s List every semester, on the International Dean’s List, and she was also awarded the Outstanding Student Award given to one graduating member of the Criminal Justice program.
Ariel graduated law school cum laude at Florida Coastal School of Law in 2016 at the top 10% of her class. She was on the Dean’s List and a Dean Scholar for several semesters. She also has book awards in Research & Objective Legal Writing, Litigation Practice Drafting, and Transactional Drafting. Ariel served as a Teaching Assistant for several teachers who taught legal writing courses, and she is a member of Phi Delta Phi International Legal Honor Society, Harding Inn.
Prior to entering private practice, she was on the Editorial Board of Florida Coastal School of Law’s Law Review and the Editorial Board of the Public Interest Research Bureau, a program at the law school that works with attorneys who need extra manpower to help with researching and drafting memos on new issues or overly complex issues.
Ariel is admitted to practice in the State of Florida as well as the United States District Court for the Middle and Southern Districts of Florida. She is a member of the Jacksonville Bar Association and Jacksonville Women Lawyers Association.
In her free time, Ariel enjoys taking her dog Sophie, to BrewHound, Kanine Social, and Dog Wood Park. She also enjoys hanging out with friends at brunch, playing trivia, going to the beach or pool to soak up some sun, and going to the Riverside Arts Market.
Commercial Dispute Resolution
Real and Personal Property
Charleston Southern University
B.S. Criminal Justice
Summa Cum Laude
Florida Coastal School of Law
J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence, 2016
Florida Bar, 2016
U.S. District Court Middle & Southern District of Florida, 2016
The Florida Bar
Jacksonville Bar Association
Awards in Research & Objective Legal Writing, Litigation Practice Drafting, and Transactional Drafting
Member of Phi Delta Phi International Legal Honor Society