Coleman, Hazzard, Taylor, Klaus, Doupé & Diaz, Attorneys at Law, is a Civil Litigation, Business, Marital and Family Law firm with deep roots in Naples and an active practice throughout Southwest Florida.

 

About Us

Its partners, J. Michael ColemanWilliam J. HazzardDamian C. TaylorDale KlausReuben DoupéSonia M. Diaz and Christyna M. Torrez are experienced attorneys who provide comprehensive, expert legal guidance to both businesses and individuals. They represent their clients in complex family law and divorce matters; as well as litigation, resolution and avoidance of a wide variety of disputes, including complex civil, business, construction, employment, and probate matters.  

The firm has a proud tradition of community and professional service.  All members of the firm have held numerous leadership positions in non-profit organizations and have devoted countless hours of volunteer services. Partners Coleman, Hazzard, Taylor and Diaz have individually served as President of the Collier County Bar Association. Each of them is a member of the Collier County Bar Association (CCBA) and Florida Bar. Several partners have received recognition by Florida Trend Legal Elite and Florida Super Lawyers, and have been rated AV-Preeminent by Martindale Hubbell®, the highest possible peer review rating in both legal ability and ethical standards.


Our STORY

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J. Michael Coleman, a Florida Bar Board Certified Business Litigation Lawyer, arrived in Naples in 1986. William J. Hazzard, a Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil Mediator and Qualified Arbitrator, arrived in Naples in 1994. In 1998, the two began practicing law together and focused their practices on business litigation as well as probate and trust litigation. In 2001, Damian C. Taylor joined Coleman & Hazzard.  Damian came to Naples from Pensacola, Florida where he practiced labor and employment law. Coleman, Hazzard & Taylor, P.A. was then formed in January, 2005.

Sonia M. Diaz, returned home to Naples to join the firm as an associate after graduating from law school in 2002.  Sonia became a partner with the firm in 2013 and focuses her practice on general civil and business litigation.

Christyna M. Torrez, joined the firm as an associate after graduating from law school in 2007. Christyna became a partner with the firm in 2017 and focuses her practice on general civil and business litigation.

Coleman, Hazzard, Taylor and Diaz, PA mergerd with the Naples family and marital law firm, Klaus Doupé, PA in January 2018.  Partners, Dale Klaus, a Marindale-Hubble AV Preeminent rated family law attorney, Reuben Doupé, a Board Certified Family and Marital Law Attorney, and Associate Sarah Martin, joined the firm, which is now Coleman, Hazzard, Taylor, Klaus, Doupé & Diaz, PA. 


Our Attorneys

  J. Michael Coleman   J. Michael Coleman has been recognized a “Legal Elite” by Florida Trend magazine and a “Florida Super Lawyer” on several occasions and by the Best Lawyers in America (2010 & 2015).

J. Michael Coleman

J. Michael Coleman has been recognized a “Legal Elite” by Florida Trend magazine and a “Florida Super Lawyer” on several occasions and by the Best Lawyers in America (2010 & 2015).

  William J. Hazzard   Although his litigation practice remains his primary focus, Bill Hazzard frequently helps other attorneys and their clients find creative solutions to resolve disputes.

William J. Hazzard

Although his litigation practice remains his primary focus, Bill Hazzard frequently helps other attorneys and their clients find creative solutions to resolve disputes.

  Damian C. Taylor   Damian Taylor represents clients in labor and employment matters and general civil litigation.

Damian C. Taylor

Damian Taylor represents clients in labor and employment matters and general civil litigation.

 
 
  Dale W. Klaus   Dale Klaus has achieved the AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubble, which recognizes lawyers for outstanding achievement and demonstrates that a lawyer has earned the highest rating available for their legal ability and professional ethics. 

Dale W. Klaus

Dale Klaus has achieved the AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubble, which recognizes lawyers for outstanding achievement and demonstrates that a lawyer has earned the highest rating available for their legal ability and professional ethics. 

  Reuben A. Doupé   Reuben Doupé is one of only the three attorneys in Southwest Florida admitted to the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, an organization whose purpose is to promote the highest degree of professionalism and excellence in family law.

Reuben A. Doupé

Reuben Doupé is one of only the three attorneys in Southwest Florida admitted to the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, an organization whose purpose is to promote the highest degree of professionalism and excellence in family law.

  Sonia M. Diaz   Sonia M. Diaz is “AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated” by Martindale-Hubbell®, the highest rating an attorney can receive for their professional ethics and legal ability by their peers.

Sonia M. Diaz

Sonia M. Diaz is “AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated” by Martindale-Hubbell®, the highest rating an attorney can receive for their professional ethics and legal ability by their peers.

 
 
  Christyna M. Torrez   Upon graduating from law school, Christyna joined the firm as an associate attorney after having spent the previous five summers (2002 - 2006) working at the firm as an intern and summer associate. 

Christyna M. Torrez

Upon graduating from law school, Christyna joined the firm as an associate attorney after having spent the previous five summers (2002 - 2006) working at the firm as an intern and summer associate. 

  Sarah Martin Oquendo   Sarah Martin is an Associate at Coleman, Hazzard, Taylor, Klaus, Doupé & Diaz, PA, and focuses on children’s issues.

Sarah Martin Oquendo

Sarah Martin is an Associate at Coleman, Hazzard, Taylor, Klaus, Doupé & Diaz, PA, and focuses on children’s issues.

 
 

Practice Areas

Litigation, Trial Practice and Dispute Resolution

The firm represents: businesses and individuals in all manner of disputes involving business activities including the drafting and reviewing of contracts; trustees, beneficiaries and others in probate & trust litigation; buyers and sellers in real estate related litigation; lenders in litigation involving operational aspects of banking; lenders and property owners in commercial foreclosures; condominium and homeowner’s associations in disputes with vendors, suppliers, or owners; owners (both residential and commercial), general contractors and design professionals in construction litigation, and the drafting of construction contracts; landlords in commercial landlord tenant disputes; and defendants in housing discrimination and ADA public accommodation claims.

 
 

Business and Employment Law

The firm also maintains an employment practice in which it represents parties in the litigation, resolution, and avoidance of disputes under the various state and federal employment laws, as well as disputes over competition by former employees. Much of this practice is devoted to helping employers avoid litigation through proactive measures like: implementation of employee handbooks, employment contracts, and independent contractor agreements; audits of exempt and non-exempt employee classifications and payroll practices under federal wage and hour law; Form I-9 audits; investigations of alleged misconduct in the workplace; management training; and consultation with managers regarding hiring, discipline, and termination practices, and compliance with the myriad of laws and regulations affecting the workplace.

 
 
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Family Law

Our family law attorneys focus on the individual needs of you and your family while educating you on your legal rights.  With our team’s personalized attention and years of experience, we will guide you through the unique and complex issues of family law to help you achieve the best positive outcomes for you and your family. We represent individuals in all matters of family and marital law including pre and post nuptial agreements, separation, divorce, jurisdictional disputes, custody, alimony, property valuation, child support, paternity actions, among other matters.   


Contact Us

 

Coleman, Hazzard, Taylor, Klaus, Doupé & Diaz, P.A.

3003 Tamiami Trail North
Suite# 402
Naples, FL  34103

Main Phone: (239) 298-5200
Toll Free: (877) 464-4072 or (877) 464-4074
Fax:  (239) 298-5236

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