Jeffrey S. Haut focuses his Southwest Florida practice on litigation and arbitration involving a diverse range of business and commercial litigation cases, including breaches of contract, shareholder and partnership disputes, real property and title disputes, construction liens and defects, and business torts, such as breaches of non-solicitation and non-compete agreements, conversion, fraudulent misrepresentation, tortious interference with contracts and economic relations, and trade secret misappropriation.  Mr. Haut also handles litigation cases arising from e-commerce, including representing victims of wire transfer scams, business email compromise schemes, online financial fraud, identity theft, and civil actions arising out of federal and state data security and privacy laws.

At the national level, Mr. Haut represents corporate clients who are responding to data privacy and data security crises, such as data breaches and cyberattacks, by mitigating the impact of impending litigation, coordinating forensic investigations, liaising with law enforcement, and evaluating clients’ data breach notification and regulatory reporting obligations.  Additionally, Mr. Haut proactively counsels businesses about how to conform their data security and data privacy policies to relevant sector-specific laws, regulations, and industry standards.

Bar Admissions

  • Florida

Court Admissions

  • U. S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

Professional Experience

  • Private practice in Naples, FL
  • Summer Law Clerk, 20th Judicial Circuit for Collier County
  • Intern, State Attorney’s Office for the 20th Judicial Circuit


  • Law: J.D., Indiana University — Bloomington, Maurer School of Law
  • Undergraduate: B.A., magna cum laude, Political Science, Florida Gulf Coast University
Professional Activities & Appearances


  • Member and 2018 – 2019 Team Co-Captain, American Inns of Court, Michael R. N. McDonnell Chapter, Collier County, Florida
  • Member, Collier County Bar Association
  • Member, International Association of Privacy Professionals
  • Participant, Identity Theft Restoration Program, Hodges University, Naples, Florida
  • Participant, Basic Mediation and Restorative Justice Training, Community Justice & Mediator Center, Bloomington, Indiana
  • Member, cybersecurity and privacy audit red team for critical infrastructure components in Speedway, Indiana


  • Presentation, “Cybersecurity, Data Breaches, and Privacy Laws,” Avow – Continuing Education (October 17, 2018)
  • Presentation, “Data Breaches,” Collier County Bar Association Real Estate Section (October 11, 2018)
  • Presentation, “Cybersecurity & Identity Theft,” Moorings Park Center For Healthy Living (September 17, 2018)
  • Presentation, “Cybersecurity & Data Intrusion Protection,” 2018 National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys Annual Conference ( May 18-19, 2018)
  • Presentation, “EU General Data Protection Regulation 2016/679 (GDPR),” Organizational Privacy Summit (May 2, 2018).
  • Presentation, “Cybersecurity: Is There Any? Exploring Established Norms In Cyberspace,” Naples Men’s Discussion Group (January 5, 2018)
  • Commentary: “Securing Sunshine: How to Better Protect Online Public Records,” Naples Daily News (December 13, 2017)
  • Presentation, “We’ve Been Hacked!: A Crash Course in Data Breaches and Cyberattacks,” Bonita/Estero Estate Planning Professionals (November 9, 2017)
  • Panelist,  “ID Theft and Scams Forum,” Identity Fraud Institute at Hodges University (October 27, 2017)
  • Webinar, “Hacked!: A Big Problem For Small Publications,” Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association (August 22, 2017 & August 24, 2017)
  • Presentation, PubAux  Live, “Hacked!: A Big Problem For Small Publications,” National Newspaper Association (July 13, 2017)
  • Commentary: New Ransomware Attack Deserves Attention, Naples Daily News (July 11, 2017)
  • Law Journal Article: Scott Shackelford, Scott Russell & Jeffrey Haut, Bottoms Up: A Comparison of “Voluntary” Cybersecurity Frameworks, 16 U.C. Davis Business Law Journal 101 [Ed. 2] (2016)


Civic & Community Organizations & Activities

Civic Organizations

  • Growing Associates in Naples™ (GAIN™) Class of 2019, The Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce™
  • Youth Leadership Collier™ Class of 2008, The Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce™

Community Activities

  • Named to 2018 “40 Under 40” List by the Naples Herald
  • Student Volunteer, Teen Court of Collier County (Formerly)
  • Editorial Blog, “Politics’ Dancing Partner,” hosted by the Naples Daily News (Formerly)
  • Senior Opinion/Editorial writer for FGCU’s award-winning student newspaper, Eagle News (Formerly)
High-Profile & Noteworthy Cases
  • Obtained unanimous opinion in Florida’s Third District Court of Appeal holding non-resident defendants waived their timely objections to personal jurisdiction by seeking affirmative relief in the form of attorneys’ fees in their motions to dismiss.