Personnel note: Shumaker law firm adds Caley Aidif and Sara Jawad

The new attorneys will join the firm's Community Associations practice group in the Tampa office.

Tampa Bay’s Shumaker law firm has announced the addition of two new staff lawyers to its practice. 

Caley Aidif and Sara Jawad will join the firm’s Community Associations practice group in the Tampa office.

“We are excited to have Caley and Sara join us,” Partner and Community Associations practice administrator Jonathan Ellis said in a news release. “They will be a great asset to help ensure our clients are receiving first rate legal representation.”

The new lawyers will focus their practices on advising board members and professional managers of condominium and homeowners’ associations in collection and foreclosure cases, covenant enforcement and bankruptcy and creditors’ rights.

Aidif began her career as an assistant public defender, and earned her law degree from Florida International University’s College of Law. She continued her career as in-house counsel at a startup airline, and worked at a multinational travel and technology company, where she handled a wide-range of matters.

Jawad, who graduated from Florida State University’s College of Law, previously worked for Legal Services of North Florida, which provides legal services to low income individuals focused on issues including landlord/tenant disputes and evictions, public housing issues, foreclosures and bankruptcies.

After Hurricane Michael, Jawad assisted in drafting pleadings that were instrumental in preventing wrongful evictions and in having utilities turned back on for families living in several apartment complexes throughout the Florida Panhandle.

Her litigation experience also includes handling construction defect cases, real estate fraud, defamation, first-party property insurance claims and professional negligence.

The Shumaker law firm was founded in 1925, and works to provide legal and legislative services with a team of more than 270 lawyers and advisers. 

Recently, the law firm made headlines for filing a class-action law suit seeking $5 million against the trading app Robinhood for preventing its members from trading GameStop shares.

Kelly Hayes

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