Ashley N. Sybesma

Ashley N. Sybesma

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J.D., University of Miami School of Law

B.A., Florida Atlantic University, Political Science

Ashley N. Sybesma is a senior associate for Smith Hawks, PL, focusing her practice in the areas of commercial litigation, immigration, land use, construction defect, and product liability. She handles all phases of complex civil litigation. Ms. Sybesma has served as counsel for retailers, multi-national corporations, general contractors, and health care providers. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Sybesma was a litigation associate with a national law firm primarily handling tort matters.

AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell, Ms. Sybesma received the Fellowship Prize and was the Zuckerman Spaeder Fellow in the Center for Ethics and Public Service and additionally was awarded the Fellowship Prize while a law student at the University Of Miami School Of Law.

While in law school, Ms. Sybesma participated in the nonprofit Institute for Shipboard Education, Semester at Sea. While sailing on the SS Universe Explorer, she studied international copyright law and international contract law.

Recent Representations

  • Representation of non-profit in obtaining an H-1B visa for prospective employee.
  • Representation of developer to successfully obtain rights to construct affordable/work force housing.
  • Representation of homeowner in dispute with neighbors over Historic Architectural Review Commission issuing Certificate of Appropriateness.
  • Representation of national telecommunications company on alleged ADA violation involving a service dog.
  • Representation of a multi-national company on product liability claim involving sealant used to install high-tech laminated windows to yachts.
  • Representation of multi-national company in construction defect and breach of contract matters.
  • Representation of national retailer in general premises liability matters and pharmaceutical negligence.
  • Representation of national dairy company in catastrophic trucking matters.
  • Pro Bono representation of Unaccompanied Alien Children in immigration proceedings.
  • Representation in foreclosure prosecutions.

Reported Cases

  • Far Niente, LLC, etc., et al., v. City of Key West, et al., 2016 WL 7232265 (Fla. 3d DCA 2016)
  • Greg Daniels and Mitchell Bellows and Department of the Navy v. Monroe County and Rockland Operations, LLC and Rockland Commercial Center, Inc., 2016 WL 4268887 (Fla. Div. Admin. Hrgs. 2016)
  • Lauren Benjamin v. The Naked Truth d/b/a Pleasure Emporium, 2009 WL 5207268 (Fla. 11th Cir. Ct. 2009)


2017 Member American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • President's Pro Bono Award, The Florida Bar, Sixteenth Judicial Circuit, 2018
  • Law Alumni Association Achievement Award, University of Miami School of Law, 2018
  • Florida State Bar
  • United States Federal Bar for the Northern District of Florida
  • United States Federal Bar for the Middle District of Florida
  • United States Federal Bar for the Southern District of Florida
  • Monroe County Bar Association
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
  • United States Supreme Court

Community Leadership

  • Member of the 16th Judicial Circuit's Professional Committee (2016 – Present)
  • Member of Monroe County Pro Bono Committee (2016 – Present)
  • Monroe County Bar Association Executive Board (2016 – Present)
  • Key West Chamber of Commerce, Economic Affairs Committee (2015 – Present)
  • Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division Board of Governors (2011 – 2016)
    • Law Schools Committee, Liaison (University of Miami) (2011- 2013)
    • Law Schools Committee, Co-Chair (2012 – 2013)
    • Law Schools Committee, Chair (2013 – 2016)
  • Appointed to Florida Bar’s Vision 2016 Commission
    • Legal Education Committee
  • University of Miami School of Law Young Alumni Committee (2011 – 2014)
    • Regional Representative, Broward County (2012 – 2013)


  • “Business Suspecting Fake Service Dog Must Stay Within Limits” Daily Business Review, June 25, 2014
  • Contributing author to the DRI Child Products Compendium in 2011
  • Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP Product Liability Bulletin, November 2010
  • “Got Chinese Drywall?” Cole, Scott & Kissane, P.A. Litigation Quarterly, June 2009
  • “Failure to Prosecute,” Cole, Scott & Kissane, P.A. Litigation Quarterly, September 2006