Maureen Horkan Maureen Horkan

As a Jacksonville attorney, Maureen Horkan has a passion for advocating and crafting cutting-edge legal strategies on behalf of local residents. By doing so, she is able to successfully protect their rights and defend them from injustice. She first began her practice by representing employees facing discrimination in the workplace, students discriminated against in schools, and protecting the best interests of low-income families in family law proceedings. In law school, Ms. Horkan's worth ethic and diligent approach to the law earned her the highest achievement for Dissolution of Marriage, Jurisprudence, Poverty Law, Women and Law, and several other courses. As an experienced, strong, and compelling litigator, clients who come to her seeking legal guidance can trust that they're case is in good hands.

Ms. Horkan worked as Assistant State Attorney in Jacksonville and as Assistant Statewide Prosecutor in Northeast Florida before going on to be founding Director of Florida's Child Predator Cyber Crime Unit. She is well known in the community and industry for her commitment to provide the highest quality of legal advocacy to the clients she represents. Her willingness to go above and beyond for her clients sets her apart from other legal professionals - when the laws are unfair, you can trust that Ms. Horkan will fight for what is right. In addition to writing numerous legislative bills to protect children and improve current laws, Ms. Horkan is responsible for authoring a law that made Florida the first state in the nation to grant rights to child victims - the Exploited Children's Rights Act. It's her dedication and standard of professionalism that made Ms. Horkan a deserving recipient of the prestigious Attorney General's Award of Merit.

EDUCATION

Florida State University, College of Law- Tallahassee, Florida, J.D. with Honors, 1998

Smith College - Northampton, MA, B.A. English Literature, Phi Beta Kappa, Cum Laude, 1995

Broward Community College - Fort Lauderdale, FL, A.A. Liberal Arts, with Honors, 1987-1992

APPEARANCES, LECTURES & PUBLICATIONS

TELEVISION: Oprah Winfrey Show, (March 2009)

TELEVISION: The Florida Channel, Florida Crossroads, "The Internet: The Danger Within" (2008)

TELEVISION: Good Morning America, Foley Coverage, Reporter Brian Ross, (2006)

LECTURE: National Association of Attorneys General, Presidential Initiatives: Cyber Crime (Dec 2010)

LECTURE: National District Attorney Assoc., Protecting Victims of Child Pornography (August 2009)

LECTURE: Safe Surf: Teaching Cyber Safety in Florida Schools (2008 - 2009)

LECTURE: Florida State Prosecution: Internet Crimes Against Children (2007 - 2010)

LECTURE: Assisting Victims of Cyber Crime (2007 - 2010)

PROFESSIONAL EXPERTISE

3/2011 - 6/2013 SPECIAL PROJECTS COUNSEL, Florida State College at Jacksonville

Practice Areas: sunshine laws, public records, government and higher education compliance, Title IX, Clery Act, Title IV, employment law, copyright, student rights, dual enrollment, articulation agreements, policy development, Higher Education Act, accreditation, and contracts, including: rental, sale, procurement, indemnification, waivers, employment, garnishment, partnerships, liability, etc.

8/2005 - 1/2011 DIRECTOR, Child Predator Cybercrime Unit, Florida Attorney General

Practice Areas: executive leadership, legislative author, criminal prosecution.

4/2004 - 8/ 2005 ASSISTANT STATEWIDE PROSECUTOR, Florida Statewide Prosecutor

Practice Areas: complex multi-circuit, multi-defendant cases: white collar crime, RICO, narcotics trafficking, computer and technology crimes, child pornography, Medicaid fraud, insurance fraud, mortgage fraud, tax fraud, identity theft, money laundering, and conspiracy (1 Jury Trial & 30+ motions/depositions/sentencing hearings)

9/1998 - 4/ 2004 ASSISTANT STATE ATTORNEY, 4th Judicial Circuit, Jacksonville, Florida

Practice Areas: misdemeanor, juvenile, and felony state crimes; specialization: child abuse, domestic violence, sex crimes, and civil commitment of sexually violent predators.

1/1998 - 5/1998 CERTIFIED ATTORNEY INTERN, Children's Advocacy Center, FSU

Practice Areas: Dissolution of Marriage, Domestic Violence Injunctions, Child Advocacy

8/1997 - 12/1997 JUDICIAL INTERN, Florida Supreme Court,Justice Kogan, FSU

Practice Areas: assorted appellate matters, conflicts, certified questions and mandamus

8/1996 - 8/1997 LAW CLERK, Spriggs and Johnson, LLP West

Practice Areas: Plaintiff civil rights: state, federal, employment, and education

7/1994 - 9/1994 PRELAW INTERN, Legal Aid of Miami, Self-Help Divorce Group Project

Practice Area: Dissolution of Marriage

VOLUNTEER SERVICE

Guardian ad Litem, Tallahassee Florida, foster care 1996 -1997

Assistant State Attorney, Middle School Liaison 1998 -1999

Mentor, Take Stock in Children, 1999 - 2000

College Summit Writing Coach, summer program, 2000 - current

Jacksonville Smith College Club, President, 2002 - current

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