Lydia Harley is a partner at Gunther Legal, PLLC law firm and focuses her practice on construction defects litigation and commercial litigation throughout the state of Florida. Ms. Harley serves on the board of the German American Business Chamber of South Florida and is an active member of the American-German Club of the Palm Beaches.
At her previous firm, Ms. Harley was a Business Unit Leader/Partner and managed the firm’s construction defects litigation department.
From 2000 to 2004, Ms. Harley was a law student at Justus-Liebig Universität Giessen, Germany, with a primary focus on Contract, Tort, Constitutional, and Criminal Law.
In 2008, Ms. Harley earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Global Business and Public Policy from the University of Maryland College Park where she graduated magna cum laude. While working towards her undergraduate degree, she earned a spot on the Dean’s List for four consecutive years and was a member of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.
In 2010, Ms. Harley earned a Master of Business Administration degree, with a concentration in Operations Management, from Florida Atlantic University where she was an Academic Diversity Fellowship recipient.
Ms. Harley went on to earn a Juris Doctor degree from Nova Southeastern University, Shepard Broad Law Center where she graduated summa cum laude, earned a spot on the Dean’s List for three consecutive years, and received both the Merit and the Einstein Scholarship Awards for two consecutive years. During her time at Nova Southeastern University, she served as Executive Editor of the Nova Law Review where she received both the Red Pen and Kaplan awards, was a member of the Nova Trial Association, and held numerous teaching and research assistant positions in areas of Constitutional, Family, Banking, Criminal, Civil Procedure, as well as Juvenile/Dependency law.
While attending law school, Ms. Harley worked as a law clerk for the Broward County School Board, Office of General Counsel where she performed legal research and analysis for the sixth largest public school district in the nation.
Ms. Harley is fluent in verbal and written German and is fluent in verbal Aramaic.
Areas of Practice
- Insurance Defense
- Commercial Trucking
- Construction Defect
- Premises Liability
- First-Party Insurance Defense-Property Claims
- The Florida Bar, 2014
- Nova Southeastern University, Davie, Florida
- Juris Doctor, 2014
- Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida
- M.B.A. – 2010, Operations Management
- University of Maryland–College Park
- B.S. – 2008, Global Business and Public Policy
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Phi Kappa Phi (University of Maryland Florida–College Park)