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Jamie focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation and class action defense.

With more than a dozen years of litigation experience, Jamie assists businesses and individuals in resolving difficult problems, helping them obtain business-critical outcomes when faced with complex litigation issues. She defends clients facing class actions, as well as alleged violations of the Securities Act, the Sherman Antitrust Act, and the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO). Jamie also handles insurance defense issues, including breach of contract and bad faith claims, as well as a full range of other business disputes.

Additionally, Jamie represents companies and independent directors in government and internal investigations to ensure compliance with policies and statutes, and in defending against allegations of managerial, officer or board wrongdoing.

Jamie has represented clients on matters in various state and federal courts including in Arizona, California, New York, Vermont and Washington, as well as before the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and the Office of Inspector General.




  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Commercial Litigation, 2021-2022


  • J.D., University at Buffalo Law School
    • Buffalo Criminal Law Society, President
    • Buffalo Law Review, Executive Editor
    • Judge William J. Regan Award
  • B.A., University of California, Irvine


  • Arizona
  • California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona
  • Represented large commercial lender as plaintiff in multiple multi-million dollar commercial foreclosure actions.
  • Guided leading publicly traded internet company through investigations by Department of Justice (DOJ) and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and class action and derivative litigation relating to backdating of stock option grants.
  • Represented high-net-worth individual and family businesses in action for ejectment and breach of contract.
  • Served as first chair in arbitration to expunge Central Registration Depository record of former bank executive and judicial confirmation of same.
  • Represented large investment advisors in relation to class action securities litigation and SEC investigations.
  • Represented board of directors of large bank in internal investigation relating to shareholder demand letter.
  • Provided pro bono support to Criminal Justice Act client, obtaining reduced sentence in argument before federal judge.
  • Assisted unaccompanied minor asylum applicants in immigration proceedings before immigration court and US Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS)/Department of Homeland Security.
  • Defended clients against antitrust claims in multiple states, obtaining dismissals with prejudice at trial level which were affirmed by the Circuit Court.
News Releases | September 30, 2019
Husch Blackwell Adds Six Litigators to Phoenix Office

Following the August move of Dan Goldfine, Josh Grabel, Jamie Halavais and Ian Fischer to the office, the September addition of Garcia and Hembd further enhances Husch Blackwell’s Phoenix attorney roster.

News Releases | August 05, 2019
Nationally Recognized Class Action and Complex Commercial Litigation Team in Phoenix Joins Husch Blackwell

“The addition of this marquee team is significant for our firm, not just in addressing our strategic initiative of meaningful expansion in Phoenix, but also in expanding the firm’s existing practice and expertise,” said Eric Lenzen, leader of Husch Blackwell’s Financial Services & Capital Markets Business Unit.

Outside the Office

Jamie enjoys spending time with her husband, watching their two sons play judo, baking for family and friends, and hanging out at home with the family’s 160-pound English Mastiff, Pax.

Community Leadership
  • Phoenix Center for the Arts/Central Arts Alliance, Board of Directors 2014-2017; Board Chair, 2017-present

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