Jennifer Higley Spath Attorney At Law

Jennifer Higley Spath - Attorney at Law

Senior Associate

T 863.284.2200
F 863.688.0310
Lakeland One Lake Morton Drive Lakeland, Florida 33801

Jennifer is a senior associate in the Lakeland office, focusing her practice on litigation. Jennifer has extensive experience as a trial attorney, having tried more than 50 jury trials to completion and handled hundreds of motions before the court.

Following her graduation from the Stetson University School of Law in 2010, she joined a boutique family law firm as an associate. Additionally, During her time as Assistant State Attorney, her cases ranged from home invasion robbery and drug trafficking, to DUI manslaughter and attempted murder. Her years spent as a trial attorney have helped mold her into a fierce advocate, a trait which she now uses to champion for her clients.

Following her work in the State Attorney’s office, Jennifer served a public policy manager for child welfare where she took an active role in determining the impact of legislative and/or political activities at the federal, state, and/or local levels.

  • Background

    Jennifer is a fourth generation Floridian and was born and raised in Orlando.  She graduated from Lake Brantley High School and went on to earn her bachelor’s degree in Political Science at the University of Florida.  Upon earning her law degree from Stetson University, Jennifer began practicing as a litigator, handling high-profile criminal cases, family law matters, personal injury and a variety of other civil matters for over 10 years before joining GrayRobinson. She was also the Local Government Advisor to the Mayor of Longwood and City Commission. Most recently, Jennifer worked as the Chief Policy Analyst for a major central Florida non-profit, providing invaluable industry related insight to C-suite executives on the Family First Prevention Services Act, representing her company at DOAH hearings, and responding to both state and federal administrative rule making requests for public comment.

  • Education
    • University of Florida, B.A., Political Science (2005)
    • Communications and Interpersonal Skills, Teaching Assistant
    • Stetson University School of Law, J.D. (2010)
    • Trial Advocacy, Teaching Assistant
    • Student Government, Representative
  • Admissions
    • Florida
    • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • Professional Associations and Memberships
    • The Florida Bar
    • Florida Association of Women Lawyers
      • Legislative Advocacy Board Member
    • Polk Association of Women Lawyers
      • Founding President
      • Health and Wellness Chair
    • The Federalist Society
      • Polk County Lawyers Chapter Board Member
  • Civic
    • Orlando Economic Partnership
      • Young Professional Advisory Council, Member
    • Tiger Bay Club of Central Florida
      • Member
    • George Harris Youth Shelter
      • Volunteer
  • Languages
    • French
  • Presentations and Seminars
    • "A Reflection of History: How the 1918 Flu Pandemic Helped Advance Women’s Rights," Polk Association for Women Lawyers Women's History Month Luncheon, March 12, 2021
    • Panelist, "The Essential Scalia: On the Constitution, the Courts, and the Rule of Law," Polk Federalist Society, October 8, 2020
  • Awards and Recognitions
    • Lakeland Economic Development Council
      • High Skill Future Leader, 2021