Mara Ritchie Poncy Hatfield
MARA RITCHIE PONCY HATFIELD, who holds dual degrees in environmental law, began consulting with Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley on issues related to environmental and entertainment law in 2006 before becoming an associate with the firm in 2012.
Since then, she has assisted the firm’s clients in obtaining recoveries for injuries arising out of environmental contamination, medical malpractice, nursing home neglect, catastrophic automobile crashes, defective products and premises liability (including but not limited to slip and falls). She continues to work on intellectual property and consumer-based class action lawsuits as well.
Raised in Florida, Ms. Hatfield earned a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Knox College in Illinois and an M.A. in English literature from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. In December 2005, she was awarded both J.D. and master’s degrees in the studies of environmental law from Vermont Law School, which has the largest graduate environmental law program in the country.
Hatfield lives in Palm Beach County with her husband and their three children. In her spare time, she especially enjoys writing fiction, poetry, and screenplays, and songwriting.