Stephen O. Ayeni II


Professional Experience

Stephen O. Ayeni II is a native of Atlanta, Georgia and an associate in the firm’s Miami office. Mr. Ayeni primarily practices civil rights litigation, government liability, labor & employment law, professional liability , and commercial litigation matters.

Mr. Ayeni earned his undergraduate degree from Florida State University, where he majored in Finance. After earning his degree, Mr. Ayeni served as an accountant managing private equity accounts with the Bank of New York Mellon. Desiring more of an ability to effectuate meaningful change, Mr. Ayeni pivoted career paths and attended Nova Southeastern University ‘s Shepard Broad College of Law.

During law school, Mr. Ayeni received Dean’s List Honors while also serving as an advocate for the Nova Trial Association, Treasurer of the Student Bar Association, and Editor-in-Chief for the Nova Law Review, Volume 42. Prior to joining Lydecker Diaz, Mr. Ayeni practiced at a nationally recognized defense firm, gaining experience in premises liability, construction defect liability, and tort litigation.

Mr. Ayeni’s labor and employment litigation experience includes representing private and public entities in all phases of employment litigation, on matters arising under Federal, State, and local employment laws, including actions involving sexual harassment, FLSA compliance, discrimination, retaliation, Title VII, whistleblower claims, and fraud.

    Practice Areas

    • Civil Rights Litigation
    • Commercial Litigation
    • Government Liability
    • Labor & Employment Law
    • Professional Liability


    • State of Florida
    • United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida


    Intentional Grounding: How the NCAA and NFL Have Engaged in Practices That Unreasonable Restrain the Football Player Labor Market, 41 Nova L. Rev. (May 2017).

    The Electoral College: Appendicitis of American Democracy, 43 Nova L. Rev. (May 2019).

    Professional and Community Involvement

    • Broward County Bar Association, Member
    • Florida Bar Business Law Section, Member


    JD, Nova Southeastern University, Shepard Broad College of Law, cum laude, 2018

    • Dean’s List Honor Roll
    • Nova Law Review, Editor-in-Chief
    • Nova Trial Association, Advocate
    • Partial-tuition Scholarship

    BS, Finance, Florida State University, 2012