Meet Our SMRL Attorneys & Legal Staff

SMRL LAW FIRM SERVING SARASOTA COUNTY, BRADENTON, LAKEWOOD RANCH, NORTH PORT, VENICE, & THROUGHOUT THE STATE OF FLORIDA
Partners

Peter J. Krotec has over 25 years of experience practicing the law of domestic relations, at the trial and appellate levels. Mr. Krotec joined Syprett Meshad in 1989 and became a partner with th….

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John W. Meshad earned a Bachelor of Arts degree and Bachelor of Science degree from Auburn University in 1964. In 1966, he received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Florida College of ….

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Michael L. Resnick is the current president of Syprett Meshad, and is one of the original founding partners of its predecessor firm, Syprett, Meshad, Resnick & Lieb. For more than 40 years, ….

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F. Scott Westheimer joined Syprett, Meshad, Resnick, Lieb, Dumbaugh, Jones, Krotec & Westheimer, P. A., as an associate in 1996. He became a partner in 2000, and has been a managing partner ….

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Ken Poole is a partner and shareholder with the firm. Mr. Poole devotes his practice to the areas of family and criminal law. He assists clients in a wide variety of marital and domestic relatio….

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John D. Dumbaugh has been a partner with Syprett, Meshad, Resnick & Lieb since 1984, after joining the firm in 1974. He is a board-certified attorney, recognized as an expert in the field of….

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Jim D. Syprett was born in Clarksville, Tennessee in 1941. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1963 from the Vanderbilt University and in 1965 received his Juris Doctorate from the Universi….

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Teresa D. Jones joined the firm in 1986, and became a partner in 1991. She was born in Albertville, Alabama. She was awarded a Bachelor of Arts with Distinction and High Honors in Political Scie….

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M. Joseph Lieb, Jr. was born and raised in Sarasota, Florida. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science in 1973 and his Juris Doctorate at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia…..

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Managing Partner

Nancy E. Cason joined Syprett Meshad in 1998 and became a partner in 2006; she currently serves as a Managing Partner for the firm. Her practice areas focus on all aspects of real estate law bot….

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Attorney Amanda M. King joined Syprett, Meshad, Resnick& Lieb in 2010, and was made a partner in 2017. Amanda exclusively practices in marital and family law including divorce, paternity, cu….

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Associates

Elisabeth G. Whitmire is our senior associate and practices in the areas of family, criminal, and appellate law. She is a member of the Florida Bar and is licensed to practice before all Florida State Courts as well as the United States District…

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Ben Sorrell is an Associate Attorney practicing in the areas of real estate, commercial litigation, and personal injury. He is licensed to practice before all Florida state courts as well as the United States District Court, Middle District of…

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Paralegals

Paralegal Keri McCain joined Syprett Meshad in 2012, focusing on Real Estate Law and Litigation. She works with Partner John D. Dumbaugh and Managing Partner Nancy E. Cason, assisting with commercial and residential real estate transactions such as…

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Paralegal Jenni Hegazy focuses her time in the Family Law practice of Syprett Meshad, and has more than 10 years of paralegal experience. She has been with the firm since 2010. Working with founding Partner Michael L. Resnick, Jenni plays an…

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Certified Paralegal* Dawn Underhill joined Syprett Meshad in 1993 and has worked as a paralegal since 1988, garnering over 25 years of experience dealing with domestic relations cases. She is a member of the National Association of Legal Assistants…

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Kristen Vento joined the firm as a paralegal in 2011, and became a Certified Paralegal* in 2012. She primarily assists Attorney Peter J. Krotec in connection with domestic relations cases. Kristen, who is trained and proficient in the use of the…

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Paralegal Michele Felton has been with Syprett Meshad since 2001. Her areas of expertise include Personal Injury, Civil Litigation, Insurance Defense and claims related to the 2010 BP Oil spill. Michele works with Partners F. Scott Westheimer and…

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Administrator

Administrator

Syprett Meshad Firm Administrator Patricia A. Blaney-Roby celebrated 30 years of employment with the Sarasota law firm on December 28, 2014. Hired in 1984 as a delivery and errand “runner” with no legal experience, Patricia impressed the firm’s…

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