Meet Our SMRL Attorneys & Legal Staff

SMRL Law Firm serving Sarasota County, Bradenton, Lakewood Ranch, North Port, Venice, & throughout the state of Florida

Partners

Managing Partner

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 since 2002.

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Partner
Practice Areas: - Family Law - Criminal Law - DUI  

Ken Poole devotes his practice to the areas of family and criminal law. He assists clients in a wide variety of marital and domestic related issues including: divorce, child custody, child support, alimony, paternity, domestic violence...

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Partner
Practice Areas: - Real Estate Law - Estate Law - Probate Law - General Corporate Practice  

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 real estate by The Florida Bar for 30 years of...

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Retired

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 University of Florida. Mr. Syprett is a member of the...

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Partner
Practice Areas: - Civil Trial Practice - Personal Injury - Wrongful Death - Insurance - Mediation  

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 Science and psychology from Jacksonville State...

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Partner
Practice Areas: - Personal Injury Law - Wrongful Death Law - Commercial Litigation - Mediation  

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. Following his graduation from law school in 1976,...

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Managing Partner
Practice Areas: - Real Estate - Landlord & Tenant Law - Foreclosure Defense - Probate & Trust Litigation - Commercial Litigation - Appellate Practice  

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 both transactional and litigation. Her transactional...

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Partner
Practice Areas: - Marital and Family Law - Domestic Relations - Divorce  

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 the firm in 1994, serving several years as a managing...

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Retired

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 Law. In 1968, Mr. Meshad joined Jim Syprett to...

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Partner
Practice Areas: - Marital and Family Law  

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, he has focused his practice on marital and family...

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Associates

Associate
Practice Areas: - Family Law - Dissolution of Marriage - Paternity  

Attorney Amanda M. King joined Syprett, Meshad, Resnick& Lieb in 2010. Amanda exclusively practices in marital and family lawincluding divorce, paternity, custody, child support, alimony, injunctions and domestic...

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Associate
Practice Areas: - Real Estate - Personal Injury - General Litigation - Insurance Defense  

Derek W. Eisemann joined Syprett, Meshad, Resnick & Lieb in 2013. He devotes his legal practice to representing plaintiffs in all aspects of personal injury matters, as well as other areas of civil litigation, including real estate.

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Associate
Practice Areas: - Family Law  

Megan Landis Dell is an Associate Attorney with Syprett, Meshad, Resnick & Lieb and focuses her practice on family law. She is licensed and admitted to practice before all Florida state courts, as well as the United States District Court for...

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Associate

Emily K. Garriott is an Associate Attorney with Syprett Meshad and she is admitted to practice in the State of Florida. Being born and raised in Sarasota, Ms. Garriott has a strong commitment to the community and chose to return upon graduation...

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Paralegals

Paralegal
Practice Areas: - Real Estate Law - Litigation Supporting Attorneys: - John D. Dumbaugh - Nancy E. Cason

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...

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Paralegal

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...

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Certified Paralegal
Practice Areas: - Domestic Relations Cases Supporting Attorney: - Peter J. Krotec

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...

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Certified Paralegal
Practice Areas: - Domestic Relations Cases Supporting Attorney: - Peter J. Krotec

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...

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Paralegal
Practice Areas: - Personal Injury - Civil Litigation - Insurance Defense Supporting Attorneys: - F. Scott Westheimer - Teresa D. Jones

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...

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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...

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