Team

For over 25 years Legal Aid of Manasota has endeavored to provide equal access to justice for the underprivileged. With the continued support of hundreds of attorneys, local law firms, the bar associations, generous sponsors and other volunteers, the agency has been able to impact the Sarasota and Manatee area in a profound way.

Since its inception, Legal Aid of Manasota, Inc. has served thousands of indigent clients by providing free legal services and community education classes. In 2015 alone, pro bono attorneys, working through Legal Aid of Manasota, donated over 7,000 hours of free legal services valued at over $1.4 million dollars. In addition to helping those in need, Legal Aid of Manasota assists local nonprofit agencies and partners with State College of Florida to train paralegal students.

For every case we take on, we are helping to change lives, change families and change our community. From the disabled veteran struggling to maintain a permanent place to call home to the single mom who finally feels safe from violence and control, we have strived for 25 years to provide our clients with the peace of mind that comes with having effective assistance of counsel as they wade into the legal system, many for the very first time.

Staff

Our dedicated staff is here to help you navigate through the legal problem you are facing. For your convenience we have three offices located in Sarasota, Bradenton and Venice. The Community Counsel Project is coordinated through our Sarasota branch.

Linda Harradine, Esquire

Executive Director

Linda earned her Bachelor’s degree from SUNY Geneseo and her Master’s degree in Social Work and a Juris Doctor from the University of Buffalo. She has been admitted to practice law in Florida since 1998.

Pamela Fields, Esquire

Pro Bono Coordinator

Pam has her undergraduate degree from University of Minnesota. In 2006 she graduated from Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport Florida and was admitted to practice law in Florida in 2007.

Jaime Del Castillo, Esquire

Staff Attorney – Venice

Jaime graduated from Florida State University in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science. He then went on to graduate from the Florida Coastal School of Law in 2011 and was admitted to the Florida Bar that same year.

Ryan Chapman, Esquire

Staff Attorney – Sarasota

Ryan graduated from Barry University School of Law with his Juris Doctor and was admitted to practice law in the State of Florida in 2010. He attended the University of Central Florida from 2003-2007 as a Lead Scholar graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies with a Minor in Criminal Justice and a Certificate in Security Management.

Nina Perry, Esquire

Staff Attorney – Manatee

Nina is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts and the University of Maine School of Law. She also holds a Masters in counseling psychology. Nina was admitted to practice law in Florida in 1996.

Aida Frayer
Paralegal – Bradenton

Clare Ward-Jenkins
Paralegal – Sarasota

Shawnna Lucas
Executive Assistant – Sarasota

Marilyn Goldfarb
Receptionist – Sarasota

Board of Directors

Legal Aid of Manasota receives support, leadership and expertise from our distinguished Board of Directors. Our volunteer board members provide guidance and advice in areas of financial management, governance, and strategic planning to ensure that our organization is effectively reaching its goals and serving the community successfully.

2016 Board Officers

Larry Eger, Esq.
Board Chair

Larry Geimer, CPA/CDFA
Treasurer

Fred Moore, Esq.
Vice Chair

Jim Delgado, Esq.
Secretary

2016 Members of the Board of Directors

Edwin M. Boyer, Esq.
Deborah J. Blue, Esq.
Michael Harshman, Esq.

Robert W. Melberth
Brian L. Trimyer, Esq.
Heather Zangara

Pro Bono Supporters

Legal Aid of Manasota cannot give enough thanks to the attorneys of Sarasota and Manatee counties who have generously donated their valuable time to assist our clients. We are equally grateful for all the financial contributions and tremendous support from everyone who has donated.

Pro Bono Service Awards 2016

The Twelfth Judicial Circuit’s pro bono program, Legal Aid of Manasota, recognizes the efforts of the following Manatee and Sarasota County attorneys who have made exceptional pro bono contributions.

GOLD PRO BONO AWARDS

Donation of 100 hours or more

Morgan Bentley * Ron Collier * William Drumm * John Ferrari, Jr.

Stanley Krawetz * Janella Leibovitz * Neil Lyons * Regina Menda

David Morrill * Hal Munter * Gary Parker * David Schoenthaler

Neil Scott * Tyler Stall * Michele Stephan * Anne Stinnett

Jim Turner

SILVER PRO BONO AWARDS

Donation of 50-99 hours

Laurie Baker * Kevin Bruning * Paul Cherry

Patricia Fradley * Ralph Friedland * Michael Harshman

Oliver Janney * William Kowtko * Anthony Manganiello * Alyssa Nohren * Richard ‘Bart’ Ray

Matthew Rheingans * Rob Young

BRONZE PRO BONO AWARDS

Donation of 20-49 hours

Andrew Boyer * Adam Bragg * James Burgess, Jr. * Maureen Chiofalo

Peter Collins * Michael Foreman * Arthur Ginsburg * Michael Greenberg

Michele Grimes * Joseph Herbert * James Horne, Jr. * Tom Icard

Steven Johnson * Dana Keane * Jason Lessinger * Christopher Likens

Robert Lyons * Lindsey Ann Meshberger * Anthony Mowry * Daniel Policastro * Sari Reegler

Carmen Rojas Rafter * David Simon * Patrick Songy * Joseph Springer * Stanley Swartz

SPECIAL AWARDS

Liberty Bell Award: Barbara Parker

The Heroes Among Us Service Award: The Sarasota County Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division

Emeritus Attorney Award: Gary Parker

Outstanding Pro Bono Service by a Law Firm: Bentley & Bruning, P.A.

Judge Robert B. Bennett, Jr. Pro Bono Excellence Award: Bill Drumm

Sponsors

We offer a variety of sponsorship opportunities to support our mission while marketing your business. To find out how you can partner with us to bring better services to the community, contact Linda Harradine, Executive Director at (941) 366-0038.

 

FINANCIAL SPONSORS

EVENT SPONSERS