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.
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
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.
Paralegal – Bradenton
Paralegal – Sarasota
Executive Assistant – Sarasota
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.
Larry Geimer, CPA/CDFA
Fred Moore, Esq.
Jim Delgado, Esq.
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.
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
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
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