Like many of his fellow young attorneys, Tyler Brand Stall is passionate about giving back to the community. Tyler graduated from George Washington University, and he received his J.D. from Emory University School of Law. He is now a partner at Sarasota’s Hutton, Dominko, Swaim & Stall, where he specializes in complex commercial litigation. His cases span the gamut from business and real estate disputes to trust and estate litigation and more.

In addition to his day job, Stall is currently a director and slated to become the next President of the Sarasota County Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division, was selected as a fellow in the Florida Bar Business Law Section’s Fellows Program for 2022-2024, and volunteers with Legal Aid of Manasota, where his pro bono work—he’s dedicated more than 100 hours to Legal Aid clients—was recognized by the Florida Supreme Court.

Stall says he loves working in Sarasota because of the camaraderie he’s found here. Despite the city’s growth, he says, it retains its small-town feel and sense of connectedness. Stall’s family has lived in Sarasota since 1959, and he was born at Sarasota Memorial Hospital (as was his daughter last July). “I know people well, and there’s a healthy level of trust in the community,” he says.

And he’s clear about the impact of pro bono work on local residents who are struggling and can’t afford an attorney. “The law can be complicated,” he says. “The rules are not intuitive for pro se litigants.”

Through his pro bono work, Stall has seen firsthand how civil legal issues can upend a person’s life, whether it’s an eviction case, a dissolution of marriage, or a probate issue. Add to that the complexity of the legal profession and the expense of retaining a lawyer, and it can seem like the odds are stacked against them. “These issues can be unexpected and scary,” Stall says, “and when you don’t have an attorney, you’re at a massive disadvantage.”

“Often times, you’re working on the most important thing in their life,” he continues. “It’s fulfilling when you can help, and most clients are deeply grateful.”

He encourages his fellow young attorneys to get involved with pro bono work and take a case at Legal Aid of Manasota. “You won’t be alone,” he says. “There are tons of resources and a lot of experienced attorneys working on pro bono cases. If you ask for help, someone will find the time. And our judges appreciate pro bono work, too.” He cites Janella Leibovitz, a Legal Aid staff attorney and the head of our Legal Lifeline for Youth program, as an attorney who’s been there for him.

“It’s a great way to get experience, too,” he adds.  “You can do the legal work you love and make a difference in someone’s life.”

Lightning Round

On choosing a career in law: “I enjoyed debate in the Pine View Speech and Debate team in high school and I was a philosophy and psychology major in college. I always knew I wanted a career where I could talk to and work with people.

On returning to Sarasota after law school: “I’d met my wife-to-be in law school, and when we moved back down to Sarasota and Miami, respectively, we were in a race to get a job.”

On his chosen area of practice: “No day is ever quite the same. It can be a bit of a roller coaster depending on the case. You never know what might come up!”