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Our Team - The Lady Lawyers

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Dawn Marie Bates-Buchanan, Esq

Graduating from Stetson University College of Law in 1998, Dawn Marie Bates-Buchanan, was raised in Venice FL and returned the area after Law School to work for the 12th Judicial Circuit State Attorney's Office, before moving to Daytona Beach, FL to work for Community Legal Services, where she ultimately became the Managing Attorney and in charge of the Family Law Unit.  Dawn Marie moved back to the area in 2006 as the Managing Attorney for Gulfcoast Legal Services, Inc. where she worked as an Elder Law Attorney assisting clients with consumer, housing, estate planning, family law, and bankruptcy issues. Dawn Marie has been the primary attorney is more than 70 trials. Dawn Marie is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil and Family Law Mediator. Dawn Marie is also trained as a Collaborative Attorney and Mediator.


Professional Associations & Memberships

* Admitted to Florida Bar, September 1999

*Member of Venice Sertoma

* Member of Venice Chamber of Commerce

* Member of Florida Academy of Collaborative Professionals

*Member of International Academy of Collaborative Professionals

*Member of Sarasota County Bar

*Master of Judge John Scheb Inn of Court


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Susannah Coakley Savitsky, Esq.

Graduating also from Stetson University of Law, but in 2008, Susannah also worked for Gulfcoast Legal Services doing landlord tenant law and foreclosure defense law.  Susannah having been a licensed Realtor in Connecticut, Susannah obtained her license in Florida to a Realtor and Broker, which gives her special insight into real estate disputes and foreclosure defense cases. As a Realtor she also has unique experience in helping people with Homeowners Association's and Condominium Associations.


Susannah has been instrumental in helping hundreds of people save their homes or make financially sound decisions about short sales and other options and is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Civil Court and Foreclosure Mediator.


*Admitted to Florida Bar, March 2009

*Certified Circuit Civil Mediator since 2011

* Member of Manatee Area FAWL

*Member of the Manatee County Bar