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Philip J. Schipani

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Sarasota, FL

Schipani, Norman, & McLain, P.A.
1605 Main Street, Suite 1110
Sarasota, FL 34236
Phone: 941-366-8333
Fax: 941-366-7331
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2017 - 2022
Selected to Rising Stars: 2015 - 2016
Licensed in Florida Since: 2002
Practice Areas: Family Law
Attorney Profile

With almost 17 years of experience, Philip J. Schipani is a founding attorney at the Law Office of Schipani, Norman, & McLain, P.A. Philip J. Schipani handles all issues related to family law for those in Sarasota County, Manatee County and Charlotte County in Florida. He has a passion for helping others as evidenced by his past work with Miami-Dade County Legal Aid Society, where he obtained injunctions for domestic violence and litigated cases of divorce, and his work as a business partner for the Myakka City Elementary School.                       

His areas of practice extend to all matters of family law, including domestic violence, equitable distribution, high-end divorces, stepparent adoption, divorce, custody and visitation, child support and adoption. After earning a Bachelor of Arts in 1998 in political science from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, he went on to earn a Juris Doctor from the University of Miami School of Law, graduating cum laude and with honors, including the CALI Excellence for the Future Award for obtaining the highest grade in Legal Ethics in his class. Currently Mr. Schipani serves on the executive council of the Family Law Section of the Florida Bar, the legislative committee of the Family Law Section of the Florida Bar and is co-chair for the Domestic Violence and Rules and Forms Commitee for the Family Law Section of the Florida Bar.                                                                          

As a current member of the Manatee County Bar Association, the Sarasota County Bar Association, Business Network International, and the Family Rules and Forms Committee and Family Domestic Violence Committee of The Florida Bar, Mr. Schipani is committed to developing professional relationships to better serve his clients. He is admitted to practice in Florida and before the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida. 

Mr. Schipani is also a justice teacher for Myakka City Elementary School, educating students from various schools about the Bill of Rights and the U.S. Constitution. 

Practice Areas
  • 100%Family Law
Focus Areas

Adoption, Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Name Change, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Mediation & Collaborative Law, Same Sex Family Law, Father's Rights

Selections

6 Years Super Lawyers
2 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2017 - 2022
  • Rising Stars: 2015 - 2016

Certificates and Credentials

About Philip J. Schipani

First Admitted: 2002, Florida

Professional Webpage: https://www.manasotalawyer.com/Attorneys/Philip-J-Schipani-e...

Educational Background

  • University College London- Summer Study Abroad, 2000
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Virginia, B.A., Major: Political Science, 1998

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Legal Aid, 2008
  • Myakka City Elementary School, Justice Teacher
  • Myakka City Elementary School, Business Partner

Honors/Awards

  • Sarasota County Bar Association, Bronze Award for Pro-Bono Service, Sarasota County Bar Association, 2009
  • Center for Computer Assisted Legal Instruction, C.A.L.I. Award for Excellence in Legal Ethics, Center for Computer Assisted Legal Instruction, 2000
  • University of Miami, Cum Laude, University of Miami, 2001
  • Manasota Legal Aid, Bronze Pro Bono Award, Manasota Legal Aid, 2008
  • Gene Witt Elementry, Certificate of Appreciation, Gene Witt Elementry, 2007
  •   Sarasota County Bar Association, Bronze Award for Pro Bono Service, Sarasota County Bar Association, 2010
  • Legal Aid of Manasota, Lawyers Giving Back, Legal Aid of Manasota, 2012
  • Sarasota County Bar Association, Silver Award for Pro Bono Service, Sarasota County Bar Association, 2011
  • C.A.L.I. Award for Excellence in Legal Ethics, University of Miami School of Law, Coral Gables, Florida, 2000
  • American Society of Legal Advocates, Top 40 Lawyers Under 40 Family Law, American Society of Legal Advocates, 2013

Bar/Professional Activity

  • American Society of Legal Advocates 2013-Present, 2013
  • Co-Chair Domestic Violence Committee of the Family Law Section of the Florida Bar, 2019
  • Co-Chair Rules and Forms Committee of the Family Law Section of the Florida Bar, 2019
  • Member of the Legislative Committee of the Family Law Section of the Florida Bar, 2019
  • Executive Council Family Law Section of the Florida Bar, 2019
  • Florida, 2002
  • Business Networking International, Member
  • Florida Bar Family Domestic Violence Committee
  • Sarasota County Bar Association, Member
  • Florida Bar Family Rules and Forms Committee
  • Manatee County Bar Association, Member
  • Middle District of Florida Court

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Speaker, All day seminar on Domestic Violence, Florida Bar, 2013
  • Gave a case law summary for a CLE sponsored by the Florida Bar on Domestic Violence, Speaker, Speaker at All Day CLE by Florida Bar on Domestic Violence, 2018

Verdicts/Settlements

  • Reported Decision Domestic Violence Case.  Pashtenko v. Pashtenko, 148 So.3d 545 (Fla. 2nd DCA 2014), 2014

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Board Certified Specialist in Marital and Family Law by the Florida Bar, 2014
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Office Location for Philip J. Schipani

1605 Main Street
Suite 1110
Sarasota, FL 34236

Phone: 941-366-8333

Fax: 941-366-7331

Last Updated: 6/27/2022

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