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Sheila M. Lake

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Top Rated Real Estate Attorney in St. Petersburg, FL

Lake Law Firm
475 Central Ave, Suite 402
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Phone: 727-592-1812
Selected to Rising Stars: 2021 - 2022
Licensed in Florida Since: 2018
Practice Areas: Real Estate: Business, Real Estate: Consumer
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At Lake Law Firm, Sheila Lake presents clients in the state of Florida. Her practice focuses on legal issues related to real estate, business formation, civil litigation, property law, title closings and community associations. Early in her career, she served victims of violence as they sought legal help as a Vancouver, Washington, legal advocate before spending 15 years as a firm administrator in Florida.

Ms. Lake graduated from Eckerd College with a Bachelor in American Studies with a focus in Political Science before attending law school. With a concentration in Constitutional Law, she graduated from Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School with a Juris Doctor. She is currently an adjunct professor at her former law school and serves within her community as a business owner and employer.

Since 2019, she has served as the general counsel for Townhomes of Summerfield Homeowner’s Association, Inc. and Bayway Isles Homeowner’s Club, Inc. During her career, she has represented individuals, real estate developers and community associations in both commercial and residential closings. Admitted to practice in the state of Florida, she is also admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida.

In 2017, Ms. Lake was given a certificate of merit in wills, estates and trusts, and received many honors and distinctions during her time as a student and her early career as a lawyer. The Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law Journal gave her the Andaloro Award, and she was included in the Who’s Who among students in American Universities and Colleges in 2015.

About Sheila M. Lake

First Admitted: 2018, Florida

Professional Webpage: http://www.lakelawfirmpa.com/about.shtml

Pro bono/Community Service

  • WMU Cooley chapter of Help Save the Next Girl, Director of Professional Public Relations
  • Alumni Mentoring Program, Founder
  • Alumni Outreach Program with the WMU Cooley Law School Alumni Association, Committee Chair
  • WMU Straight and Gay Alliance, Vice President, 2017
  • I represented a recent law school graduate whose landlord attempted to keep a $4,700 deposit for "cleaning", 2020
  • I Support Youth, Board Member and a Mentor
  • I represent an individual borrower in a mortgage foreclosure case, where the bank accepted the trial payments for a modification and monies from Florida's Hardest Hit Program and then refused to accept my client's payments stating that they never received "an acceptable signed modification agreement," because my client sent in the agreement in an envelope other than the one the bank provided., 2018
  • I represented a young woman who lost her father unexpectedly and the only asset was his home. I was able to get the home declared as homestead and the property passed to her by operation of law., 2018
  • I represented a veteran who was being evicted due to nonpayment. Plaintiff amended complaint for a cause not covered under COVID protections. I negotiated a 30 day move out in exchange for dismissing the case with prejudice. , 2021

Educational Background

  • Eckerd College, Bachelors in American Studies with a concentration in Political Science , 2015

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Middle District of Florida, 2018
  • Florida Bar, 2018

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • In light of the recent upsurge in the social acceptance of nontraditional gender roles, which encouraged the court to hear Obergefell v. Hodges, other members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Transgendered, Queer, and Intersex (LGBTQI) community, are being left out of the equality that Obergefell implies. Particularly the transgender community, who are now the subject of attack from less progressive members of our society and who still have to endure discrimination based on their gender preference, are left without the protections required in regard to their everyday life. This article argues that gender self-identification should be a fundamental right., Author, THE RIGHT TO GENDER SELF-IDENTIFICATION - POST OBERGEFELL, Western Michigan University Cooley Journal of Practical and Clinical Law, 2018

Verdicts/Settlements

  • I represented an employer in an employment discrimination action, where the Plaintiff alleged the employer failed to hire due to her religious beliefs. Under the statute the employer did not meet the definition of an employer, after a hard fought final hearing the action was dismissed with prejudice., 2018
  • I represented a Homeowner's Association in a quiet title action, where the original developer mistakenly deeded the Association's property to the master association. Both association's governing documents forbid the transfer of the property from the master association to the sub-association. The title company required a declaratory judgment stating that the sub Association was the intended grantee and is and always was the legal and equitable owner of the property., 2019
  • I represented a law firm in a FDCPA. I was able to settle this case in a short period of time for attorney fees only, saving my client thousands of dollars in litigation fees and statutory damages., 2019
  • I represented the commercial property owner in an ADA action. I was able to settle this case within a short period of time, saving my client thousands of dollars in the process., 2018
  • I represented the borrower in a foreclosure action, he had a mortgage modification but when the loan was transferred to the Plaintiff over two years later they refused to honor the modification. The case took over four years and went to trial. The signed modification agreement (countersigned by the bank) was never sent to my client and the Plaintiff argued Statute of Frauds. The Court found for my client and issued an Order Dismissing the Case and finding that there was a valid modification. The Court also awarded my client with his reasonable attorney fees., 2020
  • I was able to obtain a settlement for a failure to disclose in a real estate deal that fully satisfied my client’s damages. , 2021

Representative Clients

  • Bayway Isles Homeowner's Club, Inc. - I am the general counsel and handle all general association matters., 2019
  • Townhomes of Summerfield Homeowner's Association, Inc. - I am the general counsel and handle all general association matters, as well as all collections for delinquent assessments., 2019

Honors/Awards

  • , Super Lawyers Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2021
  • , Honor Roll WMU Cooley, 2016 - 2017
  • , Pro Bono Pledge Completion Certificate
  • , Andaloro Award, WMU Cooley Law Journal
  • , Certificate of Merit – Wills, Estates & Trusts, Fall 2017
  • , WMU Alumni Distinguished Student Award
  • , WMU Leadership Achievement Award
  • , Phi Delta Phi International Graduate of the Year (2017) Nominee
  • , WMU Dux Honoree, 2015 - 2016
  • , Dean’s List WMU Cooley, 2016 - 2017
  • , Certificate of Merit – Research & Writing, Spring 2016
  • , Excellence in American Studies
  • , Honor Role WMU Cooley, Fall 2015
  • , Dean’s List WMU Cooley, Fall 2015
  • , Clifford F. Griggs Award
  • , Excellence in the Field of American Studies
  • , Dean’s List, 2013 - 2015
  • , The Irving G. Foster Award
  • , Who’s Who among Students in American Universities and College, 2015
  • , PEL Honor’s Program
  • , Dean’s List, 2001 - 2002

Transactions

  • I’ve successfully raised the number of closings my firm is handling to more than triple my first year opened. , 2021

Industry Groups

  • Civil Litigation involving Real Property
  • Community Associations
  • Real Estate Development
  • Residential and Commercial Closings
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Office Location for Sheila M. Lake

475 Central Ave
Suite 402
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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