Catherine M. Carson-Freymann
Cathi is a partner in Goodman McGuffey LLP. Her areas of practice include all aspects of insurance and general liability defense, including personal injury defense, premises liability, automobile liability, and insurance coverage disputes. Ms. Carson-Freymann also has extensive experience with intellectual property litigation, including trademark prosecution and domain name dispute resolution.
Ms. Carson-Freymann graduated cum laude from Ohio University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. She earned her Juris Doctor from University of Florida Levin College of Law, where she served as a member of Law Review.
Ms. Carson-Freymann spent more than eight years as an on-air investigative reporter and legal analyst. She provided commentary on major trials, uncovered fraud, and exposed government waste. She was awarded 1st Place for Investigative Reporting and 1st Place for Individual Achievement by the Florida Associated Press.
Ms. Carson-Freymann is admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, and all courts within the State of Florida. She is also admitted to practice in Georgia.
Crystal H. Bailey
Crystal Bailey serves as the Senior Assistant General Counsel for the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office where she manages agency legal issues including contracts, agency policies and procedures, legal trainings, litigation of risk protection orders and civil asset forfeitures, and routinely advises on public records law, employment law, and Constitutional rights. Prior to joining the sheriff’s office in 2014, Crystal served as an Assistant State Attorney in the 6th Judicial Circuit.
Crystal received her J.D. from Stetson University College of Law and her B.A. from Miami University. She is a member of the John M. Scheb Inn of Court, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and the Florida Association of Police Attorneys.
She is a graduate of the 2017 Gulf Coast Leadership Institute, a former board member of the Police Athletic League of St. Petersburg, and has volunteered her time with the Lawyers for Literacy program, Sarasota and Pinellas County Teen Courts, the Florida Gang Investigator’s Association, and the Ringling College Library Association Town Hall Lecture Series.
Julie A. Liang
Julie A. Liang is the Senior Assistant General Counsel for the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office. Prior to joining the sheriff’s office, Julie was an Assistant State Attorney for the Sixth Judicial Circuit practicing in Pinellas County. As a former prosecutor, Julie specialized in juvenile delinquency and gang prosecution. Julie is a member of the Florida Association of Police Attorneys, the Florida Bar Association, the Florida Gang Investigators Association, the Florida Sheriff’s Association, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Judge John M. Scheb American Inn of Court, and the Sarasota County Bar Association.
Julie is a native Floridian, who received her B.A. cum laude, in Political Science and magna cum laude, in East Asian Language and Literature (Chinese), from the University of Florida. She also received her J.D. from Stetson University College of Law with a certificate of concentration in International Law. Julie enjoys traveling, watching Gator football, finding new restaurants, and taking her miniature poodle, Theodore, and boxer-mix, Brandy, for golf cart rides.
Kelly Roberts is a bankruptcy and business attorney. Her practice includes representing consumer bankruptcy debtors in the Sarasota and Tampa areas, appearing for creditors in bankruptcy proceedings in the Northern, Middle, and Southern Districts of Florida, and assisting small businesses with their startup, contract, and dispute resolutions needs. Ms. Roberts has been included on Florida Super Lawyers “Rising Starts” list for six consecutive years and is a current Florida Bar Business Law Section Fellow.
Ms. Roberts earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of Miami School of Law in 2010. As a law student, she was awarded the American Bankruptcy Institute Medal of Excellence for her work as a Certified Legal Intern for the Eleanor R. Cristol and Judge A. Jay Cristol Bankruptcy Pro Bono Assistance Clinic. After entering practice, Ms. Roberts continued to give her time to the Clinic as a mentor and a guest lecturer on chapter 13 practice. She has served on the steering committee for the University of Miami Bankruptcy Skills Workshop, an annual continuing legal education program benefiting the Louis Phillips Scholarship Fund providing scholarships for law students interested in bankruptcy practice, since 2014.
Throughout her career, Ms. Roberts has been committed to financial literacy education and her local community. While practicing in Miami, she was a frequent speaker for the Miami Dade Legal Aid “Put Something Back” on the topic of bankruptcy for attorneys taking pro bono cases and taught the Credit Abuse Resistance Education (C.A.R.E.) to at-risk youth.
In early 2018, Ms. Roberts moved from Miami to Sarasota. Since her relocation, she opened her firm, Roberts Law, PLLC, and has sought to further financial literacy education in Sarasota and Manatee Counties. Ms. Roberts successfully assisted Manatee County Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division in obtaining a grant to provide financial literacy education to young adults aging out of foster care, and is currently working with Habitat for Humanity Sarasota, Inc. to develop budgeting education for homeowner applicants.
Ms. Roberts is an active member of local, state, and national organizations. She is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute, the Sarasota County Bar Association, the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys, a Barrister Member of the Judge John M. Scheb American Inn of Court, and is currently serving as a Director for the Florida Association of Women Lawyers, Sarasota Chapter.
Amber serves as the City Attorney for the City of North Port, Florida. She manages the City Attorney’s Office, which provides comprehensive general counsel services to the City Commission, advisory boards, and all City departments. Prior to joining the City, Amber practiced local government law in the Dallas area, where she represented more than 40 governmental and quasi-governmental entities as general and special counsel. She has briefed and argued appeals before the Texas Supreme Court and numerous state courts of appeals. She has also litigated cases to jury verdict in state and federal courts. Amber formerly served as an Associate Municipal Court Judge, presiding over trial and pretrial dockets for Class C misdemeanors and performing magistrate duties in the city jail.
Amber is admitted to practice in Florida and Texas, as well as the United States Supreme Court and numerous federal district courts. She received her J.D. from Baylor University School of Law and her B.A., summa cum laude, from Southwest Baptist University in Missouri.
Amber serves as a committee chair for the City, County, Local Government Section of the Florida Bar and sits on the Board of Directors for The Florida Center for Early Childhood, Inc. Amber formerly sat on the Board of Directors for Operation Kindness, Inc., North Texas’ largest no-kill animal shelter, and volunteered for Guardian Angel Dog Rescue. Outside the office, she enjoys photography, reading, listening to podcasts, and spending time with her family, which includes three rescue dogs.
Michele is an attorney with Maglio Christopher & Toale, P.A. handling defective medical device cases in State and Federal Courts throughout the country.
Ms. Stephan has represented clients in civil litigation for over 20 years. Her experience includes litigating matters involving products liability/defective medical devices, mass torts, personal injury, nursing home negligence, federal civil rights litigation, international child abduction under The Hague Convention, and international matters involving civil theft and fraud. In addition to her trial experience, Ms. Stephan has handled appellate matters before the Second District Court of Appeals and is certified by the Florida Supreme Court as a mediator in the areas of circuit civil and family.
Ms. Stephan has a longstanding commitment to helping low income and indigent persons in need of legal services. She was awarded the 2017 Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono Award for the Twelfth Judicial Circuit, the 2017 Florida Association for Women Lawyers “Leaders in the Law” award and has been featured by News Channel 9 as an “Everyday Hero” and Sarasota News Network’s “People You Should Know.” She has also been awarded the 2015 Distinguished Community Service Award from the Sarasota County Bar Association, the 2015, 2014 and 2011 Service to the Community Award by Legal Aid of Manasota, the 2008 Member of the Year award from the Sarasota County Chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers and was recognized by the Supreme Court of Florida in 2007 for outstanding pro-bono service.
She has also been committed to serving the legal profession and community. Ms. Stephan is a member of the Twelfth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee and the Sarasota County Bar Association Programs Committee. She is a past president of the Sarasota County chapter of the Florida Association for Women Layers, a past Chair of the Sarasota County Bar Association Alternate Dispute Resolution section, a past editor of the Sarasota County Bar Association legal newspaper “The Docket,” a Master Emeritus of the Judge John M. Scheb American Inn of Court and a member of the member of the Florida Bar, the Sarasota County Bar Association and the American Association for Justice.
Ms. Stephan also serves as a volunteer judge for Teen Court of Sarasota County and teaches a pro se divorce clinic for Legal Aid of Manasota. She has served as a board member of the Suncoast Partnership to End Homelessness, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Suncoast and the Friends of the Selby Public Library.