Directors

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.


Marjorie Chalfant

Marjorie Chalfant is a medical malpractice attorney with more than 30 years of combined medical and legal experience. Prior to becoming an attorney, she worked as a critical care Registered Nurse in numerous hospitals and nursing homes in Central Florida.  She also worked at most of the major hospitals in the Seattle area, including Harborview, which is one of the top emergency/trauma centers in the nation.

Since graduating law school in 1991, Marjorie has applied her extensive nursing experience to her law practice.  She specializes in wrongful death and catastrophic injury cases, representing patients and their surviving family members in medical malpractice and serious injury cases.

When difficult cases don’t settle, Marjorie is ready to represent her clients through trial to get justice.  Knowing the medicine and being familiar with complex medical problems gives her the advantage in representing injured clients.

After graduating from high school at the age of 16 she attended nursing school and was Vice-President of her nursing class (at the age of 17).  Throughout nursing school she worked as a Nursing Assistant in many Florida hospitals and nursing homes.  After graduating from nursing school at the age of 18 she continued her college education at the University of Central Florida while working as a Critical Care nurse.  While obtaining pre-requisites for law school Marjorie managed a cardiac rehabilitation and wellness program for Winter Park Memorial Hospital (now part of the Florida Hospital/Adventist Health System), and started a very innovative pulmonary rehabilitation program for patients suffering with COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) and other respiratory disabilities.

While attending Seattle University School of Law, Marjorie worked at Harborview, a Level I Trauma Center.  After graduating from law school, Marjorie continued to work as a Trauma Nurse at Harborview while building her own specialty medical malpractice and serious injury law firm in the Seattle (Bellevue) area.

Marjorie knows the standards of care and what is expected of nurses, physicians and other healthcare providers.  As an experienced Registered Nurse, she knows what goes on “behind the scenes” in hospitals and nursing homes, and she is extremely comfortable with reviewing and understanding medical records and complex medical issues.  Her exceptional results with difficult and complex cases have demonstrated her advantage in having combined careers in nursing and law.  In addition to the satisfaction of getting justice for her clients, Marjorie enjoys the intellectual challenge and complexity of medical-legal cases.

When Marjorie is away from her office she enjoys spending time on her ranch with her daughters and horses.


Omaira Dauta

Omaira Dauta has spent her legal career defending clients’ interests in civil lawsuits. Presently, she focuses on the protection of Florida consumers in unfair debt collections, debt settlement negotiation and debt lawsuit defense, bankruptcy protection, and consumer claims involving unfair or deceptive business practices.

As a member of The Florida Bar, Omaira handles cases in all counties in the state of Florida and is also admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida. She has represented clients in hundreds of civil cases and controversies, and has experience in administrative proceedings, and county and small claims matters. She is also a Certified Circuit Court Mediator, Notary Public and speaks Spanish fluently. Omaira is a member of the Sarasota, Manatee and Pinellas County chapters of FAWL, the local Bar Associations for Hillsborough and Manatee County, St. Petersburg and Clearwater and is the Vice President of her homeowners’ association.

Omaira is married to a local firefighter and together they have two children. When she is not practicing law, she enjoys exploring the area’s local museums and parks with her family. In her alone time, find her in your local yoga studio or paddle boarding the beautiful waters of the Gulf Coast.


Pamela  Fields. Esq.

Pam graduated in 2006 from Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport Florida. She opened her own law practice in Sarasota, concentrating in family law issues such as divorce and child support. In June 2009, she joined Legal Aid of Manasota as a staff attorney and practiced in the Venice office for 5 years serving income eligible clients who needed legal assistance with foreclosure lawsuits on their personal residences. In 2014, Pam accepted the position of Pro Bono Coordinator and moved to the main office of Legal Aid of Manasota in downtown Sarasota. As the Pro Bono Coordinator, Pam is responsible for placing qualifying cases with volunteer pro bono attorneys, developing new pro bono projects, and recruiting volunteers.

Pam is a member of the Florida Bar Association and both the Sarasota County and Manatee County Bar Associations. She is the Treasurer of the Florida Pro Bono Coordinator’s Association and is on the Board of the Sarasota Chapter of the Florida Association of Women Lawyers. She is also a Board member as well as a Mentor for the Take Stock in Children/Sarasota Chapter program and volunteers at Teen Court in Sarasota. Pam also is a Sarasota County appointee on the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee.


Emily Garriott

Emily K. Garriott is an Associate Attorney with Syprett Meshad and she is admitted to practice in the State of Florida. Being born and raised in Sarasota, Ms. Garriott has a strong commitment to the community and chose to return upon graduation from law school.

In 2015, Ms. Garriott was awarded her Juris Doctorate degree, graduating cum laude from University of Florida Levin College of Law. In law school, Ms. Garriott was the recipient of two book awards for achieving the top grade in the classes of Florida Criminal Procedure and Interviewing, Counseling, & Negotiation. Ms. Garriott was a member of the Student Recruitment Team, the Treasurer of the Phi Delta Phi Legal Honor Society and was awarded a Community Service Certificate and a Pro Bono Certificate for her pro bono legal work while in law school. Prior to law school, she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and a minor in Family, Youth, and Community Science from the University of Florida, where she graduated cum laude.

Prior to joining Syprett Meshad, Ms. Garriott was an Assistant State Attorney in the 12th Judicial Circuit State Attorney’s Office, where she represented the State of Florida in the criminal prosecution of Defendants. During her employment at the State Attorney’s Office, she conducted jury trials and all other stages of criminal prosecution.
In 2017, Ms. Garriott was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Children’s Guardian Fund (CGF). A privately funded organization, CGF provides financial assistance to meet the emergency needs of more than 1,000 children in foster and state care in Florida’s 12th Judicial Circuit. She is a member of the Junior League of Sarasota. Ms. Garriott also involved in the John M. Scheb Inn of Court and the Sarasota County Bar Association.


Tina Mroczkowski

Tina Mroczkowski is an attorney at Bowman, George, Scheb, Kimbrough, Koach & Chapman, P.A. She practices in the areas of estate planning and administration, tax exempt organizations, corporate and real estate law. She has over 21 years of experience. In addition to her law degree, she has an LLM in Taxation from DePaul University School of Law. She was admitted to the Illinois State Bar in 1996, to the Florida Bar in 2012 and to practice before the United States Tax Court in 1997.

Ms. Mroczkowski is very active in the community. In addition to being the Governance Chair for the Florida Association of Women Lawyers, Sarasota Chapter, she is a member of the Southwest Florida Estate Planning Council, the Southwest Florida Planned Giving Council, Sarasota County Bar Association, Florida Bar Association and serves on several boards of directors including Children’s Guardian Fund (Secretary), Sarasota Catholic Lawyers Guild (Treasurer), Cenacle Legal Services (Director) and on the Diocesan School Board for the Diocese of Venice (Director). In addition she has served as a Guardian Ad Litem for the 12th Judicial District.

Bowman, George, Scheb, Kimbrough, Koach & Chapman, PA has been in existence for over 1912. It is the oldest and one of the most respected law firms in Sarasota specializing in the areas of estate planning and administration, tax exempt organizations, corporate and real estate law.


Tonya Willis Pitts

Tonya Willis Pitts, Esq. practices in the areas of bankruptcy, civil litigation, and probate. She is admitted to the practice of law in the State of Florida and the U.S. Middle District Court of Florida. She is a member of the Sarasota County Bar Association.

Mrs. Pitts received her undergraduate from Florida A&M University where she graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a certification in Human Resource Management.

In 2000, Mrs. Pitts earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of Florida Levin College of Law. Mrs. Pitts was also the highest ranked student in the Gator Teamchild Juvenile Law Clinic, receiving the Cousins & Associates Book Award in 1999 for outstanding representation of clients in juvenile law matters.

Mrs. Pitts provides litigation and consultation services in the areas of credit disputes, contract disputes, credit reporting, debt collection, foreclosure, bankruptcy, credit billing, and probate matters among other areas of law. Ms. Pitts volunteers her time in various community activities and multiple professional organizations and boards.


Amber Slayton

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.


Honorary Member

Anne Stinnett