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Sherri K. DeWitt

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Sherri K. DeWitt was born and grew up in Middletown, New York. She was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1982 and has been authorized to practice before the U.S District Court of the Middle District of Florida since 1983 and before the U.S. Court of Appeal since 1985. She received her B.A. Cum Laude in 1973 and Ph.D. in 1977 from State University of New York at Binghamton. Dr. DeWitt received her J.D. Degree from Cornell University in 1982. She was an editor of the Cornell Law Review and is the author of a book and numerous articles. Dr. DeWitt also is a certified mediator.

Get to know Sherri DeWitt on The DeWitt Law Review

Education
J.D. Degree: May, 1982, Cornell Law School
Cornell Law Review, Editor

Cornell Institute on Organized Crime, Research Associate Florida State Law Review, Visiting Editor, 1981-1982

Ph.D. Degree: 1978, State University of New York at Binghamton, Political Science
President, Graduate Student Organization, 1976-1979

B.A. Cum Laude: 1973, State University of New York at Binghamton
Undergraduate Representative to Political Science Advisory Committee,

Notable Cases
Tax Deed Sales
Vosilla v. Rosado, 944 So. 2d 289 (Fla. 2006) (due process under the Fourteenth Amendment required the clerk to take additional reasonable steps to notify the owners of the tax deed sale.)

Surna Constr., Inc. v. Morrill, 50 So. 3d 47 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 5th Dist. 2010)(In any proceeding which is to be accorded finality, due process requires notice reasonably calculated, under all the circumstances, to apprise interested parties of the pendency of the action and afford them an opportunity to present their objections. Subject to this limitation, the legislature has the authority to determine the extent and character of the notice which shall be given by the state before property is sold for nonpayment of taxes.)

Family Law
Bacchus v. Bacchus, 108 So. 3d 712 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 5th Dist. 2013)(The clear purpose of § 741.30(5)(c), Fla. Stat. is to preserve the status quo pending a final evidentiary hearing. It does not contemplate entry of a series of temporary injunctions in lieu of a full hearing on a permanent injunction.)

Cogen v. Cogen, 2008 Fla. App. LEXIS 15246 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 5th Dist. 2008)(it was error to award rehabilitative alimony where the former wife failed to present evidence of a rehabilitative plan.)

Topel v. Topel, 2014 Fla. App. LEXIS 20588 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 5th Dist. Dec. 19, 2014)(alimony awards must be supported by competent, substantial evidence that demonstrates the need for support and the paying spouse’s ability to pay).

Garcia v. Roldan, 2012 Fla. App. LEXIS 10636 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 5th Dist. 2012)(Dominican Republic divorce was not finalized prior to entry into second marriage, so second marriage was void).

Business Litigation
Bank of Winter Park v. Resolution Trust Corp., 633 So. 2d 53 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 5th Dist. 1994)(A garnishee bank prevails over a judgment garnishor where the garnishee bank’s set-off rights accrued upon the depositor’s default prior to the bank receiving service of the writ of garnishment.)

Mt. Dora v. Jj’s Mobile Homes, 579 So. 2d 219 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 5th Dist. 1991)

Bonito Boats, Inc. v. Thunder Craft Boats, Inc., 487 So. 2d 395 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 5th Dist. 1986)

Probate Litigation
Smith v. DeParry, 86 So. 3d 1228 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 2d Dist. 2012)

Lectures
Speaker: Legal Issues with Tax Deed Sales, Barry Law School, 2008
Speaker: Family Law Litigation, National Business Institute, 2008
Speaker: Florida Real Estate Law: Solutions to the Most Common Problems, National Business Institute, 2003
Speaker: Statutory and Case Law Update, Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, 1994
Speaker: Professional Liability, Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, 1993
Speaker: Land Use Litigation, Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, 1992 Annual Convention
Speaker: The Lender’s Approach to Bankruptcy

Lecturer: Mortgage Foreclosure Seminars
Lecturer: Central Florida Small Business Administration

Guest Speaker: SUNY Binghamton Alumni Assoc., The Binghamton Club, WSKG-TV
Guest Speaker: Consumer Legal Affairs: Case and Comment, Legal Considerations in Purchasing a Residence; FM90 Plus Radio

Invited Paper: “Liberal Democracy and the Modern Worker”
Legal and Ethical Considerations in Business, IBM Seminars, White Plains, N.Y.

Publications

“Family Law Litigation: Initial Interview, Overview, Control and Focus”, National Business Institute, 2008

“Ethical Considerations in Real Estate Transactions”, National Business Institute, 2003
The Florida Bar Action Line: Real Property, Probate, and Trust Law Section, March/April 1992, “What Real Property Lawyers Should Know About Bankruptcy.”

The Florida Bar Action Line: Real Property, Probate, and Trust Law Section, Sept/Oct 1990, “The Constitutionality of the Legislative Mandate to Server Counterclaims in Mortgage Foreclosure Actions.”

The Florida Bar Action Line: Real Property, Probate, and Trust Law Section, Jan/Feb 1990, Legislative Update, “Liens, Loans, and Title Insurance.”

Orange County Bar Briefs: April 1991, Co-Author: “Liquidated Damages Provisions Unenforceable: Alternatives.”

Handbook for Young Lawyers, Author of Real Property Section

Worker Participation and the Crisis of Liberal Democracy- Westview Press, 1980

“An Evaluation of Reverse Commute Demonstration Projects” National Science Foundation, Washington, D.C.

“Home Builders Association” magazine- miscellaneous articles

Community Service

President, Cornell Alumni Association, Board Member,
Greater Orlando Project- 2000, Inc. Arts, Culture and Recreation Task Force
Leadership Orlando
Kinnert Council on Aging – Board Member
Center Players Theatre Group, Board member, President
Orlando International Fringe Festival, Board Member

Professional Affiliations
The Florida Bar
Judicial Relations Committee, 1998-2005
Law and Education Committee, 1989-present
Mid-Year Florida Bar Convention Committee, 1990
Real Property and Probate Committee

Orange County Bar Association
Member, Federal and State Trial Practice Committee
Law and Education Committee
Chair, Legal Forum Committee, 1987-1988
Member and Chair, Publication Subcommittee of Real Property and Probate

Florida Association for Women Lawyers
Secretary, 1990-1991
State Representative, 1989-1990
Chair, Mid-Year Meeting, 1990
Bar Directory Committee 1990-1991

Central Florida Association for Women Lawyers
Liason with Orange County Bar, 1987-1988
Treasurer, 1985-1987
Chair, Judicial Reception Committee, 1986
Member, Bar Directory Committee, 1989

Young Lawyers
Handbook for Young Lawyers

Association of Trial Lawyers for America – Member

Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers
Chair- Elect Commercial Litigation Section, 1993-1994
Secretary of Commercial Litigation, 1992-1993
Board Member-1992 – Present

American Arbitration Association – Panel of Arbitrators
Inns of Court – Member

DeWitt Law Legal Resources

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A divorce is a stressful process for any family. One home splitting into two can affect your life, your children, your home, and your assets. As you move through the divorce process, it is important to understand each stage of the divorce and how to protect yourself, your children, and your assets. It is also imperative to have an advocate by your side who can properly guide you through the divorce process. Failing to do so may lead to irreversible consequences.

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Attorney Christopher Nasseh of the DeWitt Law Firm speaks with Todd Ulrich from Action 9 regarding his efforts to recover money on behalf of one alleged victims.

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On June 26, 2015, in a landmark decision, the United States Supreme Court in Obergefell v. Hodges, held that the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution requires all states to license a marriage between two people of the same sex and further requires that all states recognize same sex marriages lawfully licensed and performed out of state.

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