Philip J. Schipani, ESQ

Philip J. Schipani, ESQ

Attorney
Location:
Sarasota, Florida
Phone:
941-366-8333
Fax:
941-366-7331
Email:

Philip J. Schipani is an attorney practicing in all areas of Family Law. Schipani was admitted to the Florida Bar in 2002 and is a 1998 graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University where he received his Bachelors of Arts degree in Political Science. He graduated Cum Laude from the University of Miami School of Law with a Juris Doctor degree in 2001.

Philip grew up in Northern Virginia outside of Washington D.C. Philip began practicing Family Law during his second year of Law School, when he obtained his certificate as a certified legal intern, which allowed him to practice in the State Courts of Florida. During that time, he interned with the Miami-Dade County Legal Aid Society. At Legal Aid in Miami, Philip litigated divorce cases and represented numerous individuals obtaining domestic violence injunctions.

Upon graduation of Law School, Philip's first job was working for two Miami-Dade County Family Court Judges as a case manager. During his time working with the Court system he gained valuable experience and knowledge of the family court system from the inside out. Part of his duties were to manage the Judges' caseloads and help pro se litigants obtain divorces and other relief in the Family Court system.

He is a member of the Manatee County Bar Association, Sarasota County Bar Association and Business Networking International. He is also currently volunteering as a Justice Teacher at Myakka City Elementary School, a business partner with Myakka City Elementary School and speaks to other local students about the constitution and Bill of rights. During Law School, he was a Judicial Intern for Federal Magistrate John J. O'Sullivan in Miami, FL. He also participates in the annual Law Week in Sarasota County, and is the recipient of an award for his pro bono work at Legal Aid in 2008.

Areas of Practice

  • Family Law
  • Adoption
  • Child Support
  • Custody & Visitation
  • Divorce
  • Stepparent Adoption
  • High End Divorces
  • Equitable Distribution
  • Domestic Violence

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Board Certified Specialist in Marital and Family Law

Bar Admissions

  • Florida, 2002

Education

  • University of Miami School of Law, Coral Gables, Florida
    • J.D. cum laude - 2001
    • Honors: C.A.L.I. Award for Excellence in Legal Ethics
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Virginia
    • B.A. - 1998
    • Major: Political Science

Classes/Seminars

  • Justice Teacher, Myakka City Elementary School

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Manatee County Bar Association
  • Sarasota County Bar Association
  • Business Networking International
  • Middle District of Florida Court
  • Florida Bar Family Rules and Forms Committee
  • Florida Bar Family Domestic Violence Committee

Past Employment Positions

  • Green, Ackerman & Frost, P.A., Boca Raton, FL, Litigation Attorney, 2003 - 2005
  • 11th Judicial Circuit Family Division, Miami, FL, Case Manager, 2002
  • Legal Aid of Miami-Dade, Certified Legal Intern, 2001
  • Federal Magistrate John J. O'Sullivan, Judicial Intern, 2000

Pro Bono Activities

  • Myakka City Elementary School, Business Partner