Attorneys

Professional Legal Service In Sarasota And The Surrounding Areas

Your attorney should be knowledgeable, passionate, creative, responsive, dependable and be able to work tenaciously at obtaining the best possible result for his/her clients, and this is precisely the quality of work and representation you will get when you hire our offices. Additionally, we put our professional and friendly staff at your service giving you the prompt and personalized service you deserve. The Kowtko Law Group, P.A. combines modern innovation and thinking with classical law in our family and criminal practice areas to bring our clients powerful, efficient, and cost-effective legal representation in our practice.

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Owner/ Managing Attorney

Matthew is the owner and managing attorney at the Kowtko Law Group, P.A. Matt’s approach to the practice of law combines pragmatism, innovation, dependability, dedication, and tenacity. He's a persuasive and successful trial lawyer, as well as an assertive and decisive negotiator. Clients describe him as compassionate, knowledgeable, professional, responsive, and a bull in the courtroom with his keen ability to think clearly and rapidly under pressure. Matthew is a Georgia native and has been helping Sarasota families through some of the most difficult times of their lives since 2014. Legal issues often devolve and quickly become emotionally draining, consuming a person's time, energy, and financial resources. Being a family man himself helps Matt empathize with the stress and the emotional toll that comes with dealing with the important and sensitive issues involved in family and criminal law matters. This makes it easy for him to be a good listener, compassionate, patient, and understand his client’s needs. From the moment you meet Matt, he will educate you in the process of...

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Senior Associate Attorney

A native of Minnesota, Ms. O’Bannon graduated from Iowa State University in 2003 with a Bachelor’s Degrees in Political Science and Liberal Studies. She attended law school at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, earning her Juris Doctorate in 2009.

Beginning in November of 2009, Ms. O’Bannon established her own practice in Council Bluffs, Iowa — just across the river from Omaha. For nine years, O’Bannon Law served clients in SW Iowa and Eastern Nebraska, assisting them with family law, juvenile law, and criminal defense matters. Ms. O’Bannon closed her practice in October 2018 to relocate to Parrish, Florida.

Ms. O’Bannon continues to serve her clients in the areas of family and juvenile law. She is passionate about assisting her clients while they navigate their families through the legal system. She knows how hard legal matters can be, and she works to help them find their “new normal.” Families come in all shapes and sizes, and it is Ms. O’Bannon’s focus to ensure that families endure through what can be...

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Of Counsel Attorney

Jay offers clients the experience needed to represent them effectively in a variety of different practice areas. Some of these include Florida family law matters like wills and trusts, real estate law, contractual disputes, debt collection, and various other civil litigation matters. Jay takes pride in providing personal attention to each and every client, and he will be the attorney working directly with them on their case. Clients will also receive his direct phone line and/or his personal cell phone for communication throughout the legal process.

Jay offers hands-on and in-depth knowledge with a proven track record. Jay earned his Bachelor of Arts (BA, Magna Cum Laude, 1993) from Arizona State University and earned his law degree (J.D. 1998) from the Northwestern School of Law (Lewis & Clark College) in Portland, OR, where he also earned the “Outstanding Oral Advocacy in Law” award.

Since relocating to Florida in 2002, Jay has been active in the residential real estate market, with a particular focus in foreclosures beginning in 2008...

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Associate Attorney

Michael Wallach was born and raised in Sarasota, Florida, graduating from Sarasota High School in 2005. During high school, Michael was a nationally-recognized Speech and Debate competitor. Prior to returning to Sarasota, Michael attended Florida State University where he obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science, with a minor in Communication. During his time at Florida State, Michael worked for Governor Charlie Crist in his Legislative Affairs office. Upon graduation, Michael attended Florida A&M College of Law in Orlando, Florida. Michael was a co-founder of the Florida A&M College of Law Jewish Legal Society along with being a Research Assistant and Teaching Assistant. Michael also had the opportunity to intern with the Florida Office of the Attorney General in their Consumer Protection Division. In his final year of law school, Michael participated in the Housing Clinic at Florida A&M, assisting clients facing residential foreclosure and landlord/tenant issues. Michael’s passion for helping others and his dedication to public and community...

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Support Staff

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Director of Marketing & Client Relations

Mrs. Kowtko manages the client relations and administrative operations for Kowtko Law Group, as well as overseeing the marketing and advertising operations of the firm. Mrs. Susana Kowtko was born in Caracas, Venezuela, where she studied Graphic Design prior to moving to the United States where she obtained a technical degree in Graphic and Web Design, an associate's degree in Marketing & Advertising, and a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Management. Mrs. Kowtko has extensive work experience in graphic design, web design, sales, and marketing.

Before moving to Sarasota from Orlando, FL, Mrs. Kowtko worked as an Integrative Marketing Solutions Consultant at Entravision Communications (Univision - Orlando, and Salsa 98.1 FM WNUE). Prior to deciding to help her husband grow his law firm, she worked at AgeVital Pharmacy, Inc., in Sarasota,FL, in the capacity of Assistant Manager & Marketing Executive. Susana is also an active local Realtor and grows her real estate business in her spare time. Her favorite things to do are spending time at the beach with her daughter...

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Receptionist & Legal Secretary

Mrs. Enge is an integral part of the Kowtko Law Group in the capacity of front desk legal receptionist and client services personnel. Her roll includes the handling of all incoming phone calls, scheduling appointments, routing incoming and outgoing phone calls, and assisting attorneys and the marketing director with various clerical and administrative tasks. Mrs. Yenny Enge was born in Bogota, Colombia where she studied Airlines Administration and obtained her associate degree in the same field. After obtaining her degree, she held various customer service positions with Avianca Airlines — one of Colombia’s largest and most prestigious airlines — until she moved to the United States of America. Since then Mrs. Enge has held many corporate and retail customer service positions including top management positions. She has more than fifteen years of experience dealing with clients, customers, and managing employees. In her free time Yenny enjoys everything that Sarasota has to offer, including going to the beach, boating, and watching beautiful sunsets with her husband.

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Legal Assistant

Mrs. Seigel grew up in Richmond, Virginia and graduated from James Madison University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and Economics. After graduation, she moved to Charlotte, North Carolina, where she worked for several national banks in various roles, including Mutual Fund Analyst, Financial Planning Associate, and Paralegal for the Bank of America Investments legal department. In 2003 she continued her journey south and moved to Sarasota, Florida. After moving, she worked as a Charitable Associate within the wealth management division of Wachovia, and later as a personal lines Insurance Agent for more than six years. Most recently, Hillary has joined her husband in his growing legal practice and serves as his legal assistant, organizer, cheerleader, and overall voice of reason. When she is not working, she is balancing life with her two teenage daughters Sydney and Skylar, her husband Jay, and her two rescue dogs. She enjoys yoga, painting and dreaming of a cabin in the woods with her husband.

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