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Owner/ Managing Attorney
Matthew is the owner-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 a keen ability to think clearly and rapidly under pressure. Matthew is a Georgia native and has been helping Sarasota families through some their 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 helps Matt empathize with the stress and the emotional toll that come with dealing with the important and sensitive issues involved in family and criminal law matters, making 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 your family or criminal law case, and him and his team will start working immediately to build an individualized approach and case strategy tailored to your unique situation to defend and protect your rights.
Barry University School of Law
Juris Doctor, Top 33%
Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity Member
Georgia State University
Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration & Business Economics
Top 33% of my graduating Law School Class
Three “Book Awards” for the highest grades:
Middle District of Florida Court
Civic Organizations & Activities
Legal Aid of Manasota Volunteer Attorney
Women's Resource Center of Sarasota
Manatee Women's Resource Center
Sarasota Pregnancy Center
VITA Income Tax Preparation
President of Young Americans for Liberty
A native of Minnesota, in 2003, Ms. O’Bannon graduated from Iowa State University with 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 and helping 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 troubling times.
“I am a momma before most everything else, and I am blessed to be able to say so. A parent’s access to their children is a focus for me in nearly every family law and dependency matter. Every child has the right to love their parents and should be allowed to do so without reservation.”
Outside of the office, Ms. O’Bannon enjoys time with her two children and husband. She is a zealous football fan and proud Disney & Star Wars nerd.
Florida Bar Association
Iowa Bar Association
Nebraska Bar Association
National Association of Counsel for Children
National Association of Counsel for Children: Certified Child Welfare Law Specialist
Te'ya T. O'Bannon, Esq.
Senior Associate Attorney
Of Counsel Attorney
Jay offers clients the experience needed to represent them effectively in a variety of different practice areas, ranging from Florida family law matters, including wills and trusts, to 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 guarantees that he will be the attorney working directly with them on the case. Clients will also receive his direct phone line and/or his personal cell phone for communication.
Jay offers “hands-on” 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 is active in the residential real estate market, with a particular focus in Foreclosures beginning in 2008 with the “crash” of the world economy. In 2009, Jay became a licensed Florida attorney and worked for a large, multi-state law firm through 2016. In 2016 the Law Office of Jay R. Seigel, P.A. and Seigel Realty Advisors, LLC was established, where Jay’s wife, Hillary, is the office manager and legal assistant (and the “brains behind the whole operation”). Most recently the Law Office of Jay R. Seigel, P.A. moved to the same address as the Kowtko Law Group, P.A., where Jay R. Seigel, Esquire is of counsel.
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 service serve as his motivation for assisting clients with their family law matters. When Michael is not working, he enjoys reading, cooking, and watching the Tampa Buccaneers and Florida State Seminoles games.
Director of Marketing &
Mrs. Kowtko manages the client relations and administrative operations, as well as 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). And 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 Isabella, going to concerts with her husband Matt, and traveling with her family. Susana’s favorite countries and U.S. states (other than Florida) are Spain, France, and Germany, New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, and Utah. She also loves doing hot yoga, Zumba, and Latin dancing.
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 which is 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 managing position, and she has over fifteen years of experience dealing with clients, customers, and managing employees. On her free time Yenny enjoys everything that Sarasota has to offer including going to the beach, boating and watching beautiful sunsets with her husband.
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 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 over six years. Most recently, Hillary 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.