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Learn about our attorneys and staff.

W. Matthew

Kowtko, Esq.

Senior Attorney

            Mr. Kowtko is a Georgia native, he was born in Stone Mountain, GA and his southern country-side upbringing made him develop a deep love for classic country music, green rolling hills, southern-style sweet tea, and the sound of night-time crickets.


Matt attended Georgia State University where he obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration & Business Economics, and then shortly after he moved to Orlando, FL, to attend Barry University School of Law where he earned three “Book Awards” for the highest grades in business organization, corporate taxation, and contracts drafting. He graduated with honors in the top 33% of his class.

          Mr. Kowtko had been wanting to practice law since high school, and this desire was reinforced when he began working for a local law firm during his undergraduate studies. As an attorney, he has helped many families with a wide variety of legal issues, ranging from family law or criminal defense. Matt’s clients describe him as highly energetic, personable, reliable, passionate, and tenacious when it comes to the practicing of the law. 

 

          Being married and having a family of his own helps Matt empathize with the stress and the emotional toll that come with dealing with the important and sensitive matters involved in family law. As a professional and a business person he can understand the challenges, frustration, and complexity of civil litigation. Service to the community is another area Mr. Kowtko has dedicated his practice by donating time and efforts to facilities servicing low-income individuals with family issues and gave regular assistance with low-income tax preparation during law school. When Matt is not practicing law, he enjoys traveling with his family, attending live country concerts, and watching movies at home. Among Matt’s favorite countries (apart from the United States of America) are England, and Germany. Matt also has a passion for sports cars and watches.

 

         A native of Minnesota, Ms. O'Bannon graduated from Iowa State University in 2003 with Bachelor's Degrees in Political Science and Liberal Studies.  She attended law school in Omaha, Nebraska, graduating with her Juris Doctor in 2009.  For nine years, Ms. O'Bannon served clients in Southwest Iowa and Eastern Nebraska, assisting with family law, juvenile law and criminal defense cases.

        Ms. O'Bannon relocated to Parrish, Florida in November, 2018 with her husband and two children.  Her practice continues to focus on the needs of families navigating the court system.

 

        Outside of the office, Ms. O'Bannon is an avid football fan and zealous Cyclone Alumnae.  She enjoys spending time with her family, reading, Star Wars and Disney.

Te'ya T. Obannnon, Esq.

Associate Attorney
 

Jay R.
Seigel, Esq.

Associate 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.

Michael P.

Wallach, Esq.

Associate Attorney
 

Susana C.

Kowtko

Director of Marketing &
Client Relations

         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 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, 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.

Yenny A.

Enge

Receptionist &
Legal Secretary
 

Hillary Seigel

          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.

Legal Assistant