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Samantha Lynn Dammer

Samantha Lynn Dammer

also known as Samantha L. Friel

About me

Samantha Dammer is an attorney licensed in Florida and Illinois, concentrating her practice in general business law, bankruptcy law, real estate litigation, foreclosure solutions, family law, as well as comprehensive asset protection and debt restructuring. A tenacious, compassionate and experienced attorney in Tampa Bay, Ms. Dammer provides a holistic approach to clients who are seeking relief from real estate related financial distress, foreclosure or pre-foreclosure issues.

Ms. Dammer graduated first in her class from St. Xavier University in Chicago with a degree in English Literature in 1995.  Thereafter, she attended law school at Valparaiso University School of Law, where she was the Executive Symposium Editor for the law review, and authored a published note which proposed a constitutional regulation of computer-generated child pornography.  Her note has been cited several times by legal scholars as well as by the United States Supreme Court when the high court made its decision on that issue in 2003.  Ms. Dammer graduated from Valpo Law School Magna Cum Laude in 1998. 

Immediately after graduation from law school, Samantha Dammer started her own general practice law firm in Orland Park, an upper middle class suburb of Chicago.  Within the first year, Ms. Dammer’s law firm, The Law Offices of Samantha L. Friel & Associates, P.C. became a leader in providing legal services in the south Chicagoland suburbs for high-end divorce and custody clients.   Ms. Dammer earned the trust of thousands of clients, who appreciated her sincerity, frank approach to the case, and aggressive, zealous representation.  Ms. Dammer strategically planned and executed a tactical market emergence process which resulted in immediate name recognition within three years after the firm’s inception.


Throughout her career in Chicago, Samantha Dammer has always been recognized for her commitment to leadership roles in the community.  Examples of her past community involvement include:


St. Xavier University, Board of Directors, Alumni Association (1998-2001, 2003-2005), Professional Conduct Committee, Illinois State Bar Association. 2001-2005. Secretary, 2004-2005, Board Commissioner, Orland Park Civic Center Authority, 2003-2005, Secretary, South Suburban Bar Association. 2003-2004. Board Member, 2000-2004. Chair, Scholarship Committee, Board of Directors, Orland Park Area Chamber of Commerce, 1999 to 2005. 2004 Chair, Scholarship Committee. 2002 Chair, Fashion Show Committee, Board of Directors, Tinley Park Chamber of Commerce, 1999-2001. Chair, Ambassador Committee, Board of Directors, I-80 Regional YMCA. 1999 to 2002, Board of Directors, Southwest Suburban United Way (formerly United Way of Southwest Cook County). 1999 to 2004, Member, Kiwanis Club of Orland  Park, 1999-2005, Volunteer speaker, South Suburban Family Shelter, Featured in National Register’s “Who’s Who in Executives and Professionals” 2002 Edition.

In 2005, Ms. Dammer moved her family to Tampa, Florida.  In 2007, after sitting for the Florida Bar in the midst of a nationwide economic crisis, Ms. Dammer focused her efforts in helping high-end clients avoid bankruptcy and financial disaster through taking a holistic approach to their individual situation. Many of Ms. Dammer’s clients are real estate and mortgage company professionals and other business leaders who find themselves suddenly facing foreclosure and financial ruin for the first time in their lives. For the last few years, Ms. Dammer has concentrated her practice in guiding high-profile individuals and business owners through tough times, using a unique blend of legal skill, experience, creativity, and problem-solving aptitude. 

Ms. Dammer remains committed to the Tampa Bay community and has served on the Board of Directors of Wheels of Success, a not-for-profit organization devoted to providing vehicles for working families.  She is also an active member of Tampa Bay Bankruptcy Bar Association, as well as the Centre Club and the South Tampa Chamber of Commerce.

Ms. Dammer resides in Tampa Palms with her two lovely children, Annabelle Lee and Alexandra Rain.  Her personal interests include gardening, cooking, travel and reading pretty much everything.



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Practice areas


  1. Bankruptcy & Debt: 60%
    9 years, 400 cases
  2. Business: 10%
    17 years, 250 cases
  3. Family: 10%
    16 years, 400 cases
  4. Foreclosure: 10%
    12 years, 350 cases
  5. Real Estate: 10%
    17 years, 900 cases



Hourly ($1-300/hour), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

22 total 

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  • Marielis Rivera

    I endorse this lawyer. Samantha is skilled in real estate and she is creative, intelligent and responsive to client needs and concerns. I refer clients to her with confidence.


    Marielis Rivera Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • David Benjamin Hoffman

    Samantha Dammer is a knowledgeable, experienced, and detail-oriented attorney. I never hesitate to recommend her to anyone considering filing for bankruptcy.


    David Hoffman Family Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Tampa Law Advocates, P.A. A Private Law Firm

620 East Twiggs Street
Suite 110
Tampa, FL, 33602


FLMember in Good Standing200709/08/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing AttorneyTampa Law Advocates, P.A. A Private Law Firm2009 - Present
Managing AttorneyLaw Offices of Samantha L. Friel1998 - 2005
Association namePosition nameDuration
Small Business Resource NetworkMember2013 - Present
Commerical Finance AssociationMember2013 - Present
National Association of Insurance and Financial AdvisorsMember2012 - 2013
Make A Wish Night of The Iguana CommitteeMember2012 - 2013
Westshore AllianceMember2012 - 2013
South Tampa Chamber of CommerceBoard of Directors2012 - Present
Tampa Palms Elementary Student Advisory CouncilMember2011 - 2013
Tampa Bay Bankruptcy Bar AssociationMember2007 - Present
Hillsborough County Bar AssociationMember2007 - Present
Illinois State Bar Association, Standing Committee on Professional ConductSecretary2004 - 2005
Illinois State Bar Association, Standing Committee on Professional ConductMember2001 - 2005
Illinois State Bar AssociationMember2001 - 2005
South Suburban Bar AssociationBoard of Directors2000 - 2004
Tinley Park Chamber of CommerceeBoard of Directors1999 - 2001
United Way of Southwest Cook CountyBoard of Directors1999 - 2004
I-80 Regional YMCABoard of Directors1999 - 2002
Kiwanis Club of Orland ParkMember1999 - 2005
Orland Park Area Chamber of CommerceBoard of Directors1999 - 2005
Saint Xavier University Alumni AssociationBoard of Directors1998 - 2005
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Post Bankruptcy Short Sale SolutionComplete discharge in the Chapter 7 bankruptcy and a successful short sale with the bank paying them $13,000 at closing.
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Valparaiso University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1998
St Xavier UniversityEnglish LiteratureBA - Bachelor of Arts1995
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Wordpress June 2018 MeetupCopyright & Trademark Best Practices2015
Top 8 Complications in BankruptcyTop 8 Complications in Bankruptcy2015
Ethics in Social Media InvestigationEthics in Social Media Investigation2015
Entrepreneur CourseSteering Clear of Legal PItfalls in A Business...And Avoidiing Bankruptcy2015
Boot Camp: Foreclosure and Loan Workout ProceduresEthical Considerations when Dealing with Distressed Property2015
Boot Camp: Foreclosure and Loan Workout ProceduresShort Sale Procedures2015
USF Connect Small Business SeriesAvoiding Legal Pitfalls In Your New Business2014
SMARTStart Pasco County Incubator ProgramAll About Lawyers: How To Choose and Hire An Attorney2014
Samantha L. Dammer Lunch & Learn presentationAll About Lawyers: How To Choose, Hire And Get The Most From Your Attorney2014
OnePath CLE TeleconferenceBankruptcy and Real Estate Matters2014
Monthly LuncheonThe Revised Florida LLC Act: What You Don't Know CAN Hurt Your Business2014
Collection Law from Start to FinishFiling The Lawsuit: Developing Definitive Strategies2014
Women in Business MeetingSurviving Financial Distress2013
Real Estate Law: Advanced Issues And AnswersBankruptcy And Real Estate Matters2013
Business Committee Membership LuncheonAvoiding Legal Pitfalls In Your Business2013
Financial Services GroupA Road Guide For Surviving Financial Disaster2012
Feather Sound Monthly MeetingStrategic Planning Through A Financial Crisis2010
2010 Florida Symposium for Financial PlannersAvoiding Financial Ruin? Yes There Are Solutions2010