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Dana Laganella has been nominated again for Best Attorney in East Manatee County.  Furthermore, Affordable Attorney, Gerling Law Group is pleased to announce that Dana Laganella was one of the twelve winners of the Women and Men of Manatee County.  The United Way Calendar Showcase Event took 19 selected nominees (nominated from people within Manatee County) to raise money for the United Way and in turn earn a spot in the calendar. Dana became Ms. January of the 2008 United Way calendar. This dedicated community leader practices in areas of law that includes: Estate Planning, Probate, Trust Administration and Incorporation. Dana was also recently voted one of the top Up & Coming attorneys in Florida Trend Magazine's Legal Elite balloting, and she will be featured in their July 2008 publication


Originally from a suburb of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Dana Laganella practices in Estate Planning, Elder Law, Corporations, Personal Injury and Workers Compensation law.  She is licensed to practice law in both the State of Florida and the State of New Jersey. She attended law school at Quinnipiac University School of Law in Hamden, Connecticut and graduated Cum Laude. She was awarded the Best Advocate of the Northeast Region and was voted Best Attorney in East Manatee County by Living Out East Magazine.  It is Dana’s commitment to providing quality, affordable legal services that has won her respect and acclaim from both her peers and her clients.  She truly enjoys her work. Her passion for helping people in her community is evident in her dedication to providing education on important topics, including Wills, Trusts, Durable Power of Attorney’s and Health Care Surrogates.  Further, as a founding partner of Affordable Attorney, Gerling Law Group Chartered, Dana’s commitment to protecting the interests of her clients has become the focus of this client centered firm.


She is currently President of the Manatee County Florida Association of Women Lawyers for her second term and has also served on the Board of Directors with the Sarasota County Florida Association of Women Lawyers. Dana is a member of both the Manatee County and Sarasota County Bar Associations. She serves on the Board of the Sarasota County Humane Society, Manatee County Animal Control Advisory Board, and the advisory Board of the Pinellas Animal Foundation. Dana has also been appointed to serve on the Animal Law Committee of the Florida Bar for her third one year term.

She earned her undergraduate degree in Business Finance from Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania, graduating with honors. Dana is an animal lover, providing a loving home for two dogs and two cats of her own.  She is a strong supporter of all animal related organizations in the community.


Practice areas


  1. Estate Planning: 30%
  2. Probate: 20%
  3. Trusts: 15%
  4. Wills & Living Wills: 15%
    6 years
  5. Power Of Attorney: 10%



Hourly ($225-250/hour), contingent (10-40%), Fixed (always), Retainer (always), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

22 total 

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  • Gerald F. O'Brien

    I endorse this lawyer. I have known Dana for many years, she is ethical, intelligent, skilled, and compassionate. I endorse Dana without reservation


    Gerald O'Brien Guardianship Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Andrea M. Johnson

    I have known Dana for many years in our profession. I have found her to be well prepared, diligent, and hard working in all she does for her clients. She is one of the most trusted attorneys I know. I highly recommend Dana and her law firm and am proud of the professionalism and intellect she brings to the legal community.


    Andrea Johnson Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

6148 State Road 70 E
Bradenton, Florida, 342039707

9040 Town Center Parkway
Lakewood Ranch, FL, 34202



FLMember in Good Standing200109/08/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
People's Choice AttorneyBradenton Herald2015
Super LawyersSuper Laywers Magazine2015
Florida Legal EliteLegal Elite2014
People's ChoiceBradenton Herald2014
Best Attorney in East Manatee CountyLiving Out East Magazine2009
Best Up And Coming AttorneyFlorida Legal Trend Magazine2008
Best Attorney in East Manatee CountyLiving Out East Magazine2007
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing PartnerAffordable Attorney, Gerling Law Group2003 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Inn of Court - Manatee CountyMembership Chair2015 - Present
American Inn of Court - Manatee CountyHospitality Chair2014 - 2015
Kaiser CollegeAdvisory Board for Paralegals2010 - 2013
Manatee County Animal Advisory BoardBoard Member2008 - 2009
Manatee County Florida Association of Women LawyersMember2007 - Present
Manatee County Florida Association of Women LawyersPresident2005 - 2007
Florida Association for Women Lawyers (Sarasota chapter)Member2003 - 2008
Florida Association for Women Lawyers (Sarasota chapter)Board of Directors2003 - 2005
Sarasota County Humane SocietyBoard Member2002 - 2003
Manatee County Bar Association, Probate, Trust, Estate Planning and Tax SectionMember2002 - Present
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Quinnipiac University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2001
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Free Educational SeminarsProbate Avoidance, Estate Planning2015