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I work with condominium, cooperative, homeowners and mobile home park boards of directors to run their associations effectively, efficiently and in compliance with the governing documents and statutory scheme. I also assist association clients with collections and foreclosures, covenant enforcement, injunctions, fines, mediation and arbitration and a host of other issues.


I am Board Certified by the Florida Bar in Business Litigation. I focus on identifying, analyzing and resolving issues for clients in all phases of litigation, whether those issues are pre-litigation, alternative dispute resolution (such as mediation or arbitration), state or federal trial or appellate court. Also, I take proactive steps to advise clients on the construction of their contracts and other agreements to avoid potential pitfalls or conflict in the future. I have substantial experience in commercial, real estate and probate litigation matters.


Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 50%
    22 years
  2. Real Estate: 40%
    8 years
  3. Appeals: 10%
    22 years



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Cash, Check

Attorney endorsements

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  • Nicholas Richard Andrea

    I have known Scott for over twenty years starting as a law school roomate in 1990 going forward. In addition to being a good person, he is also extremely articulate, bright and most importantly, principled. For a lawyer, you could not go wrong with him.


    Nicholas Andrea Insurance Attorney
    Relationship: Friend

  • Sharon Patricia O'Day

    I endorse this lawyer. I acted as a mediator on a case that he was involved in. He was well prepared and extremely professional.


    Sharon O'Day Mediation Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

The Law Office of Scott K. Petersen, PLLC

P.O. Box 2713
Sarasota, FL, 34230


FLMember in Good Standing200501/11/2016
WIGood Standing199903/24/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Board Certified - Business LitigationFlorida Bar2013
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2009
Commendation for ServiceCity of Fitchburg2006
Commendation for service as Special InvestigatorWisconsin Supreme Court2005
Prosecutor of the YearMADD1995
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Senior AttorneyBecker & Poliakoff, PA2008 - 2015
Senior CounselKirk Pinkerton, P.A.2006 - 2008
Special InvestigatorWisconsin Supreme Court2000 - 2005
LecturerUniversity of Wisconsin Law School2000 - 2006
Municipal ProsecutorCity of Fitchburg2000 - 2006
ShareholderDeWitt Ross & Stevens1999 - 2006
Deputy District AttorneyOrange County District Attorney1993 - 1999
Association namePosition nameDuration
Sarasota County Bar AssociationBoard of Directors2012 - Present
Pineview School PTAMember2009 - Present
Florida BarMember, Voluntary Bar Liaison Committee2009 - 2012
Gulf Gate Elementary School PTAMember2007 - 2009
Sarasota Bar Association Diversity CommitteeMember2007 - 2010
Judge John M. Schebb Inn of CourtBarrister2007 - 2008
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun CoastChair,2007 - Present
Sarasota Chamber of Commerce: Leadership Sarasota CountyMember2007 - 2008
Sarasota Bar AssociationMember2006 - Present
Florida Bar AssociationMember2005 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
In re Attorney Fees in Kohl v. ZeitlinAffirmed
Janice Locascio Raclaw v. Snavely Siesta Associates, LLCJury verdict for the Defendant
Hrubes et al. v. Hrubes et al.Judgment for Plaintiffs
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Publication nameTitleDate
Florida Condo & HOA Legal BlogBank Sanctioned for Delaying Foreclosure -- Lender and Law Firm Both Held Liable2010
Becker & Poliakoff Community UpdateDancing in the Endzone: Getting Your Attorney's Fees Paid by the Other Side2009
Across The Bar (Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division)Sarasota County Bar Association Focuses on Diversity Issues2009
20 Pepp. L.R. 747"The Punishment Need Not Fit the Crime: Harmelin v. Michigan and the Eighth Amendment"1993
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Pepperdine University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1993
University of WisconsinBusiness AdministrationB.B.A.1989
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Community Association Leadership ConferenceThe Foreclosure Crisis and Community Associations2010
2010 Voluntary Bar Leadership ConferenceEvent Planning2010
CLE LectureLegal Writing: Writing Legal Wrongs2009
CAI ConferenceForeclosure cases for Condo and HOAs2009
BPULawsuits and ADR for Condo and Homeowner's Ass'ns2009
Diversity Intern Skills CourseReal Life Legal Research and Writing2008
Florida Law Network Annual MeetingAssociate Expectations and Retention2006