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Helena Patricia Downyok

Practice areas:

Employment & Labor, Criminal Defense

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About Me

I started my career as a guest services manager at a Holiday Inn.  I became very interested in management and human resources, but was also drawn to law.  I then earned a masters in labor relations and human resources as well as a law degree.  Upon completing my education I served as an Assistant State Attorney in Charlotte County where I gained valuable trial experience, then opened my own law firm to practice employment law.


Languages Spoken: Portuguese

Practice Areas

Licensed since 2007

  1. Employment & Labor: 60%
    6 years
  2. Criminal Defense: 40%
    8 years, 2.8 thousand cases



Contingent (33-40%), Fixed (Sometimes), Retainer (Sometimes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

2 total 

  • Michael Owen Massey

    I endorse this lawyer.


    Michael Massey Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

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    Helena has a real passion for her work which in my opinion translates into effective, competent, professional representation and counsel for her clients. At the same time, her humanity and ideals are never lost, and from large corporations to small, solo businesses, you can rest assured she will always see you as a client, not a number.


    Petaja Downyok Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Family member

Contact Info

Downyok Law Firm

1990 Main Street, Suite 750
Sarasota, FL, 34236



FLMember in Good Standing200708/12/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Solo PractitionerDownyok Law Firm2010 - Present
Assistant State AttorneyOffice of the State Attorney, 20th Judicial Circuit2007 - 2010


Association NamePosition NameDuration
Florida Chapter of National Employment Lawyers AssociationN/A2010 - Present
Florida Association of Criminal Defense LawyersN/A2010 - Present
Florida Association of Women Lawyers - Sarasota ChapterN/A2010 - Present
United States Court, Middle District of FloridaMember2009 - Present
Greater Sarasota Chamber of CommerceMember2009 - Present
Charlotte County Bar AssociationMember2008 - Present
Florida BarMember2007 - Present
Society for Human Resource ManagementMember2004 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Unemployment CompensationN/A
Wage & HourN/A

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School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Rhode IslandLabor Relations and Human ResourcesMasters2006
Roger Williams University, Ralph R. Papitto School of LawN/ALaw2006

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Business Network InternationalWages2010
Human Service Department, Charlotte CountyJuvenile Criminal Law and Procedure2008