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Winter Emil Spires

Divorce and separation Attorney at Destin, FL

4.2   21 reviews
  • Licensed for 18 years
    State FL
    Acquired 2006
    Status
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

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About Winter

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Winter enjoys giving back to the community.  Winter currently volunteers with the Emerald Coast Friends of Ronald, Ronald McDonald House Charities.  Past Volunteer efforts include: Shands Pediatric Ward Volunteer, Chipola College, Kids College, and Riverside Elementary School, New Friends Volunteer. 

Awards

Client's Choice 2022
Client's Choice
2022

Location

Winter Spires & Associates, P.A.
309 Richard Jackson Blvd
Panama City Beach, FL, 32407
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Reviews

4.2 / 5.0
  21 customer reviews
Client's Choice 2022
Client's Choice
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Posted by Jenifer | September 4, 2014
Divorce case
Winter always kept me informed on my case. It made my situation seem easier despite that it was a divorce and a though situation . I would recommend her to any of my friends and family.
Posted by anonymous | September 4, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional and Competent Service
Attorney Spires worked with my family to obtain a power of attorney that we needed emergently. Not only was she patient and understanding she was very thorough. Her follow-up to ensure that we understood everything and that we were satisfied was really appreciated.
Posted by Markecha Daniels | July 21, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Lawyer
I came to Winter a few years ago for my divorce, and child custody case. She is very reliable, gets great results for you, and makes it extremely convenient for you to continue with your work life and personal life while, she works hard for you. She gave me the confidence I needed to stay positive, I was treated as more than a client she gave me advice like a friend would. I appreciate everything she did for me and for making it easier to deal with the proceedings. If you’re looking for someone who will fight for you like family and always have your best interest at heart. Do not hesitate to hire Ms. Spires she will not let you down
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Posted by anonymous | May 24, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Impressive Knowledge
Ms Spires was familiar with the plethora of read-ahead documents I emailed before my 1st appointment. She gave excellent advice on my situation. I was really impressed!
Response from Winter Spires June 22, 2022
Thank you for your feedback. It is greatly appreciated.
Posted by Jamie | April 25, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
What a excellent attorney Winter Spires is….
Contacted her her over my daughters child custody case. She answered 24/7. She handled it in a very effective and professional manner. Months later had a harassing neighbor and she nailed it! Everything stopped! Her rates are very reasonable and she truly works to your advantage! You couldn’t pick a better attorney. I would and will hire her again.
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Response from Winter Spires April 25, 2022
Thank you for your feedback. It was a pleasure working with you both.
Posted by anonymous | April 25, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Understanding and Patient
My ex took my son and refused to return him. I was devastated. I spoke to Ms. Spires, and she told me exactly what steps to take. She didn't mind that I was crying and an absolute wreck. Everything worked out as she advised and I am so grateful for her help. So happy that I found her office.
Response from Winter Spires April 25, 2022
Thank you for your feedback.
Posted by anonymous | November 25, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Custody Attorney
Mrs. Spires handled my custody matter. I was very happy with the representation that I received from her and her employees. I recommend her to my friends and family all the time.
Posted by Tiffany | April 30, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The Lawyer the you need in your corner
I had a very nasty divorce with lots of complicated issues. Ms. Spires and her staff were always available for me to discuss the issues of the case. Ms. Spires was aggressive in her representation of me and helped me reach my desired outcome. I would very much recommend her to my family and friends.
Posted by Brannon | November 7, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A real advocate!
Winter and her team went above and beyond to provide support and the best legal minds out there. I knew I needed an attorney to help me fight for my daughter but what I didn’t realize is that with securing Winter and her team it came with much more. This team is very committed to their clients and their cases. They bring families together and give hope when sometimes you feel there isn’t any. Not only do they provide the best legal support , they actually care and make you feel valued. Thank you to this team and I will be forever grateful.
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Response from Winter Spires April 25, 2022
Thank you for your feedback. It is greatly appreciated.
Posted by Jen | May 2, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
J.B.
I hired the firm and was able to speak with both attorneys but primarily worked with Ms. Spires on my legal issue. She made me feel at ease throughout the process and explained the pros and cons to me every step of the way. Choosing her firm was the right decision and I'm very happy that I did.
Posted by anonymous | July 30, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Attorney I Could Have selected!
Ms. Spires and her staff were very attentive to my needs. They were timely in responding to my needs and she was very aggressive in representing my case to the court. I truly believe that my positive outcome would not have occurred without Ms. Spires and her legal team.
Posted by Cindi | April 16, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I will hire this firm for all of my legal needs!
Mrs. Spires was very thorough and very professional in handling our family matter. Her timing and legal knowledge worked to our advantage and no doubt was a factor in the results achieved in our case.
Posted by Martha L. | March 8, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Winter Truly Cares About Your Needs
We’d called a number of attorneys in our area who didn’t seem to understand, or perhaps, were not interested in our case. Winter squeezed us into her schedule after hours, listened to our concerns without rushing and provided us with options to resolve our matter within our financial means. We were truly blessed to have come across her website.
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Posted by Warren | March 1, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Hiring Winter Spires was the Best Decision
Ms. Spires was recommended to our family by a well known family friend. We are so happy we listened to our friends. Ms. Spires was a true professional and was a pleasure to work with in our matter. Her legal knowledge was impressive. She advised us of our options in a custody dispute and was always one step ahead of the my ex's attorney. Don't pass up an opportunity to have Ms. Spires in your corner!
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Posted by Garrett | June 27, 2015
Watching Mrs. Spires work in the court room is excellent and the reason why I recieved a very favorable outcome.
I hired Mrs. Spires law firm and did not give them very much time to prepare for my case. It was less than 48 hours actually due to a conflict from a previous attorney. They worked long hours over night preparing for a very important relocation hearing. They had done unbelievable work and found things in my case that my previous attorney had not found in nine months working the case. I believed that all hope was lost in my case and that I did not have a chance. I was completely wrong with the help of Mrs. Spires work in the almost five hour hearing and all of the work preparing for the hearing. I was very very very pleased with the outcome and it was all because of the their hard work and devotion. Mrs. Spires and her firm are honest, always available, upfront and very nice to work with. This is my second child custody case and I have never been this impressed with an attorney. The only regret I have is not hiring Mrs. Spires firm a lot sooner. At the conclusion of my hearing the judge complimented Mrs. Spires as to how good of a job she had done and the opposing side was mutually impressed.
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Posted by Meranda | June 27, 2015
Awesome attorney!
Winter Spires is an amazing attorney. She has made me feel very comfortable. She has looked out for the benefit of my child and I and is very knowledgeable and professional yet caring and understanding as well. She is a very hard worker and fights for her clients!! I recommend Winter Spires.
Posted by Monica | July 2, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Attorney Winter Spires Specializes in Contracts with Results
I believe there are individuals that are put in positions to help you navigate through certain situations. I would like to personally thank Attorney, Winter Spires, and her team for having the “I am here to help you” attitude from the consultation until receiving the final positive results in the mail. She was knowledgeable about the laws governing my case, as well as, abreast of the “do’s” and “don’t” in emergency situations pertaining to my case. Attorney Spires was eager to listen to my story, asked lots of questions and reviewed all evidence that was provided pertaining to my case. Let me add this: it is important to keep documentation, contracts and take pictures when dealing with contractors in the event you have to hire an attorney. If you are looking for positive results and someone to be a champion in your case then book your consultation with Attorney, Winter Spires. Because of her efforts and clear directions, I filed a complaint with the Department of Business Regulation on a contractor and I received positive results. I would recommend hiring Attorney Winter Spires to review your contract before signing it to ensure the contract is accurate and covers you. If you’re passed this point, then the wait is over give her office a call. Unfortunately there are people in business who do not have your best interest at heart, then there are people like Attorney Spires who will be there for two years until her client get results. Again, blessing to you Attorney Spires and keep bringing justice to those you encounter.
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Posted by Bradley | April 18, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Salesman
My God had I read all of these reviews I wou have never hired this firm. I signed and paid an $1800 dollar retainer in September of 2020 to handle contempts. The hearing was dragged out until January 2022 and I have been invoiced over $15000. Not only that but the night before my hearing I am told Winter Spires will not be representing me and that she is having an old colleague fill in. I never spoke to this attorney until the day of my hearing. The blame game and the finger pointing I experienced as well. This is an attorney who will give you false hope she is lazy full of excuses and all correspondence is through email. Winter Spires will sell you nothing but lies and give you false hope. Words can't express what I have experienced... it is criminal. I expected more out of someone who has a father so involved in helping a community. Looking back she's got a great sales pitch and all of her excuses involved her own children, She has no regard for anyone else's. If anyone is looking for legal help please do not make the same mistake myself and the above reviewers have made.
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Posted by Juan | March 25, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Shop Around
After my wife passed in 2015 I hired them to handle retrieving money from a joint account that was frozen. Needless to say, I will never make that mistake again. This experience was very frustrating. After asking for an invoice on a bill I received, after I believed all payments had been rendered (2017),I never heard back from them. Fast forward now to 2021 and I am now receiving another invoice saying I still owe money. This should speak volumes to anyone worried about time being a factor. I would rather just pay what they think I owe than have to deal with them any further. The quality I expected for the amount of money I paid was just not there. I would caution to shop around. Many other better options are out there.
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Response from Winter Spires April 30, 2021
We are sorry that you feel this way, however, the recitation above is inaccurate. Our records/documents reflect that the information that you requested was provided to you in 2017 subsequent to your request. In fact, we recently responded to you with the specific dates that the information was provided for your review. Also the services that we were hired for were completed sucessfully with the result that you desired and the result which was legally available. If you desire to discuss your billing concerns pertaining to this matter any further please feel free to contact our office. Thank you.
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Posted by anonymous | July 20, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Not a good experience
Dealt with a carousel of paralegals, at least 3 or 4. Being passed off to multiple paralegals created a lack of foundation for good communication dealing with my case. Rarely ever dealt directly with my actual lawyer. Billing Issues.
Response from Winter Spires July 30, 2018
Given that this comment is anonymous we cannot provide a complete response. However, based upon your comments as to the staffing in the office, we believe your review is NOT of our office. We invite you to contact our office to discuss your concerns, if they are in fact, legitimate. We also invite you to see the client reviews of our ACTUAL clients which clearly paint a very different picture.
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AVVO RATING 9.5 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney/Partner
  • Winter Spires & Associates, P.A.
  • 2011 - Present
  • Partner
  • Pleat & Perry, P.A.
  • 2006 - 2011
  • Assistant Public Defender
  • Office of the Public Defender, Orange County Florida
  • 2005 - 2006

Education

  • The Florida State University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2006
  • Oxford University
  • 2003
  • University of Florida
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2002

Associations

  • Florida Association for Women Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Florida Association for Women Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Destin Chamber of Commerce
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Florida Bar
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Okaloosa-Walton County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • National Association of Retail Collection Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2011 - 2014
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018

Attorney endorsements

Received (10)
Given (22)
Endorse Winter
Family Attorney | Sep 01
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I wholeheartedly endorse Mrs. Spires to assist those in need of legal assistance."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 04
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. Winter Spires truly cares about her clients. Ms. Spires is a hardworking attorney that practices zealously and is highly respected by other attorneys in the community."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Oct 18
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Winter fights for her clients and she is very experienced."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 25
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Winter is an excellent attorney who advocates strongly for her clients. She is always prepared and always a pleasure to work with on cases."
General practice Attorney | Mar 21
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 20
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jun 26
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Marriage and prenuptials Attorney | Sep 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Aug 29
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Jul 08
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Ms. Spires is professional, hard-working and resourceful."
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Destin Divorce and separation Lawyer Winter Emil Spires
Winter Emil Spires
Divorce and separation Attorney
Destin, FL
Licensed for 18 years