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Syed Sharik Ahmed

Divorce and separation Attorney at Tampa, FL

5.0   54 reviews

also known as Syed S. Ahmed

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  • State Years
    Michigan - MI 20 years
    Florida - FL 25 years
  • Licensed for 20 years
    State MI
    Acquired 2004
    Status
    Active in Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 25 years
    State FL
    Acquired 1998
    Status
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

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

About Syed

Learn Syed’s areas of practice.

3
Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    70%
    Divorce, child custody, spousal support, asset distribution, alimony, timesharing, child support.

  2. Family
    20%
    Divorce, modifications, child custody, alimony, post judgement matters, child support, timesharing.

  3. Child custody
    10%
    TImesharing, child support, decision making.

EXPERIENCED, AGGRESSIVE, AV PREEMINENT® RATED (HIGHEST PEER RATING STANDARD, GIVEN TO ATTORNEYS WHO ARE RANKED AT THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF PROFESSIONAL EXCELLENCE, COMMUNICATION SKILLS, AND ETHICAL STANDARDS), DIVORCE, CHILD CUSTODY, AND FAMILY LAW ATTORNEY.

Syed's practice focuses primarily on family law issues such as divorce, custody, alimony, child support and post judgment matters. Syed is rated AV-Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell. AV Preeminent® is the highest peer rating standard. This is given to attorneys who are ranked at the highest level of professional excellence for their legal expertise, communication skills, and ethical standards by their peer.  Syed is in an elite group of approximately 10 percent of all attorneys that hold an AV Preeminent Rating. He is a former Major Crimes Prosecutor with a tremondous amount of trial experience. He has extensive experience dealing with divorce, child custody and paternity cases. Having tried 100s of cases to conclusion Syed is a skilled litigator. Syed is also well versed at navigating post-dissolution matters, including child support, alimony, and parenting plan modifications.

Syed has worked as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in Tampa and Detriot as well as holding a position in the Major Crimes Bureau with the Michigan Department of Attorney General. He is licensed to practice law in Florida and Michigan.

Syed earned his bachelors degree from the University of Michigan in 1993, and graduated from law school in 1996 from Seton Hall University School of Law.

Syed is a running enthusiast having completed the Clearwater 50k and NYC, Miami, Chicago and Detroit marathons. He also loves coaching his son's basketball team at the local YMCA.

 

 

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Location

LEGAL ADVOCATE GROUP, P.A.

Reviews

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Posted by Laurie | April 17, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A Grandmaster
Syed Ahmed, is and will always be, a master at what he does - a grandmaster - at this game called family law. He won my case with ease. The process was long due to opposing counsel; yet, he knew every critical move to make and offered unparalleled guidance along the way. He brings with him unique experience - years of prosecution and years of family law and leverages both for your benefit. There isn’t anything that surprises him or intimidates him. He is masterful, intellectual, determined, resolute, confident, aggressive, fair, emotionally intelligent and above all, a good person who does what’s right by his clients. He is now a friend for life and an attorney that I, without question, endorse for any family member, friend, colleague and you seeking help. You must hire him if you need a true advocate and to win the game.
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Posted by Michele | March 27, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Best Family Law Attorney
Incredibly knowledgeable and does not price gouge you! I had a horrible situation where my Ex-husband refused to return my daughter from his timeshare. I was in a panic. My previous attorney raked me over the coals with outrageous fees! I didn’t not have anyone in my corner. I contacted Syed and he had a precise response that was exactly what was needed! He filed an Emergency order and my daughter was home the next night. I can’t say enough about his knowledge of the law, his experience, and compassion!
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Response from Syed Ahmed July 10, 2020
Thank you so much.
Posted by anonymous | July 15, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I would re-hire Mr. Ahmed without hesitation.
Mr. Ahmed represented me during my high-conflict divorce which began in 2017 and finally ended in 2019. My divorce from a difficult and uncooperative spouse was extremely stressful, and included several attempts at mediation, depositions, multiple motions, and several hearings before the final hearing. My ex hired an extremely unpleasant and aggressive attorney who did his best to intimidate me at every opportunity. With Mr. Ahmed representing my interests, that did not happen. Mr. Ahmed is a skilled professional. He is honest and pragmatic from the first consultation and truly cares about the welfare of his clients. He calmly and efficiently handled every aspect of my case, demonstrated incredible integrity in his practice of law, and provided grounded advice and guidance during an incredibly difficult time. Mr. Ahmed is poised, articulate, and aggressive in both his communication with opposing counsel, and in the court room. He is an extremely fast, logical, and analytic thinker, and was able to catch my ex in financial inconsistencies that resulted in a favorable settlement for me in the end. Being a single mom of three, earning a teacher's salary, and divorcing a narcissistic individual from a wealthy family was not an easy situation to be in. Syed ensured that my children and I were provided for throughout the extensive proceedings, and he persisted until the Final Judgement awarded me alimony, support, and a fair division of assets and liabilities. I will continue to rely upon Mr. Ahmed to represent my interests in future family law issues. If you are looking for a skilled, energetic, aggressive, and most importantly honest attorney who is experienced in dealing with high-conflict divorce with children, I would strongly encourage you to call Mr. Ahmed.
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Response from Syed Ahmed July 16, 2020
As always, thank you for trusting me with your case.
Posted by Kristi | March 4, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Honest, efficient, extremely knowledgeable
Has been my attorney for the past two years, helping me with divorce, domestic violence and junctions, custody issues… To name a few. He and his team are not only compassionate and caring, but efficient and extremely knowledgeable. He has an impeccable reputation with the courts and neighboring attorneys. He’s aggressive when you need him to be, and very effective. Along with all that, he’s fair with pricing. He’s not a penny pincher that is going to charge you for every second or sentence. I am so very thankful to have had syed and his team represent me these past two years. By far the best family law attorney in Tampa
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Posted by Jason | February 17, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Nothing but the best
Syed was very knowledgeable and a great resource during my divorce. He listened to my concerns but impressed upon me the correct steps to take and the patience required in order to get the best result for me and my family. Highly recommend!
Posted by anonymous | January 5, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Tampa Surgeon
Syed and his team are the way to go. His fee was 25% of what they charged my ex. Easily accessible, you can text him anytime. Knows the law and everyone in the area. Everything is super efficient. He’s not out to take your money. He wants it done quickly and fairly. Zero issues. The attorney will matter regardless of how simple you think the case is….get a good one that knows what they’re doing.
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Response from Syed Ahmed April 17, 2023
Thank very much Doctor. It was a pleasure.
Posted by Anthony | August 15, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Experienced, Common-Sense Solutions
Syed's experience and advocacy was exactly what I needed in what could've become a costly and drawn out divorce proceeding. The solutions we arrived to worked out best for everyone and saved a ton of money. Nevertheless, if I would've had to fight; this is the attorney who I would want on my side. Highly recommend.
Response from Syed Ahmed September 25, 2022
Thanks. Wishing you nothing but a great life. Syed
Posted by AG | August 27, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Exceptional Lawyer
My case was a unique case that I assume many lawyers do not come across. Syed Ahmed did an excellent job at achieving our goal and having a sense of humor whilst doing so. I left with a more than favorable outcome and for that I am grateful. I would recommend him to anyone.
Posted by anonymous | January 1, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent family lawyer
Mr. Ahmed was exceptional in representing my case to protect my children and getting divorce . he was very helpful to get the passport for minor children .His office was prompt on case followups.I would recommend him for all of the family law needs.
Posted by Nathan | June 13, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Masterful lawyer with unparalleled knowledge
Syed is a masterful lawyer who provides unparalleled knowledge of divorce case law while showing extreme empathy to his clients. I had an abnormal case where timelines before the divorce filing were extremely long, and I really didn’t know what to expect with the outcome. Syed and team provided expectations, timelines, and made themselves available to talk through anything that came to mind. When it was time to preform Syed’s extensive tenacity, knowledge, and preparation was on full display and directly led to a desirable outcome. I would use Syed again if needed and I recommend him for anyone who may need extra protections from a family/civil case.
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Response from Syed Ahmed September 25, 2022
Much appreciated. Syed
Posted by Joey | May 9, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The God of Law
Syed, (and legal team member Brandy), are the upper echelon of family law representation. Once I told Syed my situation regarding my divorce he immediately had my mind at ease. EVERYTHING he told me was exactly what took place all the way through the final hearing. He is articulated, composed, and friendly. No gray areas, no surprises, and only positive outcomes. Whenever I called the office, (a lot), someone always answered my call. If I ever had a question I always received answers in a timely fashion. I had absolutely ZERO issues. I would say most family lawyers are like Kirkland brand chocolate; good but you know there’s better. If you want Godiva level quality, you go to Syed.
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Posted by Greg | April 25, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Accomplished what he promised
Mr Ahmed has a great attitude and confident demeanor. He performed as promised. His fees were fair and not exorbitant. I highly recommend his services.
Response from Syed Ahmed May 5, 2022
As always, the pleasure was all mine.
Posted by Jon | October 13, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Counsel
Divorce is difficult, even if it goes well. My divorce was very challenging and working with Syed and his team was about as positive an experience as I could have imagined. Syed is professional, extremely knowledgeable and both he and his team respond quickly to those personal "emergency" emails. Also of importance is that Syed is able to help dial down the tension and emotion that are bound to occur during such emotional negotiations. I do not plan to ever remarry ;) but if I did make that mistake I would definitely keep Syed's number close at hand.
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Response from Syed Ahmed September 25, 2022
Always a pleasure. Syed
Posted by angeline | March 3, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
International Divorce
All I can say... He is really amazing. He explained everything. He did everything. Thanks so much, Atty Syed for everything!
Response from Syed Ahmed April 17, 2020
You are so welcome! I am so happy for you, and wish you nothing but success and happiness in the future.
Posted by Nicole | November 21, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Integrity, Honesty, Exceptional Service
I’ve retained Syed for counsel three times over the last 5 years. My cases have consisted of THE WORSE family law issues. Through each detail of domestic violence, child abuse, felonies, misdemeanors, marital debts, child support, and every other ugly issue, Syed has been honest, upfront, detail oriented, realistic, caring, and always fought for my child and I with his best. Nothing but great things to say about this attonrey. His integrity speaks volumes of his character. His staff has been consistent year after year, you can expect to receive fair treatment and consistency.
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Response from Syed Ahmed July 15, 2020
I wish you nothing but success in the future.
Posted by Dwayne | November 30, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Dr.Zakia-Melton
Attorney Syed and his staff have always exuded the utmost professionalism. The advisement and litigation skills portrayed by the team were extremely accurate and sensitive to our needs. I would definitely recommend Attorney Syed to anyone in a divorce or family law case.
Posted by Jonathan | November 6, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding Legal Representation
I evaluated several Family Law attorneys before meeting with Syed and was immediately impressed with his knowledge and description of the impending legal proceedings. He was direct and clear while explaining how things would unfold and I was immediately confident in his abilities to represent me. Both he and his assistant were always forthcoming with information and advice, directing me through my preparation for the divorce process. His efforts directly contributed to our successful mediation, which helped avoid a more costly pathway. He developed an outstanding legal plan which resulted in my balanced custody agreement and protected by TSP savings and retirement from being partitioned. Syed was a difference maker in my divorce proceedings and I cannot recommend him enough.
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Posted by Denisa | September 13, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Hands down the best lawyer ever! Stop looking. Wish they had more then 5 stars to give.
My case involved domestic violence, divorce and coming up with a parenting plan. I chose Mr.Ahmed honestly because he looked like the best choice based on his experience and reviews. The day I met with him for my consultation I knew I made the right decision. He makes you feel comfortable and he truly cares. One night I called him at 10pm on a Sunday or something crazy and he actually picked up the phone to be there for me. My divorce was one of the worst things I’ve gone through in my life but I felt like I wasn’t alone. He’s realistic and he tells you how it is. He doesn’t “lawyer talk” you. He talks to you like a human being and his staff is amazing too. I never sat around wondering what was happening on my case. I always got updates and knew what the next step was. You can hire anyone ... but if I had the choice to do it over again I’d hire him every time. Don’t go at it alone or choose someone that just wants your money. He’s the right choice.
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Posted by Milo | May 1, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Prenuptial Agreement
I reached out to Mr. Syed Ahmed to draft a prenuptial agreement and gain further understanding on the process. From the beginning I was very impressed with Syed’s candor and knowledge of family matters as covered by Florida law. Throughout the entire process Syed was very thorough and took the time to explain every nuance of the agreement without sugar coating any details. Furthermore, Syed made the process personal and displayed a genuine interest in ensuring I was satisfied. I can honestly state that hiring Syed removed a great deal of stress from an already tense situation, and I would give Syed my highest recommendations. Do yourself a favor and hand your worries off to him for a quick and professional solution.
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Posted by Jeff | December 6, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Great lawyer!
I Just finished a long and temultuous divorce in December 2017. I could not have picked a better lawyer than Syed Ahmed! Not only is he very experienced, but he is a straight shooter and tries to work through the proceedings as quickly as possible to save his clients as much money as they can. Going through multiple mediations, he kept cool and levelheaded and actually helped me convince my ex to take several of the offers we were presenting that she did not want to take. He’s a great guy and I would recommend him highly to anyone!
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • President
  • Legal Advocate Group, P.A.
  • 2012 - Present
  • Assistant State Attorney
  • Office Of The State Attorney, 13th Judicial Circuit
  • 2010 - 2012
  • Assistant Attorney General
  • State Of Michigan Office Of The Attorney General
  • 2006 - 2010
  • Assistant Prosecuting Attorney
  • Wayne County Prosecutor's Office, Detroit, Mi
  • 2005 - 2006
  • Assistant State Attorney
  • Office Of The State Attorney, 13th Judicial Circuit (Hillsborough County)
  • 2000 - 2005
  • Attorney
  • The Office Of The Public Defender, 13th Judicial Circuit
  • 1998 - 2000
  • Attorney
  • Capital Collateral Regional Counsel
  • 1996 - 1998
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Education

  • Seton Hall University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1996
  • University of Michigan
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1993

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State of Florida vs. Joseph Piotrowski
  • Guilty as Charged in 10 minutes
  • Robert Ira Peede vs. State of Florida
  • The case was remanded for an evidentiary hearing on the mitigation issues

Associations

  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2012 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2010 - Present
  • Michigan Bar Association
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2004 - Present
  • Florida Bar
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 1998 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Hindi
  • Urdu

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent Attorney
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2023
  • AV Preeminent Attorney
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2022
  • AV Preeminent Attorney
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2021
  • AV Preeminent Attorney Judicial Edition
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2020
  • AV Preeminent Attorney
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2020
  • 2019 Client Champion Gold
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2019
  • 2019 AV Preeminent Attorney
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2019
  • 2018 AV Preeminent Attorney
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2018
  • 2017 AV Preeminent Attorney - Judicial Edition
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2017
  • America's Most Honored Professionals 2017 - Top 1%
  • Americas most Honored
  • 2017
  • AV Preeminent Rated Attorney
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2017
  • AV Preeminent Rated Attorney
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2016
  • Client Distinction Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2016
  • AV Preeminent Rated Attorney - Judicial Edition
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2016
  • Client's Choice Award
  • AVVO
  • 2015
  • Client Distinction Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Tampa's Top Rated Lawyers
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Top Rated Family Law Attorney
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Client Distinction Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Rated 10 Superb
  • AVVO
  • 2015
  • AV Preeminent Rated Attorney
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Judicial Edition Highest Rating in Legal and Ethical Standards
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Top Rated Lawyers
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Rated !0 Superb
  • AVVO
  • 2014
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers in America
  • American Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2014
  • AV Preeminent Rated Attorney
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Judicial Edition Highest Rating in Legal and Ethical Standards
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • AV Preeminent Rated Attorney
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • Dedicated Service to USDA and MSP for Prosecuting
  • USDA and Michigan State Police
  • 2010
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Speaking Engagements

  • Domestic Violence
  • Ethics
  • 2013

Attorney endorsements

Received (39)
Given (61)
Endorse Syed
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Syed spent many years working as a prosecutor. If you need an attorney who feels home in the court room and is not afraid to go to trial, Attorney Syed is the right man for the job. He cares for his client, listens, and will fight for his client's rights. Syed has amazing trial skills."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Sep 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Ahmed and I have worked together on various matters and he has become my go-to source for any and all Family Law related issues. Very knowledgeable, friendly, and honest. Can't ask for more out of your lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Ahmed is the go to Attorney in Tampa, without a doubt. I have referred many of my client's to Attorney Ahmed when they're facing dire straits related to their familial situation. Every client I have ever referred to Attorney Ahmed is more than satisfied and glad they went with him. Attorney Ahmed is a fierce oral advocate with years of in-court room and trial experience and it shows in his litigation practice. He's a trusted face and voice inside the courtroom, and his dedication to the law and his legal practice tremendously benefits his clients."
Family Attorney | May 28
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 11
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Outstanding attorney who passionately represents his clients."
Family Attorney | Sep 21
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jan 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I watched several of Syed's trials when he was at the State Attorney's Office. Excellent trial attorney."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 19
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jul 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse attorney Ahmed."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jun 12
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jun 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Great attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Syed. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 28
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Syed is very skilled in his knowledge of the law. Working previously as a State Attorney, Syed has knowledge of both sides of the courtroom and is a zealous advocate for his clients. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Feb 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 17
Relationship: Other
"Syed is an excellent attorney with vast experience both as a prosecutor and criminal defense attorney. Anyone he represents is in good hands."
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Tampa Divorce and separation Lawyer Syed Sharik Ahmed
Syed Sharik Ahmed
Divorce and separation Attorney
Tampa, FL
Licensed for 25 years
Free Consultation
Virtual consultation available