Connecting with clients to satisfy not only their practical needs, but also their emotional wants.
Guichard is a French name of Germanic origin that, loosely translated, means “made strong from combat.” When Guichard St. Surin counsels clients in family law matters, he likes to shield them from battle. “I want them to see past the position they are fighting for and truly get to the root of the issues in order to avoid coming back to court for modification or enforcement proceedings,” he said. He employs a holistic approach to help keep clients’ wellbeing intact, including referrals to financial advisors and psychological counselors to help manage the upheaval that inevitably happens in big transitions. “The reward is knowing that I was able to help a family navigate through the storm and uncertainty of divorce and having them come out confident on the other end.”
St. Surin was born in Haiti and grew up in Naples with eight brothers and sisters. Service was a family ethic, which is evident in the career choices of several of the siblings. An older brother served in the U.S. Army, and did tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. Another is an officer with the Naples Police Department. A sister that is school teacher. St. Surin also married well – his wife is a school psychologist.
He realizes that what separates him from his clients is often just a matter of happy circumstance. He once worked out a 10-year sentence for a 16-year-old who was charged with aggravated battery with a firearm, punishable by life in prison. “He looked just like my younger brother and I immediately felt a connection with him.” Although his efforts were successful, he felt far from triumphant. “I realized that a lot of these young men have no positive male role models in their life,” he said. Being in a position to serve as such a role model, St. Surin mentors a group of boys on Wednesday nights at his church.
When not at work or volunteering, St. Surin enjoys playing golf.
Languages spoken: English, Creole
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Guichard provides excellent service to his clients by being knowledgable on the law, communicating with clients, and being prepared for court. I have seen him in action and he is always willing to zealously advocate for his clients.
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|FL||Member in Good Standing||2011||09/01/2016|
This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority.
An admonition means an attorney did something wrong but may still practice law. The Bar gives the lawyer an admonition in hopes that he or she will not repeat the behavior.
Guichard’s comment: “This was a singular occurrence that was due to the results of two disgruntled previous criminal law clients. I always try to do my upmost for every single client and I am sorry the results were what they were but I did everything in my power to obtain the best outcome. Please feel free to reach out to me directly if you have any questions about this instance.”
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2016|
|Esteemed Member||The Global Who's Who||2015|
|Top 100 Trial Lawyers||The National Trial Lawyers Association||2013|
|Top 40 under 40||The National Trial Lawyers Association||2013|
|Outstanding Certificate of Achievement in Pro Bono Service||University of Florda, Fredric G. Levin College of Law||2011|
|Outstanding Certificate of Achievement in Community Service||University of Florida Frederic G. Levin College of Law||2011|
|Final Four||Black Law Student Association Southern Regional Mock Trial||2009|
|Regional Best Attorney||American Mock Trial Association||2006|
|CEO||The Guardian Law Firm, P.A.||2012 - Present|
|Assistant State Attorney||State Attorney, Twentieth Judicial Circuit of Florida||2011 - 2012|
|Certified Legal Intern||Public Defender, Eighteenth Judicial Circuit of Florida||2011 - 2011|
|Certified Legal Intern||State Attorney, Ninth Judicial Circuit Of Florida||2010 - 2010|
|Judicial Law Clerk||Eleventh Judicial Circuit In & For Miami Dade County, Fl||2009 - 2009|
|Family Law Clerk||The Eleventh Circuit Court Of Florida||2009 - 2009|
|Intern||State Attorney, Eighth Judicial Circuit of Florida||2009 - 2009|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Calusa American Inn of Court||Member||2015 - Present|
|Lee County Law Library||Board of Trustees||2015 - Present|
|Association of Family Law Professionals (Southwest Florida)||Board of Directors||2015 - Present|
|Lee County Legal Aid||Board of Directors||2015 - Present|
|Florida Bar, Standing Committee Student Education & Admissions To The Bar||Committe Member||2013 - Present|
|Collier County Bar Association||Member||2012 - Present|
|Lee County Bar Association||Member||2012 - Present|
|University of Florida Levin College of Law Trial Team||Liaison||2011 - Present|
|Florida Bar||Member||2011 - Present|
|National Bar Association -Isaac Anderson Chapter||President||2014 - 2014|
|Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Fort Myers Chapter)||Vice President||2014 - 2015|
|National Bar Association -Isaac Anderson Chapter||Vice President||2012 - 2014|
|Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Member||2012 - 2015|
|American Bar Association||Member||2011 - 2015|
|University of Florida Fredric G. Levin, College of Law Entertainment Law Review||Member||2009 - 2011|
|University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2011|
|Florida State University||Political Science & Economics||BS - Bachelor of Science||2008|
|CLE||Court Room Decorum||2016|
|School Psychologist meeting||Haitian Culture in the Classroom||2012|
|Chapter Meeting||Effective use of Social Media||2012|
|1st Annual Career Panel||Career Seminar||2012|