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William Matthew Kowtko

Family Attorney at Sarasota, FL

4.7   15 reviews

also known as W. Matthew Kowtko, Matt Kowtko

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About William

Learn William’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Family
    Divorce cases: Uncontested, contested, high asset, simple dissolution; involving alimony, child custody, child support and equitable distribution. Paternity cases including relocation, child support, child custody and modifications.

  2. Criminal defense

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The Kowtko Law Group, P.A. represents clients in all areas of Florida family law and civil litigation.

I practice family law by helping families with their dissolution of marriage, timesharing/custody, child support and domestic violence issues. I further represent civil litigation clients in a variety of areas, including defamation/libel, breach of contract and personal injury.

Being married and having a family helps me empathize with the stress and the emotional toll that come with dealing with the important and sensitive matters involved in family law. As a professional and a business person I am able to understand the challenges and frustration involved with civil litigation cases.

I have wanted to practice law since high school, which was reinforced when I worked for a local law firm in north Atlanta when I was an student at the Georgia Institute of Technology. As an attorney, I have helped many families with a wide variety of legal issues, ranging from family law or criminal defense, but I have chosen to help families with family law related issues.


Service to the community is another area I have dedicated my practice by donating time and efforts to facilities servicing low-income individuals with family issues and I gave regular assistance with low-income tax preparation during law school. I continue to strive to provide the utmost quality in legal services to every one of my family law clients.



  • Barry University School of Law
    -  Juris Doctorate

  • Georgia State University
    -  Bachelor of Arts in Business Economics



  • Top 33% of graduating Law School Class
  • Three “book awards” for the highest grades:
    -  Business Organizations
    -  Corporate Taxation
    -  Contracts Drafting

Activities and Community Involvement:

  • LegalAid of Manasota Volunteer Attorney
  • VITA Income Tax Preparation
Licensed for 8 years
State FL
Status Member in Good Standing
Acquired 2014
Updated 11/23/2022

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

Contact William

Kowtko Law Group, P.A.
1800 2nd Street
Suite 882
Sarasota, FL, 34236


4.7 / 5.0
  15 customer reviews
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Posted by Amy | May 10, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Top Notch Attorney
I've been with children and families for many years in Sarasota, so I know the attorneys. When I needed help I went to the best. She was maxed on cases and referred me to Matt. He exceeded my expectations. As well as being smart, quick, talented, and confident, he's a strategic thinker. Matt blew the case out of the water, and opposing council has been in practice nearly as many years as he's been alive. Not only did we win, but he did it so well, the judge rebuked the plaintiffs. His team is incredible as well. If you want an attorney who is in it for you, give him a call.
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Posted by Paulette | October 31, 2019
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Excellent Lawyer
From day one with Matthew I felt I had chosen well. He is very confident, assertive and well prepared. His staff is exceptional. Would Highly Recommend if you want to get a desirable outcome. My case was very difficult and I received exactly what I asked for....Very likable Man.. Thank You for securing my Future ✨✨
Posted by anonymous | October 29, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
From the moment I met Matt I knew he was the only one and only attorney in Sarasota for me. He was professional, caring and knew what needed to be done to win my case. He went the extra mile to make sure that I was comfortable with everything. The entire staff is professional and caring, very responsible and responsive when ever I needed to have questions answered.
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Posted by Greg | September 12, 2018
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Outstanding Results Better than Expected
I hired Matthew and his team to help me defeat a bogus Injunction leveled against me while under advisement of a previous bad legal advisor. For my daughter's sake, and that of my job and ministry, I had to get it set aside. He filed an Appeal with several strong arguments to use with projected costs over $7k and timeframe of 1 year. Through negotiations with opposing counsel, he and his team succeeded in getting the opposition to back down and negotiated a civil minimal contact agreement in exchange for a dismissal of both cases within 90 days, at a much reduced cost out of pocket. I highly recommend Mr. Kowtko.
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Posted by Michelle | December 21, 2017
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Confident, Yet Compassionate Lawyer, How Does It Get Any Better Than This?
Hello, my husband and I were in a place in which we literally felt completely lost, confused, terrified for our oldest sons future and someone who we once trusted and loved, who had turned into someone we did not even know, let alone recognize. This person had begun to lie, cheat, steal from both of my parents, myself, my husband, and my children, but even worse than that, they had soon after one of our children's Bar Mitzvah's had taken glow in the dark spray paint and drew a Swastika on our bedroom door, along with a penis. The had also used the glow in the dark spray paint to leave some awful comments as well with another swastika, knowing there was a witness home. We had made an appointment for a consultation and after having explained everything to this attorney and his associates and the depth in which it is causing us so much stress and anxiety. I have been breaking out in rashes and hives from what my sons pediatrician said looked like stress induced eczema. After sitting in this mans office and only having met he and his associates during that consultation, he stepped right up to the plate and was so encouraging that for the first time since all of this started, I had finally felt a moment of peace and hope. I had a glimpse of what not crying for a moment and time felt like and was able to even laugh for a while. There was no way we were walking out of this mans office without hiring him and his associates. This man is amazing, he is knowledgeable and he knows what he wants and is not afraid to ask for it.
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Posted by Andre | December 20, 2017
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Superb lawyer in Sarasota
Dissolution of marriage. Was compassionate with both sides but assertive and an excellent negotiator. Was able to help me settle a large mess without the other side feeling financially displeased.
Posted by Sheli | December 20, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Would highly recommend!
Mr. Kowtko went above and beyond for our family. Things appeared limited, and a favorable resolution seemed impossible. But he worked diligently to defend us from an unjust accusation and we were able to receive a favorable outcome.
Posted by anonymous | October 9, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Great lawyer
Matt was easy to get a hold of and returned messages quickly. He worked around my schedule as he could and was able to meet me close to work. He completed all the paperwork quickly and emailed it to me so I could review it and get it returned to him for quick processing. I would recommend hiring him to represent you.
Posted by Jess | September 28, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Matthew Kowtko - Above and Beyond Services!
William Matthew Kowtko's legal services are truly outstanding! Matt provided honest consultation advice and was extremely flexible with scheduling appointment times. His direction with my case eased all apprehension knowing his legal expertise was involved. Matthew Kowtko is a committed, educated, professionally aware lawyer. His strategic focus towards positive outcomes and attentive client care/counsel are exceptional. He is an authentic lawyer but most importantly - a genuine person. I highly recommend "Matt" for legal services now and for future endeavors.
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Posted by Jane | September 19, 2015
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Attorney Matt Kowtko
I feel he was very professional very knowledgeable about my case and gave me good advice and recommendations pertaining to my divorce. He was always accessible and promptly returned phone calls and emails. I feel he is compassionate and truly cared about me and my case. I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for an attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | September 13, 2015
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Best of the best in law!
We all are concerned on who we hire to take legal matters into someone else's hands doing research Exedra. Search no further the experience and dedication Matt gave me is more then any person can ask for he was always there for me at the drop of a dime on any issues that I had my phone call went straight to him not his receptionist and will get back to you maybe today are sometime tomorrow afternoon it was ASAP! Hes like family no need to search and ask for advice on who is the best you got my word he's the man to call.
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Posted by Susana | August 27, 2015
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He put my faith back into lawyers again
My experience with Mr. Kowtko was very positive and my case was resolved to my advantage quickly and smoothly. I retained Mr. Kowtko to handle my relocation matter with my daughter from Orlando to Sarasota. Mr. Kowtko is extremely knowledgeable in family law and court proceeding. My first experience with a family law attorney occurred when I had to go to court with my ex-husband and found myself in the middle of a custody battle. This experience was extremely negative as I was always more scared and paranoid after talking to my then attorney than confident in his skills and trustworthiness. I should have listened to my intuition because he took the $4,000 retainer, gave me a ridiculously inflated itemized bill and did very little for me at the end. As a result, when I needed to contract legal services again I was very careful and skeptical; my experience with Mr. Kowtko helped me regain confidence in lawyers once again. He was always very informative, kept constant contact with me, kept me up to date and educated me about many court proceedings related to my case that I was completely unaware of and always discussed and advised me of possible outcomes upfront before I made any decisions related to my case. He was also very sensitive and considerate of the physical and emotional stress that I was going through at the time and helped me keep calm and confident throughout the entire process. If I ever need a family law attorney again, I will certainly hire Mr. Kowtko; if you are looking for a well prepared, affordable, trustworthy and aggressive attorney, I strongly recommend his services. Professional, reliable, and results oriented.
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Posted by anonymous | March 2, 2015
Attorney Kowtko
I first met Attorney Kowtko in June of 2014. I inquired about a noncontestant divorce. Matt (as I call him) was extremely professional, knowledgeable and assisted me with all the necessary steps needed to start the process. He followed up with phone calls and assisted with all necessary documents needed to successfully complete in a timely fashion. I then presented him with a QDRO which my husband and I were oblivious on the how to's etc. and this was new to Matt, but, not for long. He researched the companies that did this type of work and interviewed a few specialist before hiring the most competent one. While this QDRO proved (and til today) is a challenge...Matt, took on the challenge! I relied on Matt to handle both the non-contestant divorce and QDRO in a timely fashion since my husband was on a tight schedule to leave the country. Matt called me almost on a daily basis to keep me abreast of any new news regarding the process. I would and will without hesitation recommend Matt to family and friends who require his service(s.) I wish Matt lots of success in his future endeavors!
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Posted by anonymous | March 2, 2015
Amazing Advocate
I can't say enough about Matthew. He shows a strong interest in justice and advocating for creative solutions to challenging legal problems. His legal writing and oral advocacy skills are tremendous. He wrote helpful legal letters in order to advance non-adversarial solutions in my case, as well as drafted petitions that support family cohesion and togetherness. In other words, Matthew always has the best interests of the whole family foremost both in his mind and and with his advocacy. Matt can be direct and confrontative when the circumstances indicate. His knowledge of elder law, guardianship law, and family law is extensive and he is able to convey to clients in a clear and succinct manner the nitty-gritty details of applicable law. And to top it off, when we needed finally to attend and present at a court hearing, Matthew is so respectful of all parties, engages the judge in a manner both strong and direct, and has an uncanny ability to think on his feet. He is a natural, with superb courtroom skills, patience and excellent timing in presentation and advocacy. I most highly recommend Matthew Kowtko.
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Posted by anonymous | May 28, 2017
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Matt was hired to represent me and did nothing to move my case forward in the year I had him. he seemed more concerned about pleasing the petitioners attorney than helping me. When I was a diagnosed with a health condition, I asked him to postpone any upcoming court dates. He took it upon himself to instead go to court without me and without me even knowing anything about it. The same day he "represented" me in court he filed a motion to withdraw from my case, I'm sure it was because he knew I would be very upset that he went without my consent and then on top of it sided with the opposing party. He never even contacted me to let me know he was withdrawing. The attorneys I've recently spoke to have urged me to contact the Florida bar
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Work Experience

  • Intern
  • The Law Offices of Sean Smallwood, P.A.
  • 2015 - 2015
  • Intern
  • Cohen Battisit, P.A.
  • 2012 - 2015


  • Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2013

Legal Cases

  • Bryant v. Bryant
  • Marriage dissolve; MSA accepted


  • Sarasota Pregnancy Center
  • Volunteer Attorney
  • 2015 - Present
  • Sarasota County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Sarasota County Barr Association Young Lawyers Division (YLD)
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Sarasota Women's Resource Center
  • Volunteer Attorney
  • 2015 - Present
  • Legal Aid of Manasota
  • Volunteer Attorney
  • 2014 - 2015
  • VITA
  • Volunteer
  • 2012 - 2013
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Pro-Bono Recognition
  • The Florida Supreme Court and Legal Aid of Manasota
  • 2015

Speaking Engagements

  • YAL - Internal Event
  • YAL - Libertarianism and the Law
  • 2013

Attorney endorsements

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Given (8)
Endorse William
Family Attorney | Oct 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He will fight for you. He is a very capable intelligent attorney."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Kowtko displays genuine concern in every question he answers on Avvo. Attorney Kowtko's answers reflect a solid understanding of the law and a quick grasp of the applicable law in every situation. He also gives practical solutions. I endorse this lawyer for Family matters."
Family Attorney | Jan 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Excellent family lawyer. Intelligent, honest, and professional. He will zealously represent his clients. It's a pleasure working with him."
Family Attorney | Jan 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Matt could be in Websters as the definition of an attorney. He is extremely intelligent, professional, always well prepared, and a passionate advocate. I fully and completely endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jan 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Matt is very sharp and knows how to get to the bottom of a family law issue while keeping client costs in mind. He always spends extra time on client care. He is genuine and his clients appreciate his constant guidance throughout difficult times. I endorse him."
Family Attorney | Jan 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Matt is the definition of what every lawyer should strive to be. He cares about his clients, pays the up-most attention to detail in making sure he is providing the most current and up to date legal advice. Matt and I have spoke on the law over various legal matters and the knowledge he possesses is like none other. If you are looking for an attorney that cares more about his client then they money then Matt is the right attorney for you! Best of Luck to you Matt! Keep setting that great example for young lawyer and experienced lawyer out there!"
Family Attorney | Dec 16
Relationship: Friend
"The first words that jump to my mind when a client asks me who Matt Kowtko is.....professional, loyal, honest and aggressive. All the qualities you want win a family law attorney. He knows the law better than anyone I know, fights aggressively for him clients and is always available whenever you need him."
General practice Attorney | Sep 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"These are the first things I think of when I have the opportunity to work with Matt. After many years seeing him execute complicated issues with a keen eye and the endurance to see things through I am able to offer my professional and my personal recommendation. You will be in good hands with Matt as your attorney and advocate. I am quite sure you will be impressed with his legal abilities."
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