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Scott Kenneth Petersen

Real estate Attorney at Sarasota, FL

5.0   4 reviews
  • State Years
    Florida - FL 18 years
    Wisconsin - WI 25 years
    California - CA 30 years
  • Licensed for 18 years
    State FL
    Acquired 2005
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 25 years
    State WI
    Acquired 1999
    Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 30 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1993
    Inactive No misconduct found

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

About Scott

Learn Scott’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Real estate
    I work with condominium, cooperative, homeowners and mobile home park associations in all facets of their operations. I have a wide variety of experience with real estate matters, including covenant enforcement, foreclosures, injunctions, quiet title, easements, eminent domain and sales contracts.

    16 years

  2. Litigation
    I am an experienced litigator and have tried a wide variety of cases to both the court and to juries. My primary areas of litigation experience are commercial, real estate and probate. As a deputy district attorney, I tried over 60 felony and misdemeanor cases to juries. As a civil litigator, I have tried 5 commercial litigation matters to jury, as well as a great number of matters to the court.

    30 years

I am Board Certified by the Florida Bar in both Condominium and Planned Development Law and Business Litigation.  I work with condominium, cooperative, homeowners and mobile home park boards of directors to run their associations effectively, efficiently and in compliance with the governing documents and statutory scheme. I also assist association clients with collections and foreclosures, covenant enforcement, injunctions, fines, mediation and arbitration and a host of other issues.




The Law Office of Scott K. Petersen, PLLC
202 N Rhodes Ave
Suite 104
Sarasota, FL, 34237

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Posted by Gary | August 22, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Retired Executive
After confirming both the facts and the law, Scott successfully negotiated a Settlement of a complex case to the mutual advantage of both parties. Aside from his intellect and legal experience, Scott's particular skill as a litigator is to attempt, whenever possible, to resolve disputes without litigation.
Posted by Jo | August 3, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Dispute with Condominium Association
Scott successfully countered the claim by the Condo Association that I, as owner of a unit, was liable for unauthorized work carried out before I purchased the unit - the work to restore attic space above the unit has now been carried out at the expense of the Association. Scott clearly explained all options and was available to answer my many questions I can throughly recommend Scott both in terms of legal knowledge in this area, and in communication & action taken
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Posted by Stephen | July 21, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Use Scott!
I have had the good fortune to be referred to Scott Petersen for one matter over a year ago. Scott handled the matter very efficiently and we achieved an excellent result. I have engaged Scott on other matters all with similar very positive results. You could not have a better advocate.
Posted by Nancy | July 2, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Tenacious and knowledgable
I Was referred to Scott Petersen because of his extensive knowledge of HOA law. Our 14 year old association had a board that would have one set of standards for certain board members and another for other residents. The board VP had 3 and occasionally 4 vehicles through most of their residency at our town home association. Within weeks of selling off all but one of their vehicles, the board then decided to interpret our bylaws to read that owners/residents were now only allowed 2 vehicles per residence. They were selectively enforcing interpretations of our by laws that no longer affected the board. In addition, We were concerned with a sign that showed up at the pool restricting children from the use of the pool on weekends from 12-3pm. Scott quickly related to us that this restriction was not legal. Scott was hired and wrote a Four page letter addressing 4 major concerns relating to selective enforcement, carving out guidelines specifically to benefit individual board members and the breach of Federal HUD guidelines for decriminating against children. To date, three of these 4 concerns, have been remedied by the board based on Scott's letter to the board. I will continue to use Scott in the future should the need arise. I highly recommend his services.
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Payment methods
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Senior Attorney
  • Becker & Poliakoff, PA
  • 2008 - 2015
  • Senior Counsel
  • Kirk Pinkerton, P.A.
  • 2006 - 2008
  • Special Investigator
  • Wisconsin Supreme Court
  • 2000 - 2005
  • Lecturer
  • University of Wisconsin Law School
  • 2000 - 2006
  • Municipal Prosecutor
  • City of Fitchburg
  • 2000 - 2006
  • Shareholder
  • DeWitt Ross & Stevens
  • 1999 - 2006
  • Deputy District Attorney
  • Orange County District Attorney
  • 1993 - 1999
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  • Pepperdine Univ SOL
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1993
  • University of Wisconsin
  • B.B.A.
  • 1989

Sample of Legal Cases

  • School Board of Manatee County v. Bay Oaks, Inc.
  • Judgment for Plaintiff
  • In the Estate of Theodore C. Becker
  • Final Determination of Heirship
  • In re Attorney Fees in Kohl v. Zeitlin
  • Affirmed
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  • Sarasota County Bar Association
  • Board of Directors
  • 2012 - Present
  • Pineview School PTA
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast
  • Chair,
  • 2007 - Present
  • Sarasota Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Florida Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Florida Bar
  • Member, Voluntary Bar Liaison Committee
  • 2009 - 2012
  • Sarasota Chamber of Commerce: Leadership Sarasota County
  • Member
  • 2007 - 2008
  • Judge John M. Schebb Inn of Court
  • Barrister
  • 2007 - 2008
  • Sarasota Bar Association Diversity Committee
  • Member
  • 2007 - 2010
  • Gulf Gate Elementary School PTA
  • Member
  • 2007 - 2009
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Honors and Awards

  • Board Certified - Business Litigation
  • Florida Bar
  • 2013
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2009
  • Commendation for Service
  • City of Fitchburg
  • 2006
  • Commendation for service as Special Investigator
  • Wisconsin Supreme Court
  • 2005
  • Prosecutor of the Year
  • MADD
  • 1995
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  • 20 Pepp. L.R. 747
  • "The Punishment Need Not Fit the Crime: Harmelin v. Michigan and the Eighth Amendment"
  • 1993
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Speaking Engagements

  • Community Association Leadership Conference
  • The Foreclosure Crisis and Community Associations
  • 2010
  • 2010 Voluntary Bar Leadership Conference
  • Event Planning
  • 2010
  • CLE Lecture
  • Legal Writing: Writing Legal Wrongs
  • 2009
  • CAI Conference
  • Foreclosure cases for Condo and HOAs
  • 2009
  • BPU
  • Lawsuits and ADR for Condo and Homeowner's Ass'ns
  • 2009
  • Diversity Intern Skills Course
  • Real Life Legal Research and Writing
  • 2008
  • Florida Law Network Annual Meeting
  • Associate Expectations and Retention
  • 2006
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Attorney endorsements

Received (14)
Given (40)
Endorse Scott
Litigation Attorney | Sep 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have worked with and against Scott on various issues over the last decade. Not only does Scott always act with high ethics and professionalism, he is extremely knowledgeable and always been a zealous advocate for his clients. I highly recommend Scott and his firm."
Litigation Attorney | Sep 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Scott is knowledgeable, professional, and has always represented his clients with zeal and perseverance. There is no question that Scott has is a top attorney in his field and is highly regarded and respected in the legal community. I would highly recommend Scott for his services."
Business Attorney | Jan 14
Relationship: Friend
"I have known Scott for over twenty years starting as a law school roomate in 1990 going forward. In addition to being a good person, he is also extremely articulate, bright and most importantly, principled. For a lawyer, you could not go wrong with him."
Litigation Attorney | Nov 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I acted as a mediator on a case that he was involved in. He was well prepared and extremely professional."
Litigation Attorney | Sep 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Dec 08
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work. I referred a client to Scott in Florida. I have seen the pleadings drafted by Scott and the results obtained. Scott did a first rate job and I would recommend him again and again."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 26
Relationship: Co-worker
"When I started working as a prosecutor in the Orange County District Attorney's office in 1994, I had the good fortune of working with Scott, who started about one year before me. He was a great mentor to the younger attorneys throughout his tenure in the office. It is rare to come across an attorney who is an excellent trial lawyer and also has such a strong command of the "technical" legal points that so often make the difference between winning and losing a case. Scott has both of these traits, and he is also a personable guy who people like to be around. These are the qualities that prospective clients should look for when they are deciding on the attorney they want to represent them."
Real estate Attorney | Jan 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Scott from his time in the Orange County District Attorney's Office. I had the pleasure of working with him when I was a law clerk finishing law school. Scott combines the talents and skills you would want to find in a lawyer - aggressive when needed, knowledgeable on the law and fair in his dealings with everyone."
Litigation Attorney | Dec 30
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Scott and I battled in numerous cases back when he practiced in Wisconsin. He was one of the attorneys we really had to prepare to go up against. That being said, he's one of the nicest people I've ever gotten to try a case against. I would not hesitate to give him my highest recommendation."
Litigation Attorney | Apr 28
Relationship: Other
"I have known Scott Petersen since his work with the Orange County District Attorney's office. Scott is the consummate advocate, with essential people skills and integrity. These elements combined with his great trial skill make Scott the lawyer of choice for those in need of effective representation. "
Litigation Attorney | Apr 28
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Scott was opposing counsel on a complex contested matter which lasted approximately six years and included one interlocutory appeal. He represented his clients zealously. He raised and advocated novel and complex theories, and got a good result for his clients. He earned my respect and so I am pleased to recommend him to others."
Litigation Attorney | Apr 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have personally known Scott Petersen for over a year. I have the highest respect for Scott, and he shines as a skilled litigator and top-notch attorney in the community. I would not hesitate to recommend his services to anyone who may require a dedicated legal advisor at their side. "
Lawsuits and disputes Attorney | Apr 25
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Scott is great person and professional who will work tirelessly for his client and a good result."
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Sarasota Real estate Lawyer Scott Kenneth Petersen
Scott Kenneth Petersen
Real estate Attorney
Sarasota, FL
Licensed for 30 years
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