Young Lawyers Section

YLS Introduction

The Young Lawyers Section (YLS) is comprised of more than 750 attorneys practicing in a variety of areas of law throughout Central Florida. Members of the YLS must be under the age of 35 or practicing law five or fewer years. As a new lawyer, the YLS is a valuable resource because it offers an array of opportunities for relationship building, charitable service, and professional growth. Whether you choose to attend a monthly luncheon, volunteer for a charitable project, or chair our next big event, the YLS is the gateway to enhance your career. Get involved!



The YLS's mission is to meet the unique needs and interests of new lawyers by (a) providing a forum for exchanging ideas and offering assistance regarding concerns common to the new lawyer; (b) offering opportunities to enhance their professional skills and knowledge, and ethical development; (c) providing opportunities for career and leadership development, mentoring, and relationship building; (d) offering opportunities to serve on public service committees and charitable projects; and (e) encouraging their interest and participation in the YLS, the Orange County Bar Association, the legal profession, and their communities.


Meeting Time and Location

YLS typically meets for lunch the third Friday of the month from 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Citrus Club in downtown Orlando, but check the OCBA website calendar for special events. Please RSVP (luncheons only) to


Serve as a Volunteer Chairperson!

Serving on a committee is a great way to meet new people, while having the opportunity to serve the OCBA and your community. Time commitments for committees vary, so please be sure to consider your upcoming schedule when you apply. All committee members must be members in good standing of the Young Lawyers Section of the OCBA. Read a description of the committees and positions available here. The deadline to apply is on or before 5:00 p.m. on April 30, 2015. If you have any questions, please contact Amber via email at

Upcoming Events

May 15  - YLS Luncheon. RSVP at the OCBA Store

New Lawyer Training  Program: Jump Start Your Career
Aug. 1 & 2, 2015 - Enroll Today!
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YLS Officers

Amber N. Davis

Beusse Wolter Sanks Mora & Maire, P.A..
390 N. Orange Ave., Ste. 2500
Orlando FL 32801
Ph: 407-926-7716
Contact by email

Brett Renton

President Elect
Shutts & Bowen, LLP
300 S. Orange Ave., Ste. 1000
Orlando FL 32801
Ph: 407-835-6791
Contact by email

Keshara D. Davis

The Florida Bar
1000 Legion Place, Ste. 1625
Orlando FL 32801
Ph: 407-425-5424
Contact by email

Jill D. Simon, Esq.

Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, P.A.
P.O. Box 2809
Orlando, FL 32802
Ph: 407-843-4600
Contact by email

Jennifer A. Smith, Esq.

Communications Coordinator
Southern Trial Counsel, PLC
205 S. Eola Dr.
Orlando, FL 32801
Ph: 321-662-6783
Contact by email

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Karen L. Persis

Immediate Past President
Law Office of Karen Persis, P.A.
1415 E. Robinson St., Ste. C
Orlando FL 32801
Ph: 407-228-2864
Contact by email


Board Members


Michael D. Barber
The Umansky Law Firm

Eric R. Elms, Esq.
Fisher Rushmer, P.A

Brock A. Hankins, Esq.
Allen, Dyer, Doppelt, Milbrath & Gilchrist

W. Doug Martin, Esq.                       
Dellecker, Wilson, King, McKenna, Ruffier & Sos, LLP


Heather M. Meglino
Burruezo & Burruezo, PLLC

Amanda Sampaio, Esq.
The Law Firm of Amanda Sampaio

Charity J. Tonelli, Esq.
Stuart, Mount, Bleakley & Boylston, P.A.






Florida Bar YLD Board of Governors Representatives
Ninth Judicial Circuit

Eric R. Elms
Karen L. Persis
Amy R. Rigdon