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W. Matthew Kowtko, Esq.

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Mr. Kowtko is a Georgia native, he was born in Stone Mountain, GA and his southern country-side upbringing made him develop a deep love for classic country music, green rolling hills, southern-style sweet tea, and the sound of nigh-time crickets. 

Matt attended Georgia State University where he obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration & Business Economics, and then shortly after he moved to Orlando, FL, to attend Barry University School of Law where he earned three “Book Awards” for the highest grades in business organization, corporate taxation, and contracts drafting. He graduated with honors in the top 33% of his class.

Mr. Kowtko had been wanting to practice law since high school, and this desire was reinforced when he began working for a local law firm during his undergraduate studies. As an attorney, he has helped many families with a wide variety of legal issues, ranging from family law or criminal defense. Matt’s clients describe him as highly energetic, personable, reliable, passionate, and tenacious when it comes to the practicing of the law. 

Being married and having a family of his own helps Matt 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 he can understand the challenges and frustration involved with civil litigation cases.

Service to the community is another area Mr. Kowtko has dedicated his practice by donating time and efforts to facilities servicing low-income individuals with family issues and gave regular assistance with low-income tax preparation during law school.

When Matt is not practicing law, he enjoys traveling wit his family, attending live country concerts, and watching movies at home. Among Matt’s favorite countries (apart from the United States of America) are England, and Germany. Matt also has a passion for sports cars and luxury watches. 

Michael Wallach, Esq.

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Michael Wallach was born and raised in Sarasota, Florida, graduating from Sarasota High School in 2005. During high school, Michael was a nationally-recognized Speech and Debate competitor. Prior to returning to Sarasota, Michael attended Florida State University where he obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science, with a minor in Communication. During his time at Florida State, Michael worked for Governor Charlie Crist in his Legislative Affairs office. Upon graduation, Michael attended Florida A&M College of Law in Orlando, Florida. Michael was a co-founder of the Florida A&M College of Law Jewish Legal Society along with being a Research Assistant and Teaching Assistant. Michael also had the opportunity to intern with the Florida Office of the Attorney General in their Consumer Protection Division. In his final year of law school, Michael participated in the Housing Clinic at Florida A&M, assisting clients facing residential foreclosure and landlord/tenant issues. Michael’s passion for helping others and his dedication to public and community service serve as his motivation for assisting clients with their family law matters. When Michael is not working, he enjoys reading, cooking, and watching the Tampa Buccaneers and Florida State Seminoles games.

Susana C. Kowtko

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Mrs. Susana Kowtko was born in Caracas, Venezuela, where she studied Graphic Design prior to moving to the United States where she obtained a technical degree in Graphic and Web Design, an associate degree in Marketing & Advertising, and a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Management. 

Mrs. Kowtko has extensive work experience in graphic design, web design, sales, and marketing. Before moving to Sarasota from Orlando, FL, Mrs. Kowtko worked as an Integrative Marketing Solutions Consultant at Entravision Communications (Univision - Orlando, and Salsa 98.1 FM WNUE). And prior to deciding to help her husband grow his law firm she worked at AgeVital Pharmacy, Inc., in Sarasota,FL, in the capacity of Assistant Manager & Marketing Executive. 

Mrs. Kowtko manages the client relations and administrative operations, as well as the marketing and advertising operations of the firm. 

Susana’s favorite things to do are spending time at the beach with her daughter Isabella, going to concerts with her husband Matt, and traveling with her family. Susana’s favorite countries and U.S. states (other than Florida) are Spain, France, New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, and Utah. She also loves doing hot yoga, Zumba, and Latin dancing. 

Education

Remington College – B.A. Organizational Management

International Academy of Design & Technology – A.S. Marketing & Advertising 

Lake Tech – Graphic & Web Design Technology
Escuela de Artes Cristobal Rojas – A.S. Graphic Design