Sheryl Hunter, Esquire, has a passion for entrepreneurship and small businesses. She is not only an attorney with 18 years of legal experience, she’s an entrepreneur and business owner. Her business experience enables her to understand the challenges and opportunities facing her small business clients and to think about the broader impact of legal decisions and documents. She also enjoys inspiring and supporting people as they pursue their dreams.
- 1995 graduate of Georgetown University Law Center, Juris Doctorate
- 1995 graduate of George Washington University, B.A. in Political Communications
- Magna Cum Laude with Highest Honors in Political Communications
- 18 years as practicing attorney and member of the Florida Bar since 1995
- Practice areas have included: business law, antitrust and commercial litigation; real estate law; estate planning, guardianship and nursing home litigation
- Legal Work History:
- Hunter Business Law (formerly Sheryl Seckel Hunter P.A. & Hunter & Thomas, P.A.), founder and partner: 2000-2013
- BVG Incorporated, real estate development firm, as in-house General Counsel: 2004-2008
- Nursing Home Abuse Law Center, small firm, as associate: 1999-2000
- Carlton Fields, large firm, as associate: 1995-1999
BUSINESS OWNERSHIP AND EXECUTIVE EXPERIENCE
- Founder and CEO of Lifelines Academy & Network, the premier provider of information and business support services to companies that offer products or services to the aging market. The company provides one-stop access to an expansive portfolio of education & training, professional association and conference information, as well as marketing and business consulting services. 2009 to present
- Founder of Aspen & Lucy, a website dedicated to educating the girls of today to become the entrepreneurs of tomorrow. 2011 to present
- Vice President and Project Manager for BVG Incorporated, a luxury real estate development company with over $700 million in projects. Responsible for management and oversight of all aspects of $32 million start-up destination club know as Ventures. 2004-2008
- Vice President of Business Development for Ultimate Escapes, the second largest luxury destination club which acquired Ventures. 2008-2009
- Founder and owner of private law firm. 2000 to present
- Florida Bar, 1995 to present
- Florida Bar Committees:
- Business Law
- Elder Law
- Real Property Probate and Trust Law
- Hillsborough County Bar Association
- South Tampa Chamber of Commerce
- Better Living for Seniors, Hillsborough & Pinellas
- American Society on Aging
- Florida Coalition on Aging
- Partners In Network
PRESENTATIONS AND PUBLICATIONS
- Presenter, “The Business of Serving Seniors”, 2011 Florida Conference on Aging
- Three part series entitled “Intellectual Property: Trademarks, Copyrights and Copycats, Oh My” for the National Association of Senior Move Managers newsletter; 2011
- Inspired by her experience caring for two family members with Alzheimer’s Disease and her legal and volunteer work on behalf of the elderly, Sheryl educates individuals and business owners on how to meet the needs of seniors and family caregivers through her company Lifelines Academy & Network.
- Sheryl has co-developed three professional certifications and over 30 webinars. Subjects include: LifeDocuments Organizing and Health Information Organizing; Ethics and the Confused Client Ethics and the Confused Client - Guidance for Professionals when a Client’s Capacity Comes Into Question; and Domestic Violence and the Elder Population.
- Sheryl has taught classes to multiple professional associations, including the National Association of Senior Move Managers, the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers, the National Association of Daily Money Managers, and the National Association of Professional Organizers.
- Sheryl has been interviewed on The Caregiver Hour, Senior Voice America and Women Power Up radio shows.
- Chair of the Board of Directors, National Stuttering Association 2012 to present.
- Co-Chair, Family Programs, National Stuttering Association 2010-2012. Founded and hosted NSA Family Radio, an online support group for parents of children who stutter, and kids who stutter.
- VIBE, BVG Incorporated January 2007-2008. Founded corporate social responsibility initiative (VIBE) and chaired its volunteer board of BVG employees. VIBE provided support and services to Faith Café and Habitat for Humanity.
- Tampa Crossroads, Inc. Board of Directors, 1998-2004. Board President 2001-2002. Provided leadership and active board participation to nonprofit serving criminal offenders who have re-entered society. Spearheaded social entrepreneurship initiative to promote greater capacity to self-fund and eventually provide employment opportunities to graduating clients.
- National Association of Women Business Owners, Tampa Bay Board member, 2003-2004. Community Liaison Committee member, 2001-2002; Chair 2003-2004.
- Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers (HAWL) Board member, 1996-2001. Chapter Representative to and served on the board of the Florida Association of Women Lawyers, 1999-2001. Chairwoman of Community Outreach Committee, 1996-1997. Editor of Newsletter, 1997-1999. Volunteer, Domestic Violence Injunction Project.
- Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence/Women in Prison Project/Pro Bono Service Summer 1993; 1995-1999. Advocate for battered women. Coauthored report on domestic violence and the criminal justice system and developed materials for an expert witness training seminar. Successfully argued before Governor Chiles and Cabinet for early release of incarcerated abuse victim.
- Tampa Connection1998 graduate of Tampa community one-year leadership program for professionals.
- Helping the Elderly with Their Legal Problems (H.E.L.P.); Pinellas Branch 1996-1998; Co-coordinator of volunter program to make attorneys available to indigent elderly on monthly basis at Senior Center.
- Women’s Peacepower Foundation Advisory Committee Chairwoman, September 1995-2001. Analyzed and evaluated grass roots organizations and individual activists dedicated to bringing peace to the lives of women, families and communities.