About Debra J. Sutton, Board Certified

Choosing an attorney to manage your case, especially for delicate family law matters, is an important decision. Selecting a lawyer who is experienced and qualified is critical to any appellate matter when challenging or defending a trial court’s decision. The choice you make for the lawyer to represent you can have a significant impact on the outcome. Debra J. Sutton leads Sutton Law Firm and prioritizes providing compassionate, effective representation to her clients in a manner respectful of their priorities and needs. As a Board Certified attorney, Ms. Sutton is a distinguished in family and appellate law. For some three decades, she has served the best interests of her clients at the Sutton Law Firm in Bartow, FL.Debra J. Sutton

Practice Philosophy

First and foremost, Ms. Sutton believes that every client deserves a legal team that is genuinely invested in their case. As such, she strives to provide a team management approach that focuses on:

  • Individualized attention 
  • A comfortable environment
  • Compassionate counsel 
  • Privacy 

To Ms. Sutton, every case is important and deserves her full dedication and attention. In meeting this commitment, every client has direct access to Ms. Sutton during and outside of traditional business hours.

Serving Clients for Three Decades

Ms. Sutton had an interest in law long before she started her career. In fact, one her favorite shows was Perry Mason, a popular legal drama of the 50s and 60s. While beginning her career as a paralegal while studying psychology, over time, her interest in law turned into passion and she decided to become a lawyer.

For nearly 30 years, Ms. Sutton has been representing clients in Florida and has tried cases in both county and circuit courts. She has also represented clients before the state’s appellate courts. While ably qualified to litigate a client’s matter, Ms. Sutton has also been prompt to work to resolve a case by negotiation, mediation or collaboration where possible. Over the course of her career, Ms. Sutton has helped many clients through some of the most difficult periods of their life. Ms. Sutton is genuinely invested in her clients' well-being and applies her full knowledge and resources to every case to achieve the best possible outcome. 

Debra J. Sutton leads Sutton Law Firm and prioritizes providing compassionate, committed, and dignified representation to her clients.

Recognized As a Leader in Her Field 

Above and beyond her seasoned career, Ms. Sutton is recognized as a leader in her field by her peers and prestigious organizations.

Board Certification

Ms. Sutton is board-certified in Appellate Practice from 1997 and Marital and Family Law from 2001 by the Florida Bar.  As a specialist in these practice areas, she has proven her knowledge and proficiency in handling these cases. She has been appointed by multiple Florida Bar Presidents to serve on both the Board Certification Committees in Appellate Practice and Marital and Family Law for the maximum term permitted in each area. Additionally, her board-certified status attests to her dedication to best serving her clients and maintaining a high degree of legal knowledge and expertise. 

Professional Affiliations

Ms. Sutton has authored several articles and newsletters for prestigious industry publications and serves as a speaker at many events, including fostering programs that encourage continuing legal education for lawyer support staff and paralegals. Ms. Sutton has Chaired and served on numerous committees with the Florida Bar, as well as the local Bar of the Tenth Judicial Circuit including the Domestic Violence Committee and Historical Preservation of the Judicial System. In addition to her service to the Florida Bar and local colleges, she belongs to several organizations, including: 

  • Willson American Inn of Court, Co-Founder, Charter member
  • Polk County Trial Lawyers' Association
  • Polk County Women's Lawyers' Association
  • Winter Haven Women's Lawyers Association
  • Stetson University, College of Law, Advisory Council
  • Guardian Ad Litem Program
  • Polk Arts Alliance
  • Citrus Center Kiwanis Club
  • United Family Court Implementation Committee

She has been an Adjunct Professor of Judicial Process at Florida Southern College. 

Honors & Awards

Ms. Sutton is the recipient of several distinguishing honors, including: 

  • Who's Who in American Law
  • Honorary Master, Willson American Inn of Court 
  • Professional Woman of the Year in 2011
  • Thomas Jefferson Award for civic involvement
  • 2017 Lawyers of Distinction 

Her dedication to excellence is recognized both by her peers and her clients. In addition to her work in the legal profession, Ms. Sutton founded a non-profit program, Care to Dance, Inc., for those living with dementia and other disabling neurological conditions.

Choose a Lawyer You Can Rely On 

If you are struggling with a marital or family law case, if you believe a decision of the trial court was in error, you will need someone by your side to support you and guide you through this complex process. You need someone who can identify the issues, evaluate the solution and take you to the point of resolution. To schedule your consultation, contact us online or call us at (863) 533-8912.

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