About Debra J. Sutton Board Certified Specialist

Your choice of legal representation will have a significant impact on the outcome of your case. 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. Debra J. Sutton leads Sutton Law Firm and is committed to providing compassionate and effective representation to the Firm's clients in a manner respectful of their priorities and needs. As a Board Certified attorney, Ms. Sutton is distinguished in family and appellate law. For over some three decades, she has served the best interests of her clients at the Sutton Law Firm in Bartow, FL.

Practice Philosophy

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

  • Individualized attention 
  • A comfortable environment
  • Compassionate and competent 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 over Three Decades

Ms. Sutton was born in Virginia where her father was a military police officer and mother a homemaker. Over her formative years her father’s military career would have the family travel the United Statues and some foreign countries. When her father retired, the family and this ‘Army brat’ would reside in Auburndale, Florida. She was active in girl scouts and band, becoming the drum major of the Imperial Sound of Auburndale her senior year. After leading the band in the prestigious Cherry Blossom parade in Washington, D.C., she graduated with Honors.

Ms. Sutton had an interest in law long before she started her career. Early on, one her favorite shows was Perry Mason, a popular legal drama of the 50s and 60s. While beginning her career as a paralegal, she studied psychology. In her spare time she would assist women and children housed in abuse shelters, and taught local legal assistants how to be better at their vocation. Over time, Debra’s interest in people, with the encouragement of the lawyers with whom she worked, would become her passion driving her to become a lawyer. The combination of skills learned in psychology with those developed and practiced in law, makes Debra a strong advocate and counsel for the Firm’s clients.

For more than 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 federal and state 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 focused to provide competent, compassionate, committed, and dignified representation to the Firm's clients.

Giving Back to the Community

When she is not practicing law, Ms. Sutton remains personally committed to serving our community. Most notably, she founded a non-profit program, Care to Dance, Inc., for those living with dementia and other disabling neurological conditions. She is also an active member of Kiwanis for children. Mr. Kovschak uses his hobby, golf, for various charity events. The Firm also supports a number of community projects for veterans' and children's educational projects.

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 both 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. She has served Stetson University, College of Law, where she was a Dana Scholar. In addition to her service to the Florida Bar and local colleges, she has or continues to serve:

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

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

Her dedication to excellence is recognized both by her peers and her clients.

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 need to defend a favorable decision, or you need someone by your side to guide you through this complex process, choose Sutton Law Firm. The attorneys with Sutton Law Firm are experienced and canidentify 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.

Debra J. Sutton

Sutton Law Firm

Debra J. Sutton is an attorney who is board-certified in both appellate practice and marital and family law by the Florida Bar. At the Sutton Law Firm, with offices in Bartow, Lakeland, and St. Petersburg, Ms. Sutton, Mr. Kovschak, and their team provide individualized, compassionate, and private legal services. Our popular practice areas include:

You can request a consultation with our board-certified attorney right now by filling out our online form or calling (863) 533-8912.

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