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Elizabeth J. Loeffler

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  • Associate Attorney
Location:
Sarasota, FL
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941-957-0706
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I was born and raised in Minnesota, and moved to Florida after law school. I worked as a prosecutor for over 20 years in Miami and Sarasota. Throughout the course of my career, I prosecuted every type of crime in Florida, from the most minor misdemeanor and traffic offenses to the most serious felonies, including homicides and crimes against children. Every person has fundamental rights that are guaranteed by the constitution, and I believe in fighting to make sure that all rights are safeguarded.

I have tried over 200 jury trials both as a prosecutor and as defense attorney, and I have litigated hundreds of motions of all kinds. I know exactly what kind of evidence is needed to prove a case, and I can tell when that evidence is lacking. I take aggressive action early on behalf of my clients. Far too many people get arrested after a shoddy investigation, and then the case is filed with unreliable or insignificant evidence, by prosecutors who don't have the experience or the courage to make the right decisions.

 I often approach the prosecutors and explain the weaknesses in or defenses to the case, and I have been very successful in getting charges dropped before the case even makes it to court. It is better to prevent a bad decision from being made than try to reverse it after the fact. My goals are to ensure that my clients are never charged with any crime for which there is insufficient evidence, and to ensure that they are fully informed at every stage of the case. 

Areas of Practice

  • Criminal Defense

Bar Admissions

  • Florida, 1996

Education

  • Drake University Law School, Des Moines, Iowa
    • J.D. - 1996
    • Honors: cum laude
  • Macalester College, St. Paul, Minnesota
    • B.A. - 1993
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Major: Philosophy

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, Vice President, Sarasota Chapter, 04/2018 to Present
  • Florida Bar, 05/1998 to Present

Past Employment Positions

  • State Attorney's Office, Assistant State Attorney, 1997 to 2018
  • Van Ness Law Group, Associate Attorney, 2018 to 2020

Pro Bono Activities

  • Mentor, Booker High School Law Academy, 2019 to Present

Classes/Seminars

  • Social Media Evidence: Collecting It and Ad, Family Court Professional Collaboration, 10/05/2018
  • Key Points to Cross Examination, Family Court Professional Collaboration, 02/15/2019
  • Police Academy Instructor, Sarasota County Technical Institute, 2006 to 2016