Laurie Sweet graduated from the University of South Florida, cum laude, in 1996, earning her Bachelor degree in both Criminology and Psychology and receiving numerous honorary awards for excellence in education. In May 2000, Laurie Sweet graduated, cum laude, from Stetson University College of Law, earning her Juris Doctor degree, with honors. While in law school, Laurie Sweet received an Honors Designation for her Research and Writing skills and received a William F. Blews Pro Bono Service Award for her performance in legal and non-legal pro bono service for the community. Laurie Sweet also was on the Dean’s List for superior academic achievements, a member of Phi Delta Phi Honor Society, selected for inclusion in the Who’s Who Among American Law School Students and an All-American Scholar Recipient. She further served as Secretary and Treasurer of the Environmental Law Society, Treasurer for the Florida Association of Women Lawyers at Stetson, and was State Judicial Intern for the Circuit Court of the Sixth Judicial Circuit.
Laurie Sweet has practiced in the areas of Family, Criminal, and Civil Litigation in both the private and public sector. She has handled hundreds of cases throughout the State of Florida, with excellent results both in the Courtroom and at the Mediation Table. Laurie Sweet has received nominations for “Attorney of the Year” in 2002, 2003, and 2005, and was recognized for conducting the most bench trials in 2003 with the Pinellas-Pasco State Public Defender’s Office. Additionally, Laurie Sweet’s intricate knowledge of Florida Law has led her to successfully overturn decisions made by the Circuit Court and County Court through the Second District Court of Appeals. Laurie Sweet’s extensive experience as a litigator and as an advocate led to a sponsorship to lobby for legislative changes in Washington D.C. Laurie Sweet’s reputation as a hardworking, skilled attorney is well-known within the legal community.
In her family and divorce law practice, Laurie Sweet has litigated hundreds of family and divorce law matters including, but not limited to, the areas of divorce/dissolution of marriage, child custody, visitation/time-sharing with children, relocation of a parent, alimony/spousal support, child support, equitable distribution, partition of marital homes, modification of final judgments, contempt and enforcement of final judgment proceedings, paternity, disestablishment of paternity, termination of parental rights, and dependency actions. Additionally, Laurie Sweet has received positive results in the defense and prosecution of domestic violence and dating injunctions in many jurisdictions throughout the State of Florida. As a result of her extensive experience in research and writing, Laurie Sweet’s ability to recognize and apply current family law rules and procedures has led to her success in obtaining favorable rulings in the areas of family and divorce law.
Laurie Sweet currently practices family law, and criminal law throughout the State of Florida. Laurie Sweet is licensed to practice law in the State of Florida and the Middle District of Florida. Her current memberships and affiliations include the American Bar Association, Hillsborough County Bar Association, Pinellas County Bar Associations, Pinellas Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida and National Association of Professional Woman.