Mary Lynn Desjarlais, Attorney at Law

Practice Areas:

Real Estate Transactions; Estate Planning; Elder Law; Wills; Trust Law; Probate; Real Property; Corporate Law; Business Law.

Admitted:

1982, Florida.

Education:

University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, Juris Doctor, 1982; University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, Bachelor of Science, Business Administration in Finance, graduated cum laude, 1979; Edison Community College, Ft. Myers, Florida, Associate of Arts, 1977.

Member:

Sarasota and American Bar Associations; The Florida Bar 1982 to present; The Florida Bar Professional Ethics Committee (July 1, 2002 to June 30, 2005); Prior service on the Sarasota County Bar Association/ Sarasota Board of Realtors Joint Real Estate Committee.

Biography:

Mary Lynn Desjarlais, P.A., Attorney at Law, Sarasota, Florida - 1993 to present, concentrating in estate planning, real estate and business law and owner of Desjarlais Title Company;

Anderson, Desjarlais, Morgan & Tjaden, P.A., Sarasota, Florida, Law Partner - 1990 through 1993;

Lyons, Beaudry & Anderson, P.A., Sarasota, Florida, Legal Associate - 1986 through 1990;

Office of the State Attorney - 4th Judicial Circuit (Jacksonville), Assistant State Attorney - 1984 through 1986;

Office of the Public Defender - 3rd Judicial Circuit (Lake City), Assistant Public Defender - 1982 through 1984.

Awards & Services:

Florida Blue Key 1977, Political Leadership Honorary at University of Florida;

Suncoast Communities Blood Bank Board of Directors, October 2000 to Present
  • President of Board of Directors, 2006-2007
  • Vice President of Board of Directors, 2005-2006
  • Nominating Committee, 2000-2005
  • Mission and Planning Committee, 2002-2004
  • Committee Development, 2002-2004
  • Human Resources Committee, 2004-2005
  • Ad hoc Committee for new building, 2005-2006
  • Ad hoc Committee for fundraising, 2005-2006
  • Audit Committee Chair, 2008-2009
  • Finance and Investment Committee, 2007-2009
  • Strategic Planning Committee, 2007-2009
Kiwanis Club of South Sarasota
  • George F. Hixson Fellow Recipient
  • President, 1995-1996 and 2005-2006
  • Board of Directors, 1992-1994, 1997, 2002-2004, 2007
  • President for Foundation, 1996-1997 and 2006-2007
  • Speaker Chair, 2002 to present
  • Nominating Committee, 1999 to present
  • Pancake Breakfast Chair, 2007 to present
Vice President for Suncoast Communities Blood Bank Foundation, 1997-1998;

Active panelist within the ABA Advisory Panel;

Prior Member of Southwest Florida Estate Planning Counsel;

Certified Circuit Court Mediator (certification now lapsed);

Past President Sarasota Panhellenic;

Past President Sarasota Phi Mu Alumni Association;

President, Edison Community College Student Government, 1976;

Edison Community College President's Trophy Recipient for Outstanding Graduate, 1977;

Edison Community College Social Science Division Award Recipient for Outstanding Graduate, 1977;

Omicron Delta Kappa; Golden Key founding member and officer at University of Florida, 1979;

Catholic Eucharistic Minister for homebound at Bay Village Retirement Center, 2008 to present.