Emily K. Garriott, an Associate Attorney with the Sarasota-based law firm of Syprett, Meshad, Resnick, Lieb, Dumbaugh, Jones, Krotec & Westheimer, P.A., has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Children’s Guardian Fund (CGF). A privately funded organization, CGF provides financial assistance to meet the emergency needs of more than 1,000 children in foster and state care in Florida’s 12th Judicial Circuit.
Children’s Guardian Fund responds to the needs of children removed from abusive and neglectful homes, as well as funding in support of the recruitment and training of Guardian ad Litem Program volunteers who respond day and night on an emergency basis, to advocate for children in crisis. CGF also provides funding to help children reestablish normal childhood experiences such as celebrating birthdays, playing sports, attending summer camp, tutoring, and driving lessons.
Attorney Garriott joined Syprett Meshad in May, 2017. Prior to joining the firm she was an Assistant State Attorney in the 12th Judicial Circuit State Attorney’s Office, where she handled all phases of the criminal prosecution of defendants, including non-jury and jury trials.
Ms. Garriott was awarded her Juris Doctorate, cum laude, in 2015, from the University of Florida Levin College of Law. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, in Political Science, with a minor in Family, Youth, and Community Science, also from the University of Florida. A native of Sarasota, Ms. Garriott is actively involved in the Sarasota community. She is a member of the Junior League of Sarasota and currently serves as a co-chair of the Junior League of Sarasota’s State Public Affairs Committee. She is also involved in the John M. Scheb Inn of Court and the Sarasota County Bar Association.
The law firm of Syprett Meshad, with offices located at 1900 Ringling Boulevard in Sarasota, has been serving clients in Sarasota and Manatee counties for 49 years. The firm’s practice areas include real estate, personal injury, marital and family law, commercial litigation, criminal defense, estate planning and probate. To learn more about Syprett Meshad, visit www.smrl.com or call 941.365.7171.