Young Lawyers Section

YLS Introduction

The Young Lawyers Section (YLS) is comprised of more than 750 attorneys practicing in a variety of areas of law throughout Central Florida. Members of the YLS must be under the age of 35 or practicing law five or fewer years. As a new lawyer, the YLS is a valuable resource because it offers an array of opportunities for relationship building, charitable service, and professional growth. Whether you choose to attend a monthly luncheon, volunteer for a charitable project, or chair our next big event, the YLS is the gateway to enhance your career. Get involved!



The YLS's mission is to meet the unique needs and interests of new lawyers by (a) providing a forum for exchanging ideas and offering assistance regarding concerns common to the new lawyer; (b) offering opportunities to enhance their professional skills and knowledge, and ethical development; (c) providing opportunities for career and leadership development, mentoring, and relationship building; (d) offering opportunities to serve on public service committees and charitable projects; and (e) encouraging their interest and participation in the YLS, the Orange County Bar Association, the legal profession, and their communities.


Meeting Time and Location

YLS typically meets for lunch the third Friday of the month from 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Citrus Club in downtown Orlando, but check the OCBA website calendar for special events. Please RSVP (luncheons only) to


Upcoming Winter 2014/2015 Events

Dec. 5 - YLS Holiday Party. Members and member-guests only. Limited to 150. Contact Amy Rigdon

Dec. 16 - Business After Hours. RSVP by Dec.10th to Miguel R. Acosta or Adam Hartley.

Dec. 17 - Holiday Party at Womens Residential Counseling Center. Volunteers needed. Contact Brack Hankins.

Jan. 23 - YLS Monthly Luncheon. RSVP by Jan. 21 at the OCBA Store.

Jan. 27 -  Holidays All Year Long Joint Happy Hour Fundraiser at KASA. RSVP at the OCBA Store.


YLS Officers

Photo of Karen Persis
Karen L. Persis

Karen Persis, P.A.
1415 E. Robinson St., Ste. C
Orlando FL 32801
Ph: 407-228-2864
Contact by email

Amber N. Davis
Vice President/President-Elect

Beusse Wolter Sanks Mora & Maire, P.A..
390 N. Orange Ave., Ste. 2500
Orlando FL 32801
Ph: 407-926-7716
Contact by email

Brett Renton

Shutts & Bowen, LLP
300 S. Orange Ave., Ste. 1000
Orlando FL 32801
Ph: 407-835-6791
Contact by email

Amy R. Rigdon

Holland & Knight, LLP
200 S. Orange Ave., Ste. 2600
Orlando FL 32801
Ph: 407-244-1105
Contact by email

Chanel A. Mosley
Communications Coordinator

Marshall, Dennehy, et al.
315 E. Robinson St., Ste. 550
Orlando, FL 32801
Ph: 407-420-4380
Contact by email

Lauren Heatwole McCorvie
Immediate Past President

McCorvie Law Firm, P.A.
1415 E. Robinosn St., Ste. B
Orlando FL 32801
Ph: 407-490-2467
Contact by email


Board Members


Richael D. Barber
The Umansky Law Firm

Keshara D. Davis
The Florida Bar

Jeffrey S. Elkins
Shutts & Bowen, LLP

Eric R. Elms                        
Fisher Rushmer, P.A.

Charity J. Johnson
Office of State Attorney, 9th Circuit

Heather M. Meglino
Coohen Battisti, Attorneys at Law

Skinner Louis
The Skinner Law Firm, PLLC.

Jill D. Simon
Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, P.A.




Florida Bar YLD Board of Governors Representatives
Ninth Judicial Circuit

Eric R. Elms
Karen L. Persis
Amy R. Rigdon