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


If you are interested in serving as a member of the YLS Board of Directors, then you have the opportunity to apply for an at-large Board seat. Due to a vacancy of an at-large Board seat, we have 1 appointed seat available.  The term will be effective through May 31, 2017. 

Any YLS member who wishes to be considered for the position must submit a Nominating Petition no later than Friday, July 31 at 5:00 p.m. to Kim Homer, Esq., Executive Director, OCBA 880 N. Orange Ave., Orlando, FL 32801, by mail or delivery, email (, or fax (407-843-3470). All signatories to the Petition must be members in good standing of the OCBA and be a YLS member.  Click here for a copy of the Nominating Petition.

Article 4, Section 16(3)(D) of the YLS By-Laws provides that "No person shall be eligible to be nominated as a member-at-large if their thirty-fifth (35th) birthday occurs prior to the beginning of the fiscal year in which they are to serve unless the person has been practicing for less than four (4) years at the beginning of the physical year in which they are to serve."

If you have any questions, please contact the YLS President, Amber Davis, at


Serve as a Volunteer Chairperson!

Serving on a committee is a great way to meet new people, while having the opportunity to serve the OCBA and your community. Time commitments for committees vary, so please be sure to consider your upcoming schedule when you apply. All committee members must be members in good standing of the Young Lawyers Section of the OCBA. Read a description of the committees and positions available here.  If you have any questions, please contact Amber via email at

Upcoming Events

Please RSVP online (luncheons only) at the YLS Store, www., or to yls.ocba@gmail if paying by cash.



YLS Officers

Brett Renton, Esq.

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

Keshara D. Cowans

President Elect
The Florida Bar
1000 Legion Place, Ste. 1625
Orlando FL 32801
Ph: 407-4255424
Contact by email

Brock Hankins,Esq.

Allen Dyer Doppelt Milbrath & Gilchrist, P.A.
255 S. Orange Ave., Ste. 1401
Orlando FL 32801
Ph: 407-425-5424
Contact by email

Jill D. Simon, Esq.

Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, P.A.
P.O. Box 2809
Orlando, FL 32802
Ph: 407-843-4600
Contact by email

Jennifer A. Smith, Esq.

Communications Coordinator
Southern Trial Counsel, PLC
205 S. Eola Dr.
Orlando, FL 32801
Ph: 407-422-6100
Contact by email

Amber Davis

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


Board Members


Michael D. Barber, Esq.
The Umansky Law Firm

Eric R. Elms, Esq.
Fisher Rushmer, P.A

Karen L. Persis,, Esq.
Law Office of Karen Persis, P.A.

Amanda M. Sampaio, Esq.
The Law Firm of Amanda Sampaio, P.A.


Joey Chindamo, Esq.
State Attorney's Office

Heather Meglino, Esq.
Koeler, Nobeker, Carlson, Haluck, LLP

C. Andrew Roy, Esq.
Winderweedle, Haines, Ward and Woodman, P.A.

Brandon Sapp, Esq.
Office of Public Defender

Charity J. Tonelli, Esq.
Tonelli Law Firm






Florida Bar YLD Board of Governors Representatives
Ninth Judicial Circuit

Eric R. Elms
Karen L. Persis
Jennifer A. Smith

(Note: You may be recorded and/or photographed at any OCBA/YLS event. By speaking at or attending events, you consent to your image and voice being recorded and/or photographed by the OCBA, and you consent to the OCBA publishing, reprinting, reproducing, distributing and/or creating derivative works utilizing your image or voice.)