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Attorney Debra M. Salisbury

Attorney Debra M. Salisbury was born in Westerly, Rhode Island and has been a resident of the State of Florida since 1980. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Nursing from Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island, and she holds a Master of Science Degree from the University of Florida. She maintains her Nurse Practitioner license in the State of Florida.

She received her law degree with honors from Stetson University College of Law. She is a member of The Florida Bar since 1993. In addition, she has served as a board member and as a past President of the Sarasota Chapter of the Florida Association of Women Lawyers, Inc. Attorney Salisbury also served as the chairperson for the development, and implementation of, the Child Friendly Witness Room at the Sarasota County Judicial Center, which is utilized in obtaining the testimony of children.  

Having had extensive background in practicing family law, the emphasis of her practice is currently focused on adoption law, dependency law, and temporary custody of minor children. Attorney Salisbury strives to handle legal matters in an expeditious fashion while providing zealous advocacy on behalf of her clients.

 
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Attorney Philistine Hamdan

Attorney Philistine Hamdan grew up in Sarasota, Florida. Ms. Hamdan received her undergraduate degree in International Relations from the University of South Florida. She received her Juris Doctor from Western Michigan University Cooley Law School in Tampa, Florida, during which time she was elected and served as class senator for the McClean class, participated in Moot Court, and received recognition for being on the Dean’s List. While in law school, Attorney Hamdan was a volunteer for Florida’s Children First Pro Bono Project.

Attorney Hamdan is a member of the Florida Bar since 2016. She is a member of the Sarasota County Bar Association, and affiliated with the Young Lawyer’s Division and Diversity Committee.  Prior to joining the Law Office of Debra M. Salisbury, P.A., Attorney Hamdan spent time working as a court appointed attorney, where she focused primarily on dependency law and delinquency law.

Attorney Hamdan is an associate with the firm and concentrates her practice in the area of family law. She is an effective lawyer deeply cares about her clients and her work.

 
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 Attorney Brian Gillis

Attorney Brian Gillis received his Bachelor of Science and Master in Business Administration from Suffolk University in Boston, Massachusetts.  He received his Juris Doctorate from New England Law, which is also located in Boston, Massachusetts.  Mr. Gillis has been practicing law for over 25 years, and was admitted to The Florida Bar in 2002.

Mr. Gillis was previously employed by the Department of Children and Families in the State of Florida for 13 years, where his practice concentration was Dependency law.  Prior to his employment with the State of Florida, he was a sole practitioner, concentrating in criminal defense and civil litigation.  In May, 2017 Mr. Gillis joined the firm as Senior Associate.