Mary Lou Miller Wagstaff
Mary Lou Miller WagstaffManaging Attorney

Mary Lou Miller Wagstaff—Managing Attorney

Admitted
Florida, 1970
Education
  • Stetson University, J.D.
  • College of William & Mary, B.A.
Legal Memberships
  • The Florida Bar
    • Family Law Rules Committee-2008 to 2014; Chair
    • Past Chair and Member, Sixth Circuit Grievance Committee
  • Clearwater Bar Association
    • Co-Chair, Pro Bono Committee
    • Past Officer and Director
    • Child Support in Dependency Court Committee Pinellas County-former Chair & founding member
  • Canakaris Inns of Court
  • Florida Adoption Council
Memberships
BNI International – Success Masters

Episcopal Church of the Ascension

  • Lay Reader
  • Member of Finance Committee
  • Former member of the Vestry (2 terms)
  • Former Junior Warden (2 times)
  • Former Choir member
  • Former Sunday School teacher
Practice Areas
  • Child custody
  • Child abuse and neglect
  • Dependency issues
  • Divorce
  • Paternity
  • Domestic violence
  • Child support
  • Adoptions
  • Family issues
  • Wills, trusts, and estate planning
  • Probate
  • Prenuptial agreements
  • Postnuptial agreements

Biography

Mary Lou Miller Wagstaff  has an extensive background in representing families in Clearwater, Belleair, Largo, Seminole, Dunedin, Palm Harbor, Oldsmar, the Beach communities and St. Petersburg as well as in other communities throughout Pinellas County. Her passion for working professionally to ensure that children are in the best possible setting in a family has earned her a reputation for excellence particularly in challenging cases. She is also a strong advocate for her clients going through the difficulties of a divorce. Many of her clients have been with her as their family has grown or their dynamics have changed over the years. She previously represented the State of Florida in terminating parental rights so that foster children could be adopted into stable families. She was one of the first attorneys to represent the Child Protection Team. She has represented Catholic Charities, Diocese of St. Petersburg, Inc. for more than 30 years in their Adoptions Program.

Ms. Wagstaff has also been active in the community having served on the Human Rights Advocacy Committee and having represented a number of community mental health providers in the past. She was a member of the Clearwater Junior League where she represented them on the Juvenile Welfare Board Youth Services Systems Advisory Council and the Abuse Neglect and Dependency Committee, in addition to working with the then-experimental PACER program for abused and neglected children. She served on the Alcohol, Drug Abuse and Mental Health Planning Council and was selected for Leadership Pinellas where she also served a term as a director. She has been active in her church where she has twice served on the Vestry, has been in the choir and taught Sunday School.

Ms. Wagstaff wrote the Chapter on Premarital Agreements in The Florida Bar’s Ninth & Tenth Editions of Drafting Marriage Contracts in Florida. She has lectured to community groups and Bar Association on child abuse and neglect as well as on prenuptial and postnuptial agreements.

Legal Support Staff

Every member of the staff at Wagstaff Law Office has unique skills which are brought to each client to help with the complexity of the legal matters facing them in a compassionate and professional manner. Family law cases are stressful events where emotions often run high. Wagstaff Law Office’s staff is well suited to assist all its clients in resolving the issues with unwavering commitment.
Anna Colton
Anna ColtonParalegal
Anna Colton, who has worked in the legal field for over 25 years, is the firm administrator whose organizational skills assist the whole office in responding to each client’s problems. She was born in Germany, moved to the Northeastern United States as a child and has lived all of her adult years in Florida. Anna has been with Wagstaff Law Office for almost twelve years. She has her B.S. from the University of South Florida as well as her Paralegal degree from St. Petersburg College. She is a National Association of Legal Assistants Certified Paralegal.
Brenda Patton
Brenda PattonParalegal
Brenda Patton is the friendly person who answers the phone and who greets you when you come in the door. Although she has lived in Florida for many years, she is originally from New Jersey. She has been with Wagstaff Law Office for five years and has her Paralegal degree from St. Petersburg College.