We are experienced and passionate advocates for those who are involved in a family crisis such as divorce, paternity, post- judgment matters, support, dependency and other child custody problems.
Mary Lou Miller WagstaffFamily Law Attorney
Having been born an Ohio Buckeye, it was not hard to become a Florida Cracker when my family moved to Winter Park. I was educated at The College of William & Mary which not only gave me a great education but appealed to my love of history, followed by law school at Stetson University College of Law. I started out as an in-house corporate attorney but quickly decided I wanted to help people more directly in private practice.
After getting experience in Corporate & Business law, General Litigation and Marital & Family Law, I realized my real passion was advocating for my clients who were going through a family crisis that might result in a divorce or helping them change their original final judgments or marital settlement agreements as their circumstances and family dynamics unexpectedly changed with growing children, changes in jobs, drug or alcohol problems, and the other things life throws at us. I particularly like working with my clients who want to protect children and their families through various means for families of all configurations in this changing world. I try to focus on what is truly in the best interests of children as my clients are engaged in an increasingly complex legal system.
I have participated with various Statewide and local Bar Association committees as well as civic and charitable groups focused on helping the practice of Family Law change from attorneys having to tell clients that their divorce has to be like the breakup of a business to the recognition that the emotional issues connected with families in crisis need to be approached in a more therapeutic manner. I serve as a Guardian ad Litem for children in high conflict cases. I have represented Catholic Charities, Diocese of St. Petersburg for over 30 years in their adoptions program. And because families need documents to help them at all stages of their lives I assist with Wills, Durable Powers of Attorney and other life-planning documents and, when necessary, probate.
I could bore you with the type of lectures I have given but I would imagine you would use this biography as a sleeping aide if I did that! I will mention that I am currently privileged to be on the Supreme Court Steering Committee on Families & Children where I also serve as liaison to the Florida Bar Family Law Rules Committee. You might also be interested to know I have written a chapter for the Florida CLE “Red” Books.
If you really want the details, we will gladly share them with you. But I think it is more important for you to know that I am passionate about helping my clients and working hard with each and every case to make sure that every situation is handled competently, compassionately and thoroughly whether it is through litigation, mediation or collaboration.
Brenda PattonRegistered Paralegal
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.
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.
Teela LittletonLegal Assistant
Teela Littleton, the newest member of Wagstaff Law Office, is the friendly person who answers the phone and who greets you when you come in the door.
Teela graduated from Dunedin High School and she has worked in the legal field for over 11 years.
With her legal experience, Teela is able to assist the whole office in performing many of the day to day tasks.