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County Attorney
Stephen E. DeMarsh    sdemarsh@scgov.net 
  
Deputy County Attorneys  
Alan W. Roddy                    aroddy@scgov.net 
Frederick (Rick) J. Elbrecht  relbrecht@scgov.net 
  
Assistant County Attorneys
Sarah E. Blackwell    sblackwell@scgov.net 
Scott T. Bossard       sbossard@scgov.net 
Bora Kayan              bkayan@scgov.net
Maria D. Korn           mkorn@scgov.net
Christine Messier      cmessier@scgov.net
David M. Pearce        dpearce@scgov.net 
Karl A. Senkow         ksenkow@scgov.net  
Thomas R. Wolfe       trwolfe@scgov.net

Attorney Bios

Stephen E. DeMarsh
Mr. DeMarsh received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration in 1977 and a Juris Doctor degree in 1981 from the Ohio State University. He is a member of the Florida Bar, having been admitted in 1981. He is also a member of the Sarasota County Bar Association, and he was admitted to the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida in 1982. From 1981-1986, he was an associate attorney with the Dickinson Gibbons Law Firm. He was a founding shareholder of the firm of Hall, Anderson and DeMarsh, P.A., Venice, Florida in 1986 where he represented the city of Venice in land use and real property matters. While in private practice, he practiced in the areas of local government, real property, banking and business law.
 
Mr. DeMarsh joined the Office of the County Attorney in 1992 and was appointed County Attorney on Oct. 26, 2004. He practices in the areas of public finance, utilities, land use, real property and contract law.
 
Sarah E. Blackwell
Ms. Blackwell received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the College of William & Mary in 2003. She received her Juris Doctor cum laude in 2006 from Florida State University. From 2006 to 2014 she worked at the law firm of Nelson Hesse LLP, serving as Assistant City Attorney for the City of North Port. In 2014, she joined the Office of the County Attorney, and became Board Certified in City, County, and Local Government Law. She currently practices in the areas of procurement, contracts and general government law.
 
Scott T. Bossard
Mr. Bossard received his Bachelor's degree in History and Political Science in 1991 at Hope College located in Holland, Michigan. He proceeded to earn his Juris Doctor with honors from the University of Miami School of Law in 1994. Mr. Bossard became a member of the Florida Bar and worked in private practice for three years in the Tampa area before joining the County Attorney's Office in 1999. He is admitted to the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida. His work consists of research and writing for litigation, primarily in the areas of civil rights, labor and employment, local government law, as well as prosecuting administrative enforcement actions.
 
Frederick J. Elbrecht
Mr. Elbrecht received his Bachelor's degree with Honors from the University of South Florida in 1977. He then earned his Juris Doctor degree in 1980 from the University of Florida. From 1980-1987, he worked as an Assistant State Attorney for the 12th Judicial Circuit in Manatee County serving as chief of the felony division. From 1987-2005, Mr. Elbrecht was employed with the Nelson Hesse law firm in Sarasota. He was a partner in the firm from 1992-2005, practicing in the area of civil trial law.
 
Mr. Elbrecht has been Board Certified in Civil Trial Law since 1993 and has achieved the AV Preeminent Rating from Martindale Hubbell. He is a member of the Sarasota-Bradenton Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates. He is also a member of the Sarasota County Bar Association. He is admitted to the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida and the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.
 
Mr. Elbrecht joined the Sarasota County Attorney's Office in June 2005. He practices in the areas of civil rights, commercial litigation, and general government law.
 

Bora S. Kayan
Mr. Kayan received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology from the University of South Florida in 1993.  He earned his Juris Doctor degree in 1995 from Stetson University College of Law.  He worked as an Assistant State Attorney for 6th Judicial Circuit, Pinellas County from 1996 to 1999.  He then worked primarily in the field of insurance defense for Nationwide Insurance Company Staff Legal from 1999 - 2004, several private firms, including his own and then with Zurich Insurance Company Staff Legal from 2009 – 2017 before joining the Office of the County Attorney.  

He is a member of the Sarasota County Bar Association, The Florida State Bar, The Hawai’i State Bar and the United States District Court of Hawai’i.  Mr. Kayan joined the Sarasota County Attorney’s office in May of 2017.  He practices in the area of civil litigation with particular emphasis on tort and construction litigation. 

Maria D. Korn
Ms. Korn received her Juris Doctor with Honors in 1987 from the University of Florida College of Law in Gainesville, Florida.  She became a member of the Florida Bar in 1988 and joined the Sarasota law firm of Kunkel, Miller & Hament.  Ms. Korn is Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Florida Bar in 2003 and has given numerous presentations to local business groups on various labor and employment law topics.  She is a member of the Labor and Employment Law and Workers' Compensation Sections of the Florida Bar.
Ms. Korn joined the Office of the County Attorney in March of 1992 and handles matters related to labor and employment law, workers' compensation, and local government.
 
Christine Messier
Ms. Messier received her Bachelor of Science degree in Oceanography from the Florida Institute of Technology in 2010.  She went on to receive her Juris Doctor from Florida State University in 2014 where she was a member of the Phi Delta Phi Legal Honors Society.  From 2014 to 2016 she worked in private practice for the Sarasota law firm of The Law Offices of Wells | Olah, P.A. before joining the Office of the County Attorney in 2016.  She currently practices in the areas of procurement, contracts and real property.
 
David M. Pearce
Mr. Pearce received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Florida in 1992, a Juris Doctor (with Honors) degree from the University of Florida in 1996, and a Master of Studies in Environmental Law (Cum Laude) degree from Vermont Law School in 1996. From 1997 to 2000, Mr. Pearce clerked for the Honorable Charles A. Davis, Jr. at the Tenth Judicial Circuit Court and Second District Court of Appeal of Florida. Between 2000 and 2005, Mr. Pearce worked at the law firm of Carey, O'Malley, Whitaker, & Manson, P.A., Tampa, Florida, where his work concentrated mostly on water use and wetlands permitting issues. Mr. Pearce is a member of the Florida Bar and the American Bar Association, and is admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida. 
 
Mr. Pearce joined the Office of the County Attorney in April, 2005. He practices in the areas of environmental, land use, and administrative law. 
 
Alan W. Roddy
Mr. Roddy received his Bachelor's of Science degree in Business Administration and Industrial Geography in 1978, and his Master's degree in Geography in 1981, both from the University of Georgia. He worked for six years as a planner for the cities of Athens, Georgia, and Miami, Florida, obtaining membership in the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) in 1987.   In 1992, he earned his Juris Doctor degree from the Florida State University, where he also gained membership in the Order of the Coif and served as Articles Editor for the Florida State Law Review.
 
From 1992-2002, Mr. Roddy served as an Assistant County Attorney, before leaving to join the Sarasota law firm of Matthews, Eastmoore, Hardy, Crauwels & Garcia. After becoming a Shareholder with that firm, he rejoined the County Attorney's Office in February 2008.  
 
Mr. Roddy is Board Certified in City, County, and Local Government Law, and is admitted to the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida and the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. He practices in the areas of land use, environmental and local government law.
 
Karl A. Senkow
Mr. Senkow graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology with Highest Honors in 1999 from the University of Florida. He was awarded a merit scholarship to study law at Stetson University College of Law where he graduated, Magna Cum Laude, with a Juris Doctor in 2002 and was awarded the Stetson Environmental Law Award. Mr. Senkow began his law career with the Office of the County Attorney and then worked for the State Attorney’s Office handling misdemeanor and felony prosecutions. Mr. Senkow rejoined the Office of the County Attorney in February 2007 and handles general government, environmental, land use, real property and contract matters. He is admitted to practice in Florida as well as Colorado.
 
Thomas R. Wolfe
Mr. Wolfe received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Georgetown University in 1973 and his Masters degree in History from the University of Virginia in 1975. He attended Syracuse University College of Law where he was Managing Editor of the Syracuse Journal of International Law & Commerce and received his Juris Doctor in 1981. He was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1982 and is also a member of the American Bar Association. He has worked in private practice primarily in the areas of real property and real estate development. Most recently he served as Deputy General Counsel of the South Florida Water Management District supervising all areas of practice involving government operations, business, financial, and transactional law functions.
 
Mr. Wolfe joined the Sarasota County Attorney's Office in March, 2002. His practice concentrates on contracts and procurement, construction and real property law.