Scott E. Schiltz devotes 100% of his practice to family and marital law. He has the highest (10.0 Superb) rating by AVVO and has attained the highest rating (“AV” Preeminent) by Martindale-Hubbell, Inc. Mr. Schiltz has been recognized by Expertise as one of the top family lawyers in St. Petersburg and Palm Harbor and has also been recognized by Florida Super Lawyers.
Born in Verdun, France, Mr. Schiltz was raised in Miami, FL, and graduated high school in Lakeland, FL. He earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from the University of Florida, Gainesville, in 1982 and is a member of the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity Alumni Association. Mr. Schiltz received his Juris Doctor Degree from Stetson College of Law, St. Petersburg, in 1985 and was a member of the Phi Delta Phi Legal Fraternity, serving as President. While attending Stetson, Mr. Schiltz was a member of the Student Bar Association and the American Bar Association, Law Student Division.
Having served as Division Director of Courts “C” and “D” at the Public Defender’s Office, Sixth Judicial Circuit in Clearwater, supervising twelve attorneys and staff, Mr. Schiltz’s eleven year experience with the Public Defender’s Office includes over seventy-five felony jury trials, as well as misdemeanor, juvenile and Baker Act cases.
Admitted to practice by the Florida Bar in 1985, and admitted to practice in the U.S. Middle District Court, and U.S. Supreme Court, Mr. Schiltz is a member of the Florida Bar Family Law Section, a member of the Clearwater Bar Association and past Chairman of the Family Law Section.
As a committed member of the Clearwater Bar Association, Mr. Schiltz served as President in 2001-02 and is currently active in many sections and committees of the Clearwater Bar. He is a past President of the Clearwater Bar Foundation, is Past Chair of Grievance Committee “C,” Sixth Judicial Circuit and is a member of the Statewide Conference on Pro Se Litigation. In 2002, Mr. Schiltz was appointed by Sixth Circuit Chief Judge David Demers to the Professionalism Committee.
Mr. Schiltz has served as Past President and a Master of the Canakaris Inn of Court. He was appointed to serve on the Florida Bar Family Law Section Executive Council in 2002 and for many years served as Editor of the Family Law Commentator and “Res Ipsa Loquitur”, the Clearwater Bar Association Newsletter and has written numerous articles both locally and for the Family Law Section “Commentator.”
As a charter member of Collaborative Divorce Lawyers of Tampa Bay, Mr. Schiltz serves on the membership committee of that group, and is a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals.
Mr. Schiltz is a graduate of the Leadership Pinellas Class of 2001, participated in the Big Brothers/Big Sisters Organization, Habitat for Humanity, and the Safety Harbor Museum Board of Directors and serves as a volunteer Guardian Ad Litem.
Admitted to Florida Bar
Received Juris Doctorate from Stetson College of Law
Graudated from University of Florida
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