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Sheryl S. Hunter, Esquire

Sheryl Hunter, Esquire, is The Entrepreneur’s Attorney.  She is the 2016 Business Woman of the Year for legal services, as named by the Tampa Bay Business Journal, and for 20+ years has been living her passion for entrepreneurship and small businesses. Sheryl has not only been a practicing attorney since 1995, she’s been a business owner and executive. Her blended legal and business experience enables her to understand the challenges and opportunities facing her small business clients and to think about the broader impact of legal decisions and documents. She enjoys inspiring, supporting and connecting people as they pursue their dreams, and working with investors who have been successful entrepreneurs and now invest their money and time in early stage companies.  Clients have aptly described Sheryl as “an entrepreneur with a law degree” because of her uniquely creative business mind that is applied to the practice of law.

Education
  • 1995 graduate of Georgetown University Law Center, Juris Doctorate
  • 1991 graduate of George Washington University, B.A. in Political Communications
  • Magna Cum Laude with Highest Honors in Political Communications
Legal Experience
  • Over 20 years as a practicing attorney and member of the Florida Bar since 1995
  • Practice areas include: Business Law, Commercial Litigation, Commercial Real Estate, Estate Planning, Asset Protection and Business Succession, Planning for Business Owners, Mergers and Acquisitions
  •  Legal Work History:
    • Hunter Business Law (formerly Sheryl Seckel Hunter P.A. & Hunter & Thomas, P.A.), founder and partner: 2000-present
    • BVG Incorporated, real estate development firm, as in-house General Counsel: 2004-2008
    • Nursing Home Abuse Law Center, small firm, as associate: 1999-2000
    • Carlton Fields, large firm, as associate: 1995-1999
Business Ownership and Executive Experience
  • Owner of Private Law Firm 2000 to present
  • CEO of Lifelines Academy & Network, a provider of online education, professional certifications and business support services to companies offering products or services to the aging market. January 2009 to July 2013
  • Officer and General Counsel for Seckel-Blanchard, Inc, a commercial real estate company, 1995 – present
  • Vice President and Project Manager for BVG Incorporated, a luxury real estate development company with over $700 million in projects. Responsible for management and oversight of all aspects of $32 million start-up destination club know as Ventures. 2004-2008
  • Vice President of Business Development for Ultimate Escapes, the second largest luxury destination club which acquired Ventures. 2008-2009
  • Founder of Aspen & Lucy, a website dedicated to educating the girls of today to become the entrepreneurs of tomorrow. 2011 to present
Professional Memberships
  • Florida Bar, 1995 to present
  • Florida Bar Committees:
    • Business Law
  • Florida Venture Forum
  • True North Women’s Forum
  • Working Women of Tampa Bay
  • TIE Tampa
  • Tampa Bay Technology Forum
Presentations and Publications
  • Panelist at the Women Making Waves in Tech Luncheon discussing the gender gap: compensation, startup funding, and women on boards. – March 31, 2017.
  • Participant on the panel “Taking Care of Your Team” during the 2017 Florida GovCon Summit – March 29-30, 2017.
  • Recipient of the 2016 Business Woman of the Year award for Legal Services – September 23, 2016.
  • Participant on a panel of amazing businesswomen at the Indo-US Chamber of Commerce of Tampa Bay’s “Women Mean Business” – August 17, 2016.
  • Sponsor of The Value Builder System Seminar on June 21, 2016, with Presenter Ajay Singh.
  • Guest speaker at the Nonprofit Consultation Connection Luncheon on June 13, 2016.
  • Guest appearance with attorney Adam Hersh on Bay News 9 discussing the topic of employment law – April 29, 2016.
  • Guest on That Business Show with Jamie Meloni – April 1, 2016.
  • Guest appearance with attorney Ajay Singh on Bay News 9 discussing the topic of Crowd Funding – March 14, 2016.
  • Special guest speaker at the March 8, 2016, Breakfast Series on Crowd funding hosted by ACG Tampa Bay.
  • Judge at the KPI PITCHfest 2016, Sponsored by the John P. Lowth Entrepreneurship Center at the University of Tampa, with Anthony Sullivan and Dave Chitester – January 21, 2016
  • Guest appearance with attorney Adam Hersh on Bay News 9 discussing the topic of overtime legislation and changes in 2016 – January 11, 2016.
  • Guest on That Business Show with Jamie Meloni – January 7, 2016.
  • Speaker and Partnership Mentor for Key Person of Influence – USA, Business Growth & Accelerator for Entrepreneurs, Tampa, FL; November 20, 2015
  • Speaker, “The Partner Trap – Advising Clients on Escaping the Cons of Business Co-Ownership”, Commercial Financial Association, Tampa Chapter, October 28, 2015.
  • Speaker, “Data Breach and Cyber Security – Managing Risk for CPAs”, Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Pasco County Chapter, October 21, 2015.
  • Guest and Presenter, Jamie Meloni’s “That Business Show”, June 24, 2015. To listen, visit: HUNTER BUSINESS LAW.
  • Speaker, “It’s the Law: Business Law for Senior Move Managers”, National Association of Senior Move Managers Annual Conference & Expos, Orlando, FL, February, 2015.
  • Speaker, “The Partner Trap: Avoiding and Escaping the Cons of Business Co-Ownership”, The Indo-Chamber of Commerce, January 21, 2015.
  • Speaker, 2014 Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization (CEO) National Conference in Orlando, Florida co-hosted by The University of Tampa. Presented two sessions during the conference, including The Partner Trap: Avoiding and Escaping the Cons of Business Co-Ownership and The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Attorneys, October 2014. To listen to recorded interview of Sheryl Hunter, click here: CEONAT2014 INTERVIEW WITH Sheryl Hunter OF Hunter Business Law.
  • Presenter, “Law & Entrepreneurship – Building a Business on a Healthy Foundation,” Southeast Entrepreneurship Conference, February 2014.
  • Presenter, “The Business of Serving Seniors”, 2011 Florida Conference on Aging.
  • Three part series titled “Intellectual Property: Trademarks, Copyrights and Copycats, Oh My” for the National Association of Senior Move Managers newsletter; 2011.
  • Inspired by her experience caring for two family members with Alzheimer’s Disease and her legal and volunteer work on behalf of the elderly, Sheryl educates individuals and business owners on how to meet the needs of seniors and family caregivers through her company Lifelines Academy & Network.
  • Sheryl has co-developed three professional certifications and over 30 webinars. Subjects include: LifeDocuments Organizing and Health information Organizing; Ethics and the Confused Client Ethics and the Confused Client – Guidance for Professionals when a Client’s Capacity Comes into Question; and Domestic Violence and the Elder Population.
  • Sheryl has taught classes to multiple professional associations, including the National Association of Senior Move Managers, the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers, the National Association of Daily Money Managers, and the National Association of Professional Organizers.
  • Sheryl has been interviewed on The Caregiver Hour, Senior Voice America and Women Power Up radio shows.
Civic Contributions
  • Investor Participant, Uberpitch Tampa, October 9, 2015
  • Member, Advisory Board and Research Foundation Committee of the National Stuttering Association 2013-present
  • Chair of the Board of Directors, National Stuttering Association 2012 to 2014.
  • Co-Chair, Family Programs, National Stuttering Association 2010-2012. Founded and hosted NSA Family Radio, an online support group for parents of children who stutter, and kids who stutter.
  • VIBE, BVG Incorporated January 2007-2008. Founded corporate social responsibility initiative (VIBE) and chaired its volunteer board of BVG employees. VIBE provided support and services to Faith Café and Habitat for Humanity.
  • Tampa Crossroads, Inc. Board of Directors, 1998-2004. Board President 2001-2002. Provided leadership and active board participation to nonprofit serving criminal offenders who have re-entered society. Spearheaded social entrepreneurship initiative to promote greater capacity to self-fund and eventually provide employment opportunities to graduating clients.
  • National Association of Women Business Owners, Tampa Bay Board member, 2003-2004. Community Liaison Committee member, 2001-2002; Chair 2003-2004.
  • Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers (HAWL) Board member, 1996-2001. Chapter Representative to and served on the board of the Florida Association of Women Lawyers, 1999-2001. Chairwoman of Community Outreach Committee, 1996-1997. Editor of Newsletter, 1997-1999. Volunteer, Domestic Violence Injunction Project.
  •  Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence/Women in Prison Project/Pro Bono Service Summer 1993; 1995-1999. Advocate for battered women. Coauthored report on domestic violence and the criminal justice system and developed materials for an expert witness training seminar. Successfully argued before Governor Chiles and Cabinet for early release of incarcerated abuse victim.
  • Tampa Connection 1998 graduate of Tampa community one-year leadership program for professionals.
  • Helping the Elderly with Their Legal Problems (H.E.L.P.); Pinellas Branch 1996-1998; Co-coordinator of volunter program to make attorneys available to indigent elderly on monthly basis at Senior Center.
  • Women’s Peacepower Foundation Advisory Committee Chairwoman, September 1995-2001. Analyzed and evaluated grass roots organizations and individual activists dedicated to bringing peace to the lives of women, families and communities.