Sara Mapes is a civil litigator with experience in the areas of construction defect, premises liability, and personal injury, and insurance litigation, as well as land use law and environmental law. Ms. Mapes currently focuses her practice in construction litigation where she has had the opportunity to defend general contractors, trade subcontractors, and design professionals from claims of negligence, breach of contract, violation of the Florida Building Code, and the like.
Ms. Mapes earned her Bachelor’s Degree from New College of Florida in 2004 with a major in Biology. Thereafter, she worked as an Environmental Specialist for ten years before attending Stetson University College of Law. Ms. Mapes earned her Juris Doctorate (J.D.), Cum Laude from, Stetson in 2014 with a concentration in Environmental Law. During law school, Ms. Mapes earned the Victor O. Wehle Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy, the William F. Blews Pro Bono Award, and awards for achieving the highest grade in research and writing, animal law seminar, and land use law. Ms. Mapes also served as Biodiversity Fellow to Professor Royal Gardner, and was the recipient of the Sarasota County Bar Association’s Richard R. Garland Diversity Scholarship. Ms. Mapes’ legal writing has been published in The Trial Lawyer, JustLaw, and The Lawyer’s Logbook. Ms. Mapes is a Barrister in the Judge John M. Scheb Inn of Court, and is a member of the Sarasota and Manatee County bar associations.
In her spare time, Ms. Mapes enjoys spending time outdoors at her Sarasota homestead with her young son, two French bulldogs, and plethora of farm animals.