Elizabeth (Grow) Devolder, the daughter of an Air Force Pilot, was born in Panama but grew up in Dallas, TX and upstate New York. After obtaining a B.A. in Corporate Communications from the College of Charleston in 1997, she enjoyed a successful career in advertising sales and sales management with BellSouth (later AT&T) for 12 years. She moved to Tampa in 2006, married and had two children. In 2013, she went back to school to earn her law degree at the Tampa campus of Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Riverview. She won the 2015 National Championship of the American Bar Association's Client Counseling Competition, and was named one of the top 25 law school students by National Jurist magazine. She has been a member of the Florida Bar since 2016. When she isn't practicing law, Elizabeth enjoys reading, running and adventures with her kids.
Not Just a Lawyer, but a Law Professor:
Since 2018, Elizabeth has taught Drafting, Advocacy and Estate Planning at WMU-Cooley Law School as an adjunct professor. Her experience in practice combined with her experience teaching law students provides her with a unique opportunity to constantly refresh her knowledge and skills, benefitting both clients and students. Elizabeth has spent many years with teaching as background profession - from tutoring students while in high school, to developing and delivering unique corporate sales trainings for BellSouth, to tutoring law school students in success strategies and coursework from 2016-2018.
Asset Protection and Special Needs Law:
Fueled by her interest in helping some family members with developmental delays and unique abilities, she attended the special needs conference at Stetson in 2016 and joined ElderCounsel, a consortium of elder-law and special-needs attorneys. She sits on the board of A-Town, a nonprofit organization created with a vision to develop a supported residential community for adults with Autism and other neurodiversities in the Tampa Bay area.
Elizabeth has most recently expanded the practice to include art law, helping artists and collectors preserve the value of their collections through estate planning. Her aunt, Barbara Gallagher was an Alabama artist who painted still life and figures (1933-2006). Elizabeth began appreciating art after her first trip to the Kimbell Art Museum in Texas, when her aunt pointed out the detail in the brush strokes on a portrait of Henrik III, Governor of Holland, from 1516 by a Dutch master, found here: https://kimbellart.org/collection/ap-197930. Her experiences with her aunt and with other artistic friends has inspired her mission of helping protect artists and preserve value of artwork as it transfers between generations.
The firm sponsored the 2022 Gasparilla Festival of the Arts
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