Executive Board

Sara Fairbrother Davis, Esq.

President

Sara Fairbrother Davis is the managing attorney of The Law Office of Sara Davis, PLLC, a boutique law firm providing services to clients ranging from administrative and governmental consulting and litigation to family law.

Sara Fairbrother Davis was born in New York and moved with her family to the Treasure Coast as a small child where she lived for the next 16 years before moving to Jupiter, Florida to attend the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College and subsequently Tallahassee, Florida to attend Florida State University College of Law. Having grown up in the area, Sara relocated to the Treasure Coast in 2008 where she now lives with her husband and two children.

Sara graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College in 2004, where she received numerous awards for her academic work and was an active participant in student government. She later graduated Cum Laude from Florida State University College of Law in 2007, where she was inducted into Phi Delta Phi International legal honor society and worked with the Children’s Advocacy Center program, gaining experience as an attorney-ad-litem.

Sara began her legal career as one of the first employees of the Office of Criminal Conflict and Civil Regional Counsel in 2008, working primarily in their civil division in the areas of dependency and mental health in Martin County, Florida. After the birth of her first child, Sara began working as an attorney for the Guardian ad Litem Program in the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit, representing children who had been victims of abuse, abandonment, and neglect, and specializing in the area of children’s mental health and the use of psychotropic medication. She later moved on to private practice in 2014, focusing primarily in the areas of family law, civil litigation, and government.


 

 

Aaron_Chatenka_4_FOR_WEBSITE.jpgAaron Chatenka, Esq.

Vice President

Aaron Chatenka is an attorney in the Port St. Lucie office of Steinger, Iscoe & Greene. Since being admitted to the Florida Bar in 2010, Mr. Chatenka has devoted his practice to personal injury and insurance disputes throughout Florida in various tort and strict liability cases and has successfully litigated cases involving premises liability, automobile negligence, products liability, medical malpractice, and wrongful death. Mr. Chatenka currently handles all types of personal injury and wrongful death cases on behalf of plaintiffs, including automobile negligence, premises liability, medical malpractice, products liability, and dog bites.

Prior to joining Steinger, Iscoe & Greene, Mr. Chatenka practiced as a criminal defense attorney for the State of Florida and a personal injury attorney representing plaintiffs in slip and fall, automotive, products liability, medical malpractice, and wrongful death cases, including successfully handling numerous cases through trial throughout the state of Florida. Mr. Chatenka is a member in good standing of the Florida Bar.

Originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Mr. Chatenka graduated from Marquette University and Thomas M. Cooley School of Law in Lansing, Michigan. While in Law School, Mr. Chatenka received Certificates of Merit in Advanced Writing, Medical Malpractice, Law Office Management, and Criminal Procedure, while holding office as President of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Board. Mr. Chatenka was also a five time Dean’s List recipient and member of Thomas M. Cooley’s National Negotiation Team. Thereafter, Mr. Chatenka relocated to Florida, where he began fighting for the rights of Floridians in both criminal and civil matters. Mr. Chatenka is also a member of both the Florida Bar and the St. Lucie County Bar

 


 

Heather Smith, Esq.

Treasurer

My interest in Elder Law began several years ago. My Nonnie died in 2011 after an 8-year battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Like most families, we didn’t know anything about elder care services until well after we needed them. Then most of what we learned was inaccurate – coming from well-meaning friends or Google searches. I practice this kind of law because I want to help other families avoid the painful mistakes we made. The same year Nonnie died, the Law Office of Heather L. Smith, P.A. was born.

Before starting my own practice, I served the people of Florida in government for nearly a decade as an Appellate Staff Attorney and Assistant County Attorney. I am Board Certified in City, County and Local Government Law, meaning that the Florida Bar recognizes me as a “legal expert: in that area. I can also advise clients in regulatory, land use and development issues. Additionally, I servesas Special Master for Contractor Licensing for Citrus County.

​Over the years, I have invested in our community by volunteering time reading to the blind through the Indian River State College Radio Reading Service program at WQCS 88.9 FM. I was a past chair of the Nineteenth Circuit Florida Bar Grievance Committee: which investigates complaints against attorneys. I have also contributed my time and professional experience as a judge at high school debate tournaments.

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Ryan Reif, Esq.

Secretary

Ryan M. Reif was born in New Jersey and raised in New York until the age of 15, then moved to Florida where he began his journey of becoming an attorney. Upon graduating Magna Cum Laude from the University of South Florida, Mr. Reif pursued his legal education in Charlotte, North Carolina. While attending law school, he received the CALI Award for Academic Excellence in multiple classes and was also named to the Dean’s List every semester of his law school career. Mr. Reif also gained valuable experience through his legal internships while in law school. In 2015, he earned his Juris Doctorate, graduating Magna Cum Laude and in the top 4% of his graduating class.
After passing the North Carolina Bar Exam and practicing in Charlotte, Mr. Reif returned to Florida where his education and experiences have prepared him to strongly advocate for the rights of his injured clients. His desire to become an attorney since the 4th grade has led him to his position of associate attorney at Rosenthal, Levy, Simon and Ryles.
When not pursuing his passion of helping others and practicing law, Mr. Reif enjoys spending time outdoors at the beach and travelling. Often times, he can also be found supporting his beloved New York Mets and New York Jets.