Kathleen K. DeMaria Résumé

Kathleen K. DeMaria



Gulf Breeze High School 1980 - Valedictorian

University of West Florida, BA 1982, cum laude

Duquesne University, JD 1985


Admitted to the Florida Bar, 1985

Admitted to the Alabama Bar, 2000

Admitted to the Colorado Bar, 2001

Admitted to the New York Bar, 2012


Employment:                 Smith, Sauer & DeMaria (1983 - Present)

Areas of Practice:        Estate Planning Law; Probate Law; Guardianship, Elder Law

Certifications:             Board Certified Wills, Trusts and Probate Lawyer, Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education. (1991 -   Present);

Martindale Hubbell AV Rated

Professional Associations:      Past Chairman, Grievance Committee, Escambia-Santa Rosa Bar;

Member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Inc.,

Member Florida Elder Law Section of the Bar;

Former - Florida 1st Circuit Representative for the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of the Bar;

Past Chairman, Pro Bono Committee, Escambia-Santa Rosa Bar

Escambia-Santa Rosa Bar Assn. Lawyer Referral Committee; 

The Florida Bar (Past Member: Guardianship Steering Committee of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section); 

Past President - Northwest Florida Association of Women Lawyers; 

Past President - Estate Planning Council of Northwest Florida;     

Civic Organizations and Associations:        

Past Board Member - University of West Florida Foundation;

Member & Past President - Pilot Club of Pensacola;

Member & Past President - Pensacola Woman’s Alliance;     

Past Board Member - Alzheimer’s Association;

Past Board Member - Mental Health Association;

Member - Impact 100;

Member - Pensacola Senior Alliance


Author - Florida Bar Continuing Legal Education 4 Chapters on “Special Guardians and Procedures,” 3rd edition, Florida Guardianship Practice.  Author of numerous Articles on Estate Planning for the Pensacola News Journal and other magazines.


Several Estate Planning and Probate Courses for the Escambia-Santa Rosa Bar Association, 

Speaker for Charles Schwab, Edward Jones, Merrill Lynch, former Paine Webber, A.G. Edwards,  University of West Florida,

Pensacola Junior College, Sacred Heart Hospital and numerous other organizations.

Senior Spirit - Estate Planning Seminars

Academic Associations:     Phi Kappa Phi; Phi Alpha Delta, Duquesne University Law Review.