Carla Sabbagh Receives Favorable Decision in Family Law Appeal

Carla Sabbagh obtained a favorable decision in an appeal from an order transferring venue on behalf of our client to another county.

After ex-wife filed petition against ex-husband for protection against domestic violence, the Circuit Court granted ex-husband’s motion to transfer venue to another county. At the conclusion of the hearing, the trial court found that the “interest of justice” required the transfer of the case to Pasco County because all of the parties’ prior and existing family law cases had been litigated or remained to be litigated there.  Ex-wife appealed.  Because the appellate court saw no abuse in the trial court’s exercise of its discretion to transfer the petition to Pasco County, Second District Court of Appeals affirmed the order.

Family Law Order

Rywant Alvarez supports Bay Area Legal Services Annual Champions for Justice Appreciation Event

Rywant Alvarez is proud to support Bay Area Legal Services Annual Champions for Justice Appreciation Event. Congratulations on another great event!

Rywant Alvarez Proudly Supports Lindsay Alvarez for Circuit Judge!

Our attorney Lindsay Alvarez has announced she is running for Circuit Judge in Hillsborough County.  We proudly support her! Find out more about Lindsay at

Lindsay began her legal career as a prosecutor with the Hillsborough County State’s Attorney Office. In 2013, Lindsay transitioned into private practice working in all areas of commercial and civil litigation, including consumer finance disputes, homeowners’ association disputes, contract disputes, foreclosure litigation, and disputes involving lien priority.  Currently, Lindsay is employed at Rywant, Alvarez, Jones, Russo & Guyton, representing both plaintiffs and defendants in all aspects of tort and insurance litigation.

Lindsay is actively involved in the community with both legal and civic memberships to the Hillsborough County Bar Association, Hillsborough Association of Women Lawyers and Tampa Bay American Inn of Court, Tampa Bay Tiger Club, Riverview Chamber of Commerce and Plant City Chamber of Commerce.  She is also active in the community serving on the Crisis Center of Tampa, Women in Action and on the Council for Champions for Children.  Lindsay also volunteers her time with Meals on Wheels.

Lindsay M. Alvarez

Amanda McDermott and Melissa Isabel recognized as an AV Preeminent rated attorneys

Congratulations to Amanda McDermott and Melissa Isabel! They have been recognized as an AV Preeminent rated attorneys with Martindale-Hubbell.  Martindale-Hubbell peer review ratings evaluate lawyers based on the anonymous opinions of members of the Bar and the Judiciary.

A.V. Rated By Martindale-Hubbell

Criminal Trial Win

Melissa A. IsabelMelissa Isabel obtained a not guilty verdict for her client charged with Felony Unlicensed Contracting in Hillsborough County. The defense involved challenging inadmissible evidence which violated the client’s constitutional right to confront witnesses against him.

Jordan Behlman Granted Summary Judgment

We are pleased to announce that Second District Court of Appeal of Florida has affirmed an Order granting summary judgment in favor of our client. After two years of contentious litigation, summary judgment was granted by the trial court less than two weeks before trial. Shortly thereafter, the Plaintiff appealed the final judgment that was entered based on that Order. After the appeal was fully briefed, Jordan Behlman successfully argued the brief before the Second District Court of Appeal of Florida leading to the favorable outcome.

Greg Jones honored by Tampa Bay Lightning

The Tampa Bay Lightning honored our shareholder, Greg Jones, as A Lightning Community Hero. Greg received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program which he donated to the Faith Café and the Palma Ceia Little League Challenger Program (baseball for boys and girls with special needs.

Congratulations Kerry McGuinn

Kerry C. McGuinn, Jr.Rywant Alvarez Jones Russo & Guyton are proud to announce Kerry McGuinn has been named partner at the firm.

Rywant Alvarez Supports Meals on Wheels of Tampa

We are a proud Adopt-a-Route partner of Meals on Wheels of Tampa! Our staff and attorneys volunteer by delivering meals to Tampa’s home bound residents.