Scott Stamatakis is a native of Tampa, Florida and practices law in a variety of areas including bankruptcy, foreclosure and collections defense, credit repair, debt settlement, sinkholes, insurance claims, IRS tax debt settlement, real estate, title insurance, business law and asset preservation just to name a few. Scott graduated from Gaither High School which is located in North Tampa on the boundary lines of Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco and Polk Counties in close proximity to Carrollwood Village, Northdale, North Lakes, Lutz, Odessa and Land O Lakes, Florida. After high school, Scott moved to Tallahassee, Florida and attended Florida State University where, as a Seminole, he earned his Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in criminology, magna cum laude, in 1995 while working part time at the State Attorney’s Office for the Second Judicial Circuit, William N. Meggs, as well as the Department of State, Division of Licensing. Florida’s 2nd Judicial Circuit is situated in the Federal Northern District of Florida and comprised of Leon, Franklin, Gadsden, Jefferson, Liberty and Wakulla Counties. Tallahassee is also the capital of Florida and houses the state legislature, the First District Court of Appeals, as well as the Florida Supreme Court and the Florida Bar.
After graduating from FSU, Scott relocated to Gainesville, Florida where he attended the University of Florida’s College of Law which is also known as the Fredric G. Levin College of Law. As a Gator, Scott earned his Juris Doctorate, or ‘law degree’, from UF in 1998. Gainesville is located in the Eighth Judicial Circuit which is comprised of six counties extending all the way from the Georgia border to the Gulf of Mexico including Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Gilchrist, Levy and Union Counties. Florida’s Eighth Judicial Circuit is situated in the Federal Middle District of Florida. While attending law school, Scott studied a number of different areas of law including, real estate, bankruptcy, contracts, banking law and torts just to name a few. Scott also studied international law and the French Civil Code abroad at the University of Montpellier located in France. It was during this time that Scott also met his first and current law partner, Sami Thalji.
Scott passed the Florida Bar exam and earned his license to practice law in 1999. Scott relocated back to Tampa, Florida and began his legal career with the law firm of Echevarria, McCalla, Raymer, Barrett & Frapier, which is now know as Florida Default Law Group, PL and considered to be one of the largest plaintiff ‘foreclosure mills’ in the State of Florida. Tampa is located in the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit which is situated in the Federal Middle District of Florida and comprised of Hillsborough County, FL. Tampa Bay is also located in close proximity to the Sixth Judicial Circuit which is comprised of the cities of Clearwater and St. Petersburg, as well as Pinellas and Pasco Counties. As an attorney for Mike Echevarria, Scott’s practice focused on creditor and debtor work providing legal representation in secured transactions to banks and mortgage lenders in areas such as bankruptcy, mortgage foreclosure, real estate closings and litigation. As a result of his work with Echevarria and Associates, Scott has been involved thousands of foreclosures, bankruptcies, debt collection law suits and real estate closings.
After Scott’s stay with the Florida Default Law Group, Scott expanded his legal career with a commercial business law practice and was also an in house attorney for a public company. During this time, expanded on his legal knowledge by practicing in a number of different legal issues such as business law, franchises, collections, repossessions, replevins, credit cards, credit agreements, wage and bank garnishment, landlord and tenant, sinkholes, insurance disputes and claims, commercial real estate and retail real estate selection and development, land use, zoning and construction. Scott has also been involved in highly complex litigation and has gained extensive experience litigating numerous consumer based claims, injury claims, insurance claims, HMO and medical claims.
In 2003, Scott decided to begin his own law practice along with his friend and law partner, Sami Thalji, when they decided to use their vast knowledge and experience of the inner-workings of big business and big government to advocate justice on behalf of consumers throughout the State of Florida.
Scott has evolved his practice into the area of Debtor’s Rights. Scott now sues debt collectors for violating the rights of Florida consumers under The Fair Debt Protection Practices Act and The Telephone Consumer Protection Act. “Suing debt collectors has become my passion as an attorney. Can you imagine a client coming to see me about a collection letter they received in the mail and then a few months later I am handing them a check for $1,500? There is no better feeling in my line of work.”
Scott is also a licensed real estate agent in the State of Florida and has a significant practice concentrating in the area real estate. Scott has represented buyers and sellers in both residential and complex commercial real estate transactions.
Areas of Practice
- Debt Harassment
- Telephone Consumer Protection – Robocalls
- Collection Defense
- Foreclosure Defense
- Debt Settlement
- Real Estate
- Title Insurance
- Florida, 1999
- University of Florida College of Law, Gainesville, Florida
- Florida State University
- B.A. magna cum laude