The Center for Animal Advocacy was created for the purpose of providing legal resources to pets and their owners. The field of animal law is expanding - every day, pets and their owners are experiencing legal issues and concerns. From pet custody to pet lemon laws, landlord disputes, pet trusts, dangerous dog issues, veterinary malpractice...the list is growing.

As pet owners and animal lovers, the resources listed below are dedicated to providing quality legal services to meet the growing need for legal representation in this ever changing field.

Pet Trusts and Pet Mediation
Peggy R. Hoyt, J.D., M.B.A., B.C.S. 
The Law Offices of Hoyt & Bryan
254 Plaza Drive
Oviedo, Florida  32765
(board certified specialist in wills, trusts and estates and elder law)
Peggy is also a Florida Supreme Court certified mediator and now provides Pet Mediation - allowing for the peaceful resolution of disputes surrounding your pet. This most commonly will include custody disputes as a result of relationship dissolution, dog bite issues, landlord and tenant controversies. Peggy is the author of All My Children Wear Fur Coats - How to Leave a Legacy for Your Pet.  Available in soft cover and Kindle versions.

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Peggy serves on the Heritage Club Board for the SPCA of Central Florida and supports numerous animal related charities.

Kim Radcliffe actively serves the animal community through the Florida Bar Animal Law Committee and other animal related charities.  Casey Taylor is also a true advocate for pets - she is active with The Center for Great Apes, Animal Legal Defense Fund and other pet protection organizations. 

Pet Law Litigation
Marcy LaHart, Esq.
4804 SW 45th Street
Gainesville, FL  32608

Marcy LaHart, Esq. practices in animal law and public interest environmental law.  In the animal law portion of her practice she represents pet owners that have legal issues relating to their companion animals, including defending allegedly dangerous dogs, pet custody disputes, veterinary malpractice, service animals and emotional support animals.  She also advises rescue groups and other animal welfare organizations.  As an environmental lawyer Ms. LaHart represents private citizens and grass roots environmental organizations in matters relating to wetlands and water use permitting.  

Timothy C. Martin, Esq.
Martin Law Office, P.A.
10200 Gandy Blvd. N. #1014
St. Petersburg, FL 33702
Tel: (813) 260-1413(813) 260-1413
Fax: (888) 250-6501
Tim will consider all cases involving animals except representing individuals against an animal (i.e., dog bites). He is interested in doing animal law related representation related to replevin, pet trusts, veterinary malpractice, emotional support and service animal reasonable accommodation.

Gary M. Kaleita
Board Certified Real Estate Lawyer
Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, P.A. 
215 North Eola Drive
Orlando, Fl  32801
Tel: (407)418-6334
Fax: (407)843-4444
Gary specializes in real estate law with an interest in Bear-Wise Community Association law.  He has been instrumental in developing association covenants regarding bears in a residential community.   

Avery S. Chapman, Esq.

The Chancellor Building
12008 South Shore Boulevard | Suite 107
Wellington, Florida 33414
Tel 561.753.5996 | Fax 561.753.9966

Practicing equine law nationally and internationally, Avery S. Chapman of The Equine Law Group is located in the heart of the Palm Beach equestrian world of Wellington, Florida. Within and without the country, we have represented innumerable members of the equestrian community, some well known and some not so, with respect to equine law issues, providing strategies and solutions for law issues that concern horses, horse business and horse real estate. Our equine law practice includes the representation of Olympic riders, professional polo players, sponsors, trainers, owners in their equine and real estate business interests, as well as representation of a major equine sport governing organization and the largest equine veterinary clinics in the United States. From the list you see below, we have handled a diverse area of issues relating to the equine professional, owner and business. For example, we have drafted equine drug and medications rules and enforcement regulations and can represent you in violation hearings, conduct hearings and disciplinary hearings before the USEF and other equine organizations. Hablamos español también.

We work diligently with our clients to develop strategies for their needs and solutions to their equine law problems. The Equine Law Group and are invaluable resources for our clients looking for an equine lawyer or equine attorney in the sometimes complicated world of equine law. We encourage you to contact us with your equine law issues.

    The Equine Law Group, of, contains equine lawyers and equine attorneys who provide clients national and international access to equine lawyers with a great depth of experience in the field of equine law, which includes the diverse areas described below. We have Florida equine lawyers and equine attorneys, Connecticut equine attorneys, New Jersey equine attorneys, as well as equine attorneys available for your equine law needs in Virginia, Kentucky, California, Texas and other state and federal courts by matter as well as for your international law issues. Our equine lawyers include experienced riders, trainers, and farm owners who bring unique knowledge and perspective to the firm to provide legal services and materials as diverse as:

  • Agent purchase and sale issues
  • Agister's Liens
  • Agricultural Tax Exemptions and Appeals
  • Auctions
  • Bill of Sale Drafting and Issues
  • Breeding Contracts
  • Boarding Agreements
  • Commissions Agreements
  • Contract Disputes
  • Counsel and representation before equestrian sport governing bodies
  • Disciplinary Hearings
  • Divorce and horses
  • Drug and Medication Rules Violations
  • Employment Practices
  • Equine Activity Statutes
  • Equine Business formation, transactions and counseling
  • Equine Employment issues
  • Equine insurance liability policies and coverage issues
  • Equine liens (also known as horse liens, agister’s liens, stablekeeper’s liens)
  • Equine mortality policy issues
  • Equine Quarantine Issues
  • Export Issues
  • Fencing and other Duty of Care Issues
  • Import Issues
  • International Conflicts of Law
  • Insurance coverage disputes
  • Jockey Issues
  • Liability Releases
  • Liens for Stablekeepers, Farriers, Veterinarians and others providing horse care.
  • Lobbying
  • Negligence Issues
  • Permitting and Construction of Equestrian and Polo Facilities
  • Professional Rider Liability
  • Purchase and sale contracts
  • Racetrack Issues
  •         Steward disputes
  •         Drug and Medications violations
  •         Labor disputes
  • Racing and Licensing Regulation Issues
  • Releases, Waivers and Liability Disputes
  • Sales Commissions Disputes
  • Stable Keeper's Liens
  • Stable Premises Liability
  • Steward Disputes
  • Syndication Agreements
  • Tax issues affecting equine businesses
  • Tax and Value Adjustment Board applications and appeals
  • Trainer Liability
  • USEF Rules Violations
  •       Conduct violations
  •       Drug and Medications violations
  • Veterinarian Liens
  • Veterinarian representation before state licensing boards
  • Veterinary Malpractice (for Veterinarians and Owners)
  • Zoning Applications and Zoning Appeals

Dionne M. Blaesing, Esq. 
BLAESING & DIAZ, PA, 5946 Main Street, New Port Richey, FL 34652, 727 846 1802
Areas of animal practice are: 
- civil and administrative disputes for small pets, barn animals, live stock, wildlife, kennels or barns including veterinary or animal services malpractice;
-federal, state or local laws and regulations addressing Fl Dangerous Dog Statute,  Pet Lemon Law, Animal Welfare Act, Fair Housing Act or ADA, and Equine Activities Act.
-defend against county animal services citations, neighborhood disputes involving animals, and barn disputes.
- draft contracts for animal businesses involved in breeding, sales, co-ownership, leasing or syndication.
- advocate for persons requiring service and support animals;
- advise non-profits on rescue, rehab or shelter formation.

Call office for consultation appointments.