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An Associate at Butler, Suzanne DeCopain practices in our Coverage Defense department. Suzanne has been a member of the Florida Bar since 2009 and is based in our Tampa office. She is admitted to the United States District Court for the Middle, Southern and Northern Districts of Florida.

Before joining Butler, Suzanne served as an Assistant State Attorney for the 20th Judicial Circuit for three years. During her time there, she gained significant jury and bench trial experience. Suzanne also has experience in landlord/tenant matters for public housing authorities.

While prosecuting, Suzanne taught as an Adjunct Professor at her undergraduate school, Florida Gulf Coast University. Since moving to Tampa, Suzanne became active with various bar associations including the George Edgecomb Bar Association and has held various positions. She is currently on the Board of Directors for the Diversity Access Pipeline and also serves as the Learn Your Legal Rights Community Workshop chair. She was selected as the 2019 recipient of the GEBA Young Lawyers Award for her upstanding work in the legal community as a leader and a mentor. And in 2019, Suzanne was appointed to the Board of Directors for the InterOcean University, a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide online college education tuition-free.

Admissions

  • Florida

Education

  • Florida Gulf Coast University
    Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies
  • Florida Coastal School of Law
    Doctor of Jurisprudence

Memberships

  • American Inn of Court
  • George Edgecomb Bar Association (Community Actions Committee/legal Redress Workshop Chair)
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association (HCBA)
  • Journey to Esquire (Board of Directors)
  • William Reece Smith Jr. Litigation

Courts

  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida

Media

Black History Month | Serena Williams & Eliud Kipchoge

In celebration of Black History Month, we will be taking a look at some important African-American figures that have impacted American culture. This week, we will take a look at athletes Serena Williams and Eliud Kipchoge. Starring Attorneys Janice Buchman and Suzanne DeCopain [embed]https://youtu.be/ibGW-UNj66Y[/embed]...

Butler Helps First-Responders And Community Heroes

Butler attorneys Suzanne DeCopain, Shaheen Nouri and Nicia Mijia helped out our community by providing legal service to firefighters, law enforcement and EMTs during the HCBA "Wills for Heroes Pro Bono" Event. The Wills for Heroes pro bono project is an effort to show our appreciation for the daily sacrifices of our local firefighters, law enforcement, and emergency medical technicians. This pr...

In Honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.

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HCBA Diversity & Inclusion Networking Social

Butler is proud to sponsor the 2019 HCBA Diversity Committee's annual networking event. Partners William Linero, Jr., Thomas Keller and John Garaffa and Associates Abraham Shakfeh (as co-chair of the HCBA Diversity Committee), Liandra Izquierdo, Juliana Cortes and Suzanne DeCopain attended in support of connecting local law students with members of Tampa's legal organizations. The HCBA Diversi...

Suzanne Decopain Awarded the Geba Young Lawyers Award

HELPING THE COMMUNITY Congratulations to Suzanne DeCopain for her upstanding work in the community, earning her the GEBA Young Lawyers Award. Suzanne has helped people in her community as a mentor and leader, organizing workshops to improve their knowledge of the legal system. The George Edgecomb Bar Association (GEBA) is an organization that promotes and recognizes the contributions of Afric...

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Suzanne DeCopain – Empowering Citizens Through Education

Associate Suzanne DeCopain believes in giving back to her community. One organization that has impacted her life is the George Edgecomb Bar Association (GEBA), an organization that breaks barriers and empowers citizens of the Tampa community through the legal system. On May 4, 2019, at the North Tampa Branch Library, GEBA is partnering with the Federal Bar Association and Bay Area Legal Service I...

International Women’s Day – 2019

In celebration of International Women's Day, Butler's female attorneys came together to discuss important female figures in US history. Watch the video below: [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4CTfgnj51So&feature=youtu.be[/embed]  ...

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