Kirk pinkerton

Founded in 1926, Kirk Pinkerton celebrates its 87th year as one of the premier law firms in Sarasota, Florida, the former home of John Ringling of circus fame. When John Ringling died in 1936, Kirk Pinkerton was retained to represent his estate which included, among many things, his elegant home called Ca’d’zan and the art gallery. Both are now owned by the State of Florida as the Ringling Museum of Art. We continue a strong estate planning and probate practice.

Early founders of the firm were instrumental in chartering a savings and loan association and a national bank. The firm has had many years of banking law and financial institutional practice.

The firm has also represented many of the earliest real estate developments on Longboat Key, Lido Key and Siesta Key. Real estate law and practice, including condominiums, is still a firm strength.

No firm which holds itself out as "full service” can do so without having a strong and competent litigation department. Kirk Pinkerton’s litigators, several of which are Board Certified experts, have the capacity, experience and expertise to represent its clients in State Court, Federal cCourt and the Appellate Courts.

Practice Areas:

Administrative, Governmental and Land Use Laws:

  • Zoning laws and permits, project planning and development, coastal construction, property rights and code enforcement legal issues. Read more

  • Estate Planning:
  • Wills, Trusts, Guardianships, Power of Attorney and Probate. Read more

  • Family and Divorce Law:
  • Child Support, domestic violence claims, marital settlements and same-sex partnerships. Read more

  • Litigation:
  • Construction, trust law, contract claims, real estate and property law, foreclosure, election law and commercial torts. Read more

  • Personal Injury Cases:
  • Motor vehicle accidents, pedestrian injury, commercial transportation accidents, watercraft accidents, dangerous or recalled products. Read more

  • Real Estate:
  • Commercial real estate development, buy /sell Florida commercial and residential real estate, real estate financing, banking, lender representation, short sales, foreclosures, land use and environmental law. Read more

  • Tax and Corporate Law:
  • Business formation, mergers and acquisitions, stockholder agreements, business contracts, noncompete and non-disclosure agreements and federal and state law tax issues. Read more