Twyla Sketchley, a Florida Bar Board Certified Elder Law Attorney, has devoted her career to serving the elderly and safeguarding vulnerable adults. She has served as the Chair of the Elder Law Section (2012-2013), as a member of the Florida Public Policy Task Force for the Elderly and Disabled, and on the Florida Bar's Elder Law Section Committee on Abuse, Neglect & Exploitation. She also serves as Chair of the Montana Bar Elderly Assistance Committee. It is also why she received the Florida Bar Elder Law Section’s Charlotte Brayer Public Service award, and was a nominee for the Elder Rights Advocacy Hall of Fame by The National Association of Legal Service Developers.
Ms. Sketchley has been recognized for service to her community. This recognition includes the Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono Service Award for the Second Judicial Circuit in 2009 for providing legal services to indigent senior citizens, and the Smith-Williams Service Center Foundation's Distinguished Woman Award.
Ms. Sketchley is also dedicated to serving the legal profession. She served as a member of the Florida Bar's Second Judicial Circuit's Grievance Committee and on the Law Office Managed Assistance Service (LOMAS) Advisory Committee. As President of Tallahassee Women Lawyers (TWL) (2010-2011), she created the Inspirationhal Service Award recognizing the pro bono work of its members. She also created TWL's Rookie Camp, a program for law students and young lawyers promoting involvement in community and pro bono services. This program received statewide recognition for its innovation. For her service, Ms. Sketchley was named a Florida Association for Women Lawyers Leader In The Law (2010).
Ms. Sketchley founded the Sketchley Law Firm in 2002. She received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Montana School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Montana, majoring in English and minoring in Japanese language and culture.
She is admitted to practice law in both Florida and Montana, as well as the Federal District Courts in Florida and the Eleventh U. S. Circuit Court of Appeals. In addition to elder law and guardianship, she has handled a wide variety of cases, including election, criminal, administrative, real property, and workers' compensation law.
Media and Public Appearances
Ms. Sketchley is the host of Elder Law Issues, Fridays at 10:04 am on WFSU radio 88.9 FM in Tallahassee, offering tips on caring for the senior citizens in your family.
In addition, she is the author of numerous published articles and has lectured on topics such as “Legal Issues for Alzheimer’s Families,” for the Alzheimer’s Resource Center, “Ethical Considerations When Representing the Elderly Client,” for the Academy of Florida Elder Law Attorneys, and "Planning and Caring for Aging Parents" for the FSU Wellness Program.
Ms. Sketchley has served as an Adjunct Instructor for the Florida State University College of Law and Tallahassee Community College.
Awards & Recognition
2013, 2012, 2011 Florida Super Lawyer
2010, 2011 Florida’s Legal Elite
2010 FAWL Leader In the Law Award
2009 Florida Bar Pro Bono Service Award for the Second Judicial Circuit
2009 Elder Law Section Charlotte Brayer Public Service Award
2009 Office of Public Guardian’s Guardian Angel Award
2008 Henry Latimer Center for Professionalism’s Professionalism Works Award Nominee
2008 Smith Williams Distinguished Woman Award
2005 Office of Public Guardian’s Outstanding Legal Services Award