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Dawn Marie Bates-Buchanan, Esq, Susannah C. Savitsky, Esq.

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Your Lawyers - Dawn Marie Bates-Buchanan and Susannah C. Savitsky

Our Mission is to help you take control of your life by helping you understand the law and your rights and to vigorously represent you in any matter we take on. We want to make our service convenient to you and your busy schedule. We will meet after regular office hours, at your home or wherever you need to meet. We will work with you on a costs and a payment schedule. We accept Paypal, credit cards and payment plans. Helping you address your needs is the most important thing.  



Let us tell you about our office and the skills that we utilize to make sure our clients get the dedicated service they deserve. Let's face it, you want to hire an attorney because you want fair results. You probably don't want to take anyone to the cleaners, you just want what's fair and want to be protected by lawyers you trust.


How do you choose an attorney?

The decision to choose an attorney is an important one. You should research your choices. You should ask questions and demand answers. You should contact the Florida Bar, local county bar associations and other the lawyers for referrals. You should also ask for references from past clients. At the Bates-Buchanan Law Group, we would be happy to provide you with references from past clients - just ask us!

We will be glad to provide you testimonials from other attorneys and past clients to show you that we have the experience and dedication to your case that is needed to help you with your legal issue.


How are we different than other attorneys and what does that mean to your case?
Other lawyers do not want to go to trial against experienced, prepared and dedicated and having an attorney who will stick with you until the end often makes a difference. Your case is more than just about money to us, it is about our pride and reputation and we will work for you.

We pride ourselves on being honest and realistic with you and advising you on issues such as how not to have to take your case to trial, how to save money on your legal fees and what your realistic and possible outcomes in the case are.

Our weapons:

  • We maximize the value of our clients needs and outcomes because we have a unique approach to the law:

    •  We are a law team and work together on our all cases.

  • We theorize and strategize together - We have a lot of experience and we know the law.

  • We work hard for our clients and we get noticed. We always fight zealously for our clients.

  • Our lawyers are trial attorneys, always ready will and able to go to trial.

  • Our lawyers are dedicated and will work for you, that means making time for your calls, emails and meetings, after hours on weekend and when ever and where ever you need us. We make house calls.


Our commitment to our community:


Dawn Marie's work has been profiled in both Manatee and Sarasota County Newspapers. She received the Manatee County Bar Association's Community Service Award in 2010, for her work with HOPE (a Domestic Violence Agency), SPARCC (a Sexual Assault Agency), Manatee Children's Services, Suncoast Center for Independent Living and Family Network on Disabilities of Manatee and Sarasota Counties.


Susannah was recently appointed by the Attorney General for the State of Florida to sit on the Lemon Law Arbitration Panel, hearing claims from consumers who feel their new car is a "lemon." She has volunteered over a hundred hoursher to Gulfcoast Legal Services helping clients defend their homes from foreclosure and finding ways to save their home. She is also very active in her children's activities acting as a classroom mentor, team mom and soccer coach.

Our top royal treatment to all our clients:

Although we are a highly profiled law firm, we pride ourselves in being down to earth and having great relationships
with our clients. Communication is the key and we understand our clients not only want results, but they also want to be informed about the legal process. All of our clients get royal treatment. We are here to service our client needs and we work hard for our clients. We give you our knowledge, opinions and advice, but you make the final decisions. All of our clients are informed as to step in their legal journey. If you hire us, you will be assigned an attorney that works with you and schedules an appointment anytime that you need one. We make ourselves easily accessible for our clients and a client of ours would never say that they don’t know their attorney. This is important to us and our firm has thrived on our present and former client referrals. You will have the ability to email, fax or contact your attorney by telephone anytime of the day or night and it is our firm's promise to return your request for information within twenty-four hours.

Why can't we tell you about all our case results?

We have so much more that we could add. We cannot display our case results because they are confidential. Each client's personal information is protected so we can't share any information with anyone else. We also do not discuss other cases because every case is unique and the outcome of your case will depend on your facts.

We can provide you with testimonials from clients upon request. Please see our attorneys listed on


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Your Lawyers -

Dawn Marie Bates-Buchanan



Dawn Marie Bates-Buchanan, was raised in Venice Florida, where her Father was a Police Officer and where she graduated from local Vence High School. Dawn Marie went on get her B.A. in Criminology, Sociology and Child Psychology from the University of South Florida in Tampa in 1990, then attended Manatee Community College and completed her Certification as a Legal Assistant. Dawn Marie worked for the 12th Judicial District's State's Attorney's Office (in Sarasota County, Florida) for 5 years before enrolling in Stetson University College of Law in 1996. Graduating early in December of 1998, Dawn Marie went back to work for the 12th Judicial District's State's Attorney's office. Dawn Marie moved to Daytona Beach, Florida to work on behalf of domestic violence family law clients for Central Florida Legal Services in 1999 where she worked and became the Managing Attorney of the Daytona Beach Office in charge of the Family Law Unit. In 2006 Dawn Marie moved to Bradenton to become the Managing Attorney at Gulfcoast Legal Services, Inc. in their Bradenton Office, where she specialized in consumer, housing, estate planning, family and dependency law and bankruptcy. Dawn Marie has been the primary attorney in more than 70 trials. Dawn Marie a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Law and Circuit Civil and Foreclosure Mediator, with special training in Mortgage Modification Mediation in Bankruptcy. Dawn Marie is trained as a Collaborative Family Law Attorney.


Dawn Marie is married to her husband, Eddie, and they have a daughter Darian. They also share their home with five dogs, a female mini-dachshund named Alexicon (Alexi for short), Alexi and Dante's babies, Blue (a boy) and Kyeria (a girl), a male mini-dachshund named Dante, and American Bulldog named Hank. 

Susannah Coakley Savitsky


Susannah was born in Salem, Mass. and grew up in Mystic, Connecticut. Susannah graduated from University of Connecticut and worked as a Realtor and Non-Profit Event Coordinato, then in 2005 she moved to Florida to attend Stetson University School of Law. Susannah graduated from Stetson University College of Law in 2008 and was admitted to the Florida Bar in March 2009. Susannah was a contract employee to various law firms, working primarily in the fields of foreclosure defense and insurance law before joining the Bates-Buchanan Law Group, P.A.  Having been a Realtor before going into law, Susannah has special insights on foreclosure law. Susannah has been instrumental in helping hundreds of people save their homes or make financially sounds decisions about short-sales and deed-in-lieu of foreclosures. Susannah also has experience in contract and collection law and is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Civil Court and Foreclosure Mediator. Susannah is a licensed realtor in Florida. Susannah has her license current to sell real property. Susannah also has her broker's license.


Susannah is married to her husband, Jamy, and they have a son, Logan, and a daughter, Serena. Susannah is very active in our community, having volunteer at Gulfcoast Legal Services to help people defend their homes from foreclosure; serving as coach and “team mom” to many of her children’s sporting and academic teams; serving as a board member of Manatee Area Chapter of Florida Association of Woman Lawyers; and volunteering at Johnson Middle School and Wakeland Elementary.  She enjoys spending time with her family and two dogs, a Great Dane named “Justice” and a Mastiff named “Mojo” and helping homeless pets find "fur" ever homes.