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501 E. Kennedy Boulevard, Suite 1700
Tampa, Florida 33602

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Board Certified in Appellate Practice, Sarah Lahlou-Amine practices in all areas of state and federal appellate litigation.  In addition to handling all types of appeals and original proceedings, Sarah is frequently retained for the strategic focus she brings to trial court litigation, helping clients and trial lawyers create records suited to both protect favorable rulings and document grounds for reversal in the event of an adverse outcome. 
With a depth of complex litigation experience in subject matters ranging from commercial to personal injury, a substantial portion of Sarah’s practice is devoted to insurance matters.  From coverage disputes to extra-contractual matters, Sarah’s knowledge of the intricate bodies of law governing insurance contracts and practices allows her to assist clients and trial lawyers in their development of effective big-picture strategies, from pre-suit stages through any appellate proceedings. 

Sarah serves as Chair of the Appellate Practice Section of the Florida Bar and has been consecutively recognized in the Florida Super Lawyers magazine since 2010.  She has garnered an AV® Preeminent distinction, the highest available mark for professional excellence from Martindale-Hubbell’s Peer Review Ratings, and has been repeatedly recognized for her dedication to pro bono service.  In her spare time, Sarah enjoys writing and is an avid Florida farm enthusiast and agritourist. 


  • Banker Lopez Gassler P.A., Tampa, FL
    Shareholder, June 2017 to Present
  • Vaka Law Group, Tampa, FL
    Partner, February 2017 to June 2017
  • Banker Lopez Gassler P.A., Tampa, FL
    Shareholder, May 2016 to February 2017
  • Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney | Fowler White Boggs, Tampa, FL
    Attorney, February 2006 to April 2016


Sarah lectures and authors articles on appellate and insurance topics, including issues of preservation, appellate strategy and procedure, and insurance coverage and best practices.
  • Sarah Lahlou-Amine, Writing for a Living, Guest Speaker, Issues on Appeal Podcast by Duane Daiker (March 31, 2019)
  • Sarah Lahlou-Amine, Exploring Appellate Practice in Our Nation’s Capital, Program Moderator, Appellate Practice Section of the Florida Bar (October 5, 2018)
  • Sarah Lahlou-Amine, Chair’s Welcome Message at the Supreme Court, Speaker, Appellate Practice Section of the Florida Bar (October 4, 2018)
  • Sarah Lahlou-Amine, Outstanding Pro Bono Service by a Young Lawyer Award Presentation, Presenter, Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee (April 2016)
  • Sarah Lahlou-Amine, A Primer in Appellate Practice, Speaker, Florida Housing Umbrella Group (March 2013)
  • Sarah Lahlou-Amine, Appellate Lawyers Embrace The Florida Bar’s One Campaign, Speaker, Hillsborough County Bar Association (March 2010)
  • Sarah Lahlou-Amine, Handling Pro Bono Appeals, Speaker, Appellate Practice Section of the Florida Bar (October 2008)


  • The Florida Bar: Appellate Practice Section, Chair; Executive Council 2011-present; Pro Bono Committee Chair, 2011-2015
  • The Florida Bar: Pro Bono Legal Services Committee, Member, 2017-Present
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association: Appellate Practice Section, Pro Bono Committee Chair, 2009-2012
  • Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee: Law Firm Subcommittee Co-Chair, 2011-2016
  • Defense Research Institute
  • National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA)
  • Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Tampa Bay
  • Leadership Tampa Bay (Class of 2016)
  • William Reece Smith, Jr. Litigation American Inn of Court: Barrister, 2014-present


As a passionate advocate with a commitment to pro bono service, Sarah assists legal aid organizations throughout the state through trial support, appellate assistance, and programs that promote pro bono service. Sarah has been recognized for her service by the Florida Supreme Court, the Florida Bar Appellate Practice Section, the Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division, Bay Area Legal Services, and Stetson University College of Law.
  • Tampa Bay Pro Bono Partners: Co-founder; Advisory Board Chair, 2014-present
  • Crossroads for Florida Kids, Pro Bono Attorney
  • SERVE Volunteers in Education: Board of Trustees, 2009-2012; Secretary 2011-2012; Assistant Secretary/Treasurer 2010-2011
  • United Way – HandsOn Tampa Bay: Community Volunteer, 2008-2010
  • Urban Scholars Outreach Program: Advisory Board Member, 2006-2007
  • Appellate Law
  • Bad Faith Litigation
  • Bad Faith Avoidance and Representing Carriers in Multiple Competing Claims
  • Civil Litigation
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Insurance & Reinsurance
  • J.D., cum laude, Stetson University College of Law, 2005, (Merit Scholar, Stetson Law Review, Moot Court)
  • B.A., summa cum laude, University of South Florida, 2003, Mathematics, Psychology (King O’Neal Award recipient)
  • Florida
  • Florida State Courts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • AV Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Board Certified in Appellate Practice by the Florida Bar
  • Florida Super Lawyers®, Rising Star 2010-2019
  • Florida Legal Elite, Florida Trend Magazine, 2018-2019