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Updated: 06/18/2014 08:22:07AM

Former public defenders partner for hometown firm

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PHOTO BY KATHY LEIGH BERKOWITZ


Attorneys Ivey Prevatte and Adam Stohler discuss plans for their practice in downtown Lake Wales.

PHOTO BY KATHY LEIGH BERKOWITZ


Attorneys Ivey Prevatte and Adam Stohler pose for a photo in their law library and conference room.

PHOTO BY KATHY LEIGH BERKOWITZ


Attorney Ivey Prevatte looks at one of her law books in the foyer of their practice, which overlooks Historic Downtown Lake Wales, on Park Avenue.

PHOTO BY KATHY LEIGH BERKOWITZ



Attorneys Ivey Prevatte and Adam Stohler pose for a photo in their law library and conference room.

By ELIZABETH ERVIN

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With their roots firmly planted in Polk County, two former public defenders partnered up for hometown law firm.

Adam Stohler and Ivey Prevatte are making a home in downtown Lake Wales. Adam Stohler was born and raised in Madison County, Indiana. He moved to Lake Wales in 2003. He attended Warner University, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. After graduating in 2005, he married his wife Maggie and started a family. He worked as an admissions counselor for Warner University before making a move to Spokane, Washington. While in Washington, he attended Gonzaga University School of Law. He returned to Florida in May 2009, and hit the ground running as a public defender for the tenth Judicial Circuit Court of Polk County and Highlands. After 5 years, he knew the time had come to take the next step in starting his own firm.

Finding a partner

Fellow colleague and also a public defender, Ivey Prevatte, was asked to jump on board. Prevatte is a hometown girl born in Lake Wales; she was raised all over the South. She graduated in 2006 from Texas Tech University with a degree in Political Science. As an undergrad she finished her law degree in 2010. She was married in 2010 and became a mother in 2013. As a public defender in Sebring, she knew there was an open door in the opportunity Stohler was offering. “As a public defender, you are assigned your cases, they are not chosen. As a partner in your own firm you have the freedom to say yes or no,” she said.

Prevatte added, “You have more time to spend on cases because of the freedom to choose.”

The Law Office of Stohler and Prevatte practices family law, criminal, real estate, and estate planning. What makes them different from other Law Offices is they have their roots planted here. Both attorneys have families locally. They are also active in their own churches. They are here to stay, they say. As former public defenders, they know the judges, they know the Polk County Judicial Circuit, they know the court system. Real estate will be a new area of law for the firm. “We’ve seen a rebound in foreclosures on the market, interest rates are better,” says Stohler. Expansion into Sebring, with a satellite office up north will be a future plan. Expanding their office here in Lake Wales by adding a few attorneys are also future plans. “We are ready to go, we have been planning this for awhile. Our families have sacrificed, and we are happy to see it all to come together,” says Prevatte.

The Law Office of Stohler and Prevatte, P.A. opened their doors for new clients June 2. Normal office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., 229 East Park Avenue, Lake Wales. Open house will be held on June 19, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.


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