Daniel DeLeo Elected Chair of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County

SARASOTA, FL – The Community Foundation of Sarasota County (Community Foundation) has appointed Shumaker Partner Daniel (Dan) DeLeo as Chair of the board, serving a two-year term governing the organization, its charitable investments, and strategic decision making. Dan’s longstanding commitment to the Community Foundation is comprised of seven years on the board, including serving as Vice Chair of the board, and Chair of the Governance Committee.

“Dan’s leadership has helped inform our foundation’s work for many years, and his deep commitment to our region and all who call it home is heartfelt,” says Roxie Jerde, President and CEO of the Community Foundation. “We are thrilled to welcome him as Chair and to be working alongside him to create the community we know to be possible, one full of opportunities and possibilities for all.”

The Community Foundation of Sarasota County is a public charity founded in 1979 by the Southwest Florida Estate Planning Council as a resource for caring individuals and the causes they support, enabling them to make a charitable impact on the community. The Community Foundation has been able to grant more than $323 million to area nonprofit organizations in the area over more than 40 years. It is the largest Community Foundation in the State of Florida.

Dan is Board Certified in Business Litigation and his practice focuses on commercial disputes, with particular emphasis on representing businesses and governmental entities in contract disputes, torts, and complex litigation. Dan is an experienced trial lawyer with considerable knowledge and experience in the areas of construction defect litigation, class actions, personal injury and products liability claims. Dan's practice is focused on efficiently resolving disputes by aggressively pushing all available means of escaping the usual extended litigation track.

A majority of Dan's practice is devoted to representing businesses, such as manufacturers in both State and Federal Courts, as well as governmental entities, such as The Sarasota County School Board.

Dan has represented clients in numerous jurisdictions outside of Florida and Illinois, such as New York, Michigan, Indiana, Georgia, North Carolina, and Washington. Dan also has extensive experience handling real estate valuation litigation, real estate property development litigation, as well as fraud and conversion claims. Dan also has handled numerous commercial foreclosures and other complex litigation both on behalf of a Plaintiff and a Defendant.