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Laurie Valentine is a Wills, Trust and Estates attorney at Fisher & Sauls. She started at Fisher & Sauls in January 1982, right out of University of Florida law school. She practiced at Fisher & Sauls until August of '93, when she moved to Kentucky with her husband and son. Valentine continued to work long-distance for Fisher & Sauls the first year in Louisville; then she was offered the opportunity to go in-house with a charitable organization, where she was Trust Counsel and Chief Operating Officer. She spent 23 years there before moving back to St. Petersburg in 2017, to be with family. That fall, she found herself back at Fisher & Sauls.

Years in St. Pete

Four years this time around, and 12 years prior.

Organizations involved in

President, Charitable Gift Planners of Tampa Bay, as of January of this year; St. Anthony’s Hospital Foundation, Committee Chair; Community Foundation of Tampa Bay, Board Member and Pinellas Area Council Chair.

What gets you out of bed every day?

Loves her work, the practice of law, estate planning and working with people on developing a plan that meets their goals and objectives. 

Why St. Pete?

It’s big city, but not too big.

What is one habit that you keep?

Starting the day with a big glass of water, rehydrating myself to start the day. 


Who are some people that influence you?

Various women in leadership roles. She also leans into her husband’s strong faith as a guiding principle in her life. 

What is one piece of insight - a book, methodology, practice - that you would share with our readers?

“The Millionaire Next Door” – The book is about so many people who have significant wealth, but not because it was inherited.

What is one thing you wish you knew about your work 3 years ago?

What’s next?

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