Who We Are 2018-01-11T16:57:18+00:00

Catherine E. Davey
Attorney and Counselor at Law

Practice Areas: 

  • Probate
  • Guardianship
  • Guardian Advocacy
  • Special Needs Trusts


  • B.A., George Washington University, Washington, DC
  • J.D., Stetson University’s College of Law, St. Petersburg, Florida
  • Master of Laws in Transnational Business Practice, University of the Pacific’s McGeorge School of Law, Sacramento, California

Bar Admission:

  • The Florida Bar, 1993


  • Florida Bar Association
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Seminole County Bar Association
  • Central Florida Association of Women Lawyers
  • Florida State Guardianship Association

Leadership Roles:

  • Board Member of the Down Syndrome Association of Central Florida, 2016 – present
  • Vestry member, Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, 2016 – present
  • Girl Scouts of Citrus Council Troop Leader, 2006 – present


  • Best Buddies Champion of the Year Nominee-2016
  • Lynda Pollack, MD, Advocacy Award from the Down Syndrome Association of Central Florida-2017



Catherine was born in Jacksonville and raised here in central Florida, graduating from Lyman High School in Longwood.  She currently resides in Maitland with her family.

For nearly twenty-five years, Catherine has practiced law. Catherine began practicing law near St. Petersburg, representing the State of Florida, Agency for Health Care Administration during their fledgling efforts to recover from estates in Florida for Medicaid liens. Since that time, she has been in practice here in Orlando. For the past seventeen years, she had her own firm and continues to focus her practice in the areas of probate, guardianship, guardian advocacy, estate planning and the drafting and implementation of Special Needs Trusts for the physically and developmentally disabled.

“When my youngest daughter was born with Down syndrome my purpose in life became abundantly clear. I am to change the lives of those I serve to build a better future for her and the entire community.”

Recently, Catherine conceived, designed and implemented Low Down on Law. This program is a service to individuals and families of those with special needs. Held twice a year, Low Down on Law seeks to educate families about guardianship, guardian advocacy, estate planning as well as special needs trusts and to help them to navigate the legal system so they can advocate on behalf of their family.

Our Staff

Carol BuhlerLegal Secretary
Carol has been with the Firm since 2017. She is a Legal Secretary and is the first point of contact for most of our clients. Carol spent much of her career working for her church while raising her family.
Stephanie HornCertified Paralegal
Stephanie has been with the Firm since 2010. She is a Florida Registered Paralegal and works primarily with our probate clients. Originally from Indiana, Stephanie is a graduate of the University of Central Florida with a BA in Legal Studies.
Jason PerryDocument Support
Jason has been with the Firm since 2016. He works in the document support area.
Elizabeth ScivallyBookkeeper
Elizabeth has been with the Firm since 2006. She is the Firm’s Bookkeeper. Originally from Shreveport, LA, Elizabeth is a graduate of Centenary College of Louisiana. She has a B.S. in Accounting with a minor in Business. Elizabeth has 23 years’ experience in public accounting and bookkeeping
Carla SmithAttorney
Carla has been with the Firm since 2016. She is an Attorney working with guardianship and probate clients. Carla graduated from the University Of Florida College Of Law and after graduation practiced family law. She spent some years raising her family and after returning to the practice of law remains active in the community, particularly with the Coalition for the Homeless, Family Promise and Angel Tree Prison Ministry.
Jeanne Daly SmithMarketing Director
Jeanne has been with the Firm as a consultant since 2006 and became a member of the staff in 2016. Jeanne has more than 30 years’ experience in the marketing and communications fields both in the commercial and not for profit sectors. In addition to handing the marketing for the Firm, Jeanne supports No Down Side, a charity founded by Catherine Davey, promoting the recruitment and hiring of persons with physical and intellectual disabilities.
Wils Van BergenDocument Support
Wils has been with the Firm since 2016. He works in the document support area. Wils attended the University of North Florida.