Pamela Dru Sutton
Experienced advocate for families
Focus of practice: family law, divorce, custody, alimony and support, relocation, military benefits, elder law, wills, probate, guardianships, power of attorney, civil litigation
Attorney Pamela Dru Sutton has practiced law in state and federal courts for 30 years. She was born in New York City and graduated from Glen Cove High School, Glen Cove, New York, in 1968.
Pam Sutton attended Radcliffe College, Harvard University, graduating with a B.A. degree cum laude in 1972. After working for the City of New York, she attended Brooklyn Law School where she served as associate editor of the Law Review and attained a J.D. degree in 1978.
During law school, she interned with the ACLU Children’s Rights Project, beginning a career-long commitment to the rights of children and families. While still in law school, she co-authored the appeal brief in the ground-breaking case of New York foster parents denied the right to adopt their foster child due to their age. An article she wrote for the Brooklyn Law Review on the fundamental rights of families in foster care adjudications has been cited as an authority in the Florida Bar publication on juvenile law and practice.
Practicing in Panama City, Florida since 1979, Pam Sutton focused on civil litigation, civil rights, and criminal defense before forming the firm of Stone & Sutton, P.A. During this time, she assisted in the preparation of two amicus curiae briefs to the United States Supreme Court in cases involving the rights of parents.
For almost 10 years, she served part-time as an assistant public defender, working with law partner Mike Stone on capital murder cases, co-authoring chapters of the Florida Public Defender Association Death Penalty Manual, sitting on the death penalty steering committee of the Florida Public Defender Association, and presenting at conferences and seminars.
With law partner, Mike Stone, Pam Sutton was featured on CBS-TV’s “48 Hours” news program for winning the acquittal of a teenager suffering from battered child syndrome who was charged with first degree murder in the shooting death of his father.
Ms. Sutton has represented clients in all aspects of family law litigation, at trial and on appeal. In Cox v. Cox, her successful appeal to the Florida Supreme Court won important rights to military retirement benefits for divorced spouses who reconcile and then divorce again.
Ms. Sutton has provided trainings on divorce law for Guardian Ad Litem volunteers, has lectured on child abuse reporting laws for local elementary school in-service programs, and has given talks at local nursing homes and at many area schools. She also taught a course on the courts and social policy at FSU.
Ms. Sutton currently serves on the Bay County Circuit Court Family Law Bench-Bar Committee.
She has been awarded the State of Florida Office of Guardian Ad Litem’s state attorney pro bono award for her work on behalf of children and families and was named Woman of the Year by the Bay County Chapter of the National Organization for Women.
The current focus of Ms. Sutton’s practice is in the areas of family law and elder law. She has found that assisting families can have a multi-generational dimension and that it is helpful to her clients to have expertise in more than one area.
Admitted: New York; Florida; U.S. Tax Court; U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida; U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
Law School: Brooklyn Law School, J.D., 1978
Author: "The Fundamental Right to Family Integrity and Its Role in New York Foster Care Adjudication," 44 Brooklyn L. R. 66, 1977 (cited as an authority in the Florida Bar publication Juvenile Law and Practice).
College: Harvard University, B.A., cum laude, in English, 1972
Born: New York, N.Y., 1950