Barbara Billiot Stage, Esq.

Practice/Organization Description

PRIMARY PRACTICE: COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION LAW (FLORIDA)

My practice consists 95% of cases involving homeowner and condominium association law. I represent some associations if they are willing to operate according to the law and in an ethical manner, but I primarily represent homeowners in disputes with their associations.

Before graduating law school I was a paralegal for a number of years. My experience was mostly in commercial contracts and federal government contracts, although I did gain litigation experience involving copyright infringement. This experience, along with my experience as a cost accountant and internal auditor for a Department of Defense contractor, has proven to be very valuable in helping homeowners with their disputes. Most associations commit violations of their own governing documents, which are basically non-negotiable contracts that are forced upon the homeowner, sometimes without their knowledge or understanding of what an association is and how it works.

I began investigating homeowner associations in 1998 when, right after purchasing a home in Florida, I had a very bad experience with my association. I was in my home three days when I received a very rude and vulgar phone call from a person claiming to be the president of the association and telling me I could not have a dog kennel and it had to be removed right away. When I pointed out that the documents I received stated dog kennels were allowed, I was told I had the wrong documents, that the caller was a lawyer and I would be sued if I did not remove it right away. Those were fighting words to me!

In 2005 I joined an organization called CyberCitizens for Justice (www.ccfj.net). The organization is a non-profit organization operated by a wonderful gentleman who works all hours of the day and night to help homeowners fight their associations. His passion and dedication were enough to steer me away from employment law and into the world of community association law. Through my work with CyberCitizens for Justice I have partnered with other attorneys and state officials, becoming involved in lobbying efforts and submitting revisions to the state legislation as we attempt to clarify some of the vague provisions in state statutes and push for legislation that protects the homeowners.

Bar Admissions

Florida Bar

U.S. Court Middle District of Florida

Education

Florida A&M University College of Law - JD

University of Phoenix - MBA Technology

Nova Southeastern - BS Business Mgmt

Thomsons Education - Paralegal Certificate

Professional Associations & Memberships

CyberCitizens for Justice, Inc.

Orange County Bar Association

Honors and Awards

Student Bar Association 2L Representative

Native American Student Ass'n - President (University of New Orleans)

Contact

5401 South Kirkman Road
Suite 310
Orlando, Florida 32819, United States

  • 407.926.0263
  • 407.926.0263

Areas of Practice
  • Business Organizations
  • Commercial Law & Contracts
  • Debtor/Creditor
  • Family Law
  • Litigation
  • Real Estate
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