ST. PETERSBURG– For attorney Alison Steele, 2017 will mean striking out
on her own with a new law firm.
After 30 years, Steele recently announced she would be leaving Rahdert Law PLLC to create her own practice.
“I started with Radhert in 1987 right out of
law school,” Steele told the Florida Record.
most of her career, Steele has focused on media law, including litigation
and appeals in cases relating to Florida’s public records and open
meetings laws, public access to judicial records and proceedings, the
federal Freedom of Information Act, subpoenas to journalists, libel,
invasion of privacy, and copyright and trademark matters.
this time, she worked with a variety of media organizations including the Tampa
and its affiliated print and electronic publications, Politifact.com and tampabay.com. She has also taken other prominent
media organizations on as clients, such as the Observer Group Inc.,
Gulfshore Media, the Miami
Herald, The New
Dun & Bradstreet, Dow Jones, the First Amendment Foundation, and
the American Civil Liberties Union.
said starting her own firm will give her the
opportunity to pursue new possibilities and experiences in the legal
“I have been doing the same thing for so many years; I am
really looking forward to working on some new challenges.” she said. “Although, it's not that much of a change; I am literally
only three blocks from my old office.”
of the new challenges Steele is looking forward to is adding
clients seeking employment law services.
“I miss being involved in employment law and I am looking
forward to having more control over how I spend my time,” she
said. “I am also going to continue focusing on taking on Sunshine (Law) and public records-related cases as well.”
new sense of freedom will also extend to Steele's plans to handle more
pro bono work.
“If I do not always have to justify how I
spend my time to another law firm, I can spend more of it offering my
services to people who could not otherwise afford it.”
said that with the new sense of freedom comes the natural
concerns that can be expected with owning your own business.
natural to be a little concerned," she said. "Even though the economy is bouncing
back, it is still a little uncertain. But I have
worked very hard and for very a long time to build a reputation that
I think will be a great asset.”
added that there are other perks to being in business for herself
“I just bought my own chair for the first time,” Steele
said. “And that felt great.”