Julie Ann Sombathy


Julie Ann Sombathy


+1 850 769 5532

Every person you meet in this life has a story, if you only take the time to listen.  I have the great honor and privilege of hearing those stories in my Estate Planning and Probate practice. Let me help you keep your story alive by planning for the future and your legacy.

Probate Administration and Litigation

Let The Sombathy Law Firm be the solution for all of your probate needs. By combining a fundamental understanding of the complexities of the Florida Probate Code and extensive experience in civil litigation, Julie provides proactive solutions to clients with a variety of probate matters. From a simple summary administration or a complex formal administration involving federal estate tax issues to sophisticated and complex litigation involving will contests, joint accounts, and Florida’s slayer statute, Julie has represented clients throughout the state of Florida in all of their probate needs for the last 27 years.

Estate Planning

Julie has assisted clients with their estate planning needs since 1994. From complex trusts and estate tax issues to medicaid planning to wills, durable powers of attorney, and health care documents Julie has 27 years of experience in assessing the estate planning needs of each client and crafting an estate plan strategy that meets their goals and expectations. Let us help you design an estate plan that meets your lifetime needs and your desired legacy.

General Civil Litigation

Let The Sombathy Law Firm be the solution for your litigation needs. Julie has 27 years experience litigating a variety of civil matters in both jury and bench trials, including breach of contract, boundary disputes, complex business disputes, enforcement of non-compete agreements, non-disclosure agreements and trade secrets, foreclosures, and a variety of tortious conduct such as defamation and trespass. Julie is admitted to practice before all Florida state courts,the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida, and the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals.

General Business and Real Estate Transactions

The Sombathy Law Firm can assist you in all of your business and real estate matters. Julie has assisted clients for 27 years in the formation of businesses, the drafting of business and real estate contracts, including the sale of businesses and other transitional business transactions. Let us assist you in crafting the most advantageous transaction for you.

About Julie

Julie attended Cumberland School of Law on a full scholarship, where she earned the degree of Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, in 1994. Julie attended Troy State University also on a full scholarship, and graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in English with minors in Physics and History in 1991.

While at Cumberland School of Law, Julie served as a member of the Cumberland Law Review and as a Cordell Hull Teaching Fellow. Upon graduation from law school, she was inducted into the membership of Curia Honoris, in recognition of her academic achievement.

After being admitted to the Florida Bar in 1994, Julie returned to her hometown of Panama City and joined the firm of Charles Isler in general practice where she ultimately rose to the role of Managing Partner until 2019 when Chuck retired. Julie primarily practices in the areas of Estate Planning, Wills and Probate,Guardianship, Real Property Litigation and Transactions, Business and Corporate Law, Construction Law, Trade Secret Litigation, Non-compete Agreements and General Civil Litigation.

Julie is a member of the Florida Bar, Bay County Bar Association, and was invited to serve as an Associate in the St. Andrew Bay Inns of Court for the 1995-1996 and 1996-1997 terms. Julie was made a Barrister in the St. Andrew Bay Inns of Court in 2001. Julie was appointed to the Judicial Nominating Commission for the Fourteenth Judicial Circuit in 2000 by Governor Jeb Bush and served as a commissioner until July 2006. Julie was voted Reader’s Choice Best of Bay for 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006 in the Panama City News Herald’s annual contest.

After Hurricane Michael devastated our area in October 2018, Julie was a member of the Executive Board of Michael’s Angels, an advocacy group which was formed by a group of local women to fight for federal and state relief funds for our catastrophically impacted region. Michael’s Angels organized the Rally in Tally which was instrumental in obtaining better relief for our area, particularly with respect to the funding of our schools which was in serious jeopardy.

Julie has testified as an Expert Witness on Homestead Law and Real Estate Closing Procedures.

Julie has written materials and served as lecturer for continuing legal education courses related to probate administration, trusts, and estate planning.

Julie is admitted to practice law before both State and Federal court (Northern District Florida, United States District Court) and the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

Julie is a proud graduate of Cedar Grove Elementary, Patterson Sixth Grade Center, Mowat Junior High, and Mosley High School and has been a member of St. Dominic’s Catholic Church since 1972.

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