Erika Dine

Founding Partner

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Erika Dine dedicates her practice to serving the elderly, the special needs population, and their caretakers in both Manatee and Sarasota counties. When litigation is necessary, Erika relies on her courtroom experience which includes extensive motion practice, jury and non-jury trials, and evidentiary hearings before the Courts of the 12th Judicial Circuit.

She was acknowledged by her peers as a Rising Star in 2013 and has been rated and included in the Florida Super Lawyers® list since 2014. She has been awarded the 2016, 2017, and 2018 Judicial Edition AV Preeminent™ rating from Martindale-Hubbell, which is a testament to the fact that her peers and members of the Judiciary rank her at the highest level of professional excellence.

She was chosen as one of three individuals in the Twelfth Judicial District to participate in the ElderCaring Coordination Program. As an Eldercare Coordinator, Erika Dine, facilitates more effective and productive communication, negotiation and uses her problem-solving skills to help manage high conflict family dynamics to address non-legal issues independently from the court.

Erika is a member of the Thomas Pennick [Elder Law] Inn of Court, Manatee American Inn of Court, and the Florida Association of Women Lawyers. She is a 2015 Graduate of Leadership of Manatee; a program designed to expose current and future leaders to all aspects of Manatee County.

When she’s not practicing law, Erika is traveling with her niece, exploring the outdoors or cuddling up with a good book and her dog, Jojo.

Ruth Preisser

Firm Administrator

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As a Paralegal for more than 12 years, Ruth is doing what she loves; helping people. As the Firm Administrator at Dine Elder Law, she focuses on the business side of the law practice with an emphasis on client service.

“When a new client walks into our office they are looking for help. They’re feeling scared, overwhelmed and frustrated. Our clients range from families caring for their special needs children to adult children caring for their aging parents.”

The versatility of Ruth’s work fuels her enthusiasm. She enjoys networking with organizations providing resources to seniors and working alongside with the attorney and clients on forming and implementing a Medicaid plan.

“As a graduate of Suffolk University Law School, and a Florida Registered Paralegal, one of the most gratifying aspects of my job is to participate in our firm’s ability to serve the members of our community.”

Having to face challenges involved with caring for our loved ones can be chaotic and overwhelming. At Dine Elder Law, we give our clients peace of mind.

Diane Roy


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Diane Roy is an essential part of our team.  She is a Florida Registered Paralegal with over 29 years of experience.  In the past 14 years, Diane has supported the attorneys and clients and is fueled by her focus and passion in Guardianship and Probate Law. Diane stays informed of the latest legislative changes through her ongoing training and legal continuing education.  Her many years of expertise are invaluable to the firm and to the clients.   One of the reasons Dine Elder Law receives many referrals is a result of the service that Diane provides to our clients.  She is attentive, compassionate, quick to respond and is always there as a liaison championing our client’s causes.

Diane moved from Maine to Florida in 2002 with her husband of 31 years and two children.  She enjoys kayaking, crafting, sewing and spending time with family and friends.

Donna Messina

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Donna Messina is the Financial Manager at Dine Elder Law. She brings 25 plus years of bookkeeping experience to Dine Elder Law.

Prior to moving to Florida, Donna co-owned and managed an Apple Authorized repair and retail store in Massachusetts with her husband for 17 years. Donna’s bookkeeping career has been wide-ranging, from working with products companies to property management companies to taking on the role of a financial supervisor to a non-profit providing guardianship services for young adults and the elderly.

Donna’s extensive customer service experience and entrepreneurial spirit is an asset when it comes to auditing guardianship accountings, and teaching clients how to complete their own accounting.

When she is not crunching numbers, she achieves mindfulness in the healing arts, yoga and the great outdoors. She enjoys long hiking and swimming and traveling to visit her two adult sons.

Alexus Dan

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Alexus or “Lexie” as she is known to us, is a Bradenton native and Legal Assistant for the firm. Lexie completed the Florida Guardianship Certification program and is pursuing her career as a Florida Registered Paralegal.

Lexie is a key team member and the first smiling face our clients and visitors see when coming to our office. Lexie assists with legal research, preparing filing documents for the court, drafting documents and scheduling client appointments. Our clients love her easy going and friendly demeanor. She is known for her empathy and willingness to go the extra mile for our clients.

Since 2012 Lexie has been a member of the Desoto Sisterhood of the Crown as a past Queens Court member of the Hernando Desoto History Society. The Sisterhood gives back to the community by volunteering with organizations like: Women’s Resource Center, Pace Center for Girls, Foundation for Dreams and the Alzheimer’s Association.

In her spare time, she enjoys practicing Bikram yoga, going to the beach, reading and trying new restaurants.