Erika Dine

Founding Partner

elder law attorney erika dine

Erika Dine is the firm’s founding attorney who 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 continued to be a 2014, 2015, 2016 and a 2017 Super Lawyer.  She has been awarded the 2016 and 2017 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 has been 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 problem solving skills and is able to help manage high conflict family dynamics so that the elder, family and stakeholders can address their non-legal issues independently from the court, eliminating the need for the court to micromanage their family decision-making. Erika is able to make recommendations for resolutions and make decisions within the scope of a court order or with prior approval of the parties leading to a collaboration of efforts and an effective outcome.

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

When Erika is not practicing law, she is traveling to rowing competitions to cheer on her niece or she is spending time with her while watching movies with their dog, Jojo.

Ruth Preisser

Firm Administrator

firm administrator ruth preisser

Ruth Preisser earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Legal Studies from Nova Southeastern University in Florida and her Juris Doctorate from Suffolk Law School in Boston, Massachusetts. She is a Florida Registered Paralegal experienced in Civil Litigation, Family Law and Elder Law with a focus on, Guardianships, Probate, Estate Planning and Long Term Care/Medicaid Planning.

Ruth has firsthand knowledge as to what it takes to have a plan for our elders, as she has been assisting with the caretaking of her family members, and understands the role of the caretakers and the importance of having an estate plan as a way to secure their financial future.

A Spanish speaking native of Colombia, Ruth has used her many years of legal experience working with attorneys by assisting clients to successfully navigate the legal process.

In her present role as Firm Administrator of Dine Elder Law, Ruth provides administrative management support to the attorneys and coordinates operational functions of the firm as well as the marketing of the firm’s legal services and client development activities. A former President and member of the Bradenton Chapter of Toastmasters International, Ruth enjoys networking, meeting new people and taking an active role in building a better community.

Diane Roy

Paralegal

elder law paralegal diane roy

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.