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About the Firm

Providing Legal Service.

Stone & Gerken is a civil practice law firm, established in 1991, representing businesses, governments, utilities, and individuals in Central Florida. The firm’s lawyers are licensed in state and federal courts throughout Florida. S&G is committed to excellent, value-driven legal service. Our team seeks long-term client relationships founded on trust, respect, communication, and satisfaction of client expectations.

Our firm is especially proud of our commitment to community and public service.

Our Legal Team

Experience & Qualifications.

Our lawyers are focused on the unique needs of our clients, many of whom we represent on a long-term basis. We are prepared to meet their challenges.

Contact us to learn more about the scope of our practice. To learn more about our partners’ experience and professional backgrounds, see the profiles below.

Lewis W. Stone

Phone: 352-357-0330
Fax: 352-357-2474

Lewis was born in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, October 28, 1954; admitted to bar 1979, Florida; 1980, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida; 1982, U.S. Supreme Court. Lewis is a certified circuit civil mediator, and in addition to his other areas of focus, maintains a substantial mediation practice.

Stetson University (B.A., 1976; J.D., 1979)

Lake County Bar Association
(Director, 1982-1988; President 1987-1988)
Past Chairman, Florida Bar 5th District Grievance Committee
Recipient, Florida Bar Meritorious Service Award
Electric Cooperative Bar Association, Member

Civil Litigation, Utility Law, Local Government Law, Real Estate, Wills, Trusts & Probate

Scott A. Gerken

Phone: 352-357-0330
Fax: 352-357-2474

Scott was born in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, but raised in Central Florida. He was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1991 and is admitted to practice in all courts in the state of Florida, and the U.S. District Courts for the Middle and Northern Districts of Florida. He practices extensively in real estate and business matters and maintains a significant municipal law practice in addition to his other practice areas.

Florida State University – B.S. Finance
(summa cum laude, 1988)
Twice named Florida State Male Scholar of the Year

University of Florida College of Law – J.D.
(with honors, 1991)
Terrye Coggin Proctor Memorial Scholarship recipient

City Attorney, Minneola, Florida
Cooperative Attorney, SECO Energy
Board of Directors, Chapter Health Systems

Practice Areas:

Residential and Commercial Real Estate; Wills, Estates, Trusts & Probate; Municipal and Local Government Law; Business and Corporate Law and Transactions; Civil and Commercial Litigation; Qualified as expert witness in Business and Corporate Law matters

Katrina T. Stone

Phone: 352-357-0330
Fax: 352-357-2474

Katrina was born in Fort Pierce, Florida, December 7, 1980 and was admitted to the Florida Bar in October, 2005, and to the U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida in 2009.

University of Miami (B.A., English Literature, minors in Business Law and Philosophy, 2002), Oxford University, Summer Abroad (2001) University of Florida Levin College of Law (J.D., 2005), Universidad de Costa Rica, Summer Abroad (2004).

Municipal Law, Real Estate, Wills, Trusts & Probate

Kevin M. Stone

Phone: 352-357-0330
Fax: 352-357-2474

Kevin was born in Burlington, North Carolina, May 2, 1981; admitted to Florida Bar 2006; U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida, 2009; U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida, 2010; U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida, 2016. Kevin provides general and special counsel to local governments, utilities, general aviation airports, public pensions, and schools. Kevin’s advisory practice also includes commercial, development, construction, and business law.

Miami University (B.S. Business, 2003, Majors:
Marketing, Decision Sciences; National Merit Scholar); University of Cincinnati (J.D., 2006, cum laude); Cincinnati Law Review (Member 2004-2005; Editorial Board 2005-2006)

Local Government and Utility Law; Public Finance; Public Pension Law; Business and Commercial Law; Development and Construction Law; Business Formation, Planning & Litigation.

W. Grant Watson

Phone: 352-357-0330
Fax: 352-357-2474

University of Central Florida (B.S., Legal Studies, 2002) University of Florida Levin College of Law (J.D., 2005), Universidad de Costa Rica, Summer Abroad (2004).

Real Estate & Construction Litigation; Foreclosure Prosecution; HOA & Condo Association Representation; Representation of Real Estate Investors in Acquisitions & Title and Possessory Matters; Government Subsidized Housing

Jennifer Cotch

Phone: 352-357-0330
Fax: 352-357-2474

Jennifer Cotch is originally from New York’s Capital Region and moved to Central Florida to attend Stetson University. Prior to attending law school, Jennifer worked in both state and local governments, along with the private sector as a land use planner and paralegal. Jennifer has assisted clients with assessments and solutions of a variety of land use issues, including site plan development, community redevelopment planning, due diligence research, land development regulations, and comprehensive planning. Jennifer has represented clients in the commercial, residential, and industrial sectors and re-positioning of projects through Central Florida, including planned development of regional impacts (DRI) and projects planned as sustainable communities. Jennifer was admitted to the Florida bar in 2023 and offers counsel to a variety of real estate and local government matters.

Stetson University, B.A. Environmental Science (2004); Florida A&M University College of Law, J.D., cum laude (2023).

Residential and Commercial Real Estate; Municipal and Local Government Law.

Cynthia F. O’Donnell

Phone: 352-357-0330
Fax: 352-357-2474

Cynthia was born and raised in the panhandle of Florida. She was admitted to the Hawaii Bar in 2008; U.S. District Court District of Hawaii 2008; Florida Bar 2017; U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida, 2017. Cynthia provides litigation counsel to the firm’s government and corporate clients.

Florida State University (B.A. Music 1999, magna cum laude); University of Florida Levin College of Law (J.D., 2008, cum laude).

Real Estate & Construction Litigation; Foreclosure Litigation; Civil and Commercial Litigation.


We Represent Businesses, Individuals, Schools, Utilities, and Local Governments.

We selectively represent clients including local governments, utilities, lenders, businesses, and individuals whose needs are well met by our unique qualificationsOur lawyers are focused on the issues faced by our clients, many of whom we represent on a long-term basis. We are prepared to meet their challenges.


Business Law, Banking & Finance

Local Government & Utility Law

Real Estate & Development

Construction Law

Estate Planning & Probate

Civil & Commercial Litigation

Privately & Publicly Funded Schools

Providing Legal Service Throughout Central Florida

Our office is located in Northeast Lake County, allowing us to serve clients in Lake, Orange, Seminole, Sumter, Volusia, and Marion Counties. For our clients with statewide or nationwide operations, we travel when necessary from our central location to the ends of the state and beyond.