About Legal Aid
Legal Aid Service of Collier County is a private, non-profit law firm that provides free civil legal services to Collier County residents who face matters of life-changing significance.
Legal Aid provides a critical safety net for the community by serving thousands of economically needy residents in Collier County.
Legal Aid in the Last 12 Months
Total Economic Benefits to Clients
Number of Clients Assisted with Housing Issues
Number of At-Risk Children Served by Legal Aid
Number of Domestic Violence Survivors Assisted
Number of Seniors Assisted
To provide high quality free civil legal advice, representation and education to the residents of Collier County, based on need, so as to encourage self-sufficiency and improve the lifestyle and living conditions of the entire community.
Legal Aid Service of Collier County (LASCC) is the successor agency to the former Collier County Legal Aid Society, which operated as a one-attorney legal services office in Naples for most of its seven years in operation.
What began as a one attorney and one support staff office in 2004 at the Collier County Legal Aid Society has now grown to a full-service public interest law firm employing more than 35 professionals with a main office in Naples and an Outreach office in Immokalee. Since 2004, LASCC has provided free legal assistance to more than 20,000 Collier County residents in need.
Every victim of domestic violence, assault or other abuse (including stalking) must be provided with legal assistance adequate to secure their safety and well-being, regardless of their ability to pay.
Safeguard Human Rights
Appropriate legal assistance must be provided, regardless of ability to pay, to individuals with immigration issues that affect their personal safety. Individuals such as human trafficking victims, victims of severe domestic violence, unaccompanied children, and political asylees facing the threat of death upon return to their home country are entitled to basic legal help as a matter of human rights, fairness, and equal justice.
Basic human needs continue to be jeopardized in our local civil courts for those without counsel in high stakes matters involving safety, health or minimum economic security. Equal justice demands safeguards/protection for all in these matters.
All families and households who are at risk of homelessness through foreclosure or eviction are entitled to adequate legal assistance to secure their rights, regardless of their ability to pay.
Educate Those with Learning Disabilities
Every child has the right to a free and appropriate education in the least restrictive academic environment possible. When schools do not provide children with learning disabilities or special needs with the services and supports to which they are entitled, these children must be provided with legal representation, regardless of their ability to pay, in order for them to reach their full potential.
Every at risk child (abused, neglected or abandoned) must be provided with legal representation, as needed, to protect them and provide for their safety, health, education. All children are entitled to the provision of basic human needs, such as shelter, safe living conditions, and a home environment adequate to provide them with a chance to reach their full potential.
Protect the Elderly, Disabled, and other Vulnerable Citizens.
Low income seniors, veterans, and the disabled are among the most vulnerable members of our society. Legal assistance must be furnished when they cannot afford counsel and need help to secure benefits, housing, medical care, or other basic needs.
Promote Healthy Home Environments for Families with Minor Children
No parent should lose custody of their children simply because they cannot afford legal counsel. The consequence of a loving parent losing custody of their children is as serious as any in our legal system.
Legal Aid Service of Collier County
4436 Tamiami Trail E, Naples, FL 34112
9am - 5pm | Monday - Friday
2024 Board of Directors
Chad Van Horn | Chairperson
Van Horn Law Group, P.A.
Katie Kohn, Esq. | Vice Chairperson
Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A.
Philip Schlissel, Esq. | Secretary
Henry Martin, C.P.A. | Treasurer
Caran Rothchild, Esq. | Past Chairperson
Greenberg Traurig, P.A.
Brooke Benzio, Esq.
Quarles & Brady LLP
Jesse Diner, Esq.
Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC
Barbara McCarthy, Esq.
Nathalie Nozile, Esq.
Patricia Preciado, Esq.
Patricia Preciado Law, LLC
Douglas H. Reynolds, Esq.
Ofer Shmucher, Esq.
Shmucher Law, PL.
Kimberly A. Spiker, Esq.
Collier Advisory Board
Brent Thompson, Esq.
Chief Financial Officer
Deputy Executive Director
Carol O’Callaghan, Esq.
Regional Director of Development
Collier Lawyers Care
Collier Lawyers Care (CLC) enables busy attorneys to make a difference in their community by streamlining the administrative process so that the attorneys can use their valuable time actually handling cases.
Pro bono attorneys assist by handling individual cases, participating in free legal clinics, and contributing financially to the program. If you are an attorney in southwest Florida, Legal Aid Service of Collier County needs your help addressing the critical civil legal needs of the poor in our community.
Collier County’s Pro Bono Program
“We make a living by what we do, but we make a life by what we give.” – Winston Churchill