Alex Sarsfield

In 2017, Alex Sarsfield joined Swope, Rodante P.A. as an associate attorney shortly after graduating law school.  A Tampa native, Mr. Sarsfield attended Hillsborough Community College and then the University of South Florida, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Social Science Education, cum laude.  He later earned his Juris Doctor, cum laude, at the Florida State University College of Law in 2017.

Before attending law school, Mr. Sarsfield taught high school social studies and coached varsity boys’ soccer at Braulio Alonso High School, a public high school in Hillsborough County, FL.  Alonso High was recognized as having the most “highly effective” teachers in Hillsborough County while Mr. Sarsfield taught there.  See Florida Dept. of Education, 2012-2013 School Year.  He is proud to have taught, and he continues to support Florida’s public school system as his fiancée, Leah Wolfe, teaches kindergarten.

In law school, Mr. Sarsfield excelled both in and outside the classroom.  He made the Dean’s List several times, while also holding leadership positions in multiple student organizations.  Mr. Sarsfield was President of the Moot Court Team, Executive Editor of the Business Review, Subciter for the Journal of Transnational Law & Policy, and an FSU Student Ambassador.  During his 2L year, he was awarded the John Barretto Memorial Award by the Moot Court Team and the Outstanding Subciter of the Year Award by the Journal of Transnational Law & Policy.

As a law student, Mr. Sarsfield was recognized for his writing.  He and his moot court partner won the Best Brief Award for a national moot court competition, and a legal journal published his constitutional law article, Legitimizing the Modern American Democracy Through “Fourth-Branch” Institutions.  He also assisted in drafting legislation for the Florida House of Representatives during the 2017 Legislative Session after being selected as a Legislative Intern for the Commerce Committee.

Before joining Swope, Rodante P.A., Mr. Sarsfield gained experience in various areas of law.  He clerked for the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit in Tampa and for the Division of Administrative Hearings in Tallahassee.   He also worked for the Florida Superintendents Association, the Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation, and the Florida House of Representatives.

Upon graduating, Mr. Sarsfield was awarded the Distinguished Pro Bono Service Award by the FSU College of Law for his outstanding work for individuals who cannot afford legal services.  Alex Sarsfield understands the importance of helping and advocating for those in need.  His tenacious commitment to the pursuit of justice embodies Swope, Rodante’s principles.  

Mr. Sarsfield is engaged to Leah Wolfe and will be wed in January, 2019.

Professional Distinctions

  • Distinguished Pro Bono Service Award, FSU College of Law, 2017
  • Florida Supreme Court Qualified Arbitrator, February 2016-Present
  • President, FSU Moot Court Team, 2016-2017
  • Best Brief, North American Region, Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition, 2016
  • Recipient of Book Awards in Comparative Constitutional Law (Spring 2016), Judicial Perspectives (Summer 2016)
  • John Barretto Memorial Award, FSU Moot Court Team, 2015-16
  • Outstanding Subciter of the Year, Journal of Transnational Law & Policy, 2015-16

Community Involvement

  • Member, The Florida Bar, 2017-Present
  • Member, Florida Justice Association, 2016-Present
  • Member, American Bar Association, 2015-Present
  • Member, The Florida State University Graduate Fellows Society, 2016-Present
  • Member, Florida State University College of Law Alumni Association, 2017-Present

Publications

  • Legitimizing the Modern American Democracy Through “Fourth-Branch” Institutions, 26 Transnat’l L. & Pol’y 125 (2017).