Attorney / Director

PRACTICE AREAS

Corporate

Suzanne Blankenship is a Board Certified Condominium and Planned Development Lawyer practicing law in Pensacola since 1996. She earned a B.A. in political science and M.P.A. in public administration from the University of Alabama and a J.D. from Hamline University School of Law where she was editor-in-chief of the Hamline Journal of Public Law and Policy.  As a director at Emmanuel, Sheppard & Condon, Suzanne’s practice involves serving as legal counsel for numerous condominium and homeowners’ associations throughout Northwest Florida. She has also represented buyers, sellers, and lenders in commercial and residential real estate transactions. 

Suzanne is a member of the Florida Bar and its Section on Real Property, Probate and Trust Law, the Escambia-Santa Rosa Bar Association and the Alabama State Bar. She is admitted to practice law before all Florida and Alabama State Courts and the United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida.  She is also an active member and sponsor of the North Gulf Coast Chapter of Community Associations Institute (CAI), an organization devoted to representing the interests of condominium associations and homeowners’ associations throughout the United States.  

Emmanuel, Sheppard & Condon is an approved provider by the Division of Florida Condominiums, Timeshares and Mobile Homes to offer an educational curriculum to board members of Florida condominium and homeowners’ associations as well as those who may be interested in serving on association boards. Certificates are issued upon completion. Learn more about our Community Association Law practice area for our class schedule and registration information. 

Experience

  • Emmanuel, Sheppard & Condon, P.A., 2018-Present
  • Coastal Association Law Group, P.L., 2009-2018
  • McDonald Fleming Moorhead, 1996-2009

Education

  • Hamline University School of Law (Saint Paul, Minnesota)
    • Juris Doctor (J.D.), 1995 
  • The University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa, Alabama)
    • Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.), 1991
    • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), The University of Alabama, 1989

Bar Admissions

  • The Florida Bar (1996)
  • Alabama State Bar (1997)

Courts

  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida (1997)

Professional & Community Affiliations

  • Escambia-Santa Rosa Bar Association (Executive Council and Program Chair 2005-2007)
  • The Florida Bar (Member Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section)
  • Alabama State Bar
  • Community Associations Institute (CAI)
  • Sponsor of CAI’s North Gulf Coast Chapter
  • Membership Committee (2018-Present)
  • Presenter at CAI’s Legal Update Seminars for Licensed Community Association Managers
  • Presenter at CAI’s monthly meetings on topics of interest to community associations
  • Division of Florida Condominiums, Timeshares, and Mobile Homes – Approved education provider for condominium and homeowners’ association board member certification class (January 2015 – Present)
  • Escambia County School District, Volunteer
  • C.A. Weis Elementary School
  • Backpack Buddies weekend meal program (2010 – present)
  • Booker T. Washington High School
  • Committee Member (2017-Present)
  • Project Graduation, Co-Chair  (2017)
  • Lacrosse Booster Club Co-Treasurer (2017-2019)
  • Varsity Volleyball Team Representative (2015-2016)
  • JV Volleyball Team Representative (2014)
  • Brown-Barge Middle School
  • Career Fair participant (2012-2013)
  • Cordova Park Elementary School
  • Reading Tutor, Classroom Volunteer (2004-2012)
  • Justice Teaching, School Resource Volunteer 
  • Law Advisory Council, Pensacola High School’s Dr. Sarah J. Ussery Law & Public Service Academy
  • Chain Reaction Chair, Board of Directors (2008-2010), Vice Chair, Board of Directors (2007-08); Program Sponsor
  • Leadership Pensacola Class of 2003 (Former Curriculum Committee and Community Overview Day Co-Chair)
  • Pensacola Bama Club (The Pensacola Chapter of the University of Alabama National Alumni Association, Inc.), President (2007-2009), Former Chair of the Board of Directors
  • IMPACT 100 (2007-2009)
  • First United Methodist Church of Pensacola, Member and Youth Volunteer

Blogs

Recognition & Awards

  • Community Service Award, presented by the Escambia-Santa Rosa Bar Association (2013)
  • 40 Under 40 Emerging Business Leaders, presented by the Pensacola Business Journal (2006)
  • Law School Recognition Award for Excellence in Employment Law, given by the Labor and Employment Section of Minnesota State Bar Association (1995)
  • Editor-in-Chief, Hamline Journal of Public Law and Policy (1994-95)
  • Board Certified Condominium and Planned Development Lawyer, The Florida Bar

Publications & Press