Board Of Directors
William D. Umansky or “The Lawman” as he is affectionately known by his peers has almost two decades of experience offering “Second Chances” to clients who have either been injured as a result of someone else’s negligence or who have, unfortunately, been charged with a crime. His practice is based in Central Florida and he advocates for his clients throughout Florida. He is the Managing Partner of the Umansky Law Firm where he directs a team of lawyers dedicated to success and to working hard to try and achieve the results the firm’s client’s desire. He has appeared or been quoted in many national media outlets including USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, People Magazine, NBC, CBS, ABC and FOX affiliates around the country. Bill is a lawyer, entrepreneur, business owner and number one Amazon best selling author of “Power Principles of Success”.
Bill’s practice is focused on providing his clients with “second chances” and Bill prides himself on working hard to see that people who are injured are given compensation to begin their journey towards a new and better life– a life they can begin as masters of their own destiny, not merely as victims of circumstance. Bill handles all personal injury cases including car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, sex abuse, negligent security, slip and fall and premise liability cases.
Additionally, Bill has helped numerous people, who have been caught making mistakes and finding themselves entrenched in the Criminal Justice system, to get a second chance by getting their charges dropped, reduced or potential sentences mitigated the potential sentence and in many cases giving them the guidance they need to address their particular problem such as drug or alcohol abuse so these clients don’t not find themselves in trouble again. He has handled all types of Felony, Misdemeanor and Ordinance charges including cases involving drunk driving, drug sale or possession, trafficking, prostitution, mortgage fraud, theft, shoplifting, false imprisonment, ponzi schemes, suspended licenses, battery, domestic violence, obstruction charges and many others.
Bill honed his skills as an attorney by serving as Assistant State Attorney in Florida as well as The City Prosecutor for the City of Orlando. As a prosecutor, Bill gained invaluable experience trying a voluminous number of cases. In addition to working as a prosecutor and criminal defense lawyer, he also worked for two of the most preeminent Personal Injury law firms in Orlando prior to opening his own law firm. Bill has extensive courtroom experience and won’t hesitate to try a client’s case, when necessary, to try and attain the results his clients need. Bill has an active “mock courtroom” at his office that he uses to prepare his clients to overcome the stress of attending court and to prepare their cases to win.
Bill graduated cum laude from the University of South Florida with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and obtained a law degree from the University of Florida College of Law. During law school, Bill was a member of the University of Florida Trial Team and received a Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Contribution to the University of Florida Law School. He also earned an award for achieving the top grade for his work in Negotiations and Dispute Settlement. Mr. Umansky also attended the Tulane Institute of European Legal Studies.
In addition to his role as a lawyer, Bill has been involved with teaching others about the law. He has also been a Police Academy Instructor, former Police Legal Advisor, an Adjunct Professor at Florida Metropolitan University and a Legislative Assistant to a United States Senator.
Bill Umansky is active in the Orlando community. He is currently on the Board of Directors for the Orange County Bar Association, Teen Court and Teen Alternatives, Inc. and previously served as a board member for the YMCA of Central Florida, Rotary Club of Avalon Park and the Orange County Legal Aid Society. Bill is actively involved in a number of legal organizations including The Florida Justice Association and Central Florida Trial Attorney Association. Aside from his legal contributions, Bill has served the youth of the community coaching and serving as a volunteer for youth soccer, basketball and football teams in the Orlando area.
Bill is married to his wife Zahra Umansky, who is also an accomplished criminal trial lawyer, and he is the proud father of two great boys. He lives life with the motto of “Carpe Diem” and truly believes that every day needs to be lived to its fullest with passion and intensity– because every day could be the last day one has on earth. www.thelawman.net
Everyone knows someone struggling with attention problems, oppositional students or trouble managing their anger. As president of Total Life Counseling Center, Jim’s purpose is to help families and individuals experience the “Total Life.” Jim is an author Nationally Certified Counselor, School Consultant and Professional Communicator specializing in ADHD and Oppositional Defiance Disorder. His Total Life approach accelerates the therapeutic & healing process by relating to children, adolescents and adults and incorporating wellness. Jim’s clients travel from North and South Florida, Georgia, Bahamas, Cayman Islands as he successfully treats clients with ADHD, Anxiety, Mood Disorders, Depression and more with FDA approved supplements and Dietary Modifications. Since 2003, most of his clients have not needed medication or used less medication with Jim’s services!
Nationally Certified Counselor:
Jim has a unique way of bonding with clients through common interests, play therapy, Power Point presentations, interactive games, recreation therapy and staying current with the constantly changing world of the adolescent. He managed the Behavioral Health Network (BNET) for Polk, Highlands and Hardee County until November 2003. BNET is a state funded Title XXI program for kids requiring intensive therapeutic services beyond the scope of traditional outpatient therapies and has been quite successful at keeping most of those enrolled out of residential or inpatient programs. Jim’s clinical experience started in 1994 and is licensed by the state of Florida as a Mental Health Counselor
communication skills, character development, accommodations, school improvement, school retention and implements bullying programs in schools across the state of Florida. Schools using his approach often experience a 50% drop in discipline programs.
Some schools include:
Lake Highland Prep, Ocoee Elementary, First Academy, Foundation Academy, Orangewood, St. Pete Christian School, & more. Jim has been invited to speak for private school accreditation boards, & school social worker associations. Jim’s retreats provide help students to resolve conflicts and repair past hurts. He is asked to help public and private schools to assist in improving
He is asked to speak at organizations, churches and school assemblies on various topics including Positive Socialization, Team Building, Stress Management, Anger Management, Defusing Students or Parents, etc. Jim is asked to train or speak at various for professional state, national and international organizations such as ACSI, FACCS, SSWAA, CFAMFT & CSPBC. He has spoken to thousands of teachers over the years and influenced private schools to provide special programs for students with learning disabilities, and accommodations for ADHD.
Jim’s weekly Social Skills Groups for students and adults 6-29 years of age and also has Leadership Social Skills Day & Summer Camps utilizing experiential adventure based approaches: Ropes Courses, Dance, & Horses. Recently, Summer Camps incorporate a Challenge Ropes Course and Equestrian program has helped participants mature significantly, socially and emotionally, increase confidence, become calmer, more compliant, improved leadership skills, and a more positive influence on their peers.
Jim has had several skits & sketches as well as characters developed in sketches that have been published and performed across the U.S. His StressLess Series includes workbooks on Anger Management, ADHD, & Bullying programs as well as DVD’s Audio/Video Downloads on 3 Quick Tips to Resolve Conflict & Repair Relationships, Overcoming ADHD Classroom Challenges, and Solutions for Oppositional Defiant Students
Winnie Page is a skilled administrative professional with a wealth of experience in human resources, accounting, and office management. For over a decade she was the firm administrator for The Umansky Law Firm where she was responsible for the day-to-day operations and management including supervising support staff, developing procedures, managing firms financials and providing administrative leadership for the office. Winnie took an Account Manager position with Salty Earth Trading Company in 2013 but returned to The Umansky Law Firm just three years later to serve as Operations Manager for the firm.
Ms. Page graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelors degree in Business Administration. In addition, she was an Operation Manager for an office business center responsible for over 65 office suites.
In her free time, Ms. Page enjoys running and spending time her family. She recently completed the Disney Princess ½ Marathon. She also enjoys cooking and traveling and is working on her bucket list every day.
Michael Brunscheen is our Seminole County connection. He has been part of our board for over 8 years and has been an integral advocate and fundraiser for us. He has over 20 years building relationships with small businesses up to Fortune 500 Companies. Mike is actively involved in Altamonte Springs as a vice-chair on 2 boards, a member of the Planning Board, and is past chairman of the Code Enforcement Board. He also volunteers on the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office Civilian Review Board. When he isn’t working and volunteering his time is spent with his lovely wife Kelly and amazing sons Jacob and Eli.
Sarah Zielke is the Director of Administration and Marketing for The Umansky Law Firm. Sarah’s experience in marketing, office management, human resources, and process improvement, helps her identify challenges and develop the strategy and plan of action that will allow the firm to reach their desired goals.
Sarah is also a business coach, trainer, and speaker that specializes in delivering the practical application of a firm’s office operations and marketing strategy. Her ability to communicate these advanced ideas in a simplified and understandable manner has helped attorneys grow and expand their law firm in ways they could never have imagined.