Legal disputes involving families can be the most challenging period of a person’s life. Experience, dedication and professionalism are the best tools to help clients in their time of need. Commitment to these principals will guide our business.
Mulligan & Associates Cares About Your Family.
Choosing the right law firm to represent you in your time of need is one of the most important decisions you will ever make. At Mulligan and Associates we take that responsibility seriously. With over a decade of experience solving legal problems in central Florida, our office is ready to help solve your case today.
Aggressively representing families in divorces, custody disputes, elder law matters, and personal injury cases has been the hallmark of our practice. A specialized section of our office is dedicated to assisting businesses handle issues such as incorporation, contracts, or disputes.
Christopher Mulligan Owner, Lead Attorney
Mr. Mulligan was born in Inverness, Florida and is a third generation Florida attorney. He graduated from Florida State University and obtained an honors degree in Political Science and Criminology. He attended the George Washington University Law School and participated in the Vaccine Injury Compensation Clinic as well as the Domestic Violence Legal Clinic in Washington, D.C.
While living in D.C., Mr. Mulligan worked for several non-profit organizations dedicated to criminal justice reform and campaign finance issues. After working with members of Congress, organizing press conferences, and drafting changes to federal legislation, he returned to Florida in 2007 to pursue his legal career and be closer to home. Working for the Office of Criminal and Civil Conflict Counsel gave him considerable courtroom experience with a high volume of cases. Traveling to several counties throughout the Fifth Judicial Circuit showed Mr. Mulligan that there was a need for quality and passionate legal representation in the community and he started his legal practice.
Today Mr. Mulligan is married to his lovely wife Gabrielle, and has two children, Colin and Maya. He has coached little league in Hernando County for more than ten seasons and also volunteers to represent children in foster care as a Guardian Ad Litem and Attorney Ad Litem. His family enjoys participating in outdoor activities and charitable events such as local waterway cleanups and organizing backpack and school supplies donations for local students in need.
Sarah Acree Attorney
Sarah Acree was raised in Central Florida. She has strong ties to the community and is a fifth generation Sumter County native. She is the oldest of three children. Sarah graduated from Wildwood High School in 1996. During high school Sarah was involved in several clubs for Academics and organizations that instilled a passion for giving back to her community. During her sophomore year she had the opportunity to serve as a Page for the Florida Senate as a guest of Senator Ginny Brown-Waite. She participated in Dual Enrollment during high school and graduated with an Associate of Arts degree from Lake Sumter Community College one semester after graduating high-school in December of 1996.
Sarah enrolled at Florida State University as an 18-year-old Junior for the spring semester of 1997, she graduated in April of 1999 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science. Sarah returned to Florida State University in August of 1999 to pursue a second Bachelor’s degree in English Literature. Sarah earned several scholarships and worked two jobs to pay for her education. She worked for the Division of Elections during the day and waited tables in the evenings and on the weekends. Sarah briefly worked for a lobbyist group and found time to volunteer for the Department of Environmental Protection and as a Foreign Language partner at Florida State University.
Sarah planned to pursue a career in law from an early age. Sarah committed to Florida Coastal School of Law in Jacksonville, Florida prior to graduation from Florida State and enrolled as a law student in August of 2001. During law school she worked the summer semesters for Bankruptcy, Family Law and Civil Litigation firms in the Jacksonville area. This provided her with a broad base from which to choose a focus. Sarah was a member of Phi Delta Phi and earned a Book Award in Mediation. Sarah graduated with a Juris Doctor from Florida Coastal School of Law in spring of 2004. Following law school graduation, she took some time off, prepared for the Florida bar exam and became a Guardian ad Litem Program volunteer. At the Guardian ad Litem Program, Sarah advocated for children in the Fourth Judicial Circuit from 2004 until 2007.
Sarah earned her education and bar license through hard work, perseverance, and determination which were instilled in her by her parents. None of this would have happened without her deep rooted faith and the support and encouragement of her husband, family, friends and professors. In April of 2007, Sarah worked as an Associate with a small criminal defense and family law firm in Jacksonville, Florida. She represented clients in Baker, Clay, Duval, Flagler, and Nassau County. Sarah relocated back home to Central Florida in the summer of 2008 and accepted a position with the State of Florida Guardian ad Litem Program as a Senior Program Attorney. Sarah spent six years in each county within the Fifth Judicial Circuit advocating for the best interests of children in the Dependency system. In August of 2014, she accepted a position with the State of Florida Department of Children and Families as a Senior Attorney with Children’s Legal Services essentially prosecuting parents in Civil Court for allegations of abuse, abandonment and neglect of their children. From July of 2015 until June of 2018, Sarah worked as an Associate, with Mark Burnette, P.A. Sarah focused her practice in Civil litigation in Florida and worked diligently to serve the legal needs of the firm’s clients. Sarah began work as an Associate with The Law Office of Christopher S. Mulligan in July of 2018. Having practiced in Dependency Court for over ten years, becoming a defense attorney for parents was a natural transition.
Sarah and her husband, John, have been married for 17 years. They have two daughters–Aubrey and Abigail- and make their home in Central Florida. Sarah contributes to the Community as a volunteer at an afterschool program at her church, and also as a volunteer Teen Court Judge in Sumter County.