Attorney Allison Belcher was last modified: March 20th, 2016 by Howard Iken

About Attorney Allison Belcher

attorney allison belcherI was the first attorney hired by the firm seven years ago and my past experience serving as both a public defender and a prosecutor handling child dependency cases for the Florida Attorney General’s office gives me the tools to handle the toughest family law and criminal cases. Nothing came easy for me growing up in a family that had its struggles, but I’ll always remember getting hooked on the courtroom dramas like L.A. Law that starting coming on television way back when. I eventually went to the University of Tampa and obtained a criminology degree then years later took the plunge into law school. That too was not easy. It taught me the value of hard work as my mother, Melinda, worked around the clock to get me through school. I just realized law school was it and I couldn’t have done it without her.


My Strengths:

After graduating in 1999, I began working as a public defender in Florida’s Sixth Circuit covering Pasco and Pinellas counties for six years. Then I began practicing the other side of criminal law serving as a prosecutor for the attorney general’s office working child dependency cases. Both jobs drew out my empathetic side as I helped children through the worst situations. And both jobs drew a focus out of me that the stakes were extremely high. I feel like that experience working both legal sides has made very relatable to my clients. I don’t think I come across as the attorney who thinks she is above anyone. I also have the ability to work with other attorneys to come up with a solution to difficult problems and it’s a big pet peeve when I come across opposition that resorts to personal attacks. It’s in the best interest of the clients not to resort to personal attacks and not take everything so personally.

What I Find the Most Exciting in Legal Practice

I get excited when it comes to resolving children’s issues in a way that protects them with as little trauma as possible. I also still love handling motion to suppress hearings in court. Being in the courtroom will always be exciting to me going back to my days as a public defender and prosecutor. I loved arguing the law in the courtroom and still do.

My Personal Life

I’m not shy about saying my upbringing was very difficult but it gives me a worldview I think that has been key to my success in serving my clients. I know firsthand what it’s like when families face tough legal issues. My father went to prison for fraud and by the time I was 19 my parents were divorced. Those painful times caused uncertainty and even homelessness for me and my family. And seeing my father incarcerated crushed me. It was devastating visiting him in jail. It’s definitely made me less judgmental because I really know the pain that families are going through. I do think it has made me a better more attentive mother too. I have two young children and my biggest goal is to provide them with stability that so eluded me growing up. Sometimes I feel like I shelter them too much. I want stability for them more than they need it sometimes. Balancing home and work life has also developed a patience and level of understanding for my clients efforts to be stable for their children. My kids have taught me that.

My Qualifications:

Qualifications tend to be a poor measure once you reach a certain point in your legal career. Every attorney has long lists to display that tell the reader absolutely nothing about their determination to win, their desire to do what is best for their clients. But to satisfy those that go strictly by qualifications, here is the list:

  • attorney allison belcherMember of the Florida Bar
  • Ayo & Iken Associate Attorney
  • Former 6th Judicial Circuit Public Defender
  • Former Florida Attorney General’s Office Assistant Prosecutor
  • Juris Doctor from Stetson University
  • Bachelor’s degree in criminology from University of Tampa


At this point I have known Attorney Allison Belcher for many years and have had ample time to observe her work. Every attorney has ups and downs – no exception. Ms. Belcher’s ups vastly exceed her downs. She is always concerned about her clients and appears to be always concerned about their outcomes. She is a good, well rounded attorney that always watches out for her clients. They are never just a number to her – they are individuals that need help with a difficult situation. I would not hesitate to recommend Ms. Belcher.

Anonymous – Lawyer Ratingz

August 6, 2015

Ms. Belcher is an excellent attorney!!
She handled my family law case wonderfully, she was considerate and is very knowledgeable, I would definitely retain her services again if ever I needed them.
She helped me get through a very difficult time in my life .
I have gladly recommended her to family and friends.

Lisa – Avvo

August 6, 2015

The only regret I had about my experience with Attorney Belcher and her staff was that they were my second choice. I was referred by a colleague to another attorney to handle the divorce of my 10 year marriage. BIG mistake…. After 7 months of working with my prior attorney, 5 trips to court the parties were still unable to reach an agreement on any of the issues. My attorney was spinning her wheels and not getting anywhere. I knew it was time to find a new lawyer. I read about Attorney Allison Belcher and had a feeling she was the right lawyer for me. After my first meeting with her I felt extremely confident in my decision to retain her. She is brilliant! After listening to my case she knew exactly what needed to be done to bring the matter of my divorce to a closure. She explained what her plan of action was and what was needed to execute it. She came through with everything we discussed. In 3 months my divorced was finalized. Working with her and her staff was a pleasure. They were knowledgeable, very efficient and friendly. They took a lot of the stress out of a stressful situation. The attorneys at The Law Office of Ayo & Iken are amazing! They were able to help me get closure on that chapter of my life and I am now able to move forward onto the next chapter of my life. THANK YOU!

Evelyn Luther – Google Reviews

November 22, 2015