Margaret Stopp

Margaret Stopp has an AV Preeminent Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ and focuses on real estate, real property, leases, contracts, business law, public and low income housing, community associations, Sunshine law, public records, and local government-related issues. In 2007 – 2009, she served as general counsel to the City of Pensacola Charter Review Commission as it worked through the process of significantly revising the City of Pensacola’s Charter. She served as an assistant county attorney prior to joining the firm. She taught at the University of West Florida for ten years in the Legal Studies program, and is the author of numerous publications. Early in her career she had her own law practice, specializing in real estate and contracts, within a general practice. While attending the Georgetown University Law Center, she worked for the U.S. House of Representatives as a legislative aide and a House Appropriations Committee staff member. She is active in the community, serving on a number of boards.

Year Joined Firm

Margaret Stopp has been a part of Moore, Hill & Westmoreland, P.A. since 2003.

Areas of Practice

  • Real Estate & Real Property
  • Business Law
  • Community Associations
  • Contracts
  • Sunshine & Public Records Law
  • Public and Low Income Housing

Bar Admissions

  • The Florida Bar
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit


  • Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, District of Columbia, 1981, J.D.
  • McNeese State University, 1977, B.A. - Honors: Cum Laude

Community Service

  • Baptist Health Care Foundation Board (2009-Present), President 2016-Present
  • Baptist Health Care Corporation Board (2016-Present)
  • Escambia/Santa Rosa Bar Foundation Board (2002-Present)
  • Rotary Club of Pensacola (2001-Present), President 2009-2010
  • Impact 100 Pensacola Bay Area (2004-Present)

Published Works

  • Evidence Law in The Trial Process, West Legal Studies, 1999

Representative Cases

  • State v. Whitmire, 791 So.2d 1192 (Fla.1st DCA 2001)

Classes/Seminars Taught

  • Associate Professor, University of West Florida, 1989 – 2000
  • Public Records, Lorman Education Services, 2003 – 2005
  • Public Records Requests, Florida Association of Court Clerks, 2005
  • Unlicensed Practice of Law and Ethical Consideration for Paralegals, NWFPA, 2011
  • Legal Responsibilities of a Board Member, United Way of Escambia County, 2013, 2015, 2016

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Escambia/Santa Rosa Bar Association - (President 2002-2003)
  • Florida Association of Women Lawyers
  • Northwest Florida Association of Women Lawyers
  • American Bar Association
  • Community Associations Institute (CAI)
  • Housing and Development Law Institute (HDLI)
  • National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO)
  • American Land Title Association (ALTA)
  • Florida Association of Housing Redevelopment Officials (FAHRO)
  • National Apartment Association (NAA)
  • Emerald Coast Apartment Association of Northwest Florida, Inc.

Past Employment Positions

  • Escambia County, Assistant County Attorney, 2000 – 2002
  • University of West Florida, Associate Professor, 1989 – 2000


  • Phi Kappa Phi


  • AV Preeminent Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™
  • Escambia/Santa Rosa Bar Association Community Service Award (2012)
  • 2018 Inweekly Power List Ranking of Most Influential People in Escambia County