Michael E. Chionopoulos, Esq.
Following admission to the Oklahoma Bar in 1992, Absolute Law founder Michael E. Chionopoulos practiced general civil law for five years, and was then appointed General Counsel of a public company traded on NASQ. His career was put aside for service in the US Army in the Middle East, where he was decorated for his service as an Infantry Officer and attained the rank of Major.
Upon his return, Mr. Chionopoulos was appointed as Judge and served on the bench until moving to Florida in the summer of 2007. In 2010, he founded Absolute Law in 2010 as a full-service firm by hiring associate lawyers with a wide variety of legal experience.
As a former judge, Mr. Chionopoulos is an experienced litigator with significant experience doing jury trials, non-jury trials and appeals. While he practiced in most civil areas, his particular expertise lies in civil litigation, foreclosure defense and family law (including divorce, paternity, custody and child support). Currently, Mr. Chionopoulos engages in a general civil practice, while focusing the majority of his work in family law and appeals.
Paul E. Liles, Esq.
Paul E. Liles is a Senior Attorney at Absolute Law, P.A. He previously owned his own general trial and appellate law practice handling cases in the areas of civil rights, construction litigation, criminal defense, family law, foreclosure defense, personal injury, and school law. Liles is admitted to practice in all Florida state courts, as well as the following federal courts: U.S. District Courts for the Middle District, Northern District, and Southern District of Florida; Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals; U.S. Court of Federal Claims; and United States Supreme Court. He has significant experience in administrative hearings, state and federal trial courts, and state and federal appellate courts.
He is a member of Lee County Bar Association; Hillsborough County Bar Association; Phi Kappa Phi; and Phi Alpha Delta. He is a past member of the Professional Advisory Board for the Lee County Chapter of Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder ("CHADD") and past Board Member of the Healthy Start Coalition of Southwest Florida. Liles was on the Executive Council of the Lee County Bar Association from 2003 to 2007 and served as its President in 2007. He has spoken at numerous local seminars and workshops special education and disability law and its application in Florida. Liles has also given several presentations to schools and civic organizations in Lee County on a variety of other legal topics. Liles served as a mentor in the Teen Court program in Lee County for 15 years and in the Take Stock in Children program for 10 years.
From 1972 through 1987, Liles was on active duty in the United States Navy. He obtained his AA degree in 1981 from Mohegan Community College, his B.S. degree (with University Highest Honors) in 1982 from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, and his J.D. degree in 1991 from New England School of Law.
Margaret H. White-Small, Esq.
Margaret H. White-Small is of Counsel at Absolute Law, P.A. After graduating from the University of Missouri’s School of Law in 1981, where she won a moot court award for her preparation of an appellate brief, White-Small worked briefly drafting legislation at the Legislative Reference Bureau in Springfield, Illinois.
Soon thereafter, she began working as a Staff Attorney at the Fifth District Court of Appeal in Mount Vernon, Illinois, where she worked for nearly four years.
She then moved to Florida, where she spent twenty-two years as a Staff Attorney at the Second District Court of Appeal, working for Judge Monterey Campbell and Judge Charles A. Davis.
Since leaving the court in 2008, she has been doing both civil and criminal appellate work, litigation support, and writing for the Florida Defender and Res Gestae, in addition to founding and chairing the Appellate Section of the Lee County Bar Association.
Originally from Pennsylvania, Emily has spent most of her life in Southwest Florida. She graduated cum laude with her Bachelor’s from the University of Florida. Before attending law school, Emily worked with the firm as a paralegal where she gained significant litigation and family law experience.