Michael E. Chionopoulos

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.

Levi D. Thomas


Levi D. Thomas is an Associate Attorney at Absolute Law, PA. Originally from New Jersey, Levi has spent most of his life in Southwest Florida. He graduated with his Bachelor’s from the University of Florida and his Juris Doctorate from Nova Southeastern University. He is a member of The Florida Bar Association and certified in the Middle District. Thomas has significant experience in family and criminal law.

Emily R. Hogentogler, Esq.


Emily R. Hogentogler is an Associate Attorney at Absolute Law, PA. 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 and received her Juris Doctorate from Ava Maria University. She is a member of The Florida Bar Association and certified in the Middle District. Before attending law school, Emily worked with the firm as a paralegal where she gained significant litigation and family law experience.

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.