The firm focuses on diligent representation of clients in most family law cases with an emphasis on resolving all issues amicably. I am also a certified family law mediator and thus, when hired as a mediator, I work to resolve domestic matters amicably by assisting both sides in reaching a resolution which is best for all and acceptable to all.
After working for other firms for 17 years, I decided to start my own practice in June of 2009. My eventual goal is to focus exclusively on mediation and collaborative law, which are the best ways to resolve most family law cases.
Thibault v. Thibault: This was a case which eventually went to the Florida First District Court of Appeal. We were successful on appeal in overturning the trial court's final judgment, establishing law which was about 12 years later codified into statutory law.
Becker v. Johnson: This was a domestic violence case where the Former Wife fled to Florida from Maryland with the parties' minor child and then obtained a domestic violence injunction against the Former Husband in Florida although the Former Husband had never resided in Florida nor had any contact with Florida. On appeal, we got the appellate court to overturn the trial court's decision, holding that the Florida court did not have jurisdiction over the Former Husband to enter the injunction.
132 W. Plant Street
Winter Garden FL 34787
$200 for an initial consultation which usually lasts one and a half to two hours.
Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
I myself came from a divorced family. Growing up, I faced and dealt with many of the issues that divorced family continue to face. I wanted to be involved in an area of law where my life experiences could help people address and deal with many of the same issues.
An informed client makes better decisions. However, it is the attorney's responsibility to make sure he has an informed client. While the law may seem easy to understand from the perspective of an attorney, this is based upon years of education and experience. A client cannot be expected to, on his or her own, gather the same amount of knowledge in a few months.
I am absolutely willing to review documents prepared by clients. Many problems that clients came to me with are ones created by an individual or individuals who tried to represent themselves and did not at least consult with an attorney. Unfortunately the average person does not understand the legal significance of certain language or documents and does not know to anticipate certain issues which may arise in the future.
I would not use the term "coach" but I am willing to provide some assistance to those individuals who want to represent themselves. However such assistance is of limited benefit. It is extremely difficult to transfer my years of education and experience to a client to a sufficient level to allow the client to be an accomplished advocate for himself.
I worked for 14 years in Jacksonville with the firm of Fletcher and Conner, practicing exclusively family law. While in Jacksonville, I became board certified in marital and family law. I moved to the Orlando area in 2006 and worked for six months for the law firm of Amy Goodblatt, Esq. Then for two years I worked for West, Green, and Associates in Orlando until I elected to start my own firm.
I come from humble roots. I was raised by a single parent with my two siblings. I understand the emotions which come with my family law cases because I grew up amidst many of the family law issues. As a law student and lawyer, I have worked with individuals who cover the entire socio-economic spectrum.
I am a calm, thoughtful individual. I am not a screamer or yeller. I firmly believe that part of being an effective advocate is being a professional advocate. This entails, in part, being respectful of all participants in the process and being respectful of the process. It also entails being responsive to the client and being diligent in preparation of the client's case.Personal interests:
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