N. Diane Holmes, P.A., Family Law Group

The N. Diane Holmes, P.A. Family Law Group has been practicing family law in Central Florida for more than 30 years.

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Firm Overview

Whether you are seeking guidance for a pre-nuptial matter or facing the difficult realities of divorce, you will find our attorneys to be exceptionally qualified and determined; supported by a dedicated staff to guide you every step of the way. We strive to negotiate when possible, but litigate in court effectively when necessary.

The firm's practice areas embrace all aspects of Family Law:
-Divorce
-Complex family law matters
-Alimony and modifications
-Pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements
-Child custody and modifications
-Child support and modifications
-Paternity and paternity testing
-Name change
-Contempt and enforcement
-Time-sharing schedules and parenting plans
-Relocation
-Collaborative law
-Mediation

Our clients will attest that we are devoted to them and take a personal interest in their well-being. We are dedicated advocates for children, and work diligently to protect them. Though we accept cases throughout Florida, we primarily focus on Central Florida.

Please know that all of us at N. Diane Holmes, P.A. Family Law Group are here to guide you with compassion, creative solutions and an unwavering commitment to you and your family.
Main Office

Main Office
801 North Magnolia Avenue, Suite 409
Orlando  FL  32803

Phone
  • (407) 843-1744
Family
With more than 30 years of divorce, alimony and child custody experience in Florida, N. Diane Holmes, P.A. Family Law Group is respected statewide for the caliber of representation delivered to every client of the firm.
N. Diane Holmes has assembled a team of professionals that embodies compassion, conviction and tenacity.

Practice Areas:

The N. Diane Holmes, P.A. Family Law Group offers guidance in all aspects of family law, including:
-Divorce
-Complex family law matters
-Alimony and modifications
-Pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements
-Child custody and modifications
-Child support and modifications
-Paternity and paternity testing
-Name change
-Contempt and enforcement
-Time-sharing schedules and parenting plans
-Relocation
-Collaborative law
-Mediation

N. Diane Holmes

Attorney at Law - Family Law:
N. Diane Holmes is one of the most respected family law attorneys in the state of Florida. Consistently ranked as a Florida "Super Lawyer" (most recently by the Wall Street Journal), she is held in high regard by her peers with the coveted 5.0 Martindale-Hubbell peer rating for "high ethical standards and professional ability" This is the highest peer ranking possible.

She holds the impressive distinction as the only woman lawyer in Central Florida who has earned the designation as a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.

Since 1984, Ms. Holmes has built a family law practice based on her firm belief in fairness, creative strategies and results. She will represent you with the experience and tenacity that has earned her a solid reputation in the legal community.

A pioneer in collaborative divorce, she is known for developing unique and creative solutions for the benefit of her clients. She has earned great admiration and respect from the bench, her clients and opposing counsel for the caliber of representation and experience she brings to the table.

Career Highlights:
-Named Florida Super Lawyer (2007-2012)
-Featured in the 2011 Top Attorneys in Florida edition, published by the Wall Street Journal
-Included in Orlando Home & Leisure - Top Lawyer, June 2011 - 2012
-Featured as Florida Trend's Florida Legal Elite - Top Attorneys by Practice Area, Adoption, Marital & Family (2009-2012)

Education:
-Juris Doctorate Degree - University of Florida
-Bachelor of Arts with Honors - University of Florida

Certifications:
-Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
-Board Certified in Marital & Family Law, Florida Bar
-Certified Family Mediator, Supreme Court of Florida
-5.0 AV Peer Review Rating, Martindale-Hubbell

Professional Memberships:
-The Florida Bar - Family Law Section
-American Bar Association - Family Law Section, and Law Practice Management Section
-American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers - Florida Chapter of American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
-Florida Association for Women Lawyers
-Central Florida Association for Women Lawyers
-Seminole County Bar Association
-Orange County Bar Association
-George C. Young First Central Florida American Inn of Court
-Central Florida Family Law American Inn of Court
-Collaborative Family Law Group of Central Florida

Professional Appointments:
-Florida Chapter of American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
- Board of Managers (2009-present)
- Newsletter Editor (2011-2012)
-Central Florida Family Law American Inn of Court -founding
board member
- Executive Committee (2005-2011)
- President (2006-2007)
- President Elect (2005-2006)
-Seminole County Family Law Advisory Committee (2003-present)
-Collaborative Family Law Group of Central Florida - founding board member
- Representative to Collaborative Family Law Council of
Florida (2008-2011)
- Board of Directors (2002-2007)
-The Florida Bar - Family Law Section
- CLE Committee (2006-2007)
- Mediation & Collaborative Law; Secretary (2006-2007)
-Ninth Judicial Circuit Commission on Domestic Relations Courts Commission (2003-2005)
-The American Bar Association Family Law Section
- Membership, Marketing and Public Relations Committee
Co-Chair (1999-2005)
- Conference Host Committee Chair (2002)
- Child Support Committee
-Seminole County Bar Association - Family Law Section
- Chair (1996-1997)
- Chair-Elect (1995)
-Legal Aid Society of The Orange County Bar Association, Inc.
- Member of Board of Trustees; Secretary (1983-1987)
-Central Florida Association for Women Lawyers
- Founding member
- Officer

Community Involvement:
N. Diane Holmes is a celebrated leader in our community, guiding efforts to protect children, raising money to fund breast cancer research and supporting the arts in Central Florida.

She was one of the strongest advocates to build the Legal Aid Society of the Orange County Bar Association's Guardian ad Litem program, ensuring that thousands of abused and neglected children could rely on trained, compassionate volunteers to guide them through the sometimes scary and unfamiliar judicial process.

Ms. Holmes continues to be a dedicated mentor for young lawyers. She regularly invites young attorneys to lunch or to offer them a seat at her famous "Table for Eight." She also inspires students to consider the profession of law.

She points to her involvement in the Florida Lawyer's Assistance Program as one of the most rewarding commitments of her career. The program was created to provide assistance to help law professionals and students who face stress-related, substance abuse and other challenges that could impact their ability to live and work effectively.

Education
  • University of Florida
    Juris Doctorate

Megan W.L. Malec

Attorney Megan W. L. Malec is an associate at N. Diane Holmes, P.A. Family Law Group. She focuses her practice on family law issues including dissolution of marriage, paternity and post-judgment matters.

Fast gaining recognition in the family law arena, Ms. Malec began her career serving as a staff attorney for the domestic relations judges of the Ninth Judicial Circuit. She also interned with the U.S. Department of Justice and the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit in Tampa.

Her clients appreciate her ability to navigate them through challenges in a calming manner, helping to keep her clients focused to reach the best outcome possible in their situations.

Education:
-Juris Doctorate - Stetson University College of Law
-Bachelor of Science - University of Central Florida

Career Highlights:
Recipient of the 2012 Florida Association for Women Lawyers Leader in the Law Award

Professional Memberships:
-The Florida Bar - Family Law Section
-Florida Association for Women Lawyers
-Central Florida Association for Women Lawyers
-Membership Director (2012-2013, 2013-2014)
-Young Lawyers Director (2010-2011, 2011-2012)
-Orange County Bar Association
- Teen Parent Education Project, Legal Aid Society of The
Orange County Bar Association (2012-2013, 2013-2014)
-Guardian Ad Litem, Legal Aid Society of The Orange County
Bar Association (2013-2014)
-Central Florida Family Law American Inn of Court
- Collaborative Family Law Group of Central Florida

Community Involvement:
When not defending her clients' rights, Ms. Malec devotes her personal time and professional expertise to help victims of domestic violence and connect pets in need of adoption. Both, she feels, have a right to a life free from hurt and fear.

While serving as Young Lawyers Director for the Central Florida Association for Women Lawyers, Ms. Malec spearheaded Extreme Makeover: Harbor House, a yearlong service project aimed at transforming several living spaces at Harbor House, a local domestic violence shelter. Her support of women and children dealing with domestic violence and her commitment to bring awareness to domestic violence in the local community also extends to SafeHouse of Seminole, where she recently chaired the Changing the Family Landscape project. The goal of the initiative was to revitalize the shelter's landscape and offer its residents workshops on important issues ranging from budgeting and employment skills training to safety techniques and initiating legal proceedings for dissolution of marriage, domestic violence injunctions, and paternity and child support matters.

As an avid animal lover, she volunteers for Pet Rescue by Judy, helping to screen applications from hopeful adopting families. Taking the cause to heart, Ms. Malec and her husband rescued "Charlie", a Labrador Retriever/Golden mix, from a kill shelter in North Florida. Charlie is quite happy in the Malec's home and has become part of the family.
Education
  • Stetson University College of Law
    Juris Doctorate

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