I am an experienced, skilled, dedicated, compassionate, and even-tempered Family Law Attorney, Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator, and Guardian Ad Litem for family law cases. I have concentrated my legal services on family law matters for over 15 years. I pride myself on my effective legal writing, research, and negotiation skills, which lead to persuasive legal positions, and quality and comprehensive settlement agreements. I am committed to leading my clients to a fair resolution of their cases without the necessity of protracted and expensive litigation. But, when necessary, I have the preparation and trial skills necessary to take the matter to trial as a last resort.
I grew up in West Palm Beach, Florida, have been married since 1996, and have two daughters who are talented and accomplished young adults. I attended the University of Florida and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a focus on Real Estate and Urban Development in 1989. I obtained my law degree from the University of Miami School of Law in 1993 and have been a member of the Florida Bar for over 27 years.
Prior to focusing on family law, I served as an Assistant State Attorney in Hillsborough and Polk County, Florida for a total of 7.5 years, where I prosecuted misdemeanor, traffic, juvenile, and felony cases which included Domestic Violence, Child Abuse, and Sex Crimes, through case building, depositions, motion practice, plea negotiation, non-jury, jury trial, and sentencing. I also served as Assistant Staff Counsel for the Florida Bar in attorney disciplinary proceedings where I was involved in intake, case evaluation, served as liaison on multiple Grievance Committees, prosecuted attorney disciplinary cases on behalf of the Florida Bar before the Referee (Circuit Court Judge), and drafted appeals.
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J.D. - University of Miami School of Law, 1993
B.S. - University of Florida, 1989
Hillsborough County Bar Association, Family Law Section & Solo/Small Firm Section
East Hillsborough Bar Association
Mentor for Girls with Confidence for Young Women’s Leadership Council Program
Formerly Brandon Sports & Aquatic Center, Suntwisters' Booster Club, Chair - Donation Committee
Speaker for Brandon Library Series
Great American Teach-In
Ask a Lawyer - Fox News
Bay Area Legal Services - Intake
Guardian Ad Litem
Attorney Ad Litem