I know if you are visiting our website you are probably frantically searching for information about family law matters or frantically searching for the right attorney to represent you or a family member. It’s very difficult to discern accurate information from inaccurate information and maybe even harder to find an attorney just by searching online. There are many really terrific attorneys out there from which you can choose. Here’s a little basic information about me.
I’ve been an attorney for over 20 years. I have dedicated my practice for the last 15 years to family law only. I became Board Certified in Marital and Family law in 2013, so I am considered a Specialist in my field. I do family law because, like most attorneys, I want to help people through difficult times. I want to help them make good decisions that will allow them to move forward in their lives with as many of their assets intact as possible and, most importantly, with children who are as unscathed by the process as possible. When your marriage is ending or a child is in trouble, it is very difficult to think rationally, to make good decisions, and to focus on what is truly important. I try to help my clients make the best decisions possible for themselves and their families. Sometimes we work toward settlements and sometimes we take matters to court. I fight hard for my clients when they need it. I also encourage my clients to arrive at mutually agreed upon settlements when appropriate. Every case is different and I try to always treat my clients with respect.
To me, the most exciting aspect of practicing in the area of family law today is the diversity of services I am able to provide to my clients. Litigating a case is no longer the only option available to you. In recent years I have obtained training and begun practicing Collaborative Divorce. This is a new and really innovative way of approaching divorce where both parties agree not to go to court and commit to reaching a settlement. In addition to practicing law, I have been a Certified Family Mediator for over 12 years. I received my Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) with double majors in Music (Piano) and Philosophy from Bowling Green State University. I received my Juris Doctorate (J.D.) from the University of Toledo and was admitted to practice in the State of West Virginia in 1991. I was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1995 and have lived here ever since. I started out as an Assistant State Attorney in West Virginia, was in private practice, worked as a Public Defender and was a partner in a law firm from 2001-2008. I opened my own practice dedicated to family law in 2008. If you want to learn more about my background, experience, or require any additional information about me or my firm, please feel free to call my office. I wish you the best.