Assisting individuals and families with family law issues has been the sole focus of my legal practice and the reason I became a lawyer almost twenty years ago. I understand how the uncertainties and fears surrounding family law matters can become paralyzing for almost anyone. I work with people who are facing one of the most challenging times in their lives, helping them manage their fears and transition to a hopeful way forward. Clients appreciate the calm confidence I provide and the step-by-step approach I take in helping them identify and achieve their goals. In addition to representing professionals, stay at home spouses and parents, and retired individuals, I have an abiding interest in cases involving children on the autism spectrum and children with other special needs.
My practice has included substantial litigation experience, as well as successful resolutions through non-court settlements, including Collaborative Law. I educate and inform clients how to choose the divorce process that will best fit their unique circumstances, with an emphasis on keeping control over personal decisions and achieving an amicable outcome whenever possible.
Throughout my legal career, I have had a strong interest in promoting the betterment of Florida’s families and advancing family law. In June of 2019, I will become Chair of the Family Law Section of the Florida Bar, leading an organization of approximately 4000 members, after serving on the Executive Council from 2007-2016. I have also been actively involved on the Family Law Section Legislation, Publications, and Continuing Legal Education committees. In addition, I have published articles and lectured on various family law issues. In recognition of my community work, I have received numerous awards including the 2008 Circuit Award of the Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono Award for my voluntary legal aid services. My extensive involvement in statewide family law activities enables me to bring cutting-edge legal knowledge and resources to benefit my clients as well as improve family law in Florida.
As a virtual life-long resident of Central Florida, I grew up in Longwood, where my parents reside to this day. I received my undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland at College Park and my law degree from Suffolk University in Massachusetts. I am a member of the Florida Bar, the Orange County Bar Association, the Collaborative Law Group of Central Florida, the United States Supreme Court, and I am on the Central Florida Family Inn.