I am a life-long resident of Florida and received my Juris Doctor from the University of Florida College of Law in 1990. Shortly after I began practicing law, I taught Business Law at a local community college as an adjunct professor. During my legal career, I represented the Department of Children and Families (formerly HRS) and the attorney for the State of Florida Guardian Ad Litem. As a public servant, I advocated for the protection of Florida's children.
I have been a member of an international non-governmental agency, Zonta International. During 2008-2010, I was the Governor of District 11, Zonta International, which comprises the 7 Southeastern United States, Puerto Rico, the Bahamas and the British Virgin Islands.
I have been representing parents and children in family law cases, including child abuse and neglect cases, divorce cases, and adoptions for 20 years.
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|FL||Member in Good Standing||1990||09/08/2015|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Cum Laude||Loyola University New Orleans||1987|
|Program Attorney||Florida Guardian Ad Litem Program||1997 - 2001|
|Assistant Attorney||Florida Department of Children & Families||1995 - 1997|
|Contract Attorney||Clay County Code Enforcement Board||1994 - 2006|
|Associate||Fuller & Associates||1991 - 1994|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Florida Family Law American Inn of Court||Member||2010 - Present|
|Zonta International, Inc.||District 11 Governor||2008 - 2010|
|Northeast Florida Human Trafficking Taskforce||Member||2006 - Present|
|Fourth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee||Treasurer||2000 - 2000|
|Florida Guardian Ad Litem Program Statewide Standards of Operation Committee||Member||1998 - 2000|
|Florida Bar||Member||1990 - Present|
|Z.M., Mother of K.H. and Z.H, Minor Children vs. State of Florida Department of Children and Families||The First District Court of Appeal, State of Florida overturned the trial court's decision to terminate Z.M.'s parental rights.|
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|University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of Law||N/A||JD - Juris Doctor||1990|
|Loyola University New Orleans||Business||Other - Bachelors||1987|
|Immigration Legal Clinic||Human Trafficking||2009|