Our firm handles all types of matters for families and individuals who are undergoing transitions in their lives which may be related to marriage, adoption, divorce, or death of a loved one. I greatly enjoy my practice of law in Gainesville. We have a very high quality bar and judiciary, and it is a pleasure to do what you enjoy in an ejoyable setting. In addition, we have developed a wonderful team in our office. I have pracrticed law here for almost 30 years, and handle all types of family law, adoption, and appellate matters. Darcy Kochanowsky, our adoption paralegal has been with this firm for over ten years. David Pugh, our marital law paralegal, has an extensive background in preparation of financial documents and required disclosurs. We work together as a team, so the right person is always available to our clients.
I try to balance work with some play. I have one daughter who is a talented hair stylist. I have one dog at home who loves to take walks, and also I often doggie-sit for my daughter's dog. He has lots of skin allergies, so walks with him are more challenging. I also am a pretty active tennis player, and involved in local USTA leagues. Our local teams have won our league championship a few times and trips to Daytona Beach to play at the beautiful tennis center there for sectional playoffs is always fun.
I also enjoy traveling, and have taken marvelous trips to Tanzania, Patagonia, Costa Rica, France, and Italy. In addition, in order to exercise the other side of my brain, I belong to a local photo club and we do quite a few outings each year and show our best photos at meetings. I have become nearly addicted to using Photoshop Elements and really enjoy scrapbooking the photos from my trips. I've also become the de facto historian of my family.
Licensed since 1982
Cash, Check, Credit Card
Cynthia is sharp, smart and committed to maintaining the highest standards of practice. I never hesitate to refer people to Cynthia because I know that her clients benefit from her mastery of the law and her professionalism. She has always been ready to take on complex legal challenges. She has been a leader in service to the bar and the community.
Sharon Sperling Bankruptcy & Debt Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
I endorse Ms. Swanson. She has always been a pleasure to work with. Whether we are working towards a common goal or on opposite sides of a case, Ms. Swanson is always a strong and caring advocate for her clients while maintaining the respect of her peers and opposing counsel. Ms. Swanson is highly experienced and someone I have turned to with questions in the past. I would recommend Ms. Swanson without any resevation whatsoever.
Catherine Gleason Family Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
|FL||Member in Good Standing||1982||05/07/2015|
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Preeminent 5.0 out of 5||Martindale-Hubbell||2015|
|Board Certified - Adoption Law||Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education||2011|
|Member of Inaurgural Adoption Law Certification Committee||Florida Bar||2010|
|Certificate||International Association for Collaborative Practice||2009|
|Fellow||American Academy of Adoption Attorneys||2007|
|President's Pro Bono Award||Florida Bar||2003|
|Attorney/Owner||Swanson & Sperling, P.A.||1991 - 2002|
|Attorney||Cynthia Stump Swanson, P.A.||1982 - Present|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Gainesville Collaborative Divorce Team||Member||2008 - Present|
|International Academy of Collaborative Professionals||Member||2007 - Present|
|James C. Adkins, Jr. American Inn of Court||Barrister||2005 - Present|
|American Academy of Adoption Attorneys||Fellow||2004 - Present|
|Florida Adoption Council||Member||2001 - Present|
|Pilot Club of Greater Gainesville||President||1997 - 1998|
|Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Association||Member||1985 - Present|
|In Re: Adoption of Doe, 543 So. 2d 741 (Fla. 1989).||Father's pre-birth activities used to help determine abandonment|
|Edgar v. Edgar, 677 So.2d 1359 (Fla. 1st DCA 1996)||Wife was able to modify rehabilitative alimony|
|Neely v. Neely, 691 So.2d 39 (Fla. 1st DCA 1997)||Modification of child custody was not allowed|
|Florida Family Law Reporter||Specific Performance of Adoption Contracts: A Public Policy Question or Just Another Contract Issue?||1988|
|Florida Bar Journal||Adoption: Proving Abandonment by a Natural Parent Who Fails or Refuses to Consent to an Adoption||1986|
|University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1981|
|Florida State University||Political Science||BS - Bachelor of Science||1975|
|Presentation||Changes to Florida's alimony laws||2012|
|Legal Seminar||Types of Alimony Available in Florida||2012|