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Lisa Smith Bedwell's experience as a client advocate, as staff counsel to family law judges, and as a professional writer combine to give her a unique edge in the area of family law appeals. 


Prior to becoming an attorney, Ms. Bedwell was a staff writer for various publications. After graduating Stetson in 2004, she worked in Washington D.C. for Law Resources and as a Legislative Fellow in the United States House of Representatives. 


For nearly six years Ms. Bedwell was staff counsel to the judges of the 13th Circuit Court family law division, where she did research and wrote judgments and orders on a variety of issues including divorce, paternity, adoption, dependency, delinquency, domestic violence, and general civil litigation.  


In 2012, she joined Rechel & Associates, P.A., where she worked in family law litigation, family law appeals, family mediation, and collaborative divorce.  


In 2015, Ms. Bedwell opened her own practice, Smith Bedwell Family Law, P.A., which focuses on family law appeals, mediation, and litigation. In August 2015 she accepted a position as "of counsel" family law attorney with the law firm of Stenstrom, McIntosh, Colbert & Whigham, P.A. 


She is married and lives in Orlando with her husband and two sons. 



Stetson University College of Law (J.D. 2004) 

Stetson University (M.A. 1998)

Flagler College (B.A. 1996)



Florida Bar, 2005

District of Columbia Bar, 2006

Florida Supreme Court Mediator

Orange County Bar Association (Family Law and Appellate Sections)

Florida Association of Women Lawyers

Central Florida Association for Women Lawyers

Stann W. Givens Family Law American Inn of Court Tampa (Barrister)

Central Florida Family Law American Inn of Court (Associate)

Hillsborough County Bar Association (Family Law and Appellate Sections)

Hillsborough Association of Women Lawyers

Collaborative Divorce Institute of Tampa (inactive)

Middle District of Florida (inactive) 


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Practice areas


  1. Appeals: 70%
  2. Family: 30%



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Attorney endorsements

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  • Howard Iken

    I have known Ms. Bedwell since 2001. She always represented the intellectual side of legal practice and that is something I thoroughly admire. Ms. Bedwell is the "real thing" and I have no doubt of her ability to tackle the most complex of legal matters.


    Howard Iken Divorce & Separation Attorney
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  • William Wooten Hanlon

    I emphatically endorse this lawyer. I have had the pleasure of working with LIsa on a number of Family Law matters. Her knowledge of the law is unparalleled. I think the fact that she acted as a legal advisor for many of the family law judges in the 13th Judicial Circuit speaks volumes of her understanding of the Family Law practice area. Many of the issues faced by clients in a divorce can become very complex. When they do Lisa is the one that you would want by your side. I have also watched her in action and I can tell you that she is zealous in the defense of her clients. Anyone with a family law problem should seek her representation.


    William Hanlon Criminal Defense Attorney
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Contact info

Smith Bedwell Family Law, P.A.

1009 Maitland Center Commons Blvd.
Suite 218
Maitland, FL, 32751


FLMember in Good Standing200509/08/2015
DCInactive 200605/24/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
William F. Blews Pro Bono Service AwardStetson University College of Law2004
Outstanding Service - Research AssistantStetson University College of Law2004
Outstanding Service - SBA Class RepresentativeStetson University College of Law2004
1st Place Intramural Writing ContestStetson University College of Law2003
Gray Harris 1st Place Appellate Advocacy CompetitionStetson University College of Law2002
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Of Counsel - Family LawStenstrom, McIntosh, Colbert & Whigham, P.A.2015 - Present
Managing PartnerSmith Bedwell Family Law, P.A.2014 - Present
Associate AttorneyRechel & Associates2012 - 2014
Staff Attorney13th Judicial Circuit In Hillsborough County2007 - 2012
Contract AttorneyLaw Resources2006 - 2006
Legislative FellowUS House of Representatives2006 - 2006
Association namePosition nameDuration
Collaborative Divorce Institute of TampaAttorney or Mediator2013 - Present
Orange County Bar AsssociationMember2012 - Present
Family Law American Inn of Court of TampaBarrister2011 - Present
Hillsborough County Bar AssociationCo-chair Diversity & YLD committees2007 - Present
Hillsborough Association for Women LawyersLegislative Committee Chair2007 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Casey v. CaseySettlement
Steck v. SteckDismissed on my Client's Motion
Cervantes v. CervantesDismissed by Stipulation
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Publication nameTitleDate
Hillsborough County Bar Association Lawyer MagazineSteady at the Helm: Judge Barton’s Service to Pro Bono2010
Hillsborough County Bar Association Lawyer MagazineFrom the Courthouse: Traffic Court Pot Holes2010
Hillsborough County Bar Association Lawyer MagazineFrom the Courthouse: The Best Kept Secret in the 13th Judicial Circuit2009
Hillsborough County Bar Association Lawyer MagazineFrom the Courthouse: People's Court - Gone to the Dogs2009
Hillsborough County Bar Association Lawyer MagazineGuardianship Advocacy: Helping Developmentally Challenged Adults in the Community2007
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Stetson University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2004
Stetson University College of LawEnglish LiteratureMA - Masters1998
Flagler CollegeEnglish & CommunicationsBA - Bachelor of Arts1996
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
CLE LuncheonDivorce Litigation – Quality Case Preparation for Positive Perception from the Court2011