I graduated from Notre Dame Law School in 1994, and for over 20 years I have practiced solely in the area of marital and family law in Tampa Bay and throughout the State of Florida. I am a skilled trial lawyer, as well as an experienced collaborative divorce attorney. Throughout my career, I have represented doctors, lawyers, CEO’s and other corporate executives, financial advisors, business owners, professional athletes, and their spouses.
I have the knowledge and experience to help guide my clients and their families through the difficult legal and emotional issues that often arise in family law matters. I pride myself on efficiently and effectively advocating for my clients, while maintaining a logical approach to my cases and helping my clients remain focused on the "big picture." My practice involves dissolution of marriage actions, post-judgment modification and enforcement actions, and pre- and post-divorce planning. I have experience in nearly every aspect of family law, including property distribution, asset and business valuation, alimony, child support, complex tax issues, parenting plans, and timesharing arrangements.
I have been formally trained as a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Law Mediator and I often use these skills to successfully negotiate creative settlements for my clients. I have also been extensively trained in Collaborative Law, and I am constantly striving to improve my skills by regularly participating in advanced trainings. I have successfully completed a number of collaborative divorce cases, and I will advocate the use of the collaborative process as a peaceful alternative to litigating divorce disputes, when appropriate. I am one of the founding members of what is now the largest collaborative divorce practice group in the State of Florida, Next Generation Divorce, and I served as the organization’s President from 2014-1015. I am also an active member of the Tampa Bay Collaborative Divorce Group and the International Association of Collaborative Professionals, and I am currently serving as the Co-Chair of the Collaborative Law Section of the Hillsborough County Bar Association.
I have been certified as a Guardian ad Litem volunteer and have served on the Board of Directors of the Child Abuse Council and the Forest Hills Youth Baseball League. I am a member of the Family Law Section of the Florida Bar, as well as the Hillsborough County Bar Association. I received my B.S. from the Newhouse School of Communications at Syracuse University in 1990.
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|FL||Member in Good Standing||1994||01/11/2016|
|Partner||Himes & Hearn, P.A.||2009 - Present|
|Attorney||Himes & Boire, PA||2007 - 2009|
|Attorney||Fields & Foster||2001 - 2004|
|Associate||Holland & Knight LLP||1995 - 2001|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Next Generation Divorce||Past President||2014 - 2015|
|Tampa Bay Collaborative Divorce Group||Member||2013 - Present|
|Next Generation Divorce||President||2013 - 2014|
|Florida Bar, Family Law Section||Member||N/A|
|Hillsborough County Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Mallard v. Mallard, 771 So. 2d 1138 (Fla. 2000)||Second District decision quashed; Supreme Court ruled in favor of Mr. Mallard|
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|Notre Dame Law School||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1994|
|Syracuse University||Public Relations||BS - Bachelor of Science||1990|