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Ophelia Genarina Bernal-Mora

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About me

I earned my Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Florida and Doctorate of Jurisprudence from Nova Southeastern University. After finishing law school in 2004, I joined the 5th Judicial Circuit State Attorney's Office. During my time at the State Attorney's Office, I handled numerous misdemeanor and felony cases, and conducted numerous bench and jury trials.  


In 2006, I went into private practice with a law firm, where I focused on family law and criminal defense.  As a private attorney, I have handled divorces, paternity cases, child support, modifications, domestic violence injunctions, custody cases, misdemeanor and felony drug charges, DUI, assault, battery, burglary, and theft cases. 


In March 2011, I opened the Law Office of Ophelia Bernal-Mora, P.A. where I focus my practice exclusively on Family Law. I have substantial evidentiary trial experience in both Criminal and Family Law cases and have effectively represented well over a thousand clients in my career.


In March 2016, the Law Office of Ophelia Bernal-Mora became Bernal-Mora & Nickolaou after partnering with Attorney Andrew Nickolaou. The firm still handles primarily divorce and family law, but now has added criminal and DUI defense to its practice areas with the addition of Attorney Nickolaou.


Languages spoken: Spanish, English

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Practice areas


  1. Divorce: 50%
    11 years
  2. Family: 20%
    11 years
  3. Uncontested Divorce: 10%
    11 years
  4. Child Support: 10%
    11 years
  5. Child Custody: 10%
    11 years



Hourly ($250/hour), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (always), Free consultation (15 minutes)

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  • Maurine Anna Thomas

    I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Bernal-Mora is an excellent attorney always putting her clients and theirneeds first. She has extensive experience in Florida Family law and Criminal Defense. Ms. Bernal-Mora works tirelessly to advocate for her clients. She has committed her life to justice for families and protecting the rights of children.


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  • Jessica Langley Lowe

    I endorse this lawyer. She is extremely ethical and conscientious. I would recommend Attorney Bernal-Mora to my own family and friends. She works very hard for her clients and is very personable.


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Contact info

Bernal-Mora & Nickolaou, P.A.

614 N. Wymore Road
Winter Park, FL, 32789


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We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising StarSuperLawyers2016
2015 Orlando Best Businesses Award for Divorce & Family LawOrlando Best Business2015
Rising StarSuperLawyers2015
Top 100 Lawyers - Family LawThe National Advocates2015
Client's Choice - DivorceAvvo2015
Top ContributorAvvo2015
Superb Rating - Top Divorce AttorneyAvvo2015
America's Most Honored ProfessionalsAmerican Registry2015
2014 Orlando Best Businesses Award for Divorce & Family LawOrlando Best Businesses2014
Superb Rating - Top Divorce AttorneyAvvo2014
Client's Choice - DivorceAvvo2014
Top ContributorAvvo2014
10 Best Attorney - State of FloridaAmerican Institute of Family Law Attorneys2014
Top 100 Lawyers - Family LawThe National Advocates2014
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2014
Women Who Mean Business - NomineeOrlando Business Journal2014
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2013
Women Who Mean Business - Women to Watch NomineeOrlando Business Journal2013
40 Under 40Orlando Business Journal2013
Superb RatingAvvo2013
Top ContributorAvvo2013
Legal Elite Up & ComerFlorida Trend Magazine2013
Client's Choice - Family LawAvvo2013
Top 40 Under 40 Family LawyersAmerican Society of Legal Advocates2013
Top ContributorAvvo2012
Florida's Top Lawyers Chosen By PeersSouth Florida Legal Guide2012
Top Attorneys - Florida's Outstanding Young LawyersAmerican Registry2012
Superb RatingAvvo2012
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2012
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Founding PartnerBernal-Mora & Nickolaou, P.A.2016 - Present
Attorney/OwnerLaw Office of Ophelia Bernal-Mora, P.A.2011 - 2016
AssociatePamela J. Helton, P.A.2010 - 2011
AssociateLaw Office of Stephen K. Miller, P.A.2006 - 2010
Assistant State AttorneyState Attorney, 5th Judicial Circuit2004 - 2006
Association namePosition nameDuration
Hispanic Bar Association of Central FloridaMember2013 - Present
Central Florida Family Law American Inn of CourtMember2011 - Present
Orange County Bar Association, Legal Aid SocietyGuardian Ad Litem2011 - Present
Orange County Bar AssociationMember2010 - Present
U.S. District Court, Middle District of FloridaMember2010 - Present
Florida Bar, Family Law SectionMember2006 - Present
Florida BarMember2004 - Present
Florida Bar, Family Law Section, Children's Issues CommitteeMember2014 - 2015
Florida Bar, Family Law Section, Equitable Distribution CommitteeMember2014 - 2015
Orange County Bar Association, Young Lawyers SectionMember2011 - 2015
Florida Association for Women LawyersMember2011 - 2012
American Bar AssociationMember2010 - 2016
Florida Bar, Young Lawyers DivisionMember2004 - 2015
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Standish v. Standish, 40 So. 3d 919 (5th DCA 2010)Affirmed on Appeal
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Publication nameTitleDate
Super Lawyers MagazineRising Stars for Family Law2015
Orlando Business JournalWomen Who Mean Business - Nominee2014
Super Lawyers MagazineRising Stars for Family Law2014
Super Lawyers MagazineRising Stars for Family Law2013
Orlando Business JournalWomen Who Mean Business - Women to Watch in Central Florida Nominees2013
Orlando Business Journal40 Under 402013
Florida Trend MagazineFlorida Legal Elite2013
Super Lawyers MagazineRising Stars for Family Law2012
LawFirms.comPenalties for Simple Assault in Florida2011
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Nova Southeastern University - Shepard Broad Law CenterLawJD - Juris Doctor2004
University of FloridaN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts2001
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Inns of Court Meeting"A Toast to the Clerks"2013
School Resource Officer Basic CourseTraining on Juvenile Law2007