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Jennifer Kane Waterway

Family Attorney at Fort Lauderdale, FL

4.8   24 reviews

Licensed for 22 years

Virtual consultation available

About Jennifer

Learn Jennifer’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Child custody
    25%
    All aspects of child custody and timesharing in all types of matters, including child relocation issues.

  2. Divorce and separation
    25%
    Divorce, property division, alimony, child support, child custody and timesharing, child relocation, domestic violence, and dependency matters involving DCF.

  3. Family
    25%
    Divorce, property division, alimony, child support, child custody, timesharing, child relocation, paternity, domestic violence, dependency (DCF), prenuptial and post-nuptial agreements, and modification and enforcement proceedings.

  4. Domestic violence
    15%
    Civil domestic violence matters, commonly referred to as restraining orders. These cases typically involve domestic violence, repeat violence, and stalking injunctions.

  5. Child abuse
    5%
    Dependency cases where the Department of Children and Families (DCF) is investigating or making allegations of abuse, abandonment, or neglect. I represent parties in and outside of court and help protect their rights.

  6. Mediation
    5%
    I am a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator who mediates cases for parties with and without lawyers. I also represent clients as an attorney when their cases go to mediation.

Jennifer Waterway is a family lawyer, mediator, and guardian ad litem serving Broward, Miami-Dade, and Palm Beach counties. She handles divorce, custody/timesharing/child relocation, paternity, domestic violence, and dependency matters involving the Department of Children and Families (DCF). She handles pre- and post-nuptial agreements and post-judgment modification and enforcement actions. She serves as a mediator for parties with and without lawyers. She also serves as a guardian ad litem and volunteer attorney ad litem for children in need.

Jennifer’s approach is strong but practical and professional. She strives to resolve matters outside of court and without animosity to minimize stress on the family and keep costs down. But she will fight when necessary, for your rights and in the best interest of your children, and she has the experience to do so.

Jennifer has practiced law since 2000 and focused almost exclusively on family law since 2006. Before starting her own practice, she worked with an established Boca Raton law firm for many years where she handled high-conflict family, probate, and guardianship matters. Before that she worked with top-tier South Florida law firms including Akerman Senterfitt representing sophisticated corporate clients in product liability, mass tort, and commercial matters in state and federal courts across the country. She represented manufacturers and distributors of pharmaceuticals, medical devices, heavy construction equipment, luxury yachts, and other high-profile products, providing her with aggressive, extensive litigation and courtroom experience. Before that Jennifer served as a judicial law clerk at the Fourth District Court of Appeal in West Palm Beach, handling civil, criminal, and family law appeals.

For more information, visit www.waterwaylaw.com.

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Licensed for 22 years
State FL
Status Member in Good Standing
Acquired 2000
Updated 11/23/2022

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Jennifer Kane Waterway, P.A.
401 E. Las Olas Blvd.
Suite 1400
Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33301-2218

Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
  24 customer reviews
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Client's Choice 2020
Client's Choice
Jennifer received a significant number of 4+ stars in 2020
Posted by Iryna | December 14, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
The Best!!!
Jennifer is not only an amazing lawyer but also a parent and I was able to connect with her on a personal level. She listened and advised accordingly. I never felt pressured to do anything or take any deal I didn’t want to. My case was insanely difficult and Jennifer took her time to research and review every possible loophole. Although I chose to settle my case without a trial and the outcome didn’t exactly go in my favor, Jennifer was very supportive of my decision and helped with the process every step of the way. Having good lawyer on your side matters. I had very bad experience with my previous lawyer who left a lot of mess for Jennifer to clean up. Jennifer was blunt, honest and made no false promises which made me trust her and comfortable to work with. She stayed on top of my case and was always reachable. I highly recommend Jennifer to anyone who is struggling to find a good family lawyer! She’s the best!
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Posted by anonymous | October 29, 2020
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From start to finish, Jennifer was attentive, professional and very knowledgeable during the entire process, I felt at ease working with her because she spent as much time as I needed to answer the many concerns and questions that I had. I am very pleased with the work that she did for me. I highly recommend Jennifer!
Posted by anonymous | September 16, 2020
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Excellent services!
Jennifer has provided excellent service and support to my case with very successful results.
Posted by Mahmuda Lopez | September 15, 2020
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Caring and thorough
Mrs. Waterway was a jem to deal with and made my divorce process seamless. She explained each process and made herself available to all questions and went into detail or should I say dumbed it down for me. She was very thoughtful, respectful and helpful from beginning to end and even followed up after the divorce was final. I highly recommend Jennifer Waterway.
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Posted by Kim | September 15, 2020
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Adoption
Jennifer was committed to the successful adoption of our infant son. She was both compassionate and professional. We found Jennifer to be diligent, organized, knowledgeable and a good communicator. Thanks to Jennifer we legally adopted our son within 3.5 short months after his birth!
Posted by Kim | July 7, 2020
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Divorce
Jen Waterway was professional, courteous, and punctual! I appreciated her candid approach. She knows her stuff and isn't afraid to fight for you. I'm glad she was on my team. If you're looking for a good attorney - look no further. I highly recommend Jen Waterway!
Posted by anonymous | November 21, 2019
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Legal Advice
She was very informative, thoughtful, and had my best interest in mind. Gave me great legal advice, was very timely, and efficient. I really enjoyed working with her and definitely would again!
Posted by Andrea | October 31, 2019
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Outstanding Family Law Attorney
Jennifer has helped me immensely with my very emotional divorce. She is highly knowledgeable who explained the whole process in detail with all the possible outcomes. Everything was prepared, followed through and completed perfectly in the most cost-effective way. Jennifer has given me peace of mind in knowing that I have the best lawyer representing me. Thank you ever so much!
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Posted by Jeanne | August 1, 2019
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Best possible result!
Jennifer did a great job of helping us navigate through our complicated case of transferring jurisdiction to another state. She was extremely responsive to our calls and needs. We felt as though her presence and relationship with state attorneys/court personnel made all the difference. She was thorough and provided us with good advice throughout the case.
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Posted by Frank | August 22, 2018
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Excellent Lawyer
Jennifer guided me through a divorce proceeding. Her knowledge of the laws and her foresight of what to expect was very comforting. She returned phone calls and emails in a timely fashion. She is very professional. I highly recommend her.
Posted by anonymous | April 18, 2018
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Effective and Thorough
Ms. Waterway brings a human approach to navigating the emotional nature of family law. She was extraordinarily patient and kind with me during my process and while I was aware of how skilled she was during my proceedings, I am even more grateful for her thoroughness and efficacy as I watch friends go through their own divorces with other attorneys representing them. She managed every detail swiftly and I did not have to think about a thing other than to manage my grief. She was a blessing during a horrific time and she made certain that my family would thrive once the process was completed.
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Posted by Ashley | March 22, 2018
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Wonderful Attorney! Highly Recommend!
I had never used an Attorney before and a friend had recommended Jennifer. I’m so glad! Jennifer was an amazing attorney- smart, professional, honest and very down to earth. The divorce process is not easy and extremely stressful, and Jennifer knows this. She is very good at explaining everything, very organized and kept in touch with me. She was very honest with how she bills and that was important to me. I highly recommend Jennifer.
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Posted by Christopher | November 19, 2016
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Family Law
When one considers divorce. The overwhelming thought of hiring an Attorney to help with the burden and all the legal matters and who to hire. There are many lawyers out there to chose from but you have to protect yourself and find an Attorney that you feel comfortable with. Not to mention the splitting up of families and assets that the couple have acquired together over the years and the huge financial burden that can come with this. It can be an over whelming and stressful to. To help with my divorce I hired Jennifer Waterway to help me through the process. After our first meeting, I felt that not only did she make me feel I was in good hands but though the whole process. Jennifer really went that extra mile. She was always available to answer my questions and gave me directions on every matter that came about and why they did. Her experience and knowledge of family law and how the courts and local system and Judges operate was outstanding. Not only did she save me a lot of money but she was always pleasant and accommodating with me and Scheduling meetings phone calls emails etc, because I was out of the country most of the time and does make that a huge impact on communication. she is an amazing person and awesome Attorney in so many ways! Once you meet her and discuss your situation I'm very sure you will agree with me. I wish her the very best, and with her career. Kind regards Christopher
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Posted by Salina | July 15, 2016
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Great experience
I got to say that Jennifer did a excellent job with my case and always kept in constant contact me and I was always able to contact her. Very good listener and kept me posted. I would recommend her to anybody.
Posted by Milt | March 28, 2016
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The Best of the Best!!!!!
Jennifer Waterway was my attorney for my divorce. From minute one, she put me at ease and assured that she would protect my interests. In the end, she followed through and got the job done. A true professional in her trade and should be regarded as one of the best. I highly recommend contacting Jennifer Waterway for all your marital legal affairs.
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Posted by Todd | August 25, 2015
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The Right Choice!
I met and consulted with several attorneys regarding representation in a divorce. I quickly noticed and felt that Jennifer stood out. She is extremely knowledgeable and up to date in all areas of her practice. Her confidence and professionalism provided great comfort during a very stressful time. Her response times to email and phone calls were timely, her answers were concise and she always had my best interest at the forefront of her approach. Throughout the entire process I felt very well educated and very well represented with Jennifer on my team. There was no doubt that I made the right choice. She comes highly recommended!
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Posted by Sonia | April 21, 2015
Excellent Lawyer
Jennifer is a great lawyer. She always was very professional she informed me of all the steps and procedures. In difficul moments she would explain what to expect and wich options I had. I would recommend her 100%.
Posted by Sandra | March 5, 2015
SOLID LEGAL PROFESSIONAL
I am a court reporter who works with several family law attorneys. I chose Jennifer Kane Waterway to represent me in my dissolution of marriage because I've grown to admire her attention to detail and tireless work ethic. Her legal advice was up-to-date with current laws and her communication always timely. I could not have been more satisfied with the outcome of her work on my behalf. Highly recommended.
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Posted by Carini | December 16, 2014
Outstanding
I came to Mrs. Waterway after starting with a different divorce attorney. I immediately liked Jennifer's calm demeanor. If you want honest and knowledgeable firm ,combined with compassion Jennifer Waterway is a place you should look. She presented my outcomes in laymans terminology so I could understand. I had an extremely difficult custody battle, but she consistently looked for ways to reach settlement without dragging out my case and I was very pleased with the outcome. She would return my calls promptly and always made be feel that my case was very important to her, never forgetting the smallest detail. I highly recommend Jennifer Waterway, I completely trust her advice and the direction that she provided to me. I’m especially impressed with her intelligence, I was very impressed when the judge himself told me how great my attorney was.
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Posted by anonymous | November 5, 2012
Amazing Lawyer
Mrs Waterway was a blessing sent to help me in my terrible marital situation. I was referred by a friend that was happy with her services and so am I. She is knowledgeable , professional, reliable, quick and up to date with all the regulations and laws. I highly recommend her for any family law issues and concerns.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Jennifer Kane Waterway, P.A.
  • 2012 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Waterway & Evoy, P.L.
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Attorney
  • Sachs Sax Caplan
  • 2006 - 2011
  • Attorney
  • Akerman Senterfitt
  • 2004 - 2006
  • Attorney
  • Gordon Hargrove & James
  • 2001 - 2004
  • Attorney
  • Florida Fourth District Court of Appeal
  • 2000 - 2001
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Education

  • University of Florida
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2006
  • Nova Southeastern University - Shepard Broad Law Center
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2000

Associations

  • Florida Association for Women Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Supreme Court of Florida
  • Certified Family Mediator
  • 2018 - Present
  • Broward County Women Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • The Florida Bar, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Broward County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • South Palm Beach County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Broward County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • The Florida Bar
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Human Trafficking Summit presented by Broward County Clerk of Courts and Broward County Bar Association
  • Event chair
  • 2018 - 2018
  • Junior League of Greater Fort Lauderdale
  • Member
  • 2015 - 2017
  • Leadership Broward Class XXXIII
  • Member
  • 2014 - 2016
  • The Florida Bar, Family Law Section, Family Law Guardian ad Litem Pilot Training Program
  • Participant
  • 2013 - 2013
  • Broward County Bar Association, Bench-Bar Committee
  • Member
  • 2012 - 2019
  • Broward County Bar Association, Speaker's Bureau Subcommittee
  • Member and co-chair
  • 2011 - 2013
  • Legal Aid Service of Broward County, Tracey McPharlin Dependency Pro Bono Project
  • Volunteer attorney ad litem
  • 2011 - 2013
  • The Florida Bar, Family Law Section, Adoption/Paternity/Dependency/Children's Issues Committee
  • Member
  • 2010 - 2013
  • The Florida Bar, Family Law Section, Guardian ad Litem Hearsay Subcommittee
  • Member
  • 2010 - 2013
  • Broward County Bar Association, Mentoring Subcommittee
  • Member
  • 2009 - 2013
  • Broward County Bar Association, Professionalism Committee
  • Member
  • 2009 - 2013
  • South Palm Beach County Bar Association, Family Law Section, Family Law Committee
  • Co-chair
  • 2007 - 2008
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI)
  • Member
  • 2001 - 2006
  • Guardian ad Litem Program, Broward County
  • Volunteer GAL
  • 2000 - 2000
  • Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County
  • Volunteer attorney
  • 2000 - 2001
  • Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America, Alachua County
  • Volunteer big sister
  • 1995 - 1996
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Avvo Rated Top Lawyer
  • Avvo
  • 2018
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Avvo Rated Top Lawyer
  • Avvo
  • 2017
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Award of Excellence - Human Trafficking Awareness
  • Junior League of Greater Fort Lauderdale
  • 2015
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Top Rated Family Lawyer
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Top Rated Lawyer in Litigation
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Avvo Rated 10 Superb
  • Avvo
  • 2014
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • Second Place, National Evidence Moot Court Competition
  • Brooklyn Law School
  • 1999
  • Book Award - Family Law
  • Nova Southeastern University, Shepard Broad Law Center
  • 1999
  • Book Award - Research & Writing
  • Nova Southeastern University, Shepard Broad Law Center
  • 1998
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Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • Tower Club Legal Luncheon
  • Caller ID & Text Message Spoofing
  • 2013
  • Law Student Lecture, NSU Law School
  • Professionalism in the Workplace
  • 2012
  • Broward County Bar Association Mentoring Luncheon
  • Litigation Practice & Procedure Tips for Young Lawyers
  • 2012
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Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (7)
Family Attorney | Jul 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have referred clients to Jennifer in the past and will do so in the future without hesitation. I know that she will take the utmost care and interest in their situation and present the best options for their family."
Family Attorney | Feb 25
Relationship: Co-worker
"I have referred several clients to Jennifer and all have reported to me that she has done a terrific job."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Sep 30
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Jennifer was opposing counsel in a divorce case and I endorse her."
Family Attorney | May 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer for her outstanding reputation as a family law attorney in Fort Lauderdale."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Waterway is intelligent and eloquent in her representation of clients and a pleasure to work with."
Family Attorney | Oct 25
Relationship: Other
"Jennifer is dedicated to helping her clients pursue and achieve meaningful solutions to their problems. She is committed to providing value and working efficiently. She is pragmatic and always gives clients the advice that is in their best interests. The consummate professional. At the same time, Jennifer is an exceptionally tough, energetic and persistent advocate. She has no trouble being intense and aggressive while maintaining her professionalism. I trust her with any referral of any size case relating to family law."
Family Attorney | Oct 24
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Waterway is smart, efficient, effective and ethcial. I would recommend her for all family matters. Having worked with Ms. Waterway, I can recommend her personally."
Family Attorney | Oct 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Fort Lauderdale Family Lawyer Jennifer Kane Waterway
Jennifer Kane Waterway
Family Attorney
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Licensed for 22 years
Virtual consultation available