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Steven W. Effman

Divorce and separation Attorney at Plantation, FL

3.4   5 reviews
  • State Years
    Florida - FL 46 years
    Illinois - IL 47 years
  • Licensed for 46 years
    State FL
    Acquired 1977
    Member in Good Standing
  • Licensed for 47 years
    State IL
    Acquired 1976
    Voluntarily Inactive Lawyer disciplined by state licensing authority in 2005

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2005. See details

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Steven W. Effman, P.A. 
Protecting the rights of children & families of divorce

Steven W. Effman

 maintains an active practice in the trial courts throughout South Florida, representing both men and women in all aspects of Matrimonial litigation. He has been a guest lecturer for the Florida Academy of Trial Lawyers and the Broward County Bar Association. While serving in the Florida House of Representatives, he was an active member of the Committee on Family Law and Children, sponsoring significant pieces of family-friendly legislation which advance the rights of parents and children. Mr. Effman has 25 years of experience in handling:

Alimony & Spousal Support

Modification of Custody, Support & Visitation

Child Support



Prenuptial Agreements


Restraining orders

Domestic Violence


Enforcement of Final Judgments 



Steven W. Effman, PA
1250 South Pine Island Road.
Suite. 450
Plantation, FL, 33324-4419
Steven W. Effman
1250 S Pine Island Rd Ste 450
Plantation, FL, 33324-4419
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Posted by anonymous | July 2, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Competent. Experienced and Gets the job done!
Mr Effman is a very experienced and knowledgeable divorce attorney that dedicates his time, compassion and experience to his clients. He was very detailed, thorough and calm regarding my stressful situation. I strongly recommend him if you are looking for someone with experience and knowledge of family law. He is quite dedicated to his clients.
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Posted by richard | May 25, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
So thankful for this attorney!
If you need an attorney that is thoughtful, caring and has a knowledge of divorce law that is quite simply amazing look no further. Mr Effman is your attorney. Mr Effman took over my case after a terrible experience with a previous attorney. He quickly and confidently fixed the huge damage that was done by a less knowledgeable attorney, and put me completely at ease from the first day I was lucky enough to make contact with him. He kept me informed every step of the way, listened to all my ideas and expertly weaved our way through the very complicated and often times completely unfair family law world. Dont make the same mistake I did at first. I was frustrated, miserable, angry after my divorce and hired the first attorney I called thinking they were all the same. Dont gamble with you and your childrens future! Do your homework and then hire an attorney that is experienced, knowledgeable and caring. It can save you, frustration, anger and complete disgust and of course thousands of dollars! Mr Effman is the best and I am so glad I was referred to him. Hope I can pay it forward by writing this rambling review!!
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Posted by anonymous | February 9, 2015
Mr. Effman saved my case from being lost by first attorney i hired!
Mr. Effman saved my case!! I had used another local divorce lawyer for my divorce- she was ok - not good enough to use again or recommend. So when I unexpectely had a family issue I did not want to use her , and i found someone I thought was good- but his "work" made matters worse! Lucky for me- I heard about Mr. Effman and decided to hire him to finish my family type case. He stepped right in and fixed all the mistakes -In literally the first 3 days of being represented by Mr. Effman he did more than the attorney I fired for the same case did in12 weeks!!!! What a huge difference. Mr. Effman is an amazing attorney. I was the innocent party in my case and the other attorney was calling all the shots! If I didnt hire Steve- I would of not gotten the desired result and otherside would of unjustly won because I didnt hire the right attorney! Thank you so MUCH!!
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Posted by Catherine | October 17, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Worst experience
I hired Steven Effman and had the worst experience. He went through $8600 in less than 45 days and did absolutely nothing. He meet with me and discussed my case then told me it was gonna cost tens of thousands of dollars to take unnecessary depos when all he had to do was subpoena one person at my trial but I knew he was trying to run up his expenses as much as he could before my court date which was in 5 months. I agreed that he withdrawal because I knew he was just trying to suck as much money out of me before my trial and I knew that I could represent myself and do a better job and have my witness appear in court for free and I would save tens of thousands of dollars. BEWARE of attorneys that do alot of unnecessary depos and work when the results will be the same without it. I'm glad I saw what he was trying to do and didn't continue to pay him for lots of unnecessary costs. Do you research before you hire someone.
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Posted by anonymous | July 9, 2013
Worst Divorce Attorney Ever!
Paid him more than 30k and failed with everything. Ended up hiring another attorney to finish my divorce. Makes false promises and backs out of everything. Take your money with unnecessary meetings and conversations after which he never follows up with the other attorney. If there were negative stars this attorney would receive them. My 5 year old could've represented me better.
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Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2005.

Suspension issued in IL, 2005
updated on 03/14/2010

Suspension means an attorney lost his or her license to practice law for a specific period of time. The attorney typically returns to practicing law when the suspension expires.

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Steven W. Effman PA
  • 1977 - Present


  • John Marshall Law School, Chicago
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1976
  • Hofstra University School of Law
  • MS - Master of Science
  • 1973
  • University of Massachusetts
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts, Cum Laude
  • 1972


  • Broward County Bar Association
  • 2010 - Present
  • United States Supreme Court Bar
  • 1981 - Present
  • Federal Trial Bar of Southern District of Florida
  • 1978 - Present
  • Florida Bar
  • 1977 - Present
  • Federal Trial Bar for the Northern District of Illinois
  • 1977 - Present
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • 1976 - Present
  • Florida Legislature
  • State Representative
  • 1996 - 2000
  • City of Sunrise, Florida
  • Commissioner and Mayor
  • 1981 - 1996
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Languages Spoken

  • English


  • Student Lawyer Magazine
  • Electronic Surveillance in America
  • 1975

Speaking Engagements

  • Family Law Seminar
  • Legislative Update
  • 1997

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Plantation Divorce and separation Lawyer Steven W. Effman
Steven W. Effman
Divorce and separation Attorney
Plantation, FL
Licensed for 47 years
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This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2005. See details