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Traci L Koster

Divorce and separation Attorney at Tampa, FL

5.0   26 reviews
  • Licensed for 14 years
    State FL
    Acquired 2010
    Status
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

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About Traci

Learn Traci’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    65%

  2. Adoption
    10%
    Step-parent or family member adoptions.

  3. Child custody
    10%

  4. Child support
    10%

  5. Family
    5%
    Focusing exclusively on general family law matters, including dissolution of marriage, child custody, equitable distribution, alimony, and child support.

Attorney Traci L. Koster, PLLC is an experienced litigator and keen negotiator focusing her practice exclusively on marital & family law matters. Prior to narrowing her practice to marital & family law in 2016, Traci practiced general civil litigation for several years at a private Tampa law firm. Though Traci's litigation experience makes her adept in the courtroom, she understands most favorable outcomes come through negotiation and alternative dispute resolutions.

 

Traci is an active member of the Florida Bar and has been intricately involved with the Hillsborough County Bar Association since 2010. Traci was the President for the Hillsborough County Bar Association’s Young Lawyers’ Division for the 2019-2020 Bar year and currently serves in her third term on the Executive Council for the Hillsborough County Bar Association Family Law Section. Traci is a former member of the Stann Givens Family Law American Inn of Court and a former inaugural member of the William Reece Smith Jr. American Inn of court.

 

Outside of her legal career, Traci was also part of the Leadership Pinellas graduating class of 2015 and served on the organization’s board of directors in 2015-2016. She graduated from Tampa Connection in 2018 and served a two-year term on the Tampa Connection board of directors. These organizations gave Traci a unique, behind-the-scenes understanding of the Pinellas and Hillsborough communities, so she can better represent her clients’ needs.

 

In 2020, Traci was elected to serve in the Florida House of Representatives for District 64, covering parts of Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties. Through her service in the Florida Legislature, Traci takes her passion for helping Florida’s families to a statewide platform.

 

To give back to her community, Traci co-founded the Tampa Bay Pro Bono Partners, which brings attorneys and businesses together to provide pro bono legal services to those in need. Traci has also served as attorney ad litem for children in the foster care system through Crossroads for Florida Kids. In addition, Traci served for three years as a mentor through the Hillsborough Education Foundation’s Take Stock in Children Program, and she keeps in touch with her mentee regularly now that she’s graduated high school!

 

In 2016, Traci proudly received the Outstanding Pro Bono Service by a Young Lawyer Award from the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit. In 2019, Traci received the Florida Bar Young Lawyer’s Division’s Lynn Futch Most Productive Young Lawyer Award, and in 2020, Traci received the Hillsborough County Bar Association’s Young Lawyer’s Division’s Outstanding Young Lawyer Award.

 

Traci attended the University of Central Florida for her undergraduate degree and was an active member of the Burnett Honors College and the PHI ALPHA DELTA Law Fraternity. Traci graduated Magna Cum Laude with her Bachelor of Science Degree in Legal Studies. After her time at UCF, Traci attended Stetson University College of Law, where she served as an Articles and Symposium Editor for the Stetson Law Review and a research assistant for Professor Louis Virelli. Traci also served two terms as a judicial intern for the Honorable U.S. District Judge Elizabeth Kovachevich – more intimately known as Judge K.

 

After graduating number two in her law school class, Traci Joined Bush Ross, P.A. as part of their commercial litigation department. During her six years at Bush Ross, Traci gained valuable litigation experience and handled a wide variety of commercial and corporate litigation matters, including marital and family law matters, before leaving the firm to devote her practice exclusively to marital and family law in 2016.

 

Traci was born in Greensboro, North Carolina, but moved to Florida as a child. She was raised in Palm Harbor, FL and now resides in Tampa with her two children, Colton and Sadie. When she’s not working, Traci enjoys spending time with her kids and getting lost in a good book.

 

Traci is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale Hubbell, has been selected as a Super Lawyer Rising Star eight consecutive years in a row, and is recognized as a Florida Trends Legal Elite Up & Comer. She has also received recognition by Tampa Bay Magazine’s list of Top Attorneys: Tampa Bay’s Outstanding Young Lawyers since 2014 and has a Superb rating with Avvo. The Tampa Bay Business Journal recognized Traci as People to Know in Law in 2021.

Awards

AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating
Client's Choice 2020,2017
Client's Choice
2020 2017

Location

Koster Legal
1011 N Armenia Ave
Tampa, FL, 33607

Reviews

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Client's Choice 2020
Client's Choice
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Posted by Andre | September 8, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Best attorney in Tampa area
I worked with Traci on establishing paternity and requesting 100% physical custody of my 3 year old daughter. Her mother has been battling severe mental illness and is not capable of parenting at the moment. Traci was incredible to work with. Top notch communication, always responded quickly to any questions I had. Worked with Tara as well during the final hearing and Tara was well prepared and knew all of the facts like the back of her hand. I would 100% recommend Traci Koster and her team. I couldn't envision the process having gone any better. Don't mess around with something so important. Call Koster Legal and you won't be disappointed.
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Posted by Mark | June 21, 2023
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Calming guidance, great outcomes
I am so glad I chose Traci and her team to represent me. Table stakes in a divorce is competency in the law. The difference maker for me is Traci's approach -- she is calm, she is fair, and she brings those qualities and approach to all parties in the process -- me, opposing counsel and by proxy, my ex. The impact of that to the journey was huge. Traci and her team calmly guided me through the most disruptive event in my life. Grateful.
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Posted by Miranda | May 4, 2022
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Traci Koster: The Preeminent Family Law Attorney
Divorce is death. Coping with death can be very stressful. This happened to me. Thankfully, and providentially, I was introduced to family law attorney, Traci Koster, to help guide me through this very difficult time. She was exactly what I needed. Tough, authentic, realistic, sympathetic, detailed but simentanesouly able to look at the wholistic picture; reminding me of the end game - she was great! She, by far, sets a standard for other attorneys to follow, especially in regard to leading in integrity. She fought for me when I did not feel like fighting any longer. As a result of her diligence, she won what I wanted and even obtained far more than I could have ask for at the end of my divorce. My children and I will forever be grateful for Traci's unmatched advocacy! -Miranda
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Posted by celeste | March 1, 2022
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Divorce --- Traci triumphed!!
I found Traci when no other lawyer could help me with my divorce, which was complex. She listened to my concerns and understood exactly what I needed to see happen. She always returned my phone calls/emails immediately, and gave me great counsel. With Traci's help and hard work, I was finally able to get a divorce with everything I asked for. She is amazing!!!
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Posted by Julie | June 17, 2021
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We won!
In the beginning, I did not want to hire a lawyer. But when things become complicated and the law is not what you are familiar with, sometimes it is for the best. I am glad I hired Traci. She was referred by a family friend. After a long, grueling process, Traci pulled through for me. I am hot headed, hot tempered and she was able to calm me and get me through what was the worst part of my life. She reassured me every time I let my ex get to me. She does not sugar coat things which I appreciate. She tells you how it is and what is expected. She helped me build a great case. She was quick to call or email back with any concerns or questions that I had. I hope to never go through this again, but if I had too, I know I can count on Traci.
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Posted by anonymous | February 10, 2021
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Exceptional attorney
I reached out to an attorney friend in South Carolina when seeking a divorce attorney in the Tampa area. He took some time, did his research and recommended Traci Koster. She exceeded the outstanding reputation she has earned that led my friend to recommend her as his top choice from 8 hours away. From our first meeting via Zoom until the day my divorce was official, Traci was everything I could have asked for, guiding me through the process of ending a 31-year marriage which was irrevocably broken. There were times when my now Ex frustrated me tremendously. Traci had the great ability to "talk me off the ledge" and help me stay focused on the big picture instead of getting lost in the minutiae. She was the ultimate professional, with tremendous people skills, which made it easy for me to talk through every aspect of the divorce. In the end, I was extremely happy with the settlement Traci negotiated. I have heard horror stories from friends who have gone through a divorce and have spent a fortune without getting the kind of results I got by working with Traci. I realize every time I hear another story how fortunate I was to find my way to her. Without hesitation, I give Traci Koster my highest recommendation.
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Posted by Robert and Melissa | November 4, 2020
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Very Grateful
Attorney Koster represented us in a dependency case for our nephew, whom we have custody of. From the first day we spoke, Traci Koster, understood our case. We immediately connected. After speaking to countless of people leading to dead ends within the system, se provided us with a stellar representation. Her team (MJ, Shawn and Madison), diligently worked with us to ensure all of our exhibits were completed and filed with the court in a timely manner. We came across her firm just a short month before our trial date. Throughout the entire process, not only did they exhibit consistent professionalism, during our trial she was precise and knew how to handle every curve ball that was thrown by the opposing party. We won our case and justice finally was served for our little guy. We are now moving into the adoption process and couldn't be happier.
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Posted by Jenna | October 15, 2020
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Excellent!
Traci Koster is one of the great! She was the shining light through years of abusive darkness. She took our story and fought for me to help protect my child. She understood everything ahead of her to accomplish this huge task ahead. She continued to shine when I felt defeated and in turn she helped me to win a battle that I could not see the end through. I am so blessed to have had her represent myself and my child. I cannot thank her enough but I can definitely tell others how wonderful she truly is. I recommend her with all of my heart! Do not stop fighting for what is best for your child and definitely use Traci to fight for you! Thank you.
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Posted by Patty Alvarez | August 20, 2020
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Traci is hands down the best
We have had the blessing of having Traci represent our family on a couple of occasions. After meeting with other lawyers, I was referred to Traci from a good friend and immediately knew she was the one we needed in our time of turmoil. Traci is amazing! Her assurances through the process were comforting and really helped our family throughout. Traci is incredibly knowledgeable and she goes above and beyond every expectation. And a note for Seth her partner who needed to step in for court, he was just as much a blessing! He was a force to be reckoned with. He made sure to know the case inside and out and was ray of light in our time of doubt and fear. So a huge thank you to both for just being the best and giving us hope during such a horrible time.
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Posted by Michael | April 28, 2020
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Outstanding person, outstanding attorney!
After being told by my wife that she no longer wished to be married, I consulted with and hired Traci Koster. During my consultation, Traci used the acronym P.E.A.C.E. to explain the categories of steps involved with a dissolution of marriage. This was a very helpful step that assisted me in understanding what was going to take place over the next 9 months. Traci was thorough. An attorney that I consulted with prior to meeting with Traci, was not as thorough. When I say Traci was thorough, I was scheduled for an hour consultation that lasted 2 hours and 15 minutes. Being thorough did not end the day of the consultation. She was not caught off guard with anything that took place during my case. She was prepared every step of the way and she made sure that I understood what was going to take place every step of the way. Traci was available. Every time that I reached out to Traci with a question or concern, she was available to answer my question and completely addressed everything that I brought to her attention. Traci was knowledgeable. It did not matter if it was the initial case filing, completing my financial affidavit, the case management conference, mediation, the marital settlement agreement, the final dissolution of marriage and everything between. The way Traci explained it, is how it proceeded. Traci is genuine. The first time that you meet Traci and you listen to her out look on life, family and her work, you know that she is genuine and that you are in good hands. Traci showed me over the last 9 months that she really cared about me (the person that was going through an unpleasant situation) and that she took a vested interest in getting the best outcome for me. Her genuine demeanor made our attorney/client relationship feel more like a friendship.
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Posted by anonymous | March 28, 2020
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Divorce
I can’t thank this group enough for helping me with a very difficult divorce! They are experienced and professional! I highly recommend them!! My divorce was very difficult. Me and my husband had two properties one he had before we got married and the other one we had together. Traci and her legal assistant Shawn was absolutely amazing. They were always there to answer any questions that. I had, emails , texts messages, Traci or Shawn always respond immediately to me. I have Traci‘s cell phone number if I needed to reach her after hours. She stayed after 5 to meet with me because I work until 5:00 Pm in Bradenton Florida. It took eight months but with the A team behind me. I walked away very happy. I got his house that he had before we got married. Nelson law group is the best in Tampa. I really appreciate what you guys did for me Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
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Posted by Daniel | May 9, 2019
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Fantastic & Efficient Lawyer who cares
Traci is a fantastic lawyer, and I am extremely grateful she represented me in my divorce/child custody case. She is a lawyer who listens to your concerns and cares about your legal situation. She always responded back to me in a timely manner and guided me along every step of the way. She understood my financial hardship and made sure we communicated as efficiently as possible throughout the duration of the case. Having Traci with me through my mediation process was reassuring, and she confidentially guided me along the way. Thank you Traci so much for all your hard work, support, and dedication, so I can have my children back in my life. Every moment I have with my children, I can thank you, Seth, and Nelson Law Group.
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Posted by anonymous | February 19, 2019
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Smart and caring attorney
Traci helped me navigate a divorce with the utmost concern for me financially and providing guidance to maintain peace during a very difficult process. She is invaluable in her expertise as a lawyer and keeping one focused on a favorable outcome. I recommend Traci to anyone needing an attorney who is intelligent and caring.
Posted by Justin | July 19, 2018
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Brilliant Attorney
Traci Koster is a Brilliant Attorney and helped me through one of the toughest times in my life. Her representation was professional and very high quality. Also through the entire case Traci was always very accessible and always returned my phone calls in a reasonable amount of time. I just can't say enough about Traci. Anybody going through Divorce or is dealing with other Family law matters should definitely hire Traci Koster.
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Posted by Ken Dupree | June 29, 2018
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Child Support Modification
Ms. Koster was very successful in resolving my child support issues. Ms. Koster is very professional and very knowledgeable about family law. She explained the process to me and she moved things along to avoid me having to pay additional attorney's fees and costs.
Posted by Connie | January 6, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
EXCELLENT
Traci came recommended to me by another lawyer and she did not disappoint me. She listened, was compassionate, very organized, and above all communicated extremely well. I felt so confident and comfortable with her representing me and the outcome demonstrated her extraordinary ability and knowledge. This was a very stressful and awful time in my life and I am extremely grateful to Traci for being there and helping me through. She is one "Super" lawyer and person!
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Posted by George | December 22, 2017
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Nelson Law Group
I used Traci Koster of Nelson law Group to handle my recent divorce and feel she did me a Great job! The whole experience with the firm was 1st class. I would highly recommend them!
Posted by Tammy | December 13, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Divorce/Family Law
Traci Koster is an excellent attorney. From our very first meeting I found her to be a very professional, well qualified and experienced attorney. Over the course of my divorce she carefully listened to my concerns and was acutely aware of my needs. She was also efficient and effective in all communications with all parties involved. Her calm, caring and methodical personality was an incredible asset. I am grateful I chose her to represent me and highly recommend her.
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Posted by anonymous | November 10, 2017
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So helpful and genuine
Traci was more than just legal council, she put her heart and energy into giving me wisdom I needed to hear; while fighting to provide me the best support and guidance for my case. Both me and my family are beyond grateful for the way she served us in our time of need.
Posted by anonymous | November 9, 2017
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Incredible Sharp & Compassionate
Traci is not only a pleasure to work with full of compassion and grace while handling inevitably emotional cases, she is sharp and hard working and will fight for the rights of her clients for the best possible outcome for the families she represents. She is honest, strong, and smart, and there is no one I would recommend to walk through what is often the hardest time of a family's life. Whether it be for divorce, adoption, or custody, she has a way of engaging and truly caring for her clients while remaining objective and organized to provide honest and effective legal counsel.
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Cost

Rates
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Nelson Law Group
  • 2016 - Present
  • Associate
  • Bush Ross, P.A.
  • 2010 - 2016

Education

  • Stetson University College of Law
  • Doctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor
  • 2009
  • University of Central Florida
  • Bachelors of Science
  • 2007

Associations

  • Hillsborough County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division
  • President-Elect
  • 2019 - Present
  • Tampa Connection
  • Board Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • Tampa Connection
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Hillsborough Education Foundation Take Stock in Children
  • Mentor
  • 2017 - Present
  • Stann Givens Family Law American Inn of Court of Tampa
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • William Reece Smith, Jr. Litigation American Inn of Court
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division
  • Board of Directors
  • 2014 - Present
  • Tampa Bay Pro Bono Partners
  • Co-founder
  • 2014 - Present
  • Leadership Pinellas
  • Board of Directors
  • 2015 - 2016
  • Federal Bar Association (Tampa Bay chapter)
  • Young Lawyers Division
  • 2015 - 2016
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2020
  • Lynn Futch Most Productive Young Lawyer Award
  • The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division
  • 2019
  • 2016 Outstanding Pro Bono Service by a Young Lawyer Award
  • Thirteenth Judicial Circuit
  • 2016
  • William F. Blews Pro Bono Award
  • Stetson University College of Law
  • 2009
  • Stanley Milledge Award
  • Stetson University College of Law
  • 2009
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Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • Hillsborough County Bar Association Family Law Section CLE
  • Evidence in Family Law Cases
  • 2019
  • Judge McEwen's Mentoring Program
  • Effective Opening Statements and Closing Arguments
  • 2017

Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (2)
Endorse Traci
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 11
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I absolutely endorse Ms. Koster. We recently handled a dissolution of marriage on opposing sides, and she was a pleasure to work with. She advocated for her client while still managing expectations which helped us ultimately reach a resolution that was more than acceptable for both parties. She was timely in her communication and maintained professionalism at all times. I look forward to working with her again."
Family Attorney | Feb 06
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse Traci. She is professional, knowledgeable, thoughtful about the manner in which she practices law, and protective of her clients' best interests."
Family Attorney | Nov 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Traci is incredibly passionate and skilled. She understands her client's needs and goals and helps achieve them efficiently and professionally."
Marriage and prenuptials Attorney | Nov 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Traci is one of the most professional and qualified attorneys I have ever worked with. I recently referred a client to Traci and the client is extremely pleased with Traci's handling."
Family Attorney | Nov 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Traci is an outstanding lawyer who takes great care of her clients. I highly recommend her for Family law matters."
Family Attorney | Apr 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Traci is a bright and hard-working attorney with a passion for helping those less fortunate through her pro bono service in the community."
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Tampa Divorce and separation Lawyer Traci L Koster
Traci L Koster
Divorce and separation Attorney
Tampa, FL
Licensed for 14 years