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Joryn Jenkins

Divorce and separation Attorney at Tampa, FL

5.0   56 reviews

About Joryn

Learn Joryn’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    25%

  2. Family
    25%
    OpenPalm is a law firm for families. We don't simply divorce folks, or get them child support or timesharing with their kids, but we focus on restructuring relationships and family rebuilding. There are all kinds of families these days, and a courtroom divorce destroys relationships. However, if handled effectively and collaboratively, divorce and the consequent restructuring of the family can create new relationships that are far healthier than those arising from traditional courtroom divorce.

    33 years, 700 cases

  3. Litigation
    20%
    Although I started out as a prosecutor, when I entered the public workforce, I found myself attracted, not to criminal defense, but to the civil side of litigation. I've handled all types of disputes, from breach of contract to legal malpractice, from the break-up of a partnership to the break-down of a factory construction agreement.

    42 years, 700 cases

  4. Child custody
    10%

  5. Alimony
    5%

  6. Appeals
    5%
    Appellate law is challenging for most attorneys, but I love it. I have had the opportunity to make new law on numerous occasions, including the time I went all the way to the Florida Supreme Court, where the Court struck down the law I had challenged as unconstitutional.

    39 years, 44 cases

  7. Marriage and prenuptials
    5%

  8. Uncontested divorce
    5%

 

In her mission to change the way the world gets divorced, Joryn has published extensively. Written for the client, War or Peace, Avoid the Destruction of Divorce Court, illustrates with true stories how personal choices impact how marriages end: with dignity and self-respect, or with hatred and virtual bloodshed. In it, Joryn recounts actual events as they unfolded, both the wars fought in the courtroom, as well as the collaborative accords negotiated at the conference table. I Never Saw My Father Again, The Divorce Court Effect, continues that discussion by elaborating on how to make the process more effective. Her third book, A Free Divorce Handbook, How to Organize a Collaborative Divorce Pro Bono Project debuted in October 2015. She published her next two Open for Business books, both intended for the collaborative practitioner, Managing Your Collaborative Practice for Passion & Profit and Changing the Way the World Gets Divorced, her book on collaborative marketing, in 2016.

 

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Licensed for 42 years
State FL
Status Member in Good Standing
Acquired 1983
Updated 11/23/2022
State DC
Status Resigned
Acquired 1980
Updated 08/21/2014

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Open Palm Law
3839 W Kennedy Blvd
Tampa, FL, 33609-2719

Reviews

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Posted by Sheryl | September 9, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Collaborative Divorce
My situation was too complicated for other agencies so they referred me to Open Palm Law. OPL called me and explained The Tampa Bay Pro Bono Collaborative Project. I cried with relief. Even though I still didn’t understand the scope of it, I knew it was my last hope for a desperately needed divorce. Austin did such an amazing job of explaining the collaborative process, using Joryn’s amazing posters, that my husband signed the agreement to go forward. We each received and read Joryn’s book, War Or Peace, and I started to realize what was being offered to us. God put the collaborative team together with knowledge and experience to match our situation perfectly. They were wonderful, through so many roadblocks, and I felt safe, beginning to end. In court, we would’ve spent everything we had and it would have destroyed our family. Instead, they helped us make an amicable agreement that met our needs and brought us to a fair conclusion. I’m excited for my future! Thank you so much, amazing team, for your time and gentle wisdom. I don’t know where I would be, if not for your sacrifice and perseverance. Thank you!
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Posted by Craig | September 8, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Gets the job done!
Thanks Austin. I appreciate yours and Joryn's help and expertise in handling this family matter. The OPL Team was top notch professional, courteous and on point with me. By far I'm glad to have worked with this firm towards a peaceful resolution. I am grateful that this personal chapter can now be closed. I will recommend anyone to work with you in the future. Thank you!
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Posted by Robert | May 15, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
My Journey
Joryn, and her team ( Austin, and Madison ) were some of the most "Spectacular Human Beings" that i've ever had the pleasure of associating with! Their understanding of how Divorce affects the heart, and spirit is exceptional! Their attention to detail with the legal system, and documents, is second to none, and their abilities to have patience, and to keep your spirits lifted during the most difficult times is certainly a gift, and remarkable! Thank you so very much, Open Palm Law. May our Heavenly Father bless you, and your families, and keep you save always!
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Posted by Angel | November 27, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
SILENT PROFESSIONALS
"Open Palm Law is by far the most amazing experience that I could have had in a time like this and with one of the most difficult situations, one can ever have a divorce. The staff was extremely supportive during the entire process and Ms. Jenkins was an exceptional attorney that demonstrated compassion, understanding, and genuine concern during the most difficult time of my life. She tirelessly addressed each part of the process with equal concern and gave both parties a sense of peace and comfort all the way to the end. I would highly recommend her and her staff to get the job done and done very well. I don't endorse divorce nor separation, but if there was a true reason to have to go that route, this is the team you want on your side."
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Response from Joryn Jenkins November 28, 2020
Angel was truly aptly named! He was truly a pleasure to work with, and to overcome the difficulties we had in achieving a result with which he could be comfortable. This divorce was not what he wanted, but we listened to him and he listened to us, he will now be able to move on, knowing that he did the right and best thing for himself and his family.
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Posted by Joel | March 25, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Genuine and caring
Thank you so much Joryn for your genuineness and all the care you showed that made the collaborative process better than ever expected. My decision to hire you was the best choice I could have made. My x-wife and I remain heart felt friends by your excellent representation and the team you helped to create.
Response from Joryn Jenkins March 26, 2020
Joel, you and your wife were both a pleasure to work with. Divorce is never easy but when our clients care so much about each other, it makes our work in this area very rewarding. So thank you!
Posted by Karen | February 8, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very Knowledgeable
It was a Pleasure to meet you and Your team. Thank You For showing compassion, as we all know, this is a very tough decision to make. I was Very nervous about coming to see you, and you made it really relaxing. Thank You So Much.
Response from Joryn Jenkins February 26, 2020
Karen, you did your homework, you took the hard step forward, and now you're informed enough to make a decision, which you did. Good for you!
Posted by Betty | January 14, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Experience with attorney
She helped me to understand that the law regarding divorce and how it would affect me, so I can make an informed decision.
Posted by Edward | August 27, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Genuinely cares
Attorney Joryn Jenkins and her staff is in a class of professionalism all by themselves. They answered all my questions and gave me more valuable information than any other attorney I had spoke with prior.
Response from Joryn Jenkins September 15, 2019
Thank you for this, Edward. You were a joy to meet, despite your unfortunate circumstances.
Posted by anonymous | August 17, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Talks to you, Not at you
Highly knowledgeable in the field of prenuptial agreements. She has a kind nature and really takes the time to listen to every detail of your situation.
Response from Joryn Jenkins September 15, 2019
We live in a culture in which folks are quick to criticize but not so fast to offer an atta-boy. So I really must thank you for this, for going out of your way, especially because you did it anonymously! It makes it that much for valuable!
Posted by David | July 22, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Fantastic person to work with
Utilized for a child custody case. Her and her staff were attentive to details in helping me get what I wanted, and how to handle this in a manner that would benefit me
Posted by Don | July 18, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Amazing
Joryn Jenkin's is an amazing resourceful professional. She brings an amazing level of intellect and heart into any legal situation and makes a clear resolution plan that truly makes one understand that there is more than logic and emotion to any situation.
Posted by Greg | June 29, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney
Joryn Jenkins is one of the most knowledgeable attorneys I have ever met. She takes the time to understand your situation and then formulates a plan to solve it. Her law firm also has very competent staff to help get the job done. I would recommend Open Palm Law to anyone looking for solving family law situations and planning.
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Posted by Joe | June 15, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
They care about my family!
I write this coming from a place of love for my family and wanting to do right by my wife and young son. I was unsure about what to do when my wife told me she wanted a divorce but through a friend I found Mrs. Jenkins at Open Palms. She and her excellent staff have helped guide me and my family through the process of working together to come to a reasonable and clean divorce settlement agreement (Doing what’s best for my family). The people at Open Palms have helped to comfort me and advised me through the most difficult time and decisions of my life. With their help I was able to make it through the process with little worries and confidence that I was doing what was best for my family given the circumstances. I would highly recommend Open Palms because of their processes and procedures to anyone looking for Peace of mind and resolution to their martial affairs! Through it all I have learned what it means to be selfless, grateful, humble and most of all what sacrifice truth looks like. This life changing event has taught me many lessons about unconditional love and appreciation for what really matters in this world of material things and it is life itself good and bad. The people at Open Palms live a servant lifestyle of helping and not hurting and for that I am grateful for their services!
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Posted by John | June 14, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend in collaborative proceedings
Joryn is clearly a leader in the collaborative process of divorce. The representation I received was excellent and she took a personal interest in helping me all along the way.
Posted by Harlan | June 4, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
excellent
Joryn meet with me once and went over all my options. She was fantastic and very knowledgeable and pleasant to work with. I would recommend her highly.
Posted by Anthony | March 14, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing!
I was amazed at how Joryn was able to make the process of divorce so simple and affordable. She was able to work with me and my unique situation of leaving the state of FL via the technologies out there. I would highly recommend her services!
Posted by Stephanie | February 27, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The best
Me and my now ex husband used this office for our divorce over 6 years ago and I honestly believe that one of the only reasons that we are still capable of having friendly conversations, is due to the process that this office provided for our divorce. They made sure that we never felt like we were bugging them or asking for too much and really looked into our unique situation to make sure that everyone was coming out of this with their heads above water. I recommend Joryn Jenkins to every one that I know, whether it be friends or strangers, looking for an office to use in any situation. Not that I would ever wish anyone to go through a divorce, but for what could have been a very difficult and painful process this office made it easy, painless and all around fair for everyone.
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Posted by Dwayne | February 15, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Lawyer
Joryn Jenkins and her staff are wonderful to work with. She steeped in midstream when my previous attorney abruptly moved out of state. Thankfully a lawyer friend specializing in another area of law recommended her. Joryn is straightforward and tells you like it is. She is a strong believer in the collaborative process (although my case did not lend itself to an amicable resolution), which is the way to go because the State of Florida, from my experience, seems to want both parties to reach an agreement and the case will go on and on until they arrive at that point. I heartily recommend Open Palm Law.
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Posted by Antonio | February 15, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Child Support/Child Custody
On 14 Feb 2019, I spoke with Ms. Jenkins regarding my child custody and child support issues. She was very respectful and professional. She took the time to listen to my concerns and offered me positive solutions to resolve my problem. You can tell she takes her job seriously and she looks out for the best interest of her client. Some attorneys start off the conversation about money and that tends to turn me away since I was a paralegal for over 10 years but her main focus is the issue at hand and what service she can provide to her client. Ms. Jenkins will point you in the right direction and be truthful and honest with her answers to your questions. Her experience shows in the knowledge she shares and I would hire her 100 times out of 100. Mr. A
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Posted by Gary | December 11, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Joryn is Changing the Way the World Gets Divorced.
I have worked with Joryn Jenkins and her staff for the last 7 years. Her focus of Changing the Way the World Gets Divorced is an inspiration to not only her clients who are going through a divorce, but other attorneys who see a better way to represent their clients. After reviewing each client's situation she offers the choices they have and answers all questions so they know the best option moving forward.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 275-500 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Open Palm Law
  • 2014 - 2014
  • Owner
  • Joryn Jenkins & Associates
  • 1994 - 2014
  • Professor
  • Stetson University College Of Law
  • 1992 - 1994
  • Associate
  • Annis Mitchell, Cockey, Edwards & Roehn, PA
  • 1991 - 1992
  • Associate
  • Taub & Williams
  • 1986 - 1991
  • Assistant State Attorney
  • State Of Florida
  • 1983 - 1986
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Education

  • Georgetown University Law Center
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1980
  • Yale University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1976

Legal Cases

  • S.T. v. School Board of Seminole County, 783 So.2d 1231 (Fla. 5th DCA 2001) (Case No. 5D00-2569).
  • Won the appeal
  • Wiley v. Roof, 641 So.2d 66 (Fla. 1994).
  • Won the appeal to the Florida Supreme Court.
  • The Tribune Co. v. DML and Anclote Manor Hospital, 566 So.2d 1333 (Fla. 2d DCA 1990).
  • Won the appeal.
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Associations

  • Next Generation Divorce
  • Training Chair
  • 2014 - Present
  • Florida Academy of Collaborative Professionals
  • Board Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Next Generation Divorce
  • Pro Bono Project Chair
  • 2011 - Present
  • American Inns of Court
  • Leadership Council
  • 1997 - Present
  • Coordinating Council of Florida Inns
  • Founder, Charter Member, Chair
  • 1989 - Present
  • J. Clifford Cheatwood American Inn of Court
  • Founder, Charter Member, President
  • 1987 - Present
  • The Florida Bar Grievance Committee 13-A
  • Chair
  • 2003 - 2004
  • J. Clifford Cheatwood American Inn of Court
  • President
  • 2001 - 2002
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association
  • Director
  • 1997 - 1999
  • The Federal Bar
  • Editor-in-Chief, The Federal Lawyer
  • 1993 - 2003
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association
  • Peer Review Committee Charter Panel Member
  • 1993 - 1995
  • The Florida Bar Grievance Committe 13-A
  • Chair
  • 1992 - 1993
  • American Inns of Court
  • Editor-in-Chief, The Bencher
  • 1991 - 1994
  • American Inns of Court
  • Trustee
  • 1991 - 1997
  • Coordinating Council of Florida Inns
  • Chair
  • 1989 - 1991
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • French

Awards

  • Pro Bono Service
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association
  • 2005
  • Pro Bono Service
  • The Florida Bar
  • 2004
  • A. Sherman Christensen Award
  • American Inns of Court
  • 2001
  • Professionalism
  • Cheatwood Inn of Court
  • 1999
  • Distinguished Service
  • The Federal Bar
  • 1998
  • President's Award
  • The Federal Bar
  • 1997
  • Leadership
  • The Florida Bar Grievance Committee 13-A
  • 1993
  • Leadership
  • Cheatwood Inn of Court
  • 1993
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Publications

  • Open Palm Press
  • From Rookie to Rainmaker
  • 2017
  • Open Palm Press
  • From Lawyer to Law Firm
  • 2017
  • Open Palm Press
  • Champions of Collaborative Divorce
  • 2017
  • Open Palm Press
  • The Divorce Puzzle
  • 2017
  • Open Palm Press
  • Open for Business, Managing Your Collaborative Practice for Passion & Profit
  • 2016
  • Open Palm Press
  • Open for Business, Changing
  • 2016
  • Open Palm Press
  • I Never Saw My Father Again (The Divorce Court Effect)
  • 2015
  • Open Palm Press
  • A Free Divorce Handbook (Organizing a Collaborative Divorce Pro Bono Project)
  • 2015
  • Lexis Nexis Publishing
  • Florida Civil Motions Practice
  • 1997
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Speaking Engagements

  • From Rookie to Rainmaker
  • Marketing Your Law Practice
  • 2017
  • Changing the Way the World Gets Divorced
  • Marketing Your Collaborative Practice
  • 2017
  • same
  • Managing Your Collaborative Practice for Passion & Profit
  • 2016
  • Monthly Meeting
  • Collaborative Practice in Bankruptcy
  • 2014
  • Annual Conference
  • Ethics
  • 2014
  • Annual Conference
  • Collaborative Divorce; What Is It and Why Do We Do It?
  • 2014
  • 2014 Annual Conference
  • Marketing Your Collaborative Practice
  • 2014
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Attorney endorsements

Received (10)
Given (21)
Family Attorney | Jul 24
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I recently served as the mediator in one of Ms. Jenkins' cases. She is extremely knowledgeable and professional. Ms. Jenkins provides her clients with the range of possibilities of court-based outcomes and ensures her clients have the tools necessary to feel in control and make educated decisions in their cases. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Mar 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I recently had the honor and privilege of working with Joryn on a collaborative divorce case; I represented one spouse and she represented the other. Joryn is a gifted attorney whose knowledge of the collaborative process is unmatched. She has a deep understanding of the law and knows when and how to implement various alternative dispute resolution strategies such as mediation, collaborative divorce, and negotiated settlements. It was a pleasure getting to know Joryn over the last several months. She is a true professional. I look forward to working with her on future cases."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top notch attorney. I endorse 100%"
Family Attorney | Aug 25
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Joryn’s commitment to effective, compassionate advocacy is only rivaled by her devotion to professional development and education. In Joryn, clients have a caring and skillful advocate, while her colleagues have a mentor and teacher setting the highest standards for service and professionalism. Joryn has wholly embraced Collaborative Practice, and is consistently in search of the best and most creative ways to help her clients resolve disputes in a peaceful and respectful way. There’s no question…I strongly endorse Joryn."
Family Attorney | Aug 21
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Joryn is a wonderful mentor and exceptional collaborative attorney. She works tirelessly to promote the collaborative family law movement in our community. She always focuses on what is best for her client.... You won't find a better collaborative attorney."
Family Attorney | Aug 19
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Joryn is one of the most energetic and passionate collaborative practitioners and a leader in the effort to change the way the world gets divorced. I strongly endorse Joryn Jenkins."
Family Attorney | Sep 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Joryn Jenkins professionally for 30 years as we both practice in the Tampa Bay legal community in the are of family law primarily. She is very knowledgeable, a great trial lawyer with a quick mind and she doesn't get caught off guard. She's one I never hesitate to recommend to a client she might help."
Family Attorney | Apr 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Joryn is a powerhouse of an attorney and is leading the charge in collaborative divorce, which is a revolutionary change from the standard, painful, and financially disastrous divorce process. She is remarkably intelligent and very helpful resource for anyone who is about to go through divorce."
Family Attorney | Mar 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have been a member of the editorial board of The Federal Lawyer for many years. Early in my tenure there, I had the pleasure of working on the magazine with Joryn, who was (at that time) its volunteer editor. As editor, she chaired our board, which consisted of very bright and dedicated lawyers from around the country. (I am in California.) From personal experience, I can attest that she is very bright, articulate, and hard working. She is a true "team player," always willing to share praise with those she collaborates with. When I think of her, the two words that first come to mind are "can do," I am sure that this attitute carries over into her practice, to the benefit of her clients."
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