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James Randall Kramer

Family Attorney at Tampa, FL

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About James

Learn James’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Family
    90%
    MENS Divorce and Family Law Practice - I focus on represnting Men in divorce, paternity, child custody, domestic violence, child support, alimony, establishment, enforcement and modification actions. My goal is to protect and preserve Men's and Fathers' Rights.

    31 years, 600 cases

  2. Litigation
    10%
    I began as an insurance defense trial lawyer in a 70 partner firm, and continue trying or defending a broad spectrum of civil and misdemeanor criminal cases in circuit and county courts still, including personal injury, negligence, contract actions, and more in addition to my primary practice in family law.

    39 years, 150 cases

I graduated with a BS in Engineering from the United States Naval Academy in 1974. After graduation, I served as an officer in the Marine Corps through 1979. I earned an MBA in Finance and Investments from the George Washington University in 1980, worked as a DOD Consultant and Financial Analyst, and then went to law school and earned my Juris Doctor at the University of Florida College of Law in 1984. I've been admitted to the Florida Bar since 1984.

My family law practice focuses on representing men in divorce, paternity actions, domestic violence injunctions and child support enforcement. I was the first such "Mens practice" in the Tampa Bay area, though many others have tried to pattern their practices after my model since then.

As a divorced father who had custody of his own daughter throughout her high school years, I am well aware of the challenges of trying to co-parent with what can seem a most difficult ex-spouse. The stress of divorce, the uncertainty over dividing assets, fighting to maintain your rights with your children, the personal attacks, and the strain it puts on friends, family, and even employment—that is where an experienced attorney with my background can make a difference. I try to provide the calming and relevant advice and counsel you need.

I believe that fathers are as important as mothers, albeit in different areas, and that the Best parent is BOTH Parents. I will work with you and represent you to preserve your rights, time, and parental control for your children, striving for equal timesharing wherever practical. You are not divorcing your children even though your spouse may try treating it that way.

Even after divorce, while you and your spouse live seperately, the best parent is still both parents and both should remain actively involved in their children's lives. Your kids don't have to be casualties of your divorce, nor should the divorce cost them either parent.

Another main issue in a divorce is equitable distribution of marital property. The presumption is an equal split of marital property and interests in Florida.  Regarding division of the marital and any pre-marital and/or non-marital money, pensions, investments, home(s), and other property, I will do my best to advise you and ensure that your financial settlement is fair and within legal requirements for equitable distribution.

While most of my cases are setled before trial, I am not a stranger to trying cases if they can't be reasonably and fairly settled. I've been trying cases for 33 years now, and trial is where experience counts most.

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Licensed for 38 years
State GA
Status Emeritus
Acquired 1990
Updated 11/03/2022
State FL
Status Member in Good Standing
Acquired 1984
Updated 11/23/2022

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

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James Randall Kramer
13311 Winding Oak Court, Suite A
Tampa, FL, 33612

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Posted by Chris W | February 29, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
The Most Competent (& Successful) Family Law Attorney in Florida
I was making a business decision with a former client of Jim Kramers. We discussed our business relationship and the value we both brought to the table for our tasks at hand. When our discussion turned to personal interests, I divulged my marriage was over and my wife was seeking to aggressively destroy all that we had built for no reason but to be in control and destructive towards myself, my son, and our assets.. This Gentleman immediately advised how Jim Kramer changed his life and secured his assets in the best position for himself and his daughter. I heard his testimony about Jim and new it was something special to receive a reference based on my very difficult situation. I believe God brings the right people into your life when you open your heart to Him. Jim Kramer took my case without blinking and proved his experience was far superior to the fees he charged for his services. It was the best decision I've ever been lead to make and have thanked God everyday for the sustainable relationship I now have with my son as a result of Jims highly effective leadership and resolve for the heart wrenching impossible I was facing. He's truly a gift to fathers deserving of being given the chance to be the Best Dad they can be. God Bless Jim Kramer for all that he's accomplished for all of us.
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Posted by Jeffrey | January 6, 2016
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Best family attorney in Tampa for Dads! Period..
I know it was divine intervention that led me to Mr. James Kramer. When I was referred to him to take a look at my case, I was at serious risk of losing my only child to a relocation. In terms of where my case stood when I walked into his office, most attorneys were like go help your son pack his bags. Less than 1 year later Kramer has me in the drivers seat with majority custody and loving life with my child. If you love your kids which I am sure you do and you are fighting for your rights, please don't make the same mistake I did the first time hiring a family attorney. Kramer is a walking encyclopedia in Family Law! He is professional, sincere, genuine and truly has a heart for dads desiring to be with their kids. Thank you James Kramer for all you have done for me and my son. There are no words that can express my gratitude for your services and efforts exhausted in helping me keep my relationship with my only child. To all the dads out there that believe there is no hope left, a couple of words of wisdom for you, Call James Kramer! I am so glad I did.. Simply the best family attorney in Tampa.
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Posted by Chuck | October 5, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Dedicated to Father's Rights
Jim is amazing! He spends his time fighting for father's rights, and for men who want to be part of their children's lives. My ex-wife didn't want me to have any visitation and tried all kinds of crazy ideas. Jim took each one in stride, disproved them in court, and I actually ended up with more visitation that I started out asking for. My ex-wife went through 4 lawyers (all of which were higher priced than Jim) and Jim easily won every time we had to go to court. I owe him a ton of gratitude for taking on my case and representing me the way he did. If he's not your lawyer, you don't want to see him in the courtroom!
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Posted by Jose | September 29, 2015
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Solid as a rock!
No one ever plans on getting divorced. It is one of the most traumatic events in a person's life, especially when you don't see it coming. As the sole provider in the family the financial fears and uncertainties associated with my divorce where overwhelming. James Kramer not only handled my divorce in a professional and caring manner, he and his staff were a source of support at a time when I needed to hear "it's going to be ok". James kept me focused on the realities of the situation, and perfectly executed a plan that resulted in a fair and appropriate settlement. His special attention and positive results with regards to my custodial desires and financial future was a life saver. I can't thank him (and Barb) enough for the wonderful job they did in helping me not only get through this most terrible of times, but for getting me to the other side solid as a rock!!!
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Posted by Aaron | September 28, 2015
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Jim Kramer
Jim is a phenomenal attorney and a great person. He guided me all throughout my divorce process and has been a key figure in creating and maintaining my new life. Had I gone with a different attorney, there is no doubt in my mind that my life, and the lives of my children would not have turned out as well as they have.
Posted by Jeffrey | March 26, 2015
Best family law attorney in Tampa.. Stop Looking..
James Kramer can do in one hour what 3 attorneys can't do in 10. If you need a family law attorney and were led to Kramer, Stop Looking! He is calm, a total expert in family law, and will get the job done In court. If you want the best, call Jim Kramer. I am so glad that I did..
Posted by Jeff | February 19, 2013
Jim Kramer Rocks!
Finally, an attorney that focuses on Men's rights! Jim is great. He handled my case expertly. My ex hired 3 separate attorney's because Jim made each, in turn, look like amateurs. If the court system would have let him handle things as he saw fit we would have wrapped my case up quickly. Alas it still took a year or more to get in front of the Judge. By the time we left the courtroom I had more than i asked for. I couldn't be happier with Jim.
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Posted by Paul K | February 11, 2013
Excellent Lawyer
Jim was a great attorney to work with, due to his professionalism, knowledge and hard work I got a lot more time and additional awards for my daughter during my child custody case. Jim set our case out in rational and professional manner, the Judge agreed with Jim's agrument and allowed me to claim my daughter as a dependent which was very important to me because it enabled my daughter to remain in the only home she has ever known. I would highly recommend Jim to any parent who cares about their children, he clearly showed me that he does and because of him I now have an excellent relationship with my daughter which I am eternally grateful for.
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Posted by James | January 2, 2013
A REAL FIGHTER FOR YOU
Jim Kramer took over my case from an attorney that had managed to have me in more trouble than when the case began. Jim Kramer was decisive, confident and knew the law. He fought for me like he he was part of my family. He seemed to truly care about me and what was happening to me. He was easy to reach and always kept me informed as to what was going on. My case was not your standard divorce, in and out. We actually had a trial that lasted 3 days. Jim called our witnesses and properly asked the questions so the other sides objections were over ruled. He was fully prepared and we were never caught by any surprises. Jim has become a friend, and I would recommend him to anyone. This country could use more attorneys like him. On top of everything else, his fee's were more reasonable than other attorney's. If you want an attorney that will fight for your cause, Jim is your guy.
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Posted by John | December 28, 2012
ABOVE THE REST!
Bottom Line Up Front: I highly recommend James R. Kramer as your attorney in your divorce. When it was time for me to find a divorce lawyer, I looked for one that strictly had a man’s interest at heart and mind. I found that and more in James R. Kramer. As many of us know first-hand, the divorce process is far from pleasant. Knowing you have an attorney that has your rights solely in mind is a comforting feeling. When I had my first consultation with Jim, I knew he was the right person. He took the time to layout the divorce process and our goals. I also found out he was a straight shooter who requires his clients to put their big boy pants on and play an active role in their divorce as a team member in the process. Playing an active role and working hard was crucial in my fight for the best possible outcome during my divorce. Rest assured the spouse you are divorcing is working overtime trying to take your children, money and property. Jim provided sound advice and recommendations for an unofficial time-share which was eventually accepted as a temporary and then final agreement by my ex. He was always accessible when I had issues with my ex taking the liberty of violating the agreement. During the divorce, Jim didn’t sit back waiting for my ex and her attorney to decide what to do. He was proactive in attempting to resolve the divorce in the shortest time and least costly way possible. He made solid recommendations for a quick settlement and to keep the process moving. He wasted no time filing the paperwork for hearings and mediation to insure stalling was not an option for the ex. We did our research, we were prepared and we achieved our goals. Jim was always reassuring during my office visits on my road to liberation. I’m happy to say he was right, and I’m now able to move past the divorce and on to the next phase in life with my children. Thank you Jim! You looked out for me, you guided me and you were a great team leader.
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Posted by Larry | December 27, 2012
James R. Kramer - ESQ (THE BEST)
Mr. Kramer is beyond peer - he handled a "contentious" divorce for me and ALWAYS knew what to do, when and HOW. The divorce involved numerous states (FL, GA, MD, CO) and Jim was on top of every situation. After having contacted a lawyer in MD and getting poor results, I turned to Jim and knew that was the best decision I had made in years. I was kept informed, comfortable, and assured. Jim knew what he was doing, documenting everything and in the end made certain my case was handled professionally, correctly and in accordance with the law - something that could NOT be said for opposing attorneys Having Jim as MY representative was great. I HAVE recommended him to others.
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Posted by Chip | December 27, 2012
Kramer takes no prisoners!
Jim Kramer helped me immensely in round two with my ex in court. His advice for me and how to handle information management with my children was invaluable. The results could not have been better. There's nothing like having a former Marine Annapolis graduate attorney working for you when you have children in a divorce. Particularly one who has fought his own battles. Hire him. You won't regret it!
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Posted by Nick | December 27, 2012
RESULTS!
A very professional matter-of-fact gentleman and friendly individual. I had consulted other counselors on my prospects and their prognosis was very ominous; apparently not well informed on the subject matter. Mr. Kramer capably projected his skills, presented me a fresh positive outlook, which he implemented admirably and put me in a better bargaining position with excellent ethical and budget-friendly results.
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Posted by bob | December 26, 2012
Zegota
this is the attorney you want and need if you are in a divorce situation and you are a MALE. He is the best. he is ugly, mean, and he represents men in divorces. Other then that I dont like him.
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Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Law Office of James R. Kramer
  • 1993 - Present
  • Asst. General Counsel -Nationwide Litigation Manager
  • Life of Georgia/Southland Life/Associated Doctors Insuers
  • 1991 - 1993
  • Trial Attorney
  • Macfarlane, Ferguson, Allison and Kelly
  • 1984 - 1991

Education

  • University of Florida
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1984
  • George Washington University
  • MBA
  • 1980
  • United States NAval Academy, Annapolis
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1974

Legal Cases

  • Saved Doctor in Alimony case
  • I negotiated substantial timesharing with his 3 kids, then tried and got alimony reduced by 2/3 and retroactively. Then settled the wife's $245,000 fees & costs claim for $30,000 which he could pay off over 20 months
  • Ex-NFL wide receiver beat permanent and durational alimony claims, protected his NFL Lifetime Pension
  • Wife ended up with $500 per month bridge the gap alimony for 24 months, and no rights to client's book, movie, clothing line, pension and no other alimony or payments of any sort. Client well pleased.
  • Doctor saved from $30,000/month permanent alimony claim after 27 year marriage
  • Got expeert to impute $170,000/year income potential to wife, then settled for stepped down durational alimony @ $16,000/month for 3 years, then $11,000/month for 3 years, then $9,000/month for 15 years alimony.

Associations

  • Florida Alimony Reform
  • 2013 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • 10 Best Family Law Attorneys for Client Satisfaction in Florida
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2015
  • Outstanding Member
  • Justice Campbell Thornal National Moot Court Board
  • 1984
  • Beta Gamma Sigma (Academic Honor Society)
  • GWU Chapter
  • 1981

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Family Attorney | May 22
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Jim is an excellent fathers' rights advocate. His experience has taught him to be patient, diligent, professional, and friendly. Don't let his niceness fool you though. If the other spouse is being unreasonable, he will fight and go to trial for you. Jim Kramer is a very intelligent attorney."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known this attorney since law school and have had the pleasure of working with him from time to time. He is intelligent, industrious and highly experienced. He works hard for his clients and is passionate about their causes. I have referred a number of satisfied clients to him and if I ever personally needed counsel in this area of the law, he would be my choice."
Family Attorney | Sep 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. In my experience he is energetic and dedicated to his clients."
Family Attorney | Nov 06
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Jim is a formidable adversary and well versed on the law in Florida. An excellent litigator."
Family Attorney | Sep 04
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Jim is one of the most straightforward lawyers I've ever had the pleasure of opposing. No sandbagging with this guy, and honest and polite on top of that. But the best part is... he has the best interests of his client top of mind, and when that includes cluing his client into reality, he's ok with that. Wish we had more cases together. Sorry; I meant "against" each other."
Family Attorney | May 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse James. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Dec 27
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Kramer provides excellent professional service and will protect your interests to the max."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Dec 27
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Jim is an excellent divorce/ family law attorney. He has been the opposing counsel on several cases I have handled over the last 20 or so years. iI have always found Jim to be a fierce competitor, tenacious, experienced and passionate. However, Jim has the unique ability to combine his aggressiveness with tempered reason, civility and good sportsmanship. He takes reasonable positions and defends those positions, reasonably. He is a gentleman-warrior. Though we have been through many bruising battles, I consider Jim to be a respected friend."
Family Attorney | Dec 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jim Kramer is an outstanding trial lawyer. His experience is very impressive. He is the kind of lawyer that any person wants on his or her side, rather than as the opposing lawyer. Jim's cross-examination skills are especially impressive. Woe to the hostile witness or opposing party who has to face Jim at trial. I've known Jim for more than thirty years. His expertise in the area of family law is outstanding. He's seen it all, and he knows how to achieve the best outcome in the most difficult situation. I highly recommend him!"
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