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Gary E Williams

Divorce and separation Attorney at Clearwater, FL

4.8   34 reviews

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Learn Gary’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    50%
    The vast majority of our cases involve divorce. Those cases will inherently involve the issues of equitable distribution of the assets of the parties and they may also involve alimony, children's issues, or complex financial issues. Gary Williams is a Board Certified Specialist in Marital and Family Law and he is familiar with all of the nuances of divorce cases.

    17 years, 1,852 cases

  2. Child custody
    35%
    Florida has actually done away with the use of the term "Child Custody" and it now speaks in terms of "Parental Responsibility" and "Time-sharing." Cases involving children can be among the most difficult cases that there are in the area of family law. As a veteran of a custody fight himself - Gary understands what you are dealing with and he knows how to best prepare your case for presentation to the Court

    17 years, 657 cases

  3. Appeals
    10%
    Family Law Appeals are relatively uncommon. Family Law Judges have a great deal of "discretion" to do equity to the parties in a divorce and, therefore, it can be difficult to overturn a trial court's decision. However, Judges do sometimes, despite their best efforts, get it wrong and in those situations you want an expert in family law preparing your appellate brief.

    17 years, 30 cases

  4. Family
    5%
    My law firm, The Law Firm For Family Law, concentrates it practice in all areas of law involving family issues. Divorce, children's issues, child support, enforcement of Court Orders and Judgments, Wills, Trusts, Estates, Guardianships and Family Law Appeals.

    17 years, 120 cases

Gary E. Williams is the founding attorney at the Clearwater legal office, The Law Firm for Family Law. He established the firm with one mission: to assist clients as they go through changes in their lives in a manner that demonstrates professionalism, integrity, and compassion. In addition, Mr. Williams is a certified divorce financial analyst, and was selected for inclusion in the Florida Super Lawyers Rising Stars℠ list of 2013. To find out more about working with Attorney Williams, contact the firm today!

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Licensed for 17 years
State FL
Status Member in Good Standing
Acquired 2005
Updated 11/23/2022

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

Contact Gary

Gary E. Williams, Attorney at Law
2629 McCormick Drive
Suite # 101
Clearwater, FL, 33759

Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
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Posted by anonymous | June 23, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great counsel
I was a client of Mr Williams. He represented me through this difficult process with professionalism and with an eye towards a workable resolution
Posted by Mario | May 10, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Competent and trusted
Gary Williams is a knowledgeable, effective and trusted law professional, with ample experience in family practice. He worked on a delicate divorce case with me, and was able to reach a fair and satisfactory agreement in a friendly negotiated process. Gary and his office staff are attentive and responsive.
Posted by Tracy | May 2, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Wonderful Attorney
Mr. Gary Williams is a smart, thoughtful, knowledgeable and tenacious attorney. We recently settled an ongoing dispute regarding the enforcement of the terms of a prenuptial agreement. It was an arduous and frustrating 5 year long process as my ex fought us every step of the way. Mr. Williams and his staff stood by me through this whole ordeal with understanding and patience and ending up getting me a deal that was fair and protected me from my ex. My ex is a very vindictive person and I was concerned he may seek retribution now that the case was settled. Mr. Williams took my concerns to heart and included language in the settlement barring him from harassing me in the future. That meant a lot to me. His staff is also wonderful. Very professional and helpful. In addition, Mr. Williams’s staff ending up saving me some money on fees as he is able to delegate certain tasks to paralegals and other staff members that bill at a much lower rate. My ex initially had a lawyer that had no staff and ended up paying much higher legal fees as everything his attorney did was billed at the attorney’s rate. Mr. Williams and his staff are wonderful allies to have in trying times. I highly recommend The Law Firm for Family Law and Mr. Gary Williams if you find yourself going through such times.
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Posted by Elisabeth | April 28, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Lawyer and Advocate
Gary and his staff are awesome! While divorce isn't something we all strive to go through, he makes the process much easier. He is knowledgeable, determined and looks out for the best interest of his clients and their children. He and his staff communicate well and provide assistance when needed. He isn't just my family law attorney, he is a friend. Even after my divorce, there are still issues that arise and questions that need to be answered. He is always there to answer questions and guide me through the "post divorce" years as well. I highly recommend Gary Williams and the team at The Law Firm for Family Law.
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Posted by Laura | April 28, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional and well respected family law attorney.
I came to Mr. Williams for help in a very difficult situation. Gary was very kind in listening and with helping me to make important decisions. He was professional at all times and gained my trust quickly. I respect the qualifications required to become Board Certified as a specialist in his field, and was certainly one of the qualifications I researched when choosing him as my case would require the best. I also would like to share my appreciation for his office staff who were very efficient and extremely helpful. I have, and will continue, to recommend others to his services.
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Posted by anonymous | April 24, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent
Everything in my collaborative divorce was handled smoothly, couldn't have asked for a better attorney to make sure everything was fair and smooth. Thanks Gary!
Posted by Linda | April 22, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent
Divorce is the first step done! Now ex husband wants to lower alimony. Thank goodness I have Gary Williams and his staff to help me out again. Confidence is the key.
Posted by anonymous | April 19, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend Gary Williams, Esq.
I am an attorney (not in the family law area), and I have hired Gary Williams, Esq. I've also referred him to my clients in need of family law counsel. I've found Gary to be responsive and reliable. While Gary is a good fighter, he has a calm, fair demeanor and, in contrast to may other family law specialists, he does not see to take advantage of his clients or prolong cases (and misery) for his own remuneration. Gary is eminently trustworthy. Practicing law would be a much more enjoyable adventure (and our court dockets would be much less congested) if there were more litigators out there like Gary.
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Posted by Robert | April 15, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Fantastic Law Firm
I have know Gary Williams since 2001 and have had his law firm perform a couple of jobs for me. I found Mr Williams and his firm to be honest and they really care about their clients. If my best friend needed a Family Law firm I would most definitely recommend The Law Firm for Family Law!
Posted by Sirena | April 13, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Experience & Professionalism - Attorney you want on your side!
Divorce is a very challenging process to go through. Mr. Williams has brought comfort to me by way of his experience, professionalism, drive and persistence to ensure he is representing and executing what's best for me and my family. Mr. Williams is 100% ethical, in a "divorce" world filled with unethical practices and antics. I feel such a piece of mind and protection knowing that Mr. Williams is representing me through such a challenge of a divorce. This feeling affords me the opportunity to live my life and find happiness (in between court dates and until this is over). I would recommend Mr Williams to anyone that is fighting a tough battle, you couldn't have a better attorney on your side!
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Posted by Scott | April 13, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Highly Recommended
I retained Mr. Williams for a post-judgment modification of timesharing. Mr. Williams and his staff did an excellent job in representing me against a very aggressive opposing counsel and got the the results I was hoping for. I highly recommend him.
Posted by anonymous | February 15, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Completely Trustworthy
Our case was a mess by the time Gary took us on, due to prior counsels mishandling. He was honest and upfront with us from the start. He handled all the crazy and was very supportive in a traumatic time in our lives. We finally felt protected from the craziness of the courts and especially that of my ex and his attorney. He fought hard for us and protected myself and my children. Ethics and common sense are at times lacking in many parts of the law and the processes, but Gary and Stephen fought hard for us and we will be forever appreciative. They are willing to take on the hard cases that most will pass on, unless you have unlimited money. The profession needs more people like them.
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Posted by Steve | December 2, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Law Firm
I have recently completed my divorce with The Law Firm for Family Law. Attorneys Gary Williams, Stephen Gregg and the office staff; Fay, Stephanie and front office staff are excellent. As a father with a high conflict divorce the outcome was excellent. The law firm was always fully prepared, They are the most well known law firm in the area. Look no further, you will not find a better law firm than this one. Everyone in the courthouse knows Gary and Stephen. I hired this law firm in April of 2018 and recently completed divorce just months later. They are the best of the best.
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Posted by Kathy | October 27, 2014
One of the best and most professional attorneys in the area!
I highly recommend Gary Williams and his staff. Gary takes a very strategic approach to divorce and carefully explains the realities of your case rather than what you want to hear. Gary and his staff truly care about you as a person and your family and not just the case. He achieved an outcome for me that was better and smoother than I anticipated and was worth every penny of his fee.
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Posted by anonymous | July 11, 2014
Absolutely Fantastic Attorney
Mr. Williams and his staff could not be better. They do what they say. They are always available and extremely professional. They communicate over phone and email. I originally selected another attorney and spent thousands without getting any results or movement. This firm develops a plan, and does it. I am very grateful for their represnation. In my opinion, they are the best family law practice in the Tampa Bay area.
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Posted by Todd | October 20, 2013
Thank you Gary
A year ago, my ex-wife filed suit in another state, that did not have jurisdiction, trying to terminate my parental rights for my son. I hired this attorney to represent me. The first thing that he did was to file suit in the proper state and county and then he won the hearing on jurisdiction and kept the case here in Florida. He then negotiated a solution to the law suit that maintained my parental rights and got me back the visitation that my ex-wife had been denying to me for years. My son and I had a great summer this year, visiting Disney, Adventure Island and the beaches, because this lawyer did a great job for me. Thank you.
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Posted by Erin | September 5, 2013
He is amazing! I am so thankful!
Gary Williams is an amazing attorney! I went through a horrible and extremely complicated child custody/ dependency case and had another attorney before him that just made it worse. It never should have went the way it did in the first place and it went on for over a year and a half. Gary came in in the most complicated part if the case. I didn't understand any of it and he explained everything to me and told me to trust him. Trusting any attorney was difficult for me at that point in time, but I did and it was the best decision I've ever made. He was extremely understanding with my situation. Between him and his staff they kept me informed and up to date with the entire case. I would recommend him to anyone and have. He was incredibly informed. I can't Thank Mr. Williams and Chris Smith enough for all their had work and putting my family back together. If it wernt for him I don't know what would have happened. He took my case with a promise and turned it from a disaster to a dream. Thank you so much! If your looking for an attorney he's the best one you'll ever be able to find!
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Posted by Shawn | May 18, 2013
An Outstanding Attorney
My divorce case was difficult and complicated. It involved complex financial issues, including stock options and pension rights and significant amounts of premarital assets. My case also involved a major custody fight and a high level of conflict between the parents. Gary, his Associate Attorneys and his Paralegals were all outstanding to work with. They understood the issues involved in the financial side of the case and they brought in a Parent Coordinator to assist my wife and I resolve our differences about parenting. Ultimately my case settled and I was very pleased with the overall handling of my case.
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Posted by Kristin | January 13, 2013
My Deepest Thanks!
My case has been a rollercoaster wich lead to an ongoing battel for about 6 years, and still going. I have retained Gary for the last 4 years. He and his staff have gone above and beyond for me and my daughter! My last lawyer did not have the experience or the ability to stand up to a much more experinced lawyer, a liar and a bully. Gary and his team have always made me feel confident in their abilities and helped me stand up for what is rightfully mine. Thank you for standing up to a bully and helping me have a voice that other wise might not have been heard. My Deepest Thanks to Gary, Joe, Christy, Fay and the entire team.
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Posted by Kenneth | December 4, 2012
Professional, expedient divorce representation
Having worked extensively with attorneys in my professional life, I was immediately impressed with Mr. Williams' quick grasp of the relevant details of dispute in my divorce case. His advice was aggressively in my interests, yet pragmatic in helping move the case to a quickly negotiated and favorable yet fair resolution. Thank you Gary Williams!
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 475-475 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney at Law and Founder of the Firm
  • The Law Firm for Family Law
  • 2005 - Present
  • Administrator of the Firm
  • Catherine W. Real, Attorney at Law, PA
  • 2000 - 2003

Education

  • Stetson University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2005
  • Florida Institute of Technology
  • MA - Masters
  • 1992
  • Eckerd College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1990

Associations

  • Institute of Divorce Financial Analyst
  • Certified Divorce Financial Analyst
  • 2012 - Present
  • United States Supreme Court Bar
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Next Generation Divorce
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
  • Collaborative Divorce Attorney
  • 2009 - Present
  • Leadership Pinellas
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Canakaris American Inn of Court
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • St. Petersburg Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Clearwater Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Florida Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • American Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Tampa Bay Collaborative Divorce Institute
  • President
  • 2010 - 2011
  • Pinellas County Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - 2010
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Tampa's Top Attorneys
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2019
  • Top Attorneys 10 Rating
  • AVVO
  • 2019
  • Top Lawyers of Tampa
  • Super Lawyers 2012
  • 2018
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2015
  • Certified Family Trial Lawyer
  • American Bar Association
  • 2015
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Board Certified Expert in Marital & Family Law
  • Florida Bar
  • 2013
  • Client Distinction Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • Certificate of Advanced Training in Collaborative Divorce
  • International Association of Collaborative Professionals
  • 2011
  • Family Law Mediator
  • Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Law Mediator
  • 2011
  • Certified Divorce Financial Analyst
  • Interntational Association of Divorce Financial Analyst
  • 2010
  • Member
  • Continential Who's Who
  • 2010
  • Certification as Collaborative Divorce Attorney
  • International Association of Collaborative Professionals
  • 2009
  • Dean's Award for Extraordinary Service
  • Stetson University College of Law
  • 2005
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Speaking Engagements

  • St. Petersburg College Paralegal Conference
  • The Effective Use of Paralegals in the Practice of Family Law
  • 2011

Attorney endorsements

Received (13)
Given (21)
Endorse Gary
Family Attorney | Jul 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had quite a few cases with Mr. Williams over the past several years. Mr. Williams takes a reasonable and experienced approach to his cases, which allows the family to come away with a positive resolution while keeping the attorneys fees and costs at an affordable rate. Mr. Williams is board certified in marital and family law, and competently litigates issues when appropriate. He is well known in the legal community and I endorse his work."
Family Attorney | Jun 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Gary. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Family Attorney | Apr 09
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. He is an excellent advocate for his clients."
Family Attorney | Apr 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Gary. He is a family law attorney that has his clients' best interest at heart!"
Family Attorney | Sep 30
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Gary is aggressive and fights for his clients."
Family Attorney | Sep 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Gary. I've known Gary for many years and have referred clients to him. Gary is knowledgeable, professional and approaches matters with admirable perspective."
Family Attorney | Sep 05
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Child custody Attorney | Jul 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Gary. He is a zealous advocate for his clients and a true professional."
Family Attorney | Mar 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I referred several of my immigration clients to Gary for help in their divorce matters, and he did a superlative job. The immigration consequences of marriage and divorce are complicated and deliquate, Gary understands this, and we were able to work together to very well and expeditiously. It was a delight to work with Gary, he is a true professional and zealous advocate."
Family Attorney | May 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Gary is very knowledgeable about family law and ethical."
Family Attorney | Mar 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
Family Attorney | Jun 29
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work. I have found Gary to be well-prepared, very knowledgable, extremely ethical and highly effective."
Family Attorney | May 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
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Clearwater Divorce and separation Lawyer Gary E Williams
Gary E Williams
Divorce and separation Attorney
Clearwater, FL
Licensed for 17 years