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Patrick Francis Gaffney

Divorce and separation Attorney at Clearwater, FL

5.0   24 reviews

Licensed for 39 years

About Patrick

Learn Patrick’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    50%

    36 years

  2. Family
    50%
    including child custody, prenuptial agreements and paternity matters

    36 years

BOARD CERTIFIED MARITAL AND FAMILY LAWYER PRACTICING IN PINELLAS COUNTY SINCE 1983

It has been a privilege to practice law since 1983. I worked the first three years of my career as a prosecutor in Pinellas County. I have been a trial lawyer since that time. Since 1995, I have been Board Certified by the Florida Bar as a specialist in the field of Marital and Family Law. I hold an AV rating. Consistent with the advise given by Abraham Lincoln to lawyers, I attempt to settle cases. This can only be accomplished if there is transparency and good faith. I would sum up my philosophy by quoting Teddy Roosevelt: "Walk softly and carry a big stick."

Licensed for 39 years
State FL
Status Member in Good Standing
Acquired 1983
Updated 11/23/2022

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

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Patrick Francis Gaffney

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Posted by Donna | March 27, 2017
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Very Highly Recommended
I have had limited experience with Lawyers and Mr. Gaffney was recommended by my Company's Employee Services. This being my very first divorce, I was very concerned over the person helping me through this process - dealing with the emotional aspects as well as making sure that everything was done the right way - wanting to come out ok, but nothing questionable. From the very first meeting I had with Mr. Gaffney, I felt extremely comfortable that he would be available, easy to talk to and represent me with the utmost of professionalism. Throughout the process I always felt that I was a priority. I dealt a great deal with a member of his staff (Denise) and she was also extremely professional and empathetic during this most difficult time. I would recommend him to anyone who had need of a lawyer.
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Posted by Emily | March 24, 2017
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Caring, tenacious, knowledgeable
Mr. Gaffney handled my dissolution of marriage with great care and knowledge. He and his office were always responsive to my questions, and I felt well represented. Even though this was not a court litigation , Mr. Gaffney always treated me with respect and courtesy.
Posted by Kim | October 12, 2022
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Exceptional Attorney
This was not my first rodeo, so to speak. I was referred to Mr. Gaffney by a friend when I was much younger. He handled my divorce and helped me find my way through an incredibly hard time. Fast forward almost 30 years and I found myself needing his expertise again, unfortunately. A 26 year-long military divorce that was so much more complicated and overwhelming. He was focused on ensuring that I was getting all that I was entitled to while being patient and compassionate when my anxiety got the best of me, which was often. Mr. Gaffney is so well versed in his field and one of the finest human beings I've ever had the pleasure to know. His secretary Denise is fabulous, too! I highly recommend his services!!
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Posted by Terry | September 20, 2022
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Knowledgeable and Helpful
Patrick and his team provided great knowledge and experience that lead to a fair result while also being very timely to respond to any inquiry. I can honestly say that I don't think I could have found a better lawyer to help me through the process.
Posted by Herbert | September 16, 2022
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Choose Patrick Now!!!
When I got married 11 years ago, I never thought I would find myself single again. Even during many contentious moments throughout the marriage, I pressed forward and persevered. I often told myself that every relationship has its ups and downs or that I made a commitment in the presence of family/ friends that I was going to honor no matter what the circumstances brought. Well, unfortunately I found myself forced into divorce. It was hard enough to be confronted with this situation, but navigating it seemed impossible. After struggling through multiple Google searches looking for legal representation, I found myself frustrated as I had no clue who was good at their job, personable, trustworthy, etc. I finally thought to reach out to my job for assistance and was referred to Patrick Gaffney. I could not have been more pleased with his skills, knowledge, expertise, experience, and personality. He did a great job of giving me an idea of the steps involved in this process and walking through it with me along the way. His legal assistant, Denise Holmes, is one of the most delightful people that I have ever met. They really work well together. Patrick helped me through the most challenging moment in my life and I am forever grateful for his services. I would highly recommend him if you ever find yourself in need of legal representation for a divorce. You will not be disappointed.
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Posted by Christine | December 27, 2019
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Mr. Gaffney made a difficult time alot easier.
I went to Mr. Gaffney for my divorce. I had no idea what to expect or what needed to be done and he helped me every step of the way. He took his time and went above and beyond helping me get what he knew I needed.
Posted by Aileen G | October 19, 2019
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Excellent, Honest, No Nonsense Attorney
Are you looking for a Divorce Attorney you can trust who won't drag out your case, who won't be thinking of how to prolong the process while imagining dollar signs the longer the divorce process takes? Mr Gaffney is the Attorney to hire. He has been honest, straightforward, precise, patient with my questions, fair with his charges. He's got the best secretary who is detail oriented, works with you, empathetic, genuinely cares. Mr Gaffney truly wants the best outcome in the shortest time frame for his clients with the fairest charges. I had gone to several attorneys for consultation and I have asked my friends who have gone through divorce their experiences. I am a very conservative and discerning person who will not choose just anyone to represent me. Mr Gaffney has exceeded my expectations in cost and representation. I know regardless of race, religion, station in life, Mr Gaffney would represent you to his best which is Excellent.
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Posted by anonymous | November 14, 2018
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Professional, efficient and compassionate
Mr Gaffney is very professional and yet compassionate. He efficiently handled my situation and his assistant Denise is exceptional as the go to person when you have any issues. Highly recommend.
Posted by John | September 6, 2018
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Effective and Confident
I contacted and retained Mr. Gaffney for a family law issue. He was professional and courteous and resolved my issue to it's fullest completion! I would recommend Mr. Gaffney for any/all family court issues.
Posted by Manuel | July 23, 2018
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Great Lawyer and Mentor during my divorce
I hired Patrick when I was a deep whole in my divorce. I had not answered any of the documentation since I was served. Patrick and Denise picked up my case and immediately got all the paperwork in order. My case was particularly difficult, but Patrick was great at explaining the process and giving me great advice despite my anger and myself. I think Patrick and Denise were amazing. They guided me and were very respectfully and sensitive to my feeling as I was going through the most difficult time in my life. I highly recommend Patrick. He is smart, organized, knowledgable and very ethical. Manuel
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Posted by Nick | April 9, 2018
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Knowledge, Experience and Care
Patrick was very patient and understanding of the circumstances that surrounded my divorce. He took great care to make this process as painless as possible. His knowledge gave me great confidence that I was being guided on the best path possible with not only my interests at the forefront but the interests of my children.
Posted by anonymous | March 17, 2018
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Dr
He spend the time to talk to you directly. he listen to what you say and your story,and give his advise. I hired him after I left my previous lawyer where all communications had to go thru paralegal where they got changed or lost
Posted by Kimberly | February 1, 2018
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Great Experience!
Mr. Gaffney represented me in a collaborative divorce. He went above and beyond during this process while remaining mindful of keeping the children first. Knowing Mr. Gaffney has 30 yrs experience gave me peace of mind, making my divorce as close to stress free as possible.
Posted by Kelly | January 15, 2018
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Highly Recommend! Professional, Honest and Reliable!
I highly recommend Mr Gaffney and his associate Denise to handle your Family Law concerns. Mr. Gaffney and Denise were amazing to work with during my divorce. They are very knowledgeable, honest and dependable. They made the process a lot easier than expected even with the challenges that came up during the case. I was informed at every point and they were very responsive following up with any questions that I had. Their determination and follow through was impressive. I will be using their services in the near future for estate planning and a will.
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Posted by Susana | June 16, 2017
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Excellet Professional
Mr. Gaffney and his staff was completly into my case, Dissolution of Marriage. I will always recomend. I felt confortable and save.
Posted by Casey | July 7, 2016
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Family Law
Patrick and his staff were excellent. They were easy to reach at anytime. The lines of communication were always open and I always knew exactly what was happening with my case.
Posted by Mike T | March 3, 2015
Highly Recommend
Mr. Gaffney is an honest, knowledgeable professional that was great to work with ... always accessible and responsive, understanding of my situation and how to best represent and protect my interests, and dedicated to efficiently and quickly achieving the best possible outcome that was aligned with my goal/s. I will never be able to thank him enough.
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Posted by Renee | October 13, 2014
Trustworthy and Caring...Highly Recommended!
Patrick and his staff were absolutely wonderful. The lines of communication were always open, they were extremely responsive and were very efficient. Most importantly, I felt genuine concern during this difficult time.
Posted by Lisa | October 7, 2014
Thank You!
Mr. Gaffney and Denise are wonderful. Mr. Gaffney's ability to maintain a calm, dignified professional demeanor at all times was appreciated. His ability to coach me to do the same during a difficult divorce was also appreciated! Mr. Gaffney is a respectful and kind attorney who is an expert in his field.
Posted by David | July 15, 2014
Professional advocate
Mr. Gaffney was easy to work with. He listened to my concerns and desires. He pointed out possible areas of future litigations in some of the decisions being made with my wife during the divorce proceedings. Regardless of my decisions, I felt that I had a knowledgeable advocate looking out for my best interests.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 350-350 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • President and Managing Partner
  • Peacock, Gaffney and Damianakis,P.A.
  • 2008 - Present
  • Partner
  • Peacock and Gaffney,P.A.
  • 1988 - 2007
  • Assistant State Attorney
  • Office of the State Attorney
  • 1983 - 1986

Education

  • Loyola University New Orleans School of Law
  • law
  • 1983

Legal Cases

  • Dorsey v. Dorsey
  • reversed in part, affirmed in part and remanded

Associations

  • Canakaris American Inn of Court
  • Master
  • 2009 - Present
  • Collaborative Divorce Lawyers of Tampa Bay
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • The Florida Bar Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 1986 - Present
  • The Clearwater Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1986 - Present
  • The Clearwater Bar Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 1986 - Present
  • Florida Bar
  • Member
  • 1983 - Present
  • Florida Bar, Grievance Committee C
  • Former Chair
  • N/A
  • The Clearwater Bar
  • Former Secretary
  • N/A
  • City of Dunedin Code Enforcement Board
  • Member
  • 1988 - 1993
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Board Certified - Marital & Family Law since 1995
  • Florida Bar
  • 2011

Speaking Engagements

  • Dunedin High School
  • Justice Teaching
  • 2008
  • Law Day
  • Know Your Legal Rights
  • 2001
  • Law Day
  • Know Your Legal Rights
  • 2000

Attorney endorsements

Received (20)
Given (12)
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Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 05
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Patrick is an attorney of high integrity. He counsels his clients in a zealous manner, yet doesn't force them to settle for terms against their wishes. In other words, you can come to a happy medium with this attorney."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Aug 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Pat for at least twenty years. I don't handle divorce work, and I refer all such cases exclusively to Pat. He is a great lawyer and always does a great job for the people I refer to him."
Family Attorney | Apr 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have worked with Pat as opposing counsel on cases, and utilized his services as a mediator in family law matters, and find him to be highly skilled, knowledgeable, professional and ethical in all his endeavors. A true credit to the industry."
Family Attorney | Jun 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Patrick. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Mediation Attorney | Apr 25
Relationship: Other
"People should not discount the value of having a mediator as knowledgeable as this man. Mr. Gaffney is a creative problem solver with a strong understanding of Florida Family Law, the general preferences of local judges and the power to read people. You might say he's a Jedi of Mediation."
Family Attorney | Sep 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer as a highly skilled, ethical and a knowledgeable attorney. Through my career I have worked with Patrick as opposing counsel on many divorce matters and find him to be an excellent advocate for his clients while being professional and excellent to work with."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jul 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jun 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Patrick is a great mediator, a great lawyer, and a class act!"
Family Attorney | Feb 24
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have personally worked with Patrick Gaffney on several cases. He is an excellent attorney and he is committed to providing the best representation possible under any circumstances."
Family Attorney | Apr 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Patrick Gaffney for over 20 years, and can enthusiastically recommend his services as either mediator or litigator/ problem solver."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Patrick for 25 years, first as an Assistant State Attorney, then as a Family Law attorney and now as one of my favorite mediators. He is a gentleman with an immense amount of integrity and I would recommend him to any one."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Gaffney is well versed in the family law arena. His mediation skills promote reasoned resolutions and avoid high conflict and expensive litigations."
Family Attorney | Mar 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Patrick Gaffney for over 25 years both professionally and personally. During that time I have had the opportunity to work with him and have referred a number of clients all of whom found Pat to be knowledgeable, professional and effective in handling their cases. Members of our legal community hold Pat in the highest regard both as an attorney and as a person."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Pat is a knowledgeable, diligent attorney. I've worked in association with him on some matters, and found him to be highly competent."
Family Attorney | Feb 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Mr. Gaffney for over 25 years. I have had direct professional experience with him in his capacity as a family law litigator and a family law mediator. I have found him to be well prepared and to take a reasonable and practical approach to his professional responsibilities. He consistently exhibits a respectful and supportive demeanor with his clients. I believe that my opinion of his abilities and character are shared by others in the legal community."
Family Attorney | Feb 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Ihave worked with Patrick as opposing counsel and as a mediator and find him to be very professional and ethical. Patrick is always willing to make his best efforts to reach a reasonable resolution in an efficient manner while still avocating for and/or otherwise representing his client's best interests."
Family Attorney | Feb 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known and worked with Pat for over 20 years. He is well respected in the field and is well prepared. He has a very good courtroom presence and is an excellent attorney."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 18
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I absolutely endorse this lawyer. He is smart, genuine and zealous. He works hard to settle cases where possible but is fully prepared to litigate when necessary."
Family Attorney | Feb 17
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Patrick Gaffney is an expert in family and marital law. He is an intelligent, capable and caring attorney who represents his client with the utmost of professionalism. I know that when Mr. Gaffney is the opposing counsel in a case that the matter will be handle well. I highly recommend Mr. Gaffney to his potential clients."
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Clearwater Divorce and separation Lawyer Patrick Francis Gaffney
Patrick Francis Gaffney
Divorce and separation Attorney
Clearwater, FL
Licensed for 39 years