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Robert M Valentine

Divorce and separation Attorney at Largo, FL

4.4   14 reviews

also known as Bob Valentine

  • State Years
    Massachusetts - MA 9 years
    Florida - FL 15 years
  • Licensed for 9 years
    State MA
    Acquired 2014
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 15 years
    State FL
    Acquired 2008
    Status
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

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

About Robert

Learn Robert’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    50%
    Helping clients to efficiently navigate the divorce process, addressing all areas of divorce including parenting plans, division of marital property, alimony, child support and everything else that comes up in each family's unique situation. Includes modifications of divorce judgments, prenuptial and post-nuptial agreements.

    16 years

  2. Child custody
    20%
    Handling all child custody matters, including negotiation of parenting plans, representing clients in paternity actions and relocation matters.

    16 years

  3. Child support
    10%

  4. Domestic violence
    10%

  5. Family
    10%

 I live in Pinellas County with my Wife and two children, and I treat my clients with the same respect and care that I would expect for my own family. I understand that my clients come to me during a difficult time in their lives, and I focus on making sure that my clients are are able to transition from pre-litigation life to post-litigation life as easily as possible, whether that means being financially secure following a divorce or being prepared for all of the nuances that come with implementing a parenting plan for the benefit of their children. 

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Location

Emerson & Valentine, P.A.
801 West Bay Drive
Suite 702
Largo, FL, 33770
Emerson & Valentine
1211 1st Ave N Ste 203-b3
Saint Petersburg, FL, 33705
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Reviews

4.4 / 5.0
  14 customer reviews
Posted by Tish | January 14, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional, knowledgeable, and the BEST
Bob Valentine handled my, very difficult, case from start to finish. Gretta and Kali were also extremely helpful! Everyone in this law office seemed invested in my case and made me feel valued. They were all incredibly professional, yet approachable, and they made themselves available to answer questions and concerns (I had many... requiring some serious patience on their parts). I live outside of the county and they always made sure to keep me informed. They inspired confidence in their attention to my case. Mr. Valentine was always upfront with me and helped me to remain realistic with my expectations (the outcome, by the way, exceeded them all). He helped me to ensure that the money spent on my case was spent well and none was wasted (this is important, as legal bills can really add up). I cannot say enough how grateful I am for Robert Valentine. Although I hope that I never have to, I would definitely hire him again!
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Posted by William (Bill) | December 14, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Guidance and Representation
Robert (Bob) Valentine of Emerson and Valentine successfully helped me through a difficult divorce process. From the first contact with Bob, I felt assured that I was in good hands in a process that I knew absolutely nothing of. Bob and his staff guided me through each step of the way and provided calming information to me during this difficult time. He provided professional guidance on all of the information required to be submitted to the court system. While this information was vast in amount and detail, Bob and his staff were there to keep me on track with each detail. The office was conveniently located in a modern and professional office building. Private offices were available for discussion of all the personal details of the process with the appropriate staff. Bob’s staff promptly contacted me by phone or email with timely information emanating from the court system or from the opposing attorney. Bob’s billing system and process was accurate and fair. On-line bill payment made it easy to submit payment. In summary, I believe that Robert Valentine, of Emerson and Valentine, provided excellent legal advice and services in a most difficult period of my life. I am truly impressed with the firm and staff and am completely satisfied with the outcome. In the end, I realized that my case seemed difficult only to me. Bob has the education, experience, and means to deal with much more difficult cases.
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Posted by anonymous | January 11, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great attorney
He is bright, compassionate, caring, calm, and level headed. He helped me see things more rationally than I could have otherwise and laid out options in a matter of fact manner with my best interest in mind.
Posted by Ronald | June 1, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Knowledge is power! You need to call Mr. Valentine today!
I just had a free consultation with Mr. Valentin, He was able to explain the good and bad of my case with knowledge and options. I like the fact he was up front with my cases issues vs telling me what I wanted to hear. I feel it is better to be up front like he was and come up with a plan like he did. I feel very comfortable with Mr. Valentin and his abilities. I will be retaining Mr. Valentine for his legal services and if you are smart you should as well.
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Posted by Holly | May 2, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very helpful
I have not yet hired any attorney, however, speaking with Mr. Valentine helped me understand what will happen when we are able to go through the process. He took a few moments of his time to explain answers to my questions and I am so thankful.
Posted by Tim | October 28, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional & On point
I retained Mr. Valentine in the 11th hour of my custody case. He's a great listener and very professional in all aspects of litigation. Mr. Valentine excelled in remembering dates, times and discrepancies in OC's testimony. He was very direct, yet polite in his cross-examination. Perfectly presented the facts and well versed in the laws and statutes pertaining to Florida Family Law. Mr. Valentine also allowed me to be hands-on, providing input and minor direction during my case. His court-room appears is well put together and organized. Again, Bob is a great listener and patient person. He genuinely cares about his clients. I believe I had solid representation by Mr. Robert Valentine.
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Posted by kelly bain | March 31, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Divorce
Mr. Valentine was very professional, courteous, and seemed to really care about me as a person while I was going through this difficult time. He is very knowledgeable concerning family law and responded quickly to all types of correspondence. He made me feel at ease during the process. I would highly recommend Mr. Valentine to anyone going through a divorce.
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Posted by anonymous | March 17, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Divorce Attorney - Cares About His Clients
Attorney Valentine handled my divorce for me from start to finish. I'd heard so many bad things about attorneys that I was wary in even hiring one to help me through my case, but right from the first meeting I knew that Bob was an attorney who actually cared about his clients and wouldn't steer me wrong. He did a great job in helping to negotiate a parenting plan, including shared custody of my kids, got me everything that I should have gotten as far as marital assets were concerned, and made sure that the alimony and child support were right where they should be. We didn't have to go to trial because we reached a settlement, but I'm confident that Bob would have been as prepared and professional at trial as he was during each step of my case. I've recommended him to my friends and would recommend him to anyone.
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Posted by anonymous | November 4, 2013
Highly Recommended!
We hired Attorney Valentine after he was highly recommended by a family friend. We worked with Attorney Valentine for 18 months on our Supplemental Modification Case and during those 18 months he treated us with dignity and respect and showed that he truly cares about his clients and in the end wants what is best for his clients and their family. Attorney Valentine is an experienced knowledgeable and patient lawyer; one of the many things that we respect him for is his honesty. He never once set us up with high expectations, he was always up front with us letting us know every direction our case could end up going. His priority was clear in doing what was best for our family, which he did. Attorney Valentine was a tremendous help to our family and we are grateful.
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Posted by Elena K | July 24, 2012
Integrity
My friend and I contacted Mr Valentine for a legal issue in Florida. We are both residents of CA and were clueless to Forida Law. How we came about Mr. Valentine was through a Google Search, so one can say a cold call. It was evident on our first call to Mr. Valentine we to look no futher. He listened and took his time on telephonic call to explain Florida Law and what the next steps would to help resolve our situation. After our ended, he immediatly went to work on our case. Within, a month, our issue was resolved and ended. Mr. Valentine, was assertive, attentive and always availble to answer questions or concerns. Something you don't find to happen often once one retains an attorney. Above and Beyond.
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Posted by anonymous | April 18, 2012
Great Lawyer!
I highly recommend Bob Valentine’s representation to anyone in need of a sharp divorce attorney. I shopped around and met with several well known attorneys before choosing Bob who came recommended by a friend. He handled my case with outstanding responsiveness, competence and complete professionalism. He was the calm, cool voice on the end of the telephone when my troubles began with my divorce. Whenever things got tough and I became upset regarding the case, Bob stepped in to calm, empathize, answer questions, and got me the deal that gave me my life back. I highly recommend his professional services and will always be thankful for the way he handled my case. Thanks for everything Bob!
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Posted by Fraser | May 5, 2015
Great consulting
We had a question about our landlord/ tenant relationship and were looking everywhere for a consultation. People were charging hundreds of dollars just to hear our case. Mr. Valenine took time out of his schedule and we had a really reassuring and knowledgeable conversation, and made himself very available. Not sure yet how things will turn out, but we feel confident that Mr. Valentine would be the person to advocate for us.
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Posted by Jon | July 24, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Run from this dude
He took my case, dragged it out, burned through retainer and more invoices kept coming for a year. His network of GALs, and doctors he will try to refer you too are worse. I found a great one and was able to divorce in a couple months. Bob took a year and about 10K worth of money from me. We do not need lawyers in Pinellas like this. Go back to Chicago.
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Posted by Jodi | September 5, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I would give a 0 If I could
I am from Philly and chose this guy based on reviews..mistake..I hired him to represent me in a simple divorce..He is a train wreck..forgot to file my financials..misrepresents his intend. Canceled a court date unbeknownst to myself. I fired him and my new attorney will resolve my issues quickly and responsibly.
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Cost

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

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.9 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Emerson & Valentine, P.A.
  • 2017 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Lyon & Fitzpatrick, LLP
  • 2014 - 2015
  • Owner
  • The Law Office of Robert M. Valentine
  • 2011 - 2017
  • Associate Attorney
  • Bill Beck Law
  • 2009 - 2011
  • Clerk
  • The Law Office of Brian R. Hersh
  • 2007 - 2008
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Education

  • Marquette University Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2008
  • The University of Tampa
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2005
  • University of Miami School of Law
  • Visiting Law Student
  • N/A
  • Oxford University
  • Honors Program Study Abroad
  • N/A
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Sample of Legal Cases

  • Client had supervised visits prior to hiring my office
  • Client received Shared Parental Responsibility and 40% of Time-Sharing
  • Child Support
  • Client receives years of child support back payments
  • Defense of Child Relocation/Child Custody Case
  • Relocation Denied, Client has primary custody
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Associations

  • Next Generation Divorce (A Collaborative Practice Group)
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Better Business Bureau
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Canakaris Inn of Court
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Clearwater Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Florida Bar
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • The Hampden County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - 2015
  • Clearwater Bar Association - Golf Classic
  • Co-chair
  • 2013 - 2013
  • St. Petersburg Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - 2013
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top Three Divorce Attorney
  • Three Best Rated
  • 2018
  • A+ Rating
  • Better Business Bureau
  • 2018
  • 10 Best - Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2018
  • Top Three Divorce Attorney
  • Three Best Rated
  • 2017
  • 10 Best - Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2016
  • Nos Prosum Factum
  • Clearwater Bar Foundation
  • 2013
  • Best Senior Writing Portfolio
  • The University of Tampa
  • 2005
  • Oxford University Honors Study Abroad
  • The University of Tampa
  • 2003
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Speaking Engagements

  • Family Law Forms Pro Bono Clinic
  • Family Law Forms
  • 2017
  • Canakaris Inn of Court
  • Family Law Case Law Update
  • 2013
  • Kimberly Home - Clearwater
  • Issues in Paternity Cases
  • 2012
  • Florida Sheriff's Youth Ranch
  • Interviewing for Success
  • 2012
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Attorney endorsements

Received (16)
Given (13)
Endorse Robert
Unknown Attorney | Apr 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer’s work. He is a skilled and respected member of the legal community. He is a true advocate for the rights and interests of his clients."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had the opportunity to work on cases with Mr. Valentine and know first hand that he is always prepared and zealously advocates for his clients. He is well respected in the legal community and with the Court system. I highly recommend Mr. Valentine as a trusted and learned colleague."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have served as a mediator in some of Mr. Valentine's cases. He is extremely prepared and provides his clients with the range of possibilities the law allows for, along with practical advice, to enable his clients to make well informed decisions. Mr. Valentine is a true professional and advocate!"
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 14
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Bob and I met recently, when his client, the husband, retained him to handle his collaborative divorce from my client, the wife. As it turns out, Bob is the consummate collaborative counsel. He supported his client when he needed to but he also knew how to shepherd his client in a direction that made sense for both spouses and for their children. His brainstorming and care giving skills are especially good, given what I know of lawyers generally after 39 years of practice. He gave my client (well, his client, too!) room to breathe, to cry, to rant, and to think, and was respectful when she needed that. Yet he allowed me to take the limelight when that made sense to help move the clients' problem solving forward. This is not something that is easy for a lawyer to do. On top of everything else, Bob has a fun sense of humor, which he dispenses wisely. When working in stressful conditions, like negotiating the terms of a divorce, this is a huge bonus. I recommend Bob highly."
Family Attorney | Mar 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've known Bob for several years and am always impressed. When I've got clients with family law issues, I send them Bob's way because I know their issues will be treated with care by an attorney who consistently gets results."
Family Attorney | Mar 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Robert Valentine is a knowledgeable and ethical lawyer. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Mar 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Valentine is an excellent attorney who is dedicated to getting his clients the best possible result. Further, Mr. Valentine is intelligent and he is well versed in the area of family law. He is also exceedingly professional and he has high ethical standards. More importantly, Mr. Valentine is also a very effective advocate for his clients. How good is he? Well, if I cannot handle a case for any reason, Robert Valentine is who I refer the case too; he's that good. I highly recommend him."
Family Attorney | Mar 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've come to know Bob Valentine professionally and personally, and I can say without hesitation that he is an honest man and an excellent Family Law attorney. I highly recommend him."
Family Attorney | Mar 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bob is friendly, kind and very professional. He always handles matters efficiently and very much values and does what is right for his clients' best interests."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Nov 02
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I highly endorse Attorney Valentine. He is dedicated to his clients and goes above and beyond to protect their rights in any family law matter."
Family Attorney | Jun 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Robert. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Family Attorney | Apr 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is an excellent advocate for his clients."
Family Attorney | Jan 03
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Valentine fights for his clients and is very passionate."
Family Attorney | Jul 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Robert is a wonderful up and coming litigator in our community whom I have had the pleasure of working with on several cases."
Family Attorney | Jun 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"A dedicated, hardworking, and great addition to the family law practice bar. A pleasure to work with."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 03
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. In family law your reputation is based upon your skill, tenacity and integrity. Mr. Valentine carries all three. We often must litigate against each other. If he is on the other side of the aisle, I know that everyone is well represented."
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