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Vera Bergermann

Child custody Attorney at Fort Myers, FL

4.9   109 reviews

Licensed for 42 years

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About Vera

Learn Vera’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Child custody
    25%
    Parenting plans; parenting coordination services; parenting agreements; paternity actions

  2. Divorce and separation
    25%
    dissolution of marriage; child support; support unconnected with dissolution of marriage; spousal support

  3. Family
    25%
    Grandparents' rights; mediation; domestic violence; pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements

  4. Mediation
    25%

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At Bergermann Law Firm, we strive to relieve the stress in family distress.  We also believe that clients want to play an active role in the decisions that affect the rest of their lives.  

 

 

Licensed for 42 years
State FL
Status Member in Good Standing
Acquired 1994
Updated 11/23/2022
State IL
Status Voluntarily Inactive
Acquired 1980
Updated 10/10/2022

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

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The Bergermann Law Firm
The Bergermann Law Firm
1048 Goodlette Road N
Suite 201
Naples, FL, 34102
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Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
  109 customer reviews
Posted by KJD | October 8, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thorough
Vera, explained the process in detail from the beginning and throughout the entire process. She is very knowledgeable and handled all issues. She was always a phone call or email away when needed. I received prompt responses from the office and I felt like I was being taken care of at all times.
Posted by Richard | March 13, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
courteous, professional and ethical
From consultation until divorce trial's end Mrs. Bergermann' s efforts and attention to detail were absolute. Her conduct was always professional, respectful and compassionate. Ethically, she was faultless in her advisement. Her experience and positive attitude always left me with encouragement. Her staff, especially Chris, were always available and knowledgeable in her absence. I also felt attorney fees were very reasonable for this 2 1/2 year process. The proceeding failed in expediency due to the other party's willingness to compromise.
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Posted by Kelly | July 11, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent firm!
Attorney Bergermann is an excellent divorce attorney! I hired her to represent me in my divorce case and couldn't be happier with the outcome :) She fights for her clients and that's exactly what I needed. Divorce is very difficult and emotionally draining. Vera and her staff were amazing through the whole process! They were professional, dedicated and extremely companionate. I highly recommend this law firm.
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Posted by Stacia | February 21, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Lawyer in Town
Once I met with Vera I knew my children and I were in good hands. Unfortunately, I had started out with another lawyer who did a poor job representing me. Luckily, I heard about Vera from a friend and she did an amazing job fixing the mess the other lawyer had made. Her knowledge and compassion were comforting at the worst time in my life. I can’t speak highly enough about this remarkable lawyer.
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Posted by BRIAN | April 26, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
FIRST CLASS KNOWLEDGE AND SERVICE
Vera and her staff were amazing right from the moment of consultation. I felt like I was particularly "needy" through out my case and I never was made to feel that way from the Bergermann team. I was always treated as if I were the only client she was dealing with. The knowledge of the letter of the law along with the tenacity and diligent work ethic of this law firm is very evident in how the conduct their business and evident in the successes of the outcomes in their cases. I would highly recommend their services to anyone going through the unpleasantry of divorce. They made an unkind time very bearable, I had very little burden, it was all handled by a very efficient and friendly staff.
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Posted by Chris | March 17, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great working relationship
Worked well together to come to agreement, figured out many options to move other side closer to our ultimate needs. Lot’s of experience on the divorce process and possibilities of agreement to satisfy both of us. Great at listening to my specific needs, and giving ideas to compromise where needed. Thank you for taking my complicated situation on and working face to face during a pandemic. It was a very difficult time for me, and I was able to concentrate on my personal issues while Vera dealt with the rest,I will be forever grateful definitely recommended!
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Posted by KA | February 24, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Complete Package
Vera and all of her staff were very professional and knowledgeable during a difficult and stressful situation. Their prior experiences helped bring my case to a desired close. I would most definitely recommend Vera and her staff.
Posted by anonymous | February 8, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Helpful, efficient and easy
I needed Rita to wrap up some loose ends on my divorce. Her team was responsive, thorough and got everything done easily. I know if anything changes I can lean on them again.
Response from Vera Bergermann February 21, 2021
Rita is my assistant. She is obviously highly regarded by this satisfied client! :)
Posted by anonymous | January 17, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Good Job
Vera is very helpful. I like her style. Very dependable, reliable and knowledgeable.
Posted by Eliza | December 22, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Divorce
Excellent service. Great staff. Quick solution. I really recommend. Thank you.
Posted by Rachel | December 10, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
VERY happpy
I was very emotional when my divorce first started. At first I didn't understand how Vera worked. She's very methodical. Once I figured her out a bit I began to be less emotionally charged. She knew how to calm me down without me knowing it. When I first went to her she suggested I see a counselor. She recommended on she works closely with. That was one of the BEST decisions I made. He was great. Everyone Vera suggested I work with was amazing. Vera listened to me, put up with me and got me the divorce I had wanted from the beginning (ex-spouse had his own ideas that didn't pan out for him). She reeled me in MANY times when I needed to be. I highly recommend her. Be patient (if there's ONE thing I learned through my divorce was patience), she will get the job done. Thank you Vera. Things were more pleasant than I could have anticipated. If there's one thing I wish I would have done for MYSELF (and I highly recommend anyone going through a divorce do this) leave the emotions out and let Vera do her job.
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Posted by William | November 23, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent job
Vera and her team successfully helped "right the ship", after my previous lawyer botched my DV case. Following that they helped navigate through a long divorce process during COVID, which wasn't fun for anyone, but I always felt like I was still in good hands. I would definetly recommend Bergermann Law to anyone for Family law matters.
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Posted by Susan | September 30, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Conscientious
I hired Vera after my first lawyer removed himself from my case. My divorce was very complicated and complex. After reading Vera's reviews, I called for a consultation and hired her. Vera and her staff worked very hard for me to get a resolution with a very difficult and complicated person. Her advise was spot on and helped me get the case settled before having to go into a very costly trial. She was compassionate and worked tirelessly to get the results I desired.
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Posted by Adrian Deere | September 3, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Tired of getting pushed around? Hire Vera and get it done quickly!
As a man we get used to being pushed around in the courts when it gets into child custody battles. Had to fire my previous attorney after dragging out my case for over two years of court and of course attorney fees. One thing after another over and over. As a desperate father of two and many late night prayers I searched and searched endless reviews when fate kept bringing me back to Vera's web page. After her Free Consultation and constant correction I knew I had to hire her! I hired her on the spot. Little did I know, that was the beginning of the end of a long drawn out divorce custody battle that started with another attorney. What my previous attorney couldn't do in this two year process Vera did in month! Yes, one month! I finally got full custody of my two children and moved them to another town where I live. Yes, it was finally me, the man that had the upper hand and was not going to pushed around anymore by and unfit mother trying to take my children along with everything I had and worked hard for. I vouch and Strongly Recommend Vera Bergermann and her Amazing Team that was very efficient and professional. Thank-you again Mrs. Vera as I feel much obliged to give you a great review!
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Posted by Chris | June 12, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent Phone Consultation
Covered all the important bases, very frank, to the point and professional. Easy to converse with, very pleasant on the phone. I intend to follow up.
Posted by Amber | June 4, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very Happy
I am very grateful to of found Vera to help me with my child support/custody case. She made me feel comfortable and confident about my situation from the day I spoke with her. She helped come up with a parenting plan that was realistic for both parities. I would highly recommend Vera!
Posted by Susan | March 27, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
I didn't listen before - -She was right! Now I am listening!
A the beginning of my divorce, I consulted Ms. Bergermann for advice. I received wise and solid counsel, which I naively ignored, did not follow and did not hire her for my attorney. Fast forward -- FOUR years after divorce is finalized; I am returning to Ms. Bergermann to take me and ex- back into mediation. The aspects of the divorce & life after divorce that she warned me that I ignored, all came into reality. I regret my decision back then. I would like to warn others of relying on their own ability to emotionally remain objective during a divorce. I was certain I could ...and I was wrong. Thankfully, Ms. Begermann is more than capable of putting my best interests into place. She now has my attention & my ear. I am listening. Thank you!
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Posted by Tonya | May 15, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Tonya
Vera took my call at 7:30 pm and spoke to me for at least 20 minutes. She was compassionate and I truly appreciate her listening ear. I do not have to go any further. May God bless her and her family.
Posted by Ana Paula | April 11, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Efficiency
Vera took over my case as my previous attorney was not reliable. Even though it was about half way through, she calmed all parties down, brought resolution quickly and efficiently, always answered my emails and returned my phone calls, and I can't thank her enough for everything she did.
Posted by anonymous | March 12, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
What a lawyer should be....
I was thrown into a situation I was not expecting and needed a lawyer who didn't sugar coat things. Vera Bergermann and all her staff helped me in every aspect of my situation and kept me calm through the whole process ( I like to worry needlessly) At no point did I get any surprises or be miss led, they know how to handle clients and treat you with dignity and respect. The outcome was better than I could have hoped for and now my future is looking brighter because of Vera and her team. I wouldn't be where I am today without them! I can't thank them enough! Please use Vera and staff with confidence, they are what a lawyers should be!!
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  • Free Consultation 15 minutes
Payment methods
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Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Parenting coordinator
  • Bergermann Law Firm
  • 2009 - Present
  • FL Supreme Court Certified Family Law Mediator
  • Bergermann Law Firm
  • 1996 - Present
  • Managing attorney
  • Private practice
  • 1996 - Present
  • Hearing Officer for FL DOR Child Support Cases
  • Twentieth Judicial Circuit
  • 1997 - 2005
  • General Electric Co.
  • 1993 - 1993
  • Tax Practice
  • 1990 - 1992
  • UNISYS
  • 1988 - 1988
  • Accounting Firms
  • 1986 - 1987
  • Law Firms
  • 1982 - 1984
  • Northern Telecom
  • 1981 - 1982
  • ITT
  • 1979 - 1981
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Education

  • Florida Supreme Court
  • Family Law Mediator
  • 1996
  • Widener University
  • MS - Master of Science
  • 1988
  • Loyola University Chicago School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1980
  • University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, Literature, Science & Arts Honors College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts with High Honors and Distinction
  • 1976
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Legal Cases

  • Somasca v. Somasca
  • Reversed in part
  • Draulans v. Draulans
  • Remanded to the trial court

Associations

  • PACE Center for Girls
  • Believing in Girls Patron
  • 2012 - Present
  • Junior League of Fort Myers
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Collaborative Professionals of Southwest Florida
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Florida Bar Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present
  • Association of Family Law Professionals (Southwest Florida)
  • Past President and current member
  • 1997 - Present
  • Lee County Bar Association; Family Law Section
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Twentieth Judicial Circuit Professionalism Committee
  • Former Member
  • N/A
  • Florida Bar Grievance Commitee for 20th Judicial Circuit
  • Former Member
  • N/A
  • Junior League of Fort Myers
  • Chair of Political Action Committee
  • 2017 - 2018
  • Lee County Bar Association
  • Pro Bono Committee
  • 2012 - 2014
  • American Heart Association
  • Legacy Circle of Red Member
  • 2012 - 2017
  • HOPE Clubhouse
  • Fundraising Committee Member
  • 2011 - 2015
  • Florida Bar, Family Law Rules Committee
  • Member
  • 2010 - 2012
  • Florida Bar Grievance Mediation Commitee
  • Former Vice-Chair and Member
  • 2002 - 2004
  • Florida Bar
  • Grievance Mediator
  • 2002 - 2004
  • Lee County Association for Women Lawyers
  • Past President and current member
  • 1997 - 2020
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Languages Spoken

  • German
  • Spanish

Awards

  • 10 Best Florida Attorneys
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2020
  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • Gulf Coast Police Benevolent Association
  • 2010
  • Appreciation Award
  • Voices for Kids
  • 2008
  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • Leadership Lee County
  • 2006
  • Appreciation
  • Quality and Best Practices Committee
  • 2002
  • Award for Outstanding Service as President of LCAWL 1998-2000
  • Lee County Association for Women Lawyers
  • 2000
  • Pro Bono Recognition
  • Florida Rural Legal Services
  • 1998
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Publications

  • Res Gestae (Lee County Bar Association)
  • Pro Bono Superhero
  • 2012
  • Advanced Family Law Seminar Handbook
  • Administrative Child Support
  • 2010
  • Help ing YourClient Survive A Child Custody Evaluation Handbook
  • Responding to the Evaluation Report - Part III
  • 2007

Speaking Engagements

  • Judicial Forum Moderator
  • As Judges See It: Top Mistakes Attorneys Make in Family Court
  • 2019
  • Divorce choices: Selecting the divorce process best suited to you
  • Overview of Traditional Divorce Proceedings
  • 2017
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (Florida chapter) Webinar
  • The Traditional Divorce
  • 2017
  • Dazed and Confused: Chaotic & Complicated Cases
  • Ethics Update
  • 2016
  • Lee County High School Mock Trial Competition
  • Mock Trial/Oral Advocacy
  • 2014
  • Constitution Week
  • The Constitution
  • 2011
  • National Business Institute
  • Advanced Family Law
  • 2010
  • Family Law Judicial Forum
  • What Family Law Judges Want Lawyers To Know
  • 2010
  • Brown Bag Luncheon
  • Parenting Coordination
  • 2010
  • National Business Institute (NBI)
  • "How to Help Your Client Survive a Custody Evaluation"
  • 2007
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Attorney endorsements

Received (43)
Given (43)
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 29
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse Vera. She is knowledgeable, friendly and a pleasure to work with."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Oct 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 29
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Dec 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Bergermann is a thoughtful, diligent attorney who thoroughly understands the law. I recommend Vera without hesitation."
Family Attorney | Aug 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Vera takes the time to understand the unique needs of each of her clients, and strategies accordingly. The opposite of the cookie-cutter approach that too many lawyers take. I've experienced her competently represent clients with complex financial issues and compassionately represent clients who have children with special needs. She and her staff are knowledgeable, professional, and still down-to-earth and personable."
Family Attorney | Apr 20
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Vera is professional and knowledgeable in all areas of family law. She is a strong advocate for her clients without wasting time and money."
Family Attorney | Mar 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 15
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse Vera. She is knowledgeable, friendly and solution oriented. A pleasure to work with."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Nov 06
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"A true professional."
Family Attorney | Aug 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Attorney Bergermann for many years and she is a well respected member of the legal community. Her dedication to websites like this helping answer legal questions shows her commitment to the law and the people it serves."
Family Attorney | Jun 24
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Vera and I have been adversaries on more than one occasion. She has always acted in a polite, respectful and knowledgeable manner while still advocating for her clients rights. Due to her high level of professionalism and knowledge of family law we have been able to resolve cases to both our clients satisfaction. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jun 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Have enjoyed working with Ms. Bergermann for the benefit of the family"
Family Attorney | Jun 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Bergermann is an exceptional family law lawyer. She zealously represents her clients and works with them to ensure the best possible outcome for their particular situation. As an attorney who has worked on cases with Ms. Bergermann, I appreciate her mastery of the law and her professionalism. I fully respect and endorse Attorney Bergermann."
Family Attorney | Jun 06
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer. I have litigated against Vera since moving to this community seven years ago. As a former Judge, I have found her to have integrity that is beyond reproach. Moreover, she possess vastly superior technical litigation and research/writing skills. I would highly recommend Vera, without hesitation. She is a worthy adversary and has earned my absolute respect as a peer and fellow professional."
Family Attorney | Apr 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Vera is a competent, creative and energetic lawyer who works hard for her clients!"
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Vera is a tough opponent in the courtroom and a strong advocate for her clients. Respected in the community."
Family Attorney | Feb 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have worked with this attorney in the legal field and in the community, and she is highly competent and compassionate professionally and personally."
Family Attorney | Feb 08
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Attorney Bergermann is very knowledgeable in her field and truly cares about her clients."
Family Attorney | Feb 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Bergermann is a learned colleague whose style lends confidence to her clients. I appreciate most of all that she is not easily caught up in the emotion of litigating a family matter, rather she is ready to assist and advise from a position of calm expertise."
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