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Jeffrey Alan Rapkin

Divorce and separation Attorney at Punta Gorda, FL

5.0   27 reviews
  • Licensed for 27 years
    State FL
    Acquired 1996
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

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About Jeffrey

Learn Jeffrey’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation

    28 years

  2. Family
    Family Law: Injunctions for Protection(restraining orders), Divorce, Paternity, Disestablishment of Paternity, Adoption, Modifications, Enforcement Actions, Mediation

    28 years

I have been practicing law since 1996. The most important thing to look for in an attorney is his or her ability to listen. All to often I hear the most vital information from my clients after listening to them for an extended period of time, and it is often the last things they tell me which are most important to assisting them with their legal troubles. Counseling a client, guiding him or her through what might be the most difficult time in a person's life is perhaps the most important aspect of an attorney's job. 

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Jeffrey Alan Rapkin
Po Box 510727
Punta Gorda, FL, 339510727
Jeffrey Alan Rapkin
18245 Paulson Drive
Port Charlotte, FL, 33954
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5.0 / 5.0
  27 customer reviews
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Posted by anonymous | July 3, 2021
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Best Lawyer
He’s the man not much more needed to say hire him for any family or divorce he’s the best money can buy.
Posted by Mike | November 14, 2018
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Super Fast!
Contacted Mr. wrap can about a divorce last week and just got word that I am officially divorced as of today. Send the paperwork to him Friday night here it is Wednesday and I am divorced!
Posted by Jeff | June 13, 2018
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A+ The Best!
No hassle, no worries, Jeffrey knows how to get it done. He is very down to earth and puts things in terms that is understandable. I would not hesitate to call on him again. Highly recommended by us.
Posted by William | May 16, 2018
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Jeff Rapkin has represented me multiple times in family law in a very ugly divorce and beyond that. Jeff has redefined what the word lawyer means to me. Most lawyers just get paid to lie. Jeff prides himself on integrity and family values. I have referred several friends to him and he did just as great job for them as he did for me. Jeff has fought very hard in the court room for me. If you want a lawyer that will get the facts out, Jeff is your lawyer. He has been there for me anytime I have needed him. I honestly see Jeff as a friend now. He is direct and to the point. He will not waste your time. I met with several lawyers before Jeff was referred to me. Nobody even came close to seeming that they cared. I knew Jeff cared deeply about me and my situation within minutes and he followed that all the way through to the end. I would highly recommend Jeff for everyone.
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Posted by Paula | May 16, 2018
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The best lawyer around!!!
Jeff is an amazing lawyer and human being. He goes above and beyond the call of duty. There aren't enough nice things i could say about him. He's more then our lawyer he is our friend!! He fights hard for you and is always there for you no matter if its day or night. I would highly recommend him to anyone and everyone.
Posted by Sharon | December 19, 2016
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Jeffrey has become more than just our attorney, he is more like family!
Mr. Rapkin is always there for us when we need him. My divorce was finalized quickly however, my custody issues have continued on for over five years due to my ex who is constantly filing things in court to continue the litigation. Jeff has been there for us every step of the way no matter what we needed whether it was legal advice or just someone to talk to. Besides being an Excellent attorney he has become more of a family member to us. I would recommend him to anyone with a Family Court matter.
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Posted by Pat | November 22, 2016
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I have never in my life met such a caring man as Jeff
He is amazing, he saw me on the spur of the moment, he listened to my story and even though he wasn't the kind of lawyer I needed, he asked if I wanted him to make a call to try and to solve my problem, and at no charge. He called, and within 30 minutes got results. What a wonderful man , I will never forget what he did for me. One in a million.
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Posted by anonymous | April 22, 2016
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Thank Goodness For Mr. Rapkin
"Mr. Rapkin went above and beyond the call of duty in representing me in two separate but related matters. His attention to detail was very thorough, but what I was most impressed with was the personal concern he demonstrated along every step of the way. He always returned my phone calls and kept me informed every step of the way. He is a great attorney who fought very hard for me and I won both my cases. I highly recommend Mr. Rapkin to anyone looking for a skilled attorney whose dedication to his clients is unparalleled."
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Posted by Lynette | February 17, 2016
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Highly recommend
As a parent of a disabled adult child, we retained Mr. Rapkin for assistance to protect our son. I highly recommend Mr. Rapkin as he is a rare breed. He is compassionate and understanding to clients and those with special needs, yet strong and efficient and highly effective as a lawyer. I would not hesitate to hire Jeffrey Rapkin.
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Posted by Denise | February 1, 2016
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more than a five star rating
Mr. Jeff Rapkin deserves more than a five star rating. Jeff is compassionate, down to earth, good listener, articulate, and meticulous person. Very knowledgeable, does his research diligently and thoroughly, and gets down to the facts of the law. He advised me and kept me up to date on the progress of my case. There was no guessing, wondering or sleepless nights when he was handling my case. Very reasonable in price. He answers his own calls and is reachable by phone, voice mail, texting and responds in a timely manner. He handled my case swiftly and had a positive outcome. A five star rating is not enough to describe this amazing attorney.
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Posted by Wendydawn | January 19, 2016
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A Gem in Florida
We think he is an awesome guy and Jeffrey Rapkin is our go to every time we need an attorney. He is uniquely separated from inadequate and uncaring attorneys. He gives of himself when he takes on a case. He focuses on your problem and then tries to help solve it for you as your attorney.
Posted by Jennifer | July 15, 2015
Jeff is thorough, passionate, down to earth, supportive, caring, a fireball and victims advocate
I have had the fortunate opportunity to obtain Jeff Rapkin as counsel in two separate cases. He was my counsel for an incredibly complicated divorce and business ownership litigation in 2008 which involved immigration laws, small business assets, and victim protection. Jeff was by my side, communicative and supportive through the entire process and fought with passion for my interests. We won on all counts. He is my counsel in a family law case 2015 that includes medical and support arrearage, child support modification and petition for custodial parent rights with a potential kidnapping charge against the children's father. Again, Jeff is passionate, supportive, caring and by my side every step of the way. He is a strong victims advocate and will not be run over by overpaid high end attorneys that burn clients with billable hours. Jeff is straightforward, honest, reliable, and is a fireball in the courtroom. He has earned the respect of his peers through his courteous actions and communications. Jeff's experience and calm demeanor in the courtroom has given me reassurance during litigation that has been emotional and very difficult. HIs caring and warm personality have provided me confidence, support, and assurance during difficult legal battles. He has given me confidence and emotional support that the most difficult of legal issues can be solved and I can pull through. I highly recommend Jeff as an attorney that will be by your side through every step of difficult legal situations and will thoroughly investigate and research your case and provide you straightforward honest counsel with years of legal expertise to best represent your interests . He is open and honest with the financial obligations and costs of representation and litigation up front unlike other high end firm billable hour attorneys. Jeff is more than fair and trustworthy and has your best interest at heart. I have the utmost respect and regard for Jeff Rapkin as counsel, teacher, victims advocate, and friend.
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Posted by David C. | June 24, 2015
The best of the best !!!
I have know Mr. Rapkin for 15 year. He has helped me when no other lawyer could. He is The best of the best !!! I know many lawyers, he is the only one I would ever trust, "absolutely" ! Jeff, thank you for all you have done for me. You have saved my life so many times, I could never thank you enough. You are truly a garden angel !!!
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Posted by anonymous | October 9, 2014
Passionate wonderful proponent for the people
Jeff is a wonderfully passionate lawyer and kind person who we recommend to everyone. He made us feel empowered in an overwhelming situation our family was going through and we knew he had our best interest in mind.
Posted by anonymous | April 10, 2014
I first met Mr Rapkin nearly 7 years ago. I had to talk with him again twice within the last week. Not only does he remember the case, but he remembers my family. He is caring, compassionate and knows the laws. He has recommended me to another lawyer who also seems to share his own values. I tell everyone who knows to go to him if they ever need it!
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Posted by Peg | August 27, 2013
VERY happy with Jeff's knowledge of the law & work done for me!
I worked with Jeff for several years & know that he is a knowledgeable, caring, "fight for the cause" atty. As Jeff did my Will, I recommended him to a friend to do her Will & she will be hiring him shortly.
Posted by Summer | June 10, 2013
Stellar Attorney
Not only did he make my divorce nearly painless, he was fair, diligent and most of all kind. You don't meet many people like him, much less attorneys. I can't say enough good about him and his practices.
Posted by Laurie | February 29, 2012
Astounding attorney and human being
I've never met an attorney quite like Jeff. He is a PEOPLE attorney, not out for money and running the bill sky high. He is extremely intelligent, helpful, and knows the law. He is the ONLY attorney I ever hope to work with again. He will fight for you and your case, can't say enough good about the man.
Posted by Nancy | February 17, 2012
Wonderful Lawyer
Jeff is always available when we need him and it is comforting to have him by our side while we contiunue to fight for what is right for my children.
Posted by Fay | February 2, 2012
outstanding attorney
Jeff is available whenever you call him, goes above and beyond to help and keeps in touch, which is rare in a lawyer,puts himself in your position, and acts accordingly.Even answers his own phone-would reccomend him to anyone. Is proficient is his knowledge of the law and applies it well. Would take any calls to confirm this. 941-365-0258
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AVVO RATING 7.8 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • On call Mediator: Family and Circuit Civil
  • 20th Judicial Circuit
  • 2008 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Jeffrey A. Rapkin, Esq.
  • 2004 - Present
  • Facilitator/Assessor
  • EMHC, Inc, and SPARCC, Inc.
  • 2005 - 2011
  • Felony Assistant Public Defender
  • Public Defender's Office: 20th Judicial Circuit
  • 2004 - 2004
  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Jeffrey A. Rapkin, Esq.
  • 1999 - 2004
  • Assistant Public Defender
  • Public Defender's Office: 12th Circuit
  • 1996 - 1999
  • Corrections Officer
  • Sarasota Sheriff's Office
  • 1992 - 1992
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  • University of South Florida
  • Supreme Court Family Mediation Certification
  • 2008
  • University of South Florida
  • Supreme Court Circuit Civil Mediator Certification
  • 2007
  • Western Judicial Training, Inc.
  • Domestic Violence Certification
  • 2005
  • Florida Department of Children and Families
  • Victim Advocacy Training
  • 2005
  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1996
  • Sarasota Criminal Justice Academy
  • Police Certification
  • 1992
  • Florida State University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1990
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Sample of Legal Cases

  • Injunction Cases through coalition
  • Various


  • Florida Coalition against Domestic Violence
  • Contract Attorney
  • 2005 - 2010

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Parent Education and Stabilization Training Authorization
  • Department of Children and Families
  • 2011


Speaking Engagements

Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (7)
Endorse Jeffrey
Family Attorney | Jul 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Feb 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is extremely caring and passionate about his clients."
Family Attorney | Aug 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I first met Jeff years ago when we were co-workers at the Public Defender's Office. Jeff is extremely competent in his field of law and moreover, I have always found him to be a man of his word! If you need help with your divorce or other family matter, call Jeff."
Family Attorney | Mar 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I got to know Jeff when I was working at the State Attorney's Office in Charlotte County. He is smart, professional and an excellent advocate. We worked with him at my old firm, and I am happy to recommend him to prospective clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Fantastic Attorney!!!"
Family Attorney | Jun 15
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Jeff is one of the greatest lawyers I know; in any field. He is a wonderful human being, compassionate and honest as the day is long. Yes, despite public perception to the contrary, attorneys can have those qualities. Jeff has been my opponent on numerous injunction cases. As a criminal defense attorney I handle those, so I frequently come into contact with family law attorneys in that arena. As an opponent Jeff is fair, candid and reasonable. However, if you choose to play hardball and litigate you are in for a war. This man knows what he is doing. Many lawyers have walked out of the courtroom wishing they had settled with Jeff when they had the chance. He is the type of lawyer that I refer to as a wolf in sheep's clothing. He is so friendly, fun and unassuming that some people make the mistake of thinking they have an edge over him. Big mistake! I suspect that is exactly what he wants you to believe. When I got divorced I hired Jeff."
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