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Faith Z. Brown

Divorce and separation Attorney at Bradenton, FL

4.7   29 reviews

also known as Faith Z. Lodder


Licensed for 17 years

About Faith

Learn Faith’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    40%

    17 years, 2,500 cases

  2. Family
    40%
    Represent clients in all areas of family law, including but not limited to Divorce, Child Custody, Support, Alimony, Paternity and Step-Parent Adoptions

    17 years, 4,000 cases

  3. Alimony
    10%

    17 years, 1,000 cases

  4. Child custody
    10%

    17 years, 1,000 cases

Faith Brown has over seventeen (17) years of extensive experience as a family law attorney in the Twelfth Judicial Circuit Court.  She is a trained in Collaborative Law and is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Law Mediator. 

 

Faith co-authored the Barnes & Noble Bestseller, Champions of Collaborative Divorce: Changing the Way the World Gets Divorced.

 

Faith is the current President of the Manatee County Bar Association.   She was President-Elect of the Manatee County Bar Association for the 2021-2022 term.   She was the 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 Chair of the Family law section of the Manatee County Bar Association.  

She is also the Former-President of the Family Court Professional Collaborative,  Chair of the 2015 and 2016 Family Court Professional Collaborative Conference, and Former-Vice President of the Collaborative Family Law Professionals of Sarasota/Manatee.  She continues to serve on the board of directors for the Family Court Professional Collaborative.

 

Faith was recognized by the Florida Bar Association and the State Supreme Court for her 2006 pro-bono work in the area of Family Law.  She has also been a member of the Keiser University Advisory Board since 2006.

 

She was sworn in as a member of the United States Supreme Court Bar in 2018.

 

Faith received her Juris Doctor from Loyola School of Law in New Orleans, Louisiana.  She earned a Bachelor's degree in English, Journalism and Technical Writing from Southeastern Louisiana University.

 

Prior to attending law school, Faith worked as a journalist in print, radio and broadcast media.

 

 

 

 

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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.

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Faith Z. Brown, P.A.

Reviews

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Posted by danny | September 23, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
great attorney
Faith handled my prenup and my divorce. She is very friendly and knowledgeable of the law. She made sure my ex-wife didn't take me to the cleaners. I would recommend her to everyone
Posted by anonymous | September 14, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Divorce Attorney
Faith Z. Lodder is an excellent, dependable, and wonderful attorney! Ms. Lodder is very attentive to detail and left no stone overturned in preparing for my case. She worked with only the best and strive for excellence in every thing she does. I highly recommend you at least meet with Faith Z. Lodder before you make that critical decision to retain an attorney.
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Posted by Theresa | March 7, 2022
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Barracuda
I would like to take this opportunity to compliment the team at Brown and Brown Law Firm. Faith and Kimberly are amazing women to work with. I needed to find someone who would listen to my needs & concerns and fight for my rights as a parent. Faith provided excellent legal council. Her paralegal, Kimberly, was respectful, responsive and very efficient. I felt at ease in knowing that they had my best interest at the forefront of what seemed like an impossible uphill climb. I was involved in a tumultuous battle with my ex-husband who was trying to take my children from me. Faith paved the way for me using her expertise and vast knowledge of the law to assist me at every turn during the long process. From legal documents, to mediations, to scheduling appointments and eventually, Court of Law. This team was beside me the whole way! My questions were answered, fears were calmed, and tactics discussed and planed with my input throughout this journey. The end result was a successful and fulfilling outcome, that had been strategically planned with amazing candor. I sincerely recommend Faith Brown as a hard working, fully competent, attorney that works diligently to help you achieve your goal. I can never thank this team of professionals enough for the service they provided me. I am eternally grateful.
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Posted by Diane | February 9, 2021
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Excellent lawyer
If going through a divorce, Faith is the lawyer you want to hire. She is very knowledgeable, considerate of my needs, and very understanding of my circumstances. She took care of everything from start to finish and handled everything to my specifications
Posted by anonymous | July 22, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Post-Divorce Modification of Settlement
Faith handled a post-divorce modification of my marital settlement that provided a win-win for both parties. I was extremely satisfied with the outcome that ended up providing an equitable solution for both parties and the least amount of disruption to my children’s lives. During mediation, I had originally proposed to my former wife that she keep the marital home and I retain my retirement. Unfortunately, she originally elected to split both in spite of the fact that early liquidation of either asset would mean additional taxes and fees. The date to sell the house that was stipulated in the original agreement came and went and as I was in the process of filing contempt, we were able to negotiate an out of court settlement that went back to my original proposal of me retaining 100% of my retirement in exchange for my former wife receiving 100% of the equity in our marital home. I only wish I had hired Faith during my divorce proceedings as I am confident we would have found many similar opportunities to find more favorable outcomes. I will retain her services again in the future if I need any further legal assistance.
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Posted by anonymous | November 18, 2019
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My Divorce Attorney is Amazing!!
I want to take a moment to provide feedback on my amazing Divorce Lawyer, Faith Brown. Not only is Faith extremely good at what she does, she personalized my experience and made me feel like she was in it with me. I genuinely feel that she felt my pain and wanted to help me. At no time did I feel that she was just doing the standard "lawyer thing" which in most cases means stretching out a case to make as much money as they can. As a matter of fact, I felt the complete opposite. Faith was "very" reasonable with her charges and helped me stretch my dollars as much as she could while still helping me get through my horrible experience! I highly recommend Faith Brown as a Divorce Attorney. She is amazing and I feel the best in Bradenton, FL.!!
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Posted by David | August 22, 2019
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Incredibly professional, efficient and attentive attorney
I would recommend contacting Faith Brown to anyone looking for a divorce attorney. I reached out to Faith regarding my situation and she immediately made me feel confident that she was going to make this process as easy as possible. She was always there to offer me her professional opinion, regardless what day of the week it was. When the other attorney tried to negotiate a settlement that went against what my ex-wife and I agreed on, Faith stood strong, politely declined their offer and at the end of the divorce, she got what I was originally owed. Thank you so much, faith!!
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Posted by Melanie | February 11, 2019
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Thank you, Faith!
To say that filing divorce and ending a part of your past is painful would be an understatement. However, Faith guides you through the difficult parts, offers referrals when needed to other professionals who can help, has accurate knowledge, is very thorough and very fair. She made the worst parts of this process bearable and was available through phone calls as well as messaging. Thank you so very much, Faith!
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Posted by Nathan | January 22, 2019
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The Best Hands down
Faith Is the best you can get. I had the privilege of having Faith representing me for a relocation case. She is very detailed and doesn’t back down. She has a heart of gold and will do anything she can for you. Not only an amazing lawyer but amazing woman.
Posted by Nikki | April 7, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
An answered prayer!
Coming from being a stay at home mom and being trapped in a nasy situation, I did a lot for praying that God would give me faith so I knew everything was going to be ok. Well God gave me Faith! I entered into this divorce not having a clue and being completely lost. Faith was excellent at explaining everything and helping me prepare. She was amazingly efficient. She guided me through the mediation with such ease and I was shocked she was able to get me an absolute win in the divorce settlement at the very first mediation meeting! I HIGHLY recommend Faith Brown!
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Posted by Chriss | February 7, 2018
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Amazing, down to Earth professional
Mrs. Brown was hired for my Divorce case. The consult was where we first met. I was shaking and had so much anxiety. She was like talking to her like I knew her for years. She is very professional. If she's sure she can make it happen, She will sure you get what you want. If not, she is honest and upfront immediately. Her staff, Christa is quick and polite. I really enjoyed my time with Mrs. Brown. The best thing was I live out of county. Couldn't make it to her office and she was patient enough to schedule phone meetings with me. She was very empathetic with me. She really takes time with her clients. Don't look anywhere else. This is who you need!
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Posted by anonymous | November 7, 2017
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Thank you.
Mrs Brown was professional and to the point. In less than two months she helped complete my divorce that been on going for over two years. She and her staff where always quick to respond to my questions and helped navigate what seemed to be an insurmountable and difficult time in my life. I would recommend her to anyone looking for a great attorney and office team that is understanding, hardworking and most important knowledgeable of the law. Thank you
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Posted by Tony | August 1, 2017
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Exceeded My Expectations
I've used Faith for a few legal issues and she has the exceeded my expectations on both occasions. I also I think she did it for a reasonable fee. This is why I gave the review the title I did.
Posted by Heather | July 28, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
So Grateful
Mrs. Brown has handled several cases for me including the adoption of our youngest child. Always very professional and willing to share her knowledge of how the case will work. I would happily refer Mrs. Brown to anyone, and of course will be using her again if the need should ever arise
Posted by Daniel Guanchez | July 27, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
dependable and always there when needed
I was so impressed with her knowledge, how her team expedited paperwork and made the process so easy for me. Her availability, care and effort was just above and beyond of what I ever expected. She understood my situation and I feel so greatful to have them as my legal advisors I would recommend them to anyone! Thank you Faith, Christa and everyone at the office!!
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Posted by Alexandra | July 27, 2017
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Divorce.
Faith has been helping me with a revisit to my parenting plan. She has been a real pleasure to work with. Quickly responds to any little question, very knowledgeable and always makes me feel like I am a top priority. I would recommend faith to any friend or family due to the great experience it has been.
Posted by Jeff | June 30, 2017
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| Consulted Attorney
Excellent Lawyer
Faith Brown is an excellent lawyer. She was extremely knowledgeable and personable. If i have any further legal issues, Faith will be my first call!
Posted by Bobby | February 28, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Thankful for Mrs. Faith
With my first interaction with Mrs. Faith, which was through a phone conference for a free consult that she does either over the phone or in person. Which I had chosen the over the phone consult, because my work with telecommunications always had me out of town for work. Her paralegal was very polite & professional over the phone in making the appointment for the consult, and was able to answer a few questions of mine right away. When the appointment date had arrived, Mrs. Faith had called on time & was also very polite & professional at the very start of our conversation. She allowed me to tell my story, explain what had happened & along the story had asked a few questions, I'm sure to take notes of hers. During our conversation she had answered all my questions professionally & had given me hope that things would turn out just fine in my case & that if I were to hire her that she would fight her hardest to obtain the parenting plan that was appropriate for my situation & to ensure that proper time sharing was going to happen for the best interest of the child to grow up with both parents in the child's life. Every time I communicated with Mrs. Brown or her paralegal either over the phone, email or in person. Our conversations were professional quick & to the point. Anytime anything came up, I was notified right away to rectify the situation for the opposing party & their attorney. Mrs. Faith's paralegal went above & beyond with everything & handled all information or paperwork that I had to deliver or email to the office with professionalism. I am so glad that I called her and choose her as my Lawyer because I honestly couldn't imagine anyone better. I would recommend her without doubt to anyone with a issue.
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Posted by Jodi | February 21, 2017
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Great Attorney
Every once in a while you come across an honest attorney that is more concerned with a client than money. Faith Brown is one of those honest attorneys. Faith is very knowledgeable about marital law. She was eager to answer all of my questions and is very personable. I have seen two other attorneys and I can honestly tell you Faith knows what she is doing and she does it well! She truly is one of the good ones. The help she offered was provided out of the goodness of her heart and nothing more. I went to her because I was served Divorce papers and had no idea what to do... For my free consultation she went up and above her call of duty. She not only told me what I needed to do she actually explained everything step-by-step and personally typed up all the documentations for me (she even labeled them with sticky notes so I would not be to confused because she could see how upset I was). She is truly my angel. I finally feel like I'm in control of my life again. I will hire when the time comes and I recommend you do the same... Faith I can't Thank You enough!
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Posted by anonymous | June 14, 2016
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Results oriented, ethical and efficient
Faith was my third attorney for a lengthy divorce I couldn't seem to end. My previous attorneys ran up costs, caused conflict and prolonged my case for months on end. Faith worked with my ex's attorney to negotiate and settle my case in a matter of weeks. Faith did exactly what she said she would do in a very prompt and ethical fashion. She was compassionate and caring in regards to my situation. I thought my case would never end, and Faith brought me resolution I thought wouldn't happen any time soon. I am grateful for her getting the case closed as soon as possible and helping to minimize the drama that had been around for well over a year. I can't say enough great things about her. Her staff is kind and efficient and she works will with other attorneys and mediators. Faith's costs are fair, and she does an excellent job of only working on what is necessary rather than running up the costs of the case. I am incredibly pleased with the results Faith has brought me, and I would highly recommend her to anyone in Sarasota or Manatee Counties looking to end things and avoid trial if at all possible.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 400-400 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • President/Attorney
  • Faith Z. Brown, P.A.
  • 2016 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Faith Z. Lodder, P.A
  • 2006 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Parker Law Group
  • 2005 - 2005

Education

  • Loyola University New Orleans College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2003
  • Southeastern Louisiana University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1997

Legal Cases

  • Dissolution of Marriage
  • Dr payed one-half the requested amount of alimony

Associations

  • 2015 Family Court Professional Collaborative Conference
  • Chair
  • 2018 - Present
  • Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Law Mediator
  • Mediator
  • 2018 - Present
  • Sarasota County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Family Court Professional Collaborative
  • Board of Directors
  • 2015 - Present
  • Family Court Professional Collaborative
  • President-Elect
  • 2015 - Present
  • Manasota East Exchange Club
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Keiser University Advisory Board
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Florida Bar
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Manatee County Bar Association
  • Family Law Section Chair
  • 2018 - 2020
  • VA Accredited Attorney
  • Member
  • 2015 - 2018
  • Collaborative Family Law Professionals of Sarasota/Manatee
  • Vice President
  • 2015 - 2015
  • Manatee River Business Exchange Club
  • President
  • 2006 - 2007
  • Manatee River Business Exchange Club
  • President-Elect
  • 2005 - 2006
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Pro Bono Service Award
  • Florida Supreme Court
  • 2006

Publications

  • Open Palm Press
  • Champions of Collaborative Divorce
  • 2017

Speaking Engagements

  • Second Saturday
  • Divorce from A to Z
  • 2017
  • Manatee County Business Exchange Club
  • Collaborative Law
  • 2017
  • Keiser University
  • Collaborative Law and Injunctions
  • 2016
  • Exchange Club of Manasota East
  • Collaborative law
  • 2016
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Attorney endorsements

Received (11)
Given (11)
Divorce and separation Attorney | Aug 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Faith is an excellent attorney, and one of the best in the area of collaborative divorce. My highest recommendation."
Family Attorney | Jun 27
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Faith as a professional collegue for years. We have litigated many cases against one and another. Her compassion for her clients, is only exceeded by her energetic spirit in zealously representing her client. Highly competent."
Family Attorney | Sep 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I heartily endorse Faith. She is a very competent family lawyer who is knowledgeable of the law and well prepared in the courtroom."
Family Attorney | Feb 20
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have worked opposite of attorney Lodder on several cases and have found her to be very knowledgeable and posessing high ethical standards."
Family Attorney | Dec 16
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have worked on several matters with Attorney Lodder throughout the years. She is knowledgeable and provides a great service to her clients. Above all else, she is a pleasure to deal with."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Dec 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Faith is an excellent attorney. She really understands the needs of families. I have worked with Faith on contested and collaborative divorces and she is knowledgeable, and works hard for her clients."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Aug 13
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Great family attorney."
Family Attorney | Jul 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Faith is a highly effective attorney for whom I have great respect. She is intelligent, personable, and cares very deeply about her clients and her work. I have worked together with her on cases, and consulted with her on cases in the past, and would not hesitate to refer clients to her in the future."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse this lawyer. Excellent divorce lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer wholeheartedly. She is well respected in the local legal community, and considered an expert in her respective field of law."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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