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Johanne Valois-Shoffstall

Mediation Attorney at Bradenton, FL

5.0   9 reviews

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Learn Johanne’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Family
    Provide representation in all aspects of marital and family law as well as domestic violence. Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator and Qualified Parenting Coordinator. Emphasis is put on maintaining dignity and integrity in a very difficult process during a very emotional time in a person's life. Provide legal services for married and unmarried couples, with or without chidlren.

    28 years, 700 cases

  2. Mediation
    Certified by the Florida Supreme Court as a family mediatior since 2012; however, she has been providing mediation services for over 15 years. The combination of her litigation experience accumulated over the course of over 20 years as well as her thorough understanding of the law has provided her with an understanding of the dynamics of divorce, separation, children issues, paternity matters and all other aspects of marital and family issues.

    23 years, 100 cases

  3. Uncontested divorce
    Provide services from paperwork assistance to drafting agreements and all necessary court documents.

    28 years, 300 cases

  4. Business
    Provide basic legal services for businesses.

    28 years, 100 cases

Johanne Valois Shoffstall is an attorney who has been practicing since 1994.  She is the founder and president of the Law Offices of Johanne Valois, P.A.  


While she is a proponent of more peaceful, less adversorial divorce proceedings, her office provides all levels of legal representation with respect to separation and divorce issues, whether you are married or unmarried, including same-sex couples, whether you have children or not. 


Domestic Violence?  Her office offers representation for parties involved in domestic violence proceedings.  Whether you are a petitioner or a respondent. 


She provides an array of services within the area of family law, such as litigation services, mediation services for parties represented by attorneys as well as those who are not represented, pre-filing mediation (this can hopefully avoid costly legal battles), and parenting coordination.


In addition, she provides basic legal services for business owners. 


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Licensed for 28 years
State FL
Status Member in Good Standing
Acquired 1994
Updated 02/22/2023

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Law Offices of Johanne Valois, P.A.
6400 Manatee Avenue W.
Suite L-107
Bradenton, FL, 34209


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Posted by Vanessa | May 9, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
That Dreaded Scott case
Johanne saved me. I was married to a control freak. She knew just how to handle him and the slimy lawyers he sought out. It took two years to get free from him, but she did it. It has been over 20 years now and my son has completely grown up. Up until 2010 my ex-husband with whom she freed me would never quit. But he finally quit in July 2010 when he came to the state where I live now and committed suicide. But before he did and since he was divorced from the woman with which he had an affair on me and subsequently married, he was fighting her too. He went as far as starting a non-profit company to present a front that he was being alienated from his children. He was a master at presenting himself to be a very upstanding person. But it was not real. What was real was that he was a monster and alcohol abuser. In his fight with the second ex-wife, he moved all of his assets into his mother's name. She helped him with no hesitation. Then when he died, she claimed he did not have anything and kept everything that should have been the property of the children. Now 8 years after his death, the 2nd ex-wife (his lover and co-worker) is getting her dues from being so mean to me. Their house they lived in together is being foreclosed and I have a lien on it for past due child support. So, I was served to appear for the foreclosure. It is going to get very ugly because this is the woman's second foreclosure, second husband, second or third bankruptcy, etc. She just does not pay any bills and looks for men with whom she thinks has money. This may be my very last chance to get my past due child support from the sale of this house. I was represented by the DOJ, and when my ex-husband died, they dropped the case and refuse to go after the estate that was swindled by the mother. They call it shady but they can't do anything. Needless to say the 2nd ex wife has got an attorney for this who is running as a Democrat for the office of Florida Attorney General. Great Day!!! What can I do now??? Johanne beat this control freak. She is the best!!! I will probably contact her for advise because she is not just a GREAT attorney, she is a friend, and she never forgets.
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Posted by Michael | November 22, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Competent and caring
Johanne represented me when I had a business problem. She was vey responsive, competent and she really cared to resolve everything as fast as possible and for the least amount of money. It worked and I couldn't be happier. I highly recommend her to anyone who needs a good attorney who actually cares.
Posted by Luis | February 24, 2016
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| Consulted Attorney
Outstanding Service
Johanne listened to my concerns and provided great advice without hesitation. She gives her honest opinions whether its what you want to hear or not. Best of all she can also provide her services over the phone without you having to break the bank. I will continue to use her services for any family law issues and recommend that you do so as well.
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Posted by Thayne | October 11, 2014
Result Driven Go Getter! Absolutely Amazing!
Forget sending the Marines in first, send in Johanne. This woman is a true hard hitter, she gets the job done and gets it done right with professionalism. Not only is she AMAZING at what she does, she takes a personal interest in your case. I had hired a well know attorney service here in the bay area, that was a complete disappointment. After telling Johanne about my experience and what has recently happened to me, she pulled out her cannons, not only did she tackle the problem at hand, she got more work done in one week then the other firm did in 9 months. Not only did I find a great attorney, I found a great friend as well. Thanks Johanne for everything you have done for me and my family. I highly recommend this go getter. if you want results and closure this is the attorney for you.
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Posted by Alan | August 15, 2014
Johanne Valois Shoffstall....Stellar Attorney, Stellar Human Being....
Johanne Valois Shoffstall has represented me in the judicial process on several occasions to include divorce proceedings, criminal allegations, and custodial matters concerning my children and their mother..Upon our initial consultation she commanded my attention, in the highest regard. Her sensibility, thorough knowledge and most noticeable, her character. As our journey progressed through the system, her impeccable attention to every detail of my case, her accessibility and the professionalism demonstrated , firmly, yet,with a rare grace that acknowledged me as a human being, not a mere client, was most encouraging, to say the least and quite evident. Johanne is firmly focused on facts, details, specifics...and presents these criteria with the utmost integrity inside and out of a courtroom environment.. Experiencing the judicial process firsthand ,I found to be extremely intimidating, irrational and to put it plainly, frightening. Johanne Valois Shoffstall was my calm in the eye of the storm. I enthusiastically, with no reservation, recommend Johanne Valois Shoffstall to any whom seek an Attorney who mirrors the qualities of reason, justice, virtues and dignity. Succinctly, Johanne is the quintessential Professional.
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Posted by TEE | September 26, 2011
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Posted by Danette | June 25, 2010
There is one word that discribes Johanne and that word is AWESOME!!!!!
Simply put, if you are looking for a lawyer who will fight for you, Johanne is that person. Johanne represented me five years ago during my divorce/custody case. Recently the case was reopened by my ex-husband and she represented me again. I was extremely nervous going into the courtroom, however, within a matter of minutes and to my amazement Johanne was able to articulate a time line to the judge in detail of what happened five years ago to the present. I was so shocked because I couldn't believe that a lawyer who I had no contact with for over five years could recall DETAILED information as if it was yesterday about my case. She fought for my son's safety as if he was her own son. I remember sitting there feeling so overwhelmed, however, once Johanne finished speaking on my behalf, a sense of peace came over me. Also, Johanne has the best paralegal staff in all of Hillsborough County, if there was something that requried research or if they needed more information they didn't hestitate to call me. I always had the feeling that there was a team of people working on my behalf, and at the end of the day the job was done.
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Posted by charles | June 24, 2010
Johanne is a highly knowledgeable an motivated attorney who also is very compassionate about the client's concerns
I used Johanne as my divorce attorney. She was able to handle a very difficult time in my life with the utmost professionalism and care that I had not seen in the profession. I had another attorney before using Johanne and was amazed at how efficient, respectful, and knowledgeable she was. The office staff that she has surrounded herself with are top notch. No matter what type of question or request I had her office handled it quickly. There was not a detail left out, nor was I ever ignored. I highly recommend Johanne to anyone who needs a divorce attorney. What she did for me was above and beyond what was necessary. She not only protected me but my children as well.
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Posted by anonymous | June 23, 2010
Smart, caring and aggressive attorney
This is, hands down, one of my favorite family law attorneys in the Tampa area. She has always proved to me she has a working and up-to-date knowledge of all aspects of family law. I have had personal experience with her in the areas of relocation, parental alienation, dissolution, paternity, time sharing, custody, child support, temporary relief, emergency motions, etc. etc. etc. If she doesn't know it . . . she and her staff learn it and do so quickly. She is an aggressive litigator that will not judge her client, but will rather fight for what her client believes to be to be in the best interest of the client and the client's child. This I believe to be a major attribute in any attorney. I have seen her and her staff work hard to help the client achieve his/her desired result. Moreover, another great attribute is her ability to be strategic. She is excellent at “playing her hand” and only revealing certain cards to the other side at the right time. This is such an important skill in family law. Indeed, I have seen the look of shock on opposing counsel’s face in at least one case during a trial.
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Work Experience

  • President
  • Parenting Coordination and Mediation Services
  • 2009 - Present
  • President
  • Law Offices of Johanne Valois, P.A.
  • 1998 - Present
  • Associate attorney
  • Ronald S. Reed, P.A.
  • 1996 - 1998
  • Attorney
  • Johanne Valois, P.A.
  • 1995 - 1996
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  • Stetson University College of Law
  • LL.M.
  • 2015
  • Stetson University College of Law
  • Juris Doctorate
  • 1993
  • University of South Florida
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1991

Legal Cases

  • Stockard v. Stockard
  • Successful on all fronts:children/civil/criminal
  • Oscar W. Prado, Jr. v. Karen D. Torrens
  • Client granted custody modification request


  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • Florida Bar
  • Member
  • 1994 - Present
  • The International Legal Fraternity of Phi Delta Phi
  • Member
  • 1992 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • French
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • B V rated Distinguished
  • Martindale Hubbell
  • 2017
  • 2011-2012 Executive and Professional Woman of the Year
  • National Association of Professional Women
  • 2011
  • Certificate of Merit for Outstanding Performance
  • Florida Bar -- Family Law Section
  • 2003
  • Honor for Leadership and Achievement
  • Strathmore's Who's Who Honors
  • 2002
  • Outstanding Achievement in the Study of Law
  • Who's Who Among American Law Students
  • 1993
  • First Internship at Tampa General Hospital
  • Stetson University College of Law
  • 1992
  • Moot Court Board
  • Stetson University College of Law
  • 1992
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Speaking Engagements

  • Legislative Update
  • Legislative Update
  • 2010
  • Various Presentations in Local Churches
  • Various family law subjects
  • 2008
  • Domestic Violence: What's the Rule of Thumb Anyway?
  • Domestic Violence
  • 1999
  • Domestic Violence: What's the Rule of Thumb Anyway?
  • Domestic Violence
  • 1998
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Attorney endorsements

Received (14)
Given (13)
Endorse Johanne
Family Attorney | Oct 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Johanne is experienced, knowledgeable, and a pleasure to work with. She cares about her clients and works diligently on their behalf. I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer highly. Johanne recently received her LLM through a very rigorous program at Stetson College of Law."
Mediation Attorney | May 09
Relationship: Other
"A great, family-centered mediator. Willing to go the extra mile and spend the extra time to get it right."
Family Attorney | Mar 25
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Johanne is an excellent attorney who zealously represents her clients amirably in and out of Court. She is a formidable opponent and a dynamic mediator."
Mediation Attorney | Aug 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Johanne is a very successful mediator and she has settled several of my cases which I thought would be impossible. Her attitude is that no case is impossible to settle. That is the attitude you need in a mediator."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had the pleasure of working with Johanne as an opposing counsel and utilizing her services as a mediator. She is extremely professional and skilled as both an attorney and mediator. I would recommend her services highly."
Mediation Attorney | Mar 13
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have known Johanne since approximately 1998 and have worked with her as opposing counsel in family law cases and used her services as a Mediator. She is excellent in both roles."
Family Attorney | Jul 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I would highly recommend Johanne to anyone looking for an skilled mediator or family law attorney. Johanne is compassionate and understanding with clients and very knowledgeable about the law. Unlike many other family law attorneys, she always works toward the children's best interests and considers the children's well-being an important aspect of the divorce process."
Mediation Attorney | Jul 01
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I avidly endorse this lawyer's work. She is an exceptional attorney and she represents her clients efficiently and dependably. Furthermore, she is an excellent mediator and parent coordinator whom we intend to continue to use in our family law cases."
Family Attorney | Jun 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I can state without hesitation that I endorse and recommend Johanne Valois-Shoffstall as an attorney. She is diligent, honest and knowledgeable. Most importantly, she cares about her clients and their cases."
Family Attorney | Jun 28
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Johanne and I worked on a case together. She handled herself with much integrity and professionalism, while she strongly advocated for her client."
Family Attorney | Jun 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
Family Attorney | Jun 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
Family Attorney | Jun 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. I have known Ms. Valois-Shoffstall for over ten years and know her to be an honest, hard working attorney who diligently works to protect the rights of her clients. She has a tenancity that is a great benefit inside and outside of the courtroom."
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