|FL||Member in Good Standing||1995||01/30/2017|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Scholarship for Piano||Bowling Green State University||N/A|
|Board Certified - Marital & Family Law||Florida Bar||N/A|
|Family Law Attorney||Law Office of Audrey A. Jefferis, PA||2008 - Present|
|Family law Partner||Lucas, Green, Jefferis, Magee and Magazine, PL||2001 - 2008|
|Private Practitioner||Private Practice Law Office of Audrey Jefferis, PA||1995 - 1998|
|Assistant Public Defender- WV 1993-1995||1993-1995||1993 - 1995|
|Associate||Claggett & Gorey||1992 - 1993|
|Assistant State Attorney||Office of State Attorney||1991 - 1992|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Canakaris Inns of Court||Member||2010 - Present|
|The Florida Bar||Member||1995 - Present|
|West Pasco Bar Assocation||Member||1995 - Present|
|Florida Bar, Family Law Section||Member||1995 - Present|
|North Pinellas Chamber of Commerce||N/A||N/A|
|Article on Department of Revenue Child Support in Paternity Cases||Child Support and Paternity Cases||2012|
|University of Toledo College of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1990|
|Bowling Green State University||Music, Philosophy||BA - Bachelor of Arts||N/A|
|BNI||Marital and Family Law||2012|
|BNI Outlook to Success||Presentation Family Law||2011|
Posted by anonymous
I cannot say in words how wonderful Attorney Jefferis was to not only handle my case in a professional manner but also made me feel less stress by keeping me informed and explaining every step. I went and consulted with others before hiring her and they were more about money than my actual case. Save yourself time and stress and go see Attorney Jefferis and her staff, they are truly the best! Thank you all!
Posted by anonymous
I hired Audrey for a year to deal with a custody modification. In that year, she was prompt to collect her fees, and the discovery requests my ex was pelting me with. Yet, after she fired me for using a crowd funding site to be able to pay her additional trial retainer fees (because she was unable to settle the case through mediation), I hired another attorney, who immediately got to work sending my ex her own discovery requests, interrogatories, and mandatory disclosure. Audrey didn't make even one discovery request, and when I asked her why she wasn't doing to my ex what his attorney was doing to me, she said, "We're not going to play that game." BUT THAT'S THE GAME OF COURT, and had I continued with her representation, I'd have likely walked into court unprepared, with weakly argued points, and lost majority custody of my daughter. We'd have walked into court relying on only the depositions she conducted, which were worthless based on her questioning. I was upset when she fired me, but I resolved the case with my new attorney in mediation, for 1/5th what she was charging for trial retainer. Under new representation, I also saw all the opportunities the law had for me to avoid trial, that Audrey failed to tell me about. Her staff turned over 3 times in the year I paid her! I lucked out that she fired me, but I'd have been luckier if I'd trusted the few negative reviews, instead of my gut, which liked Audrey's personality.
Posted by Happily divorced w/custody of my daughter
My ex-wife kicked off the divorce with a false domestic violence injunction. A hearing was held and the case was dismissed. Due to my job requirements I relocated to the east coast of Florida, further complicating the issues in my divorce. Due to continued significant allegations, we completed a psychological timeshare evaluation (ordered by the Court) to help the Court address my minor daughter’s best interests and custody. This was a very costly evaluation and also added another component of complexity to the case. Despite that the final evaluation report heavily favored my situation to obtain custody and relocate my daughter; I found that my previous attorneys did not have much experience, if any, with psychological timeshare evaluations and minor children custody issues (despite their claims to the contrary). My prenuptial agreement also added another layer of complexity because my ex-wife wanted to have the agreement vacated, as she stood much to gain. I had gone through three and a half years of litigation and had gone through three attorneys which had not made any significant progress in my case. I had spent a significant amount on attorney fees as I had been ordered to pay my ex-wife’s attorney fees. Both attorneys just kept milking me. My attorney was generally not returning my calls and when I did make contact with her she would tell me that the opposing counsel was not returning her calls and stated that was the reason there was little progress in my case. She continuously communicated that there was a very low probability that I would obtain custody of my daughter and confused my case with her other cases. Overall she was very rude and unprofessional. There did not appear to be any end in sight, i.e., I was truly in almost a helpless situation.
I obtained a referral from the Florida Bar and hired attorney Audrey Jefferis. Attorney Jefferis immediately submitted her notice of appearance to the Court, contacted the opposing counsel to resolve longstanding issues that were preventing a pre-trial hearing, prioritized and aggressively worked the issues in my case, and coordinated with the Court to schedule a final divorce hearing. This was the beginning of the end of my divorce case, as attorney Jefferis took the lead to resolve the issues. Thus, my case was no longer in a “wait and see what opposing counsel does next” strategy. Within a very short time there was significant progress in my case. At all times attorney Jefferis was very professional and personable, as was her entire office staff. My calls were returned in a timely manner and her attorney fees were very reasonable. When any recommendation or major decision in my case was made, there was always a legal basis and or strategy thoroughly explained to me, i.e., I was always well informed on my case status. At trial, attorney Jefferis was very well prepared and organized, and her trial experience was even more evident as we progressed through the two and a half day final trial hearing.
In summary attorney Jefferis is a seasoned, personable and very professional Family Law trial attorney which I strongly recommend to anyone needing a divorce attorney. Attorney Jefferis took my case to completion in a very short time with significantly favorable results. At the conclusion of my divorce my prenuptial agreement was honored by the Court and my ex-wife was ordered to return my property. My final divorce Order was thorough and well written. Additionally, attorney Jefferis wrote a separate Deny Order that was signed by the Judge to stop further payment of my ex-wife’s attorney fees. But most importantly, my motion to obtain custody and relocate my seven year old daughter was granted by the Judge and I immediately took custody and relocated my daughter. Attorney Audrey Jefferis is the #1 Family Law attorney in the tri-County area. This is the attorney that you want sitting next to you in Court.