Maria has been Board Certified in Marital and Family Law by the Florida Bar since 1997. She is also a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (Florida Chapter), an organization comprised of the top family lawyers in the country. Maria served as Chair of the Family Law Section of the Florida Bar in 2015-2016. She is an experienced and highly regarded trial attorney and is also a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Law Mediator and is routinely chosen by her colleagues to mediate issues in their cases. She has been featured as one of Florida Magazine’s “Super Lawyers” since 2006 and named Top Lawyers in Florida by the South Florida Legal Guide.
Maria has limited her practice to marital and family law and guardianship matters since her admission to the bar 30 years ago. She has extensive experience in all phases of the matrimonial practice, including divorce, parental responsibility (or child custody), timesharing, parenting plans, mediation, child support, paternity, equitable distribution, relocation, enforcement, modifications, disestablishment of paternity, pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements, domestic violence (restraining orders), annulment, guardian ad litem, and step-parent adoption. Maria has been recognized by judges and colleagues as one of the top matrimonial lawyers in Florida and enjoys a top “AV” rating by Martindale-Hubbell and listed in its Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers.
Maria approaches each case with the goal of reaching the best resolution and outcome for that client by carefully managing each aspect of the case along the way. Together with the client, she formulates a strategy and goals at the beginning of each case and directs her efforts at realizing that goal by following through on the plan. Maria is a strong advocate whether it is in or out of the courtroom. She is committed to working with and fighting for her clients.
Maria has lectured extensively on matrimonial and family law topics and mediation through organizations such as, the Florida Bar, the American Bar Association, the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, the Florida College for Advanced Judicial Studies, local voluntary bar organizations throughout the state and numerous bench and bar events. In 2007, she co-authored the Electronic Communication Statute, Section 61.13003, Florida Statute which ultimately became part of all Parenting Plans in the state.
Maria’s recognitions include The Honorable Raymond T. McNeal Professionalism Award in 2018, the Honorable Hugh E. Stearns Community Service Award in 2016, appointment to the Board of Directors of the Florida Bar Foundation in 2018 and to the Florida Supreme Court’s Commission on Professionalism and Civility in 2014. She is also past Chair of the Marital and Family Law Certification Committee for the Florida Bar and is past President of The First Family Law American Inn of Court. In 2018, she was appointed to serve on the committee tasked with updating the Bounds of Advocacy which sets goals and guidelines for family lawyers in Florida. The Bounds represent a significant contribution to promote legal professionalism and civility for family law practitioners.