Attorneys – Family Law

South County

Michael H. Gora
Shapiro, Blasi, Wasserman & Gora, P.A.

Mr. Gora is a partner of the Boca Raton office of Shapiro Blasi Wasserman, & Gora. For the last several years Mr. Gora has limited his practice to Matrimonial Law, and is certified by the Board of Legal Specialization and Education of The Florida Bar as a specialist in Marital and Family Law.

For several years, Mr. Gora has authored a regular column in the Boca Raton News regarding family law issues, called “Divorce Florida Style.” Mr. Gora has written more than 200 of these columns, in which he answers questions submitted by readers.

At the request of then Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Major Harding, Mr. Gora served on the Court’s Access to Justice Task Force, charged with improving the public’s access to the Florida Family Court system. He has written, and regularly updates, a chapter in a publication of The Florida Bar on marital agreements.

Contributions to the legal profession include his long-time participation as a Director and Officer of the South Palm Beach County Bar Association, of which he has been President.

Shapiro, Blasi, Wasserman & Gora, P.A. is a full-service litigation and transactional law firm headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida, representing clients nationwide.


Yueh-Mei Kim Nutter
Brinkley Morgan

Ms. Nutter concentrates her practice in the area of civil litigation with a particular focus on family law, and is certified by the Board of Legal Specialization and Education of the Florida Bar as a specialist in Marital and Family Law. She also handles collections, probate, and estate matters. Ms. Nutter is the Chair of the Attorney Ad Litem and Guardian Ad Litem Ad Hoc Committee of the Family Law Section of The Florida Bar and is Co-Chair of the Mediation Committee of the South Palm Beach County Bar. She was certified in 1995 by the Supreme Court of Florida as a Family Mediator. She has also been Guardian Ad Litem for the Family Law Section for the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit for Broward County since 1991 and Guardian Ad Litem Family Law, Criminal and Dependency Section for the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit for Palm Beach County since 1993. Ms. Nutter is a founding member of the Collaborative Family Lawyers of South Florida, Inc.

Samuel R. Troy
Troy Legal

Mr. Troy was recently recognized as one of the top young lawyers in Florida by the 2009 Florida Super Lawyers Magazine. He was appointed as a Co-Chairman’s of the Young Lawyers Division for the South Palm Beach County Bar Association. Sam is a member of the Florida Bar, the American Bar Association, as well as the Miami-Dade County, Palm Beach and South Palm Beach County Bar Associations.

While in law school and immediately thereafter, Sam honed his litigation skills by interning with the State Attorney’s Office and the Public Defender’s office in Miami-Dade County. After graduating from the University of Miami in 2003, Mr. Troy worked for some of the top family law attorneys in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties.

After gaining a wealth of experience in family law, Sam recently decided to follow his dream of starting his own law firm, and in 2009 he opened Troy Legal, P.A. which serves all of South Florida. It maintains offices in Boca Raton and Miami-Dade County.


Catherine S. Eaton
Kapner & Kapner, P.A.

Ms. Eaton primarily practices family law and mediation. She understands that family law, and divorce in particular, are intensely personal. She emphasizes an approach dedicated to handling clients’ sensitive issues with grace and understanding. Using her litigation and mediation skills, she is able to effectively represent clients in their pending matters. Ms. Eaton and her staff are dedicated to meeting the needs of clients.

Ralph “RT” White, Jr.
Schutz & White, LLP

Ralph “RT” White practices exclusively in the area of marital and family law, handling complex divorce cases, intricate prenuptial agreements, post-dissolution issues and other family law related matters, including appellate practice. He has successfully represented a broad range of clients by employing creative strategies for the cases he handles. Mr. White is experienced in litigating a wide variety of matrimonial cases. Ralph’s diverse background in business and litigation affords him a unique perspective and capability when representing people in divorce.

North County

Sally S. Benson
Sally S. Benson, P.A.

Sally S. Benson has been a practicing attorney in Palm Beach County for 34 years.  She has substantial experience in all family law matters, including negotiations, counseling, and litigating.  Further, Sally’s practice consists of real estate, business law and estate planning.  Sally previously was with one of the largest firms in Palm Beach County before starting her own practice 30 years ago.

Sally prides her reputation on being reasonable in an attempt to settle the issues involved in her practice; however, in the event that the other side is not reasonable, she has no reservations in moving forward to litigation.

Sally served for 4 years as Governor of the Young Lawyers for the State of Florida, Chairman of the Young Lawyers State Convention, served as Law Day Chairman, and has been a member of Attorney’s Title Insurance Fund since 1976.

Sally has found that her broad experience in family, real estate, business and estate work has served well when handling family law matters insofar as frequently all of these areas of law come into play.

James L. Green
James L. Green, P.A.

Attorney James L Green has been practicing law in Illinois and Florida since 1990. After the successful development of a family law practice for a large firm in Palm Beach County, Florida, James L. Green believed that he could take the practice to a new level of personal attention and client satisfaction, and in 2001, The Law Office of James L. Green, P.A. was created in Jupiter, Florida to focus “primarily” on the provision of family law services in the State of Florida. We understand that divorce, custody disputes, the division of marital assets and liabilities, and other family law related issues are extremely stressful life events and can be emotionally draining to those going through these circumstances. In recognition of this fact, our firm has the experience, compassion, skill, knowledge, and proficiency to deal with both the intellectual issues and the emotional turmoil that these issues can cause.

Adam S. Gumson
Jupiter Law Center

Adam was born in Brooklyn, New York and attended: High School in Hollywood, Florida; the University of Sussex in Brighton, England (where he played for the University’s Basketball Team); Duke University; and the University of Florida College of Law (where he was a member of both the Moot Court and Trial Teams, graduating with Honors).

After experiencing the practice of law in a large Miami/Boca Raton litigation firm, Adam realized that it was bland and cold compared to the small community practice his father had started in Jupiter and, in 1992, Adam joined his father at JUPITER LAW CENTER. Like father, like son, Adam, too, loves the variety and excitement of a General Practice and the feel of a neighborhood law firm – and never gets bored because the types of cases and clients are always so diverse.

Doreen B. Halickman
Law Firm of Doreen B. Halickman, PL

Ms. Halickman has more than 15 years experience working as a family law attorney and was certified by the Florida Supreme Court as a Family Mediator and the University of Connecticut and Quinnipica University School of Law Center on Dipsute Resolution. In addition to trying cases before a judge, she has negotiated and settled numerous cases from the simple to the complex and has drafted hundreds of marital settlement agreements both as an attorney and as a mediator. She is known for her professionalism and her strong work ethic. She consistently keeps her clients up to date on their cases, and provides realistic, practical and often creative and “outside the box” advice.

Patricia D. Harris

Patricia D. Harris, Esq., P.A.

Patricia Harris has practiced law in Palm Beach County for more than 20 years.  She specializes in all aspects of divorce and family law, including collaborative divorce, contested divorce, enforcement actions, modification actions, prenuptial agreements and postnuptial agreements.

Patricia’s background as a financial planner makes her uniquely qualified to help her clients prepare for their financial futures.  Patricia understands that no one wants to lose their financial security, their connection with their children or their current lifestyle.  Patricia brings expertise and compassion to every case, helping people navigate the journey of divorce.

Ralph Mabie

Vernis & Bowling

Ralph Mabie is a lifelong resident of Palm Beach, Florida.  He attended the University of Florida and graduated in 1982 with  Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science.  He then attended the University of Florida College of Law which conferred his Juris Doctorate in 1985.  From 1985 until 1999 Ralph Mabie, Jr. practiced in the two man firm of Mabie & Mabie and he practiced as a sole practitioner from 1999 until 2004 when he joined VERNIS & BOWLING of Palm Beach.

Ralph’s practice areas include family law, negligence and torts, commercial and civil litigation, and probate and estates.  He has handled a broad range of matters including divorce, annulment, separate maintenance, paternity, dependency, ante-nuptial agreements, and post judgement matters in trial and appellate courts throughout Florida.  He also handled matters involving negligence/torts, automobile negligence, PIP, subrogation, slip and fall, premises liability, wrongful death, battery, false imprisonment, negligent security, and professional negligence.  In the commercial context, he has handled mortgage foreclosures, commercial contracts, construction litigation, real estate contract disputes, and commercial and residential landlord-tenant matters.  He has additional experience with probate and estate matters including contested probate and guardianship cases, will contests, and trust litigation.

Ralph has spoken at a number of seminars in the area of trial advocacy.  He has been awarded Martindale-Hubbell’s AV® Preeminent™, the highest rating given for integrity and overall professional excellence.  Ralph is a member of The Florida Bar, Palm Beach County Bar Association, and Association of Trial Lawyers of America.

McNamara & McNamara, P.A.
Attorneys At Law

Deena R. McNamara
Deena R. McNamara is an attorney concentrating on Family Law matters, including divorce, child support, child custody, paternity, enforcement of support matters and guardianships. In addition, she has significant experience in Real Estate Litigation, Local Government/Municipal Law, Land Use Issues, Condo/Homeowner Association Litigation, Wills and Probate and General Civil Litigation.

At McNamara & McNamara we offer outstanding and caring legal representation in the following areas: Family Law, Landlord and Tenant, Real Estate and Small Business Representation

Kevin McNamara
Kevin L. McNamara is an attorney practicing primarily in real estate litigation, real estate closings, title examinations and issuance of title insurance policies. His practice also emphasizes all family law matters. Mr. McNamara has extensive experience in family law litigation, including divorce, child support, child custody, paternity, enforcement of support matters, adoption, guardianship and juvenile dependency. In addition to these concentrations of his practice, Mr. McNamara has experience in criminal defense, landlord/tenant matters, general civil litigation and appellate review.

In addition, he also is a founding member (and presently serves on the board) of the Collaborative Divorce Team, Inc., which is a Florida Non-Profit Corporation which seeks to promote the collaborative divorce process as an alternative to acrimonious divorce litigation.

Erskine Rogers

Erskine C. Rogers, III focuses his practice in the following areas of practice: marital and family law (including family mediations), guardianship and probate litigation, landlord tenant, commercial and collection litigation. Erskine is a Board Certified Specialist in the field of Marital and Family Law. He was admitted to The Florida Bar in 1981 and to the United States District Court, Southern District of Florida, in 1984. He graduated from Boston University in 1977 and from the University of Miami, School of Law, in 1984. He is a frequent lecturer and author in the area of family law. He presently serves on the Continuing Legal Education Committee for both The Family Law Section of The Florida Bar and the Palm Beach County Bar Association.

Damian J. Turco
The Law Office of Damian J. Turco, P.A.

Attorney Turco has established community, affordability, simplicity, and excellence as the cornerstones of the practice. Aside from his membership on the Palm Beach County Family Law Committee, the Palm Beach County Domestic Violence Council, and the Palm Beach County Real Estate Council, Attorney Turco has advocates for clients of all incomes and lifestyles.

The Law Office of Damian J. Turco, P.A. practices in the areas of Family Law, Real Estate, Estate Planning and Probate.With over twenty years combined experience between our attorneys and support staff, we will manage your case effectively and efficiently and advocate strongly on your behalf and in your best interest.


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