I am a Florida Bar Board Certified Attorney in Juvenile Law who specializes in dependency and termination of parental rights ("TPR") cases in Florida's trial and appellate courts. I obtained Board Certification in the first group of Florida attorneys certified in Juvenile Law. While I primarily represent parents, I also represent children in these case. In fact, The Florida Bar Foundation recognized my advocacy for children in Dependency cases in an article at
My appellate experience includes over 135 Dependency and TPR cases with additional appellate experience representing clients in guardianship and civil cases. Also, while working as an Assistant General Counsel for the Office of the General Counsel for the Eleventh Judicial Circuit, I gained significant experience in researching legal issues pending before the trial court and in reviewing appeals pending before the Circuit Court's Appellate Division.
Since starting my legal career in 1992, I have represented clients in a variety of cases, including accident, business, civil, domestic violence, family, guardian advocate, guardianship, incapacity, landlord-tenant, Marchman Act, mortgage foreclosure, personal injury, probate, real estate, insurance subrogation, traffic and transactional matters.
Prior to practicing law, I worked for ten years at Eastern Air Lines. My last position there was Senior Logistics Analyst.
Throughout law school at the University of Miami, I worked at Eastern Air Lines.
The Florida Bar Public Interest Law Section - Executive Council Member
The Florida Bar Public Interest Law Section - Recruitment Committee - Chair
The Florida Bar Public Interest Law Section - Parents Advocacy Committee - Chair
The Florida Bar Appellate Section - Member
The Florida Bar Elder Law Section - Member
The Florida Bar Family Law Section - Member
Third District Court of Appeal Historical Society - Member
The Rosemary Barkett Appellate American Inns of Court - Member
Dade County Bar Association Juvenile Court Committee - Member
Dade County Bar Association - Member
National Association of Counsel for Children - Member
Florida Association for Parents' Attorneys, Inc. - Member
State of Florida Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team - Former Member
Miami-Dade County Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team - Former Member
Miami-Dade County Child Abuse Death Review Team - Former Member
Florida Association of Counsel for Children - Former Director
Chief Assistant Regional Counsel - Office of Criminal Conflict and Civil Regional Counsel, Third Region of Florida
Assistant General Counsel - Florida Justice Administrative Commission
Assistant General Counsel - Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court of Florida
Attorney - Family Reunification Legal Office (Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court)
Senior Attorney - Florida Department of Children and Families, C.W.L.S.
Attorney- Law Office of Richard F. Joyce
Intern - State of Florida, Third District Court of Appeal
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