Norman,, Colleen ESQ

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Address: 1605 Main Street Suite 608, Sarasota, FL 34236
Lawyer Firm: Law Office of Philip J. Schipani
Phone: 941-549-8981
Fax: 941-366-7331

Areas of Practice All components of Complex Marital/Family/Divorce, Child Custody, Prenuptuials

Colleen was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and has lived in Sarasota, Florida since early childhood where she attended elementary, junior high and high school. After graduating from River High School in Sarasota, Colleen worked as a paralegal prior to and during undergraduate school. Colleen graduated cum laude from Manatee Community College and later graduated from University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Florida with her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, and a minor in Philosophy. Colleen attended law school and obtained her Juris Doctor from Florida Coastal School Law in Jacksonville, Florida. While in law school, Colleen was a member of the Moot Court Honor Board where she accomplished great success in appellate procedures. Colleen received advanced legal writing and research recognition in law school. Colleen worked as a law clerk all through law school in the area of insurance defense litigation. After admission to the Florida Bar, Colleen remained in Jacksonville for several years where she practiced law in the areas of criminal defense and insurance defense litigation, until she returned home to Sarasota where she has focused her practice exclusively on all aspects of matrimonial and family law.

Colleen represents a vast number of clients in complex family litigation matters to include high conflict custody disputes; paternity; domestic violence injunctions; stalking injunctions; same sex family law and custody matters; custody crossing state lines and involving jurisdictional disputes; relocations, high net worth divorces; the unique area of custody by extended family members; and post judgment modifications, enforcement and contempt actions.

Colleen is a member of the Sarasota County Bar Association, the Family Law Section of the Sarasota County Bar Association, the Florida Association for Women Lawyers, the Family Law Section of the Florida Bar and the Florida Academy of Collaborative Professionals. Colleen has been an active participant in law week, educating youth about our country’s legal system. While residing in Jacksonville, Colleen was inducted into the distinguished E. Robert Williams Inns of Court. Colleen is the incoming chair of the Family Law Section of the Sarasota County Bar Association, with her term commencing in August 2018.

Colleen is a member of the Florida Bar and she is also admitted to practice law in Federal Court in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida. Colleen is a 2017 graduate of the National Family Law Trial Institute in Houston, Texas and is also a 2016 graduate of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Institute for Associates, Advanced Training in Chicago, Illinois. In 2017 and 2018, the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys, lists Colleen as one of the 10 Best Female Attorneys in Florida.

Colleen supports and encourages clients to consider a collaborative or cooperative approach. But when those options are not viable she is well accomplished in and ready to engage in complex litigation.

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