Legal Elite Awards 2017

22 NORTH AMERICA NEWS / Legal Elite Awards 2017 , of zealous advocacy on the behalf of clients.” Greene Smith Jean, P.A. is comprised of founding partner, Cynthia L. Greene, admitted to practice in 1979 (Florida), Laura Davis Smith, admitted to practice in 1995 (Massachusetts), 1997 (Florida) and 2007 (Georgia), Sonja A. Jean, admitted to practice in 2000 (Florida), and Alicia de la O, admitted to practice in 2015 (Florida). The expertise and experience of the firm is beneficial to its clients, and demonstrates many reasons as to why they stand out in the legal industry. Ms. Smith explains and lists just some of the awards and achievements attained by the firm and its team. “Ms. Greene, Ms. Smith, Ms. Jean and Ms. De la O are all dedicated to seeing that the law is applied fairly and consistently in marital and family law cases. Ms. Greene and Ms. Smith are both Board Certified by the Florida Bar as experts in the area of Marital and Family Law, and are also Fellows of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. They are regularly named in Best Lawyers© and are routinely recognized in well- respected legal and professional publications. Ms. Greene was named Miami’s Marital and Family Lawyer of the Year in 2009 by Best Lawyers© and Ms. Smith received the same accolade in 2017. Recognition Greene Smith Jean, P.A. is a boutiqueMarital and Family law practice in Coral Gables, Florida, servingMiami-Dade County, at the trial level, and serving the entire state of Florida on appellate matters in all of the five District Courts of Appeal. We invited Laura Davis Smith to tell us more about the firm Best Family Law Firm - Miami Established in 1988, Greene Smith Jean, P.A. handles every case with extreme professionalism and ethical standards. The firm practices exclusively in the area of family law, handling alimony, divorce, parenting plans, relocation actions, the drafting of marital agreements (pre- and post- as well as divorce settlement agreements), modifications of child support and parenting plans, and related matters. The practice prides itself on its ability to balance the delicacies of the emotions involved in any family law case, whilst maintaining a high standard of ardent support on the client’s behalf. Outlining how the firm supports their clients and are endlessly looking to improve, Ms. Smith summarises the aim of the firm and in what way they intend to reach their goals. “The aim of the firm is to assist parties in reaching positive outcomes despite the often- negative issues associated with divorce, and to assist parties in protecting their children, their assets, and themselves during what is likely the most difficult time in their lives. With more than fifty years of combined legal experience, the company prides itself in their ability to balance the delicacies of the emotions involved in any family law case while maintaining a high standard by Best Lawyers© is one of the women’s most prestigious honours.” Cynthia L. Greene is the managing partner of Greene Smith Jean, P.A who is known for her quick wit and extensive knowledge of the law. Ms. Greene has also authored many books and articles on marital law topics, notably ‘The Family Law Trial Notebook’ and ‘Family Law Case Summaries:1989-1999’. Adding to that, Ms. Greene has also been listed in every edition of Najfeh & Smith “The Best Lawyers in America” since 1993. Ms. Greene is also the former chairperson of the Family Law Section of the Florida Bar, and is Board Certified in Marital and Family Law. Laura Davis Smith is a member of the team at Greene Smith Jean, P.A. and has been a member of the firm for many years, Ms. Smith is also member of the Georgia, Massachusetts and Florida Bars. She is an experienced attorney and an active member of the Florida Bar’s Family Law Section, and has received many awards for her special service to the Section, whilst being highly regarded by fellow peers and judges in the Family Law arena. Ms. Smith aims to provide top- notch legal services to divorcing and/or divorced families, and to do so with compassion. Sonja A. Jean is also part of the team at Greene Smith Jean, P.A. Having graduated from the University of Miami in 1997 with a degree in Psychology, Ms. Jean then obtained her J.D. degree from the University of Miami in 2000. Ms. Jean is an active member of the Family Law section of the Florida Bar alongside Ms. Smith. Ms. Jean was employed as a law clerk/ associate attorney of the Law Offices of Greene Smith & Associates from 1998 through to 2001, before rejoining the firm in 2008. The interactions with their clients is important to the firm, whether it be building or maintaining a relationship. Greene Smith Jean, P.A. employ experienced attorneys and trained staff who will do everything they can to make sure the client’s experience with the legal process is as free from emotional and personal frustration as possible. The firm does not only care about the case, but also the client as well. Focusing on client’s backgrounds, needs and goals, the Greene Smith & Associates makes sure it starts with the client’s wellbeing. Alongside continuously striving for excellence, the partners’ expertise and experience helps to separate Greene Smith Jean, P.A. from their competitors, as Laura discusses. “The firm of Greene Smith Jean (GSJ) strives for excellence in all it does, and has found its niche in assisting clients with