Carina earned her Juris Doctor Degree from Shepard Broad College of Law at Nova Southeastern University. She has been practicing law since 1999, when she began her legal career as a Staff Attorney with the 15thJudicial Circuit in Palm Beach County, Florida in the Family, Civil and Probate Divisions. Following that, she practiced exclusively in Marital and Family law matters in both boutique and national law firms located in Palm Beach County, Florida. In 2011, Carina relocated to Central Florida where she has continued her work in Family Law.
Carina has been trained as a Collaborative Practitioner since 2010. As such, she encourages her clients to consider the Collaborative Process for their family law matters, which is a voluntary, out-of-court process that empowers her clients to fashion their own resolutions to best serve their needs and those of their children, rather than having a stranger in a public courtroom decide. Through the Collaborative Process, she has helped restructure families in a private and respectful manner that protects their confidentiality, preserves their assets and, most importantly, prioritizes their family relationships. Carina’s professional mission is to make a positive impact on the divorce process so that families going through this extremely challenging transition have better results.
While she believes many, if not all, cases can be successfully handled through the Collaborative Process, Carina also has over 15 years of experience litigating family law matters and has successfully appealed family law issues to the Fourth and Fifth District Courts of Appeals. Carina serves on the Board of Directors for the Florida Academy of Collaborative Professionals, as a Board Member of Angel of Hope Central Florida and is a Member of the International Academy of Collaborative Lawyers and the Central Florida Family Law Inn. She was named to the Super Lawyers’ Rising Star List 2011-2012.
Carina is a native Floridian and grew up in the Orlando area. After practicing law in Palm Beach County for over a decade, she returned to Central Florida where she resides with her husband and their twin daughters
"I was blessed to have Carina as my lawyer. She cared about my best interest. She was compassionate toward my ex-wife and the needs of our children, and she was professional and knowledgeable in dealing with the other lawyers and professionals that helped in my collaborative divorce process. Today I have a good relationship with my wife, and my kids are happy and well-adjusted to our new lives. I am forever grateful to Carina for helping me get where I am today."
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"When a potential client meets with me, they can expect an experienced family law attorney who will listen with compassion and without judgment. There are many reasons that marriages don’t survive and it’s important to open the space for my clients to share their individual stories with me. Knowing their background and their past helps me to shift their focus to the present and help them begin to look forward to the possibilities of their future. A divorce does not need to translate to emotional and financial destruction; it can be a respectful restructuring of their family with the right team of professionals."