Attorney Amanda Col贸n is a Board Certified Specialist in Marital and Family Law. She has an AV Preeminent Martindale-Hubbell rating. Board Certified Marital and Family lawyers are specialists who handle legal problems and civil suits arising from the family relationships of husbands, wives, parents and children. Marital and family law includes pretrial and trial processes and handling and resolving controversies before, during and after the filing and resolution of lawsuits.
Lawyers who are Board Certified in Marital and Family Law have:
- Practiced law full-time for at least five years with 50 percent or more of the practice dedicated to marital and family law;
- Been involved in at least 25 contested marital and family law cases in circuit courts during the five years preceding application for certification;
- Demonstrated substantial involvement in interviewing clients, counseling, preparing pleadings, discovery, taking testimony, presenting evidence, negotiating settlements, drafting and preparing settlement agreements and handling the trial of marital and family law cases, including appeals;
- Received favorable confidential peer review;
- Completed 75 hours of continuing legal education within the five years preceding application; and
- Passed a rigorous written examination.
Born in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, Amanda Col贸n has lived in Pasco County for over 35 years. She is a graduate of River Ridge High School in New Port Richey.
Amanda obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree with Honors from the University of Florida in Gainesville, majoring in Criminology. She continued on to the University of Florida College of Law where she obtained her Juris Doctorate, graduating with Honors.
As a former Prosecutor and Assistant Attorney General, Attorney Col贸n has substantial experience in a broad range of criminal matters. She handled hundreds of cases including misdemeanors, felonies, violations of probation, and cases involving domestic violence issues and injunctions. Ms. Col贸n also instructed for the Florida Prosecuting Attorney鈥檚 Association.
As a Senior Assistant Attorney General, Amanda Col贸n represented the State of Florida in Criminal Appeals, Jimmy Ryce Appeals (involuntary civil commitment of sexually violent predators), and argued before the Second District Court of Appeal.
Ms. Col贸n is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Law Mediator, offering people the opportunity to settle their divorce, paternity, or post-judgment disputes. Amanda is trained in Collaborative Law and is co-founder of Collaborative Divorce Lawyers of Pasco. Please see our links regarding Collaborative Law on the Mediation and Collaborative Law page.
Attorney Col贸n is also a Parenting Coordinator for Pasco, Pinellas, Hillsborough, and Hernando Counties. She assists couples in creating or implementing Parenting Plans for their children. The Parenting Coordination process can be used by couples contemplating separation/divorce, litigating a pending timesharing matter, or by couples having difficulty implementing a Parenting Plan after a Final Judgment is entered.
Attorney Col贸n is a past Chair of Grievance Committee 6-B for the Sixth Circuit, assisting in the investigation of ethical complaints against local attorneys. Ms. Col贸n serves the courts as a Guardian Ad Litem for Pasco and Pinellas County Family Law cases, on both a pro bono and private basis.
Amanda is a past President of the West Pasco Bar Association, and formerly served as President Elect, Vice President, Treasurer, and Board Member. Attorney Col贸n is currently Vice President of Women Lawyers of Pasco. Amanda is a member of the Clearwater Bar Association, Canakaris Inn of Court, St. Petersburg Bar Association, and the Florida Association of Women Lawyers. In addition to being active in local bar associations, Attorney Col贸n is also a member of the Continuing Legal Education Committee for the Family Law Section of the Florida Bar, and is a past Secretary for the Committee. As part of her various committee projects, Amanda has Chaired Continuing Legal Education Seminars, the Law Week 5k for three years, Law Week 2013, and Installation Banquet for the West Pasco Bar Association for 2012. She has participated in committees to create Evidence and Ethics CLE’s for three years, was involved in Adoption Day, and is a member of the local Family Law Committee for the West Pasco Bar Association. Attorney Col贸n was recently appointed to the Sixth Judicial Circuit Professionalism Committee.
As a former Adjunct Professor for Pasco Hernando Community College, Amanda taught Legal Issues in Information Technology, and Family Law. She volunteered her time to Pasco County鈥檚 Drug Court program and served as a Hearing Master for Juvenile Arbitration cases. Amanda also participates in the Justice Teaching Initiative, teaching and working with the students of Pasco County Schools. Ms. Col贸n聽is also a proud member of the Board of Directors for Pace Center for Girls, Inc. in Pasco County. Amanda is a Level One CrossFit Instructor, and serves as a judge in local CrossFit competitions.
After serving the residents of the State of Florida for more than five years, Ms. Col贸n opened her firm in October of 2006, handling both Criminal and Family matters. Ms.Col贸n became Board Certified in Marital and Family Law in 2010.聽Attorney Col贸n practices primarily in Pasco, Pinellas, Hernando and Hillsborough Counties, but is available for consultation for cases in surrounding counties.