Our Attorneys

 

Richard West and Shane Herbert practice marital and family law exclusively. Both are committed to the prompt resolution of family law issues through creative problem solving. They employ mediation, arbitration and collaborative law as alternatives to litigation whenever possible, lessening emotional and financial trauma for our clients.

 
 

Richard West

Board Certified Specialist, Marital and Family Law
407.425.8878

 

After litigating financially complex and high asset divorces for over 25 years, Richard was one of the first lawyers in Orlando to use collaborative law to help clients successfully move on with their lives, with as little emotional and economic harm to their families as possible. He is known for his understanding, creativity and compassion to help clients achieve the results they want for their families.

Richard is board certified in Marital and Family Law by the Florida Bar and the National Board of Trial Advocacy. He practices exclusive in marital and family law. Board certification is The Florida Bar’s highest level of evaluation of the competency and experience of attorneys in the 26 areas of law approved for certification by the Supreme Court of Florida. Board certification recognizes attorneys’ special knowledge, skills and proficiency in various areas of law and professionalism and ethics in practice. Board certified lawyers are evaluated for professionalism and tested for expertise. Seven percent of eligible Florida Bar members, approximately 4,800 lawyers, are board certified. For further information on Florida Bar Board Certification, click here.

Richard has extensive experience in the representation of professional athletes and other public figures with the utmost regard for protecting his clients from media exposure and overly invasive discovery practices. His experience includes cases dealing with complex financial matters, such as the valuation of closely held corporations, professional practices, trusts and incentive stock options.

A divorced father himself, he understands, from both a personal and professional perspective, what it takes to have a "successful” divorce. While his practice is primarily in Central Florida, which encompasses Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Brevard, Volusia and Lake Counties, he handles cases nationwide.

Recognized as an innovator when it comes to the combination of family law and technology, he enjoys sharing his legal knowledge with others and frequently speaks at legal seminars and conferences.

Credentials
Board Certified Specialist, Marital and Family Law, Florida Bar Association
Board Certified Specialist, Marital and Family Law, National Board of Trial Advocacy
AV rated by Martindale Hubbell

Honors
Top 100 Florida Lawyers, Super Lawyers, 2016, 2015
Best Lawyers, Orlando Magazine, 12+ years
Legal Elite, Florida Trend, 12+ years
Orlando’s Lawyer of the Year, Family Law, The Best Lawyers in America©, 2018, 2016, 2012
West Family Law Group, ranked among the 2018 Best Law Firms in America by U.S. News and Best Lawyers
Best Lawyers® and The Best Lawyers in America©, 12+ years

Education
J.D., South Texas College of Law Houston
BA, English, University of South Florida

Affiliations
Member, Family Law Section, Florida Bar Association
Member, Orange County Bar Association
Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
Fellow, International Academy of Family Lawyers
Co-Chair, Ad Hoc Bounds of Advocacy Committee, Family Law Section, Florida Bar Association, 2017-18
Member, Central Florida Family Inn of Court
Member, Collaborative Family Law Group of Central Florida
Member, Florida Academy of Collaborative Professionals
Past President, Florida chapter, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
Past Chairman, Family Law Section, Florida Bar Association, 2003-04

Community Advocacy
Team Gamez Foundation
Central Florida Women’s League

Shane Herbert

Associate, Marital and Family Law
407.425.8878

Shane’s interest in advocating for children expanded into committing himself to assisting people whose families are going through difficult transitions, which is almost always the situation in marital and family law matters. Coming from a family of divorced parents, he personally understands the effects divorce can have on families.

Prior to attending law school, Shane worked for two years with families in crisis and advocating for abused and neglected children in Indianapolis, which led him to his desire to attend law school. During law school, Shane worked for a Jacksonville real estate law firm and spent one of his summers working for Children Legal Services, furthering his ability to advocate for children in need. He began his marital and family law career in Jacksonville, Florida. He was born in Indianapolis, Indiana; he grew up in Indiana, Kentucky and Virginia.

Shane’s clients commend him for his calm demeanor, patience, compassion and ability to move cases forward in a positive direction.

Credentials
Associate, Marital and Family Law
Member, Family Law Section, Florida Bar
Member, Orange County Bar Association
Former Crisis Counselor, Children Legal Services

Honors

West Family Law Group, ranked among the 2018 Best Law Firms in America by U.S. News and Best Lawyers
Rising Stars, Super Lawyers
AVVO Rating Superb Top Attorney Family
AVVO Clients’ Choice 2016 Family

Education
B.A., Applied Health Science, Indiana University Bloomington, 2005
J.D., Florida Coastal School of Law, 2010

Affiliations
Treasurer, Orlando Asian-American Bar Association
Past President, Jacksonville Asian-American Bar Association
Past Co-chair, Diversity Committee, Jacksonville Bar Association
Past Vice-President, Asian Pacific American Law Student Association

Community Advocacy
Upward Sports
First Baptist Church of Windermere