Richard West was named the 2018 Lawyer of the Year, Family Law in Orlando by Best Lawyers®. Only a single lawyer in each practice area in each community is honored as the “Lawyer of the Year.” He was honored with this distinction in 2012 and 2016 as well.
See his Best Lawyers profile here.
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