Christina O’Brien | Henderson Franklin
Christina “Christy” O’Brien concentrates her practice in the areas of Divorce, Marital and Family Law. More specifically, her family law practice includes dissolution of marriage (divorce), custody, paternity, child support, domestic violence injunctions, post-judgment modifications and dependency issues. Christy understands that these types of cases can be highly emotionally charged, especially when there are children involved, and she will develop a parenting plan or marital settlement agreement that is tailored to the needs of each individual family. Throughout her career, Christy has handled and tried both jury and non-jury trials in the Twentieth Judicial Circuit (Lee, Charlotte, Collier, Hendry and Glades Counties) and the Twelfth Judicial Circuit (Sarasota, Manatee and DeSoto Counties) Florida. She is admitted to practice in all Florida State Courts, as well as the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida.
In 2020, Naples Illustrated named Christy to their list of “Top Lawyers” for her work in Family Law. Prior to joining Henderson Franklin, Christy had her own practice in Fort Myers where she handled family law and civil cases. Christy resides in Fort Myers with her husband and three sons. In her spare time, she enjoys running, traveling and boating with her family.
Michelle M. Gervais | Blank Rome
Michelle advises high-profile athletes, celebrities, and executives, as well as businesses in the sports, entertainment, and finance industries in complex disputes that involve the intersection of business and family law matters. Known as a “fixer” across several legal disciplines, Michelle handles highly delicate matters protecting her clients from serious financial and reputational harm. For select professional athletes and executives, Michelle helps them handle a variety of family law matters including dissolutions of marriage, domestic violence, paternity, custody, support, and pre-nuptial, post-nuptial, and cohabitation agreements. She also assists her clients and their businesses with other risk management issues affecting their brand, their company, and their professional legacy.
With deep experience in complex commercial litigation, as well as world class client service that goes above and beyond for her clients, Michelle is the lawyer to call when you need a holistic solution to a complex and delicate legal problem.
Rania Arwani | Arwani Law Firm
Mother, wife, author, family law attorney, business owner, woman rights advocate and philanthropist are one of the few hats that Rania Arwani wears on a daily basis. After gaining her B.B.A. in Finance from Texas, she planned to be a stock market analyst, and after working in that field for a short period of time, she felt that something was missing and that’s not where her passion was. Shortly thereafter she relocated to Florida and attended Barry University School of Law, where her commitment to family law took root. Rania Arwani gained her B.B.A. in Finance at the University of Texas at Arlington. After relocating to Florida, Rania attended Barry University School of Law where her commitment to family law took root. Rania acted as a Research Assistant at Barry University School of Law and a Certified Legal Intern for the Children and Families Clinic.
At the Children’s and Family Clinic, Rania quickly understood and mastered the dual role required of her in her representation of her of minor client. First, she zealously defended and vigorously represented the delinquent children against the allegation of the unlawful behaviors. Second, and when appropriate, she advocated for the delinquent child to receive the care, treatment and the guidance to help them in shaping their future. She has trained with the Florida Center for Child Welfare to handle a variety of family law matters, including domestic violence, substance abuse and sexual abuse of children. Prior to co-founding Arwani Nava Law Firm, Rania was a Certified Legal Intern with the State Attorney’s Office in the Ninth Judicial Circuit in Orange County where she gained valuable courtroom experience.
As the manager of the family law division at Arwani Law Firm, Rania is dedicated to protecting the rights of parents and children.
Awards, Books and Talks:
- Author – Unintentional Hero (2021)
- United Abolitionist – Modern Day Abolitionist (2020)
- TEDx Speaker: “Unintentional Hero” (2019)
- I Am Brave Woman of the year (2018)
- I Am Brave Conference – Keynote Speaker “Unintentional Hero” (2018)
Rania is also a proud member of:
- The Florida Bar
- The Orange County Bar Association
- The American Bar Association
- The Family Law Section of the Florida Bar Association
- The Collaborative Family Law Group of Central Florida
- United Abolitionists – Board Member
- Central Florida Family Law Inn of Court
- Florida Executive Women
Dolly Hernandez | Boyd Richards Parker Colonnelli
For the past four years, 2019-2022, Dolly Hernandez was selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for Family Law. In addition, in 2021, Dolly was selected by her peers for inclusion to Florida Super Lawyers, including Top 100: Miami list, the South Florida Legal Guide, and Florida Legal Elite. Dolly is also a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.
Rand S. Lieber | Splitsville Family Law
For over twenty years Rand Lieber has been a successful trial attorney, first as a prosecutor for six years and then as a family law attorney. At Splitsville Family Law, in Hollywood, Florida, we believe that everyone deserves the best possible representation, especially when they face divorce and other difficult and often highly emotional family law issues. Attorney Rand Lieber draws on more than two decades of experience in this field to offer clients the kind of skilled representation found in much bigger firms but with the personal attention and cost-effective counsel only a small firm can provide. At Splitsville Family Law, we work diligently to bring clients the best possible outcome in their divorce, separation, asset distribution and child support matters.
- University of Miami School of Law – JD (1995)
- The University of Texas at Dallas – BS (1988)
- FL – Member in Good Standing (1995 – Present)
- Peer Review Rated – Martindale-Hubbell (2017)
- Attorney – Splitsville Family Law (2017 – Present)
- Attorney – Sachs Sax Caplan (2015 – 2017)
- Attorney – Valdespino & Associates (2005 – 2015)
- Attorney – Rand S. Lieber, P.A. (2004 – 2004)
- Attorney – Kutner & Associates (2001 – 2003)
- Assistant State Attorney – State Attorney’s Office (1995 – 2001)