Partners, Damian Taylor and Reuben Doupé were recognized as winners in Florida Trend magazine's prestigious Legal Elite 2019 list. Attorneys are nominated by their peers for exemplifying a standard of excellence in their professions. Lawyers were asked to name attorneys in a ballot whom they hold in the highest regard or would recommend to others. Less than 1.3 percent of the active Florida Bar members who practice in Florida were honored in the Legal Elite list, now in its sixteenth year.
Reuben A. Doupé, family and marital law partner at Coleman, Hazzard, Taylor, Klaus, Doupé & Diaz, earned several awards at the Family Law Section Annual Awards Luncheon, held on June 26 at the Boca Raton Resort and Club. He received recognition for being Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Committee co-chair and received the Chair’s Award of Special Merit, Spotlight Award, and Legislative Award.
Doupé is one of only the three attorneys in Southwest Florida admitted to the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Doupé, who recently received a SuperLawyers award, is board certified in Marital and Family Law by the Florida Bar, and on the executive council of the Family Law Section of the Florida Bar. Doupé is a member of the Collier County Bar Association, being a past-chair of the Family Law Section and past-president of the Young Lawyer Section.
Coleman, Hazzard, Taylor, Klaus, Doupé & Diaz, PA, a Naples, Florida business litigation and family law firm announced that that four attorneys in the firm were recognized as Super Lawyers ® and one as Super Lawyer ® for the fifth straight year. Attorneys Damian Taylor, Dale Klaus, Sonia Diaz and Reuben Doupé were selected as Super Lawyers, while Michael Coleman was named Florida Super Lawyer ® for the fifth straight year.
Super Lawyers selects attorneys utilizing a vigorous patented multiphase selection process including nominations, independent research, peer evaluation and final selection. The goal is to create a list of outstanding attorneys, which can be used as a resource for other attorneys, businesses and consumers seeking legal counsel.
Reuben Doupé, Marital and Family Law Partner at the firm, was appointed Treasurer for the Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. The AAML was founded in 1962 "To provide leadership that promotes the highest degree of professionalism and excellence in the practice of family law." Reuben is one of only 1650 Fellows of the AAML in the 50 United States. To be represented by a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers is to be represented by a leading practitioner in the field of family law. Fellows are recognized by judges and attorneys as preeminent family law practitioners with a high level of knowledge, skill and integrity.
Reuben Doupé, Marital and Family Law Partner at the firm, recently became accepted as a fellow in the renowned International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (IAFL). The IAFL is a worldwide association of practicing lawyers who are recognized by their peers as the most experienced and skilled family law specialists in their respective countries. IAFL was formed in 1986 as the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers to improve the practice of law and administration of justice in the area of divorce and family law throughout the world. Reuben is one of only a few attorneys in Southwest Florida admitted to the IAFL, and one of only three admitted to the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and, an organization whose purpose is to promote the highest degree of professionalism and excellence in family law. Reuben focuses his practice on all Naples marital law, divorce law and family law matters.
Sarah Martin Oquendo, an Associate in the Family Law practice, recently received the Excellence in Advocacy Award, by the Florida Guardian ad Litem Program, for her outstanding work representing children with certain special needs in the Twentieth Judicial Circuit. Her impressive and dedicated work representing some of Florida’s most vulnerable dependent children under § 39.01305 was valued by not only the children she represents, but by her peers who recognized her for this award.
Damian Taylor, a Litigation Partner, spoke at the monthly Trial Law Luncheon organized by the Collier County Bar Association. Damian spoke on Hot Topics in Employment Law specifically, the Department of Labor’s (DOL’s) proposed rules on eligibility for overtime pay, the latest cases on non-compete agreements, and the legality of workplace rules under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA).
Reuben Doupé, Marital and Family Law Partner and Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, lectured at the annual Family Law Review Seminar, at the Gaylord Palms in Orlando. He presented on Pst Judgment Modification of Support Awards.
The seminar is sponsored by the Family Law Section of the Florida Bar as well as the Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. It is the second largest dedicated Family Law Seminar in the country, and had more than 1,600 participants this year. Participants include lawyers, paralegals, accountants and Judges and Magistrates, who attend annual to get up to date information on the latest rules, law and information concerning family law.
Parter, Christyna Torrez, recently received her AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell®, the highest rating an attorney can receive for their professional ethics and legal ability by their peers and the judiciary. Only an elite group of 10 percent of all attorneys worldwide holds an AV Preeminent Rating.
Congratulations to our Partners Michael Coleman, Damian Taylor and Dale Klaus for being recognized by Super Lawyers as the Top Lawyers in Florida and to our Partner, Reuben Doupé, for being selected as a top Rising Super Lawyer. Super Lawyers recognizes the top lawyers in Florida via a patented multiphase selection process involving peer nomination, independent research and peer evaluation.
Last night at the 10th Annual Barrister's Bash, our law firm was recognized as the Law Firm of the Year 2018 by Legal Aid for our continued support and commitment to Legal Aid and the Southwest Florida community.
Reuben Doupé, a Partner and Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, conducts a lecture on Enforcement of Financial Litigation, at the annual Family Law Certification Review Seminar -- the second largest dedicated Family Law Seminar in the country with more than 1,600 participants. The Seminar took place at the Lowes Pacific Resort at Universal Studios.
Coleman, Hazzard, Taylor & Diaz, PA mergers with Southwest Florida Family Law firm, Klaus Doupé, PA to become Coleman, Hazzard, Taylor, Klaus, Doupé & Diaz, PA.