Stephen D. Thompson

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Location:
Fort Myers, Florida
Phone:
239-243-9297
888-550-6071
Fax:
239-936-2542
Email:

Steve is a Board Certified Marital and Family Lawyer, a Certified Family Mediator, Collaborative Lawyer, and an Arbitrator. He handles a wide variety of marital and family law cases, with particular emphasis on divorce litigation and post-judgment modification. Having practiced law since 1979, Steve believes strongly that marital disputes can be handled in a manner that will be the least damaging to the family, and include negotiations which will arrive at a settlement with emotions on both sides held in check. Bottom line: Saving money and time.

Steve’s years of experience as a family law attorney include a great interest in the value of preserving family relationships. He helped design and create the County Clerk’s Support and Visitation Enforcement Program, for which he received the Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono Service Award. He participates in numerous other programs and organizations such as the Child Protection Team and the Children’s Alliance, and for a number of years was involved in the Guardian Ad Litem Program.

Co-author of Florida Legal Forms - Domestic Relations, published by West Publishing Company, Steve has also published “Hot Tips for Successful Mediations” in The Family Law Commentator for The Florida Bar; co-presented portions of a seminar sponsored by National Business Institute, and others. He is founding member and organizer of the Collaborative Lawyers of SW Florida and is actively involved in a number of civic organizations.

Steve was admitted to The Florida Bar in 1979. He received his B.S., cum laude, in chemistry and pre-medical studies from the University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida, in 1973. In May 1978 he received his J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law. Honors include Dean’s List and Lawyer of the Americas Student Board.

SuperLawyer Profile

Areas of Practice

  • 100% Family Law

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Marital and Family Law, State Bar of Florida, 1986
  • Family Mediator, Florida Supreme Court, 1991
  • Certified Arbitrator
  • Certified Collaborative Lawyer

Bar Admissions

  • Florida, 1979

Education

  • University of Miami School of Law, Coral Gables, Florida
    • J.D. - May, 1978
    • Honors: Dean's List; Lawyer of the Americas Student Board
  • University of Miami, Miami, Florida
    • B.S. cum laude - 1973
    • Major: Chemistry and Pre-Medical Studies

Published Works

  • Florida Legal Forms - Domestic Relations, West Publishing Company
  • "Hot Tips for Successful Mediations", The Family Law Commentator for The Florida Bar

Classes/Seminars

  • Assisted in Training Volunteers, Guardian Ad Litem Program in the Twentieth Judicial Circuit, 1986 - 1988
  • Trained Staff, Support and Visitation Enforcement Program, 1985 - 1987
  • Speaker, Hot Tips for Successful Mediations, The Family Law Commentator, The Florida Bar, 1996 - Present
  • Speaker, Domestic Law In Florida, National Business Institute, January 31, 1992

Honors and Awards

  • President's Pro Bono Service Award, The Florida Bar, 1986
  • Dedicated Service Award, Volunteer Service, Twentieth Judicial Circuit Support Enforcement Hearing Officer Program, 1996 - Present
  • Business Associate of the Year, Cape Coral Calusa Chapter of American Business Women's Association, 1993 - Present
  • Kiwanian of the Year, Kiwanis International, 1987 - Present

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Child Protection Team, Attorney, 1992 - Present
  • Lee County Arbitration/Mediation Advisory Board, Charter Member, 1986 - 1988
  • Guardian Ad Litem Advisory Board for Twentieth Circuit, President, 1988; Secretary, 1987
  • Association of Family Law Professionals, Member, 1996 - 1997
  • Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Member, 1996 - Present
  • Entrepreneurial Leadership Council, Member, Charter Class, 1993 - Present
  • United Way, Member Allocation Committee, 1994 - 1997
  • The Children's Alliance d/b/a/ Sexual Abuse Treatment Program, Member, 1987 - 1995
  • Children's Services Council, Member, 1990 - 1993
  • Kiwanis International, Member, 1987 - Present

Past Employment Positions

  • Child Support Enforcement, Contract Attorney, 1981 - 1986
  • Leib, Popper & MacKoul, P.A., Associate, 1979 - 1980

Fraternities/Sororities

  • Phi Alpha Delta