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Advocating the Collaborative Approach Orlando Attorney Richard West of the West Family Law Group is recognized on a regular basis for his expertise in to helping couples through the difficulties of divorce and other Family Law matters. Now the Florida Bar Association is tapping into his sound principles and expertise, appointing him, for the second year, to be co-chair of a Florida Bar Association ethics committee for 2017-2018. Richard will help lead the Ad Hoc Bounds of Advocacy Committee in updating the original Florida Bounds of Advocacy, which he helped draft 10 years ago. He will also be lecturing on this topic to Family lawyers attending the Marital and Family Law Review course, which will be held here in Orlando in January of 2018. “I’m honored to be appointed to help lead an important committee that deals with ethics specific to this field,” Richard said. “Family Law attorneys work with couples often going through the most challenging times of their lives,” he said. “When a couple is involved in a divorce, it affects not just them but their children. Family lawyers need to hold themselves to a higher ethical standard than the minimum standards required by the Rules of Professional Responsibility.” The Bounds of Advocacy are non-binding aspirational standards for Family lawyers. Richard was selected as Orlando’s 2016 Family Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers in America. This was the second time he was selected for this distinction. Richard also was named one of the Top 100 Lawyers in Florida by Super Lawyers for 2015 and 2016. He has also been recognized for more than a decade by his peers in Florida Trend’s Legal Elite, Best Lawyers and Best Law Firms in America, and Best Lawyers in Orlando magazine. West Family laW Group Richard D. West, Shane T. Herbert THE COLLABORATIVE APPROACH Richard, who is a frequent speaker on Family Law issues, is also a recognized leader in Collaborative Law and recently delivered a lecture to the Florida Academy of Collaborative Professionals in Tampa, at that organization’s annual statewide meeting. In a divorce, the Collaborative approach promotes low-conflict, mutually beneficial negotiations outside the courtroom, frequently providing a quicker resolution, lower cost, and more privacy and control for the divorcing couple. Couples work toward acceptable financial settlements and appropriate custody arrangements. Richard’s list of credentials is long and impressive. He is a Fellow of the prestigious American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) and a past president of the Florida Chapter of the AAML. He is also a Fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers. His law firm colleague, Shane Herbert, was recently named to the 2017 Rising Star list by Florida Super Lawyers, an honor given to no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in this state, regardless of practice area. It’s an honor for promising attorneys 40 years old or younger who have been in practice no more than 10 years. Shane practiced in Jacksonville before moving to Central Florida and served as president of the Jacksonville Asian-American Bar Association for two terms. He is set to begin his second term as Treasurer for the Orlando Asian-American Bar Association. Prior to attending law school, Shane worked as a crisis counselor serving distressed families involved in the child welfare system. PRACTICE AREAS The boutique law firm practices exclusively in the area of Family Law, which includes Dissolution of Marriage, Complex Property Distribution, High Net Worth Divorce, Pre- & Post-Nuptial Agreements, Same-Sex Divorce, Cohabitation Agreements, Alimony, Child Support, Time Sharing/Parenting Plans, Modification and Enforcement Actions, and Paternity. COMMUNITY OUTREACH Richard has donated countless hours and dollars to our community and local charities, including the Team Gamez Foundation and the Central Florida Women’s League. Shane enjoys volunteering his time as a coach with Upward Sports and attends First Baptist Church of Windermere with his wife and two sons. 7009 Dr. Phillips Blvd., Suite 130 Orlando, FL 32819 407-425-8878 11 YEARS SUPER LAWYERS ADVERTORIAL x July 20 - August 2, 2017 x 3