For over 30 years Edward B. Sobel has provided specialized advice and representation for individuals involved in complex family law matters. Since 1991 he has been board certified by the Florida Bar as an expert in marital and family law.
His areas of practice include Florida and interstate divorce, jurisdictional issues, prenuptial agreements, post nuptial agreements, domestic violence, paternity, parent, nonparent and grandparent child custody and timesharing, and alimony and child support.
Mr. Sobel appears in original and modification cases. He has represented clients in numerous appeals, with many published opinions. His office is in Bradenton, so most of his clients are in Manatee and Sarasota counties. However, clients have requested, and he has obliged, to represent them in family law matters from Tallahassee to Key West.
The recognitions for Mr. Sobel include AV Preeminent, the highest ranking for professional abilities and ethics by Martindale Hubbell. He is a top rated AVVO 10.0 and has received their Client’s Choice and Superb Top Attorney awards. Thomson Reuter has placed him on their Super Lawyers list, the Sarasota-Manatee Herald Tribune has named his practice as a Best Law Firm Finalist, and SRQ Magazine has honored him as an Elite Top Attorney.
Mr. Sobel is certified as a family mediator by the Florida Supreme Court. He offers both litigation and collaborative law services. He shares his expertise as an instructor of seminars for Florida Bar Family Law continuing legal education for attorneys.
His education includes cum laude graduation from Muhlenberg College, where he was a member of Psi Chi, the Psychology National Honor Society. Mr. Sobel received his law degree from Emory University.
On a Personal Note…
When not working for his clients, Mr. Sobel enjoys traveling, water sports, and attending Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Rays games. He is married to Donna Sobel, a Board-Certified Elder Law Attorney. They have two children, Isabella, an attorney practicing in Tampa, and Zachary, a Federal Judge Law Clerk. At home he helps to keep the peace between their dog and cats.
Associations & Memberships:
• Manatee County Bar Association (Member, Family Law Section)
• American Bar Association (Member, Family Law Section, Taxation Section, Dispute Resolution Section)
• State Bar of Georgia
• The Florida Bar (Member, Family Law Section, Alternative Dispute Resolution Section)
• International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
• Next Generation Divorce, Tampa Bay Collaborative Divorce Society
• Family Court Professional Coalition of the Twelfth Judicial Circuit
• Manatee American Inn of Court
• Sarasota Collaborative Family Law Professionals
• Florida Academy of Collaborative Professionals
Florida and interstate divorce
Post nuptial agreements
Relocation with minor children
Grandparent and Non-Parent Child Custody
Division of retirements
Qualified Domestic Relations Order (QDRO)
Emory University, J.D., 1982
Muhlenberg College, B.A., Psychology, cum laude, 1979
Board Certified Marital and Family Lawyer, Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education
Certified Family Mediator by the Florida Supreme Court
Associations & Memberships:
Manatee County Bar Association (Member, Family Law Section)
American Bar Association (Member, Family Law Section, Taxation Section, Dispute Resolution Section)
State Bar of Georgia
The Florida Bar (Member, Family Law Section, Alternative Dispute Resolution Section)
International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
Next Generation Divorce, Tampa Bay Collaborative Divorce Society
Family Court Professional Collaborative of the Twelfth Judicial Circuit
Manatee American Inn of Court
Member, Psi Chi, Psychology National Honor Society
Instructor, Seminars for Florida Bar Continuing Legal Education
Martindale Hubbell highest ranking AV Preeminent
Named to Thompson Reuter's Super Lawyers list
Top rated AVVO 10
AVVO Client's Choice and Superb Top Attorney awards
Former member of the Florida Bar Legal Specialization and Education Family Law Review Panel
Former member of the Florida Bar Twelfth Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee
Former member and chair of the Twelfth Judicial Circuit Committee for Florida Bar Presidents and Tobias Simon Pro Bono Service Award