Sheldon E. Finman, P.A.

2134 McGregor BoulevardFort Myers, FL 33901- 3418


Updated: 11/19/2017


I am a Florida Bar Board Certified Specialist in Marital and Family Law (since 1985).  My law practice in Florida divorce spans 40 years.  My focus is on resolving problems and addressing concerns in order to attempt a reasonable and balanced settlement and not participate in court litigation.

From many years of divorce litigation, I have discovered court is not to be used as a first resort, but rather a last effort when all else fails.  The needs and interests of...


Office Info

Practice Areas

  • Family Law


  • 20%


  • AFLP Second Annual Hugh E. Starnes "Think Outside the Box" award for leadership and dedication to non-adversarial practice, 2010
  • 1st Annual Career Contribution Award, by The Gainesville Collaborative Divorce Team and the University of Florida Institute for Dispute Resolution and Center For Children and Families, July 15, 2011
  • Lifetime Achievement Award as the Father of Cooperative Law, The Association of Family Law Professionals, July 24, 2010
  • 2009 Professionalism Award by The Lee County Bar Association, December 19, 2009
  • Bar Register of Pre-Eminent Lawyers
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV
  • First Mediator of any Type in Lee County, Florida

Classes and Seminars

  • Advocacy in Collaborative Practice, Collaborative Professionals of Southwest Florida,, April 5, 2012
  • Being the Best You Can Be in Your Professional Role in Helping Families, Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (FLAFCC Conference), March 30, 2012
  • Skills Training Presentation, Charlotte County Family Law Bar Association, March 28, 2012
  • The Anatomy of the Cost of Divorce: A Frank Discussion of Fees (co-presented by Shelly Finman, Esq. and Steve Thompson, Esq.), February 23, 2012
  • Legal Issues, Parent Coordination Training (FL, Co-presented with the Hon. (Ret) Hugh E. Starnes, Sr., Circuit Judge), The Association of Family Law Professionals, June 24, 1999 - June 24, 2010
  • Dangerous Times, Confessions, and Lessons Learned panel moderator, AFLP Annual Conference, June 11, 2010
  • Problem-Solving Divorce Procedures and Best Practices, Barry Law School, 2008 - 2010
  • Child Focused Negotioation of Parenting Plan: "Through the Eyes of the Child" (co-presented with the Hon. Hugh E. Starnes, Retired Circuit Court Judge, Deborah C. Silver, Psy.D., and JoAnne Holt, CPA), Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, March 12, 2010
  • Parenting Plans, annual conference of The Association of Family and Coniliation Courts (AFCC), May 29, 2009
  • A Cooperative Skills Workshop, The Florida Chapter of The Association of Florida and Conciliation Courts (FLAFCC), February 27, 2009
  • The Parenting Tribunal Panel (co-presented with Dr. Deborah C. Silver, Psy.D), State Dispute Resolution Center Annual Conference, August 30, 2008

Pro Bono Activities

  • Lee County Q&A Panel, 2005 - Present
  • Private Pro-Bono Client Work, 2000 - Present

Ancillary Businesses

  • Divorce Mediation
  • Divorce Training in Problem Solving Procedures and Best Practices


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Office Information


2134 McGregor BoulevardFort Myers, FL 33901- 3418

Office Hours

8:00am - 4:00pm


  • 239-334-7828


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