Richard is board certified in Marital and Family Law by The Florida Bar and The National Board of Trial Advocacy. He has been in private practice for more than 25+ years specializing in marital and family law. He has extensive experience in cases dealing with complex financial matters, including the valuation of closely held corporations, professional practices and incentive stock options.
Richard has a proven history in the representation of numerous professional athletes and other public figures with the utmost regard for protecting his clients from media exposure and overly invasive discovery practices. Richard is committed to the prompt resolution of family disputes through creative problem solving, which includes, negotiation, mediation, arbitration and collaborative law. While his practice is primarily in Central Florida, which encompasses Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Brevard, Volusia and Lake Counties, he handles cases nationwide.
Richard is past president, current Fellow and State Governor Representative of the prestigious Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Fellow of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, and Past Chairman of the Florida Bar Family Law Section 2003-2004, and is AV rated by Martindale Hubbell. Richard also is a member of the Central Florida Family Inn of Court and the Collaborative Family Law Group of Central Florida. Recognized as "the Best of" in Best Lawyers for the past 5 years, the Orlando Magazine Best Lawyers, and Florida Trends Elite Magazine. A frequent and entertaining lecturer at numerous seminars, he is recognized as a leader and innovator in the use of computer technology in the practice of family law.
A divorced father himself, he understands, from both a personal and professional perspective,
what it takes to have a "successful divorce."
Richard D. West B.C.S.
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