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Bonnie Sockel-Stone

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Bonnie Sockel-Stone

Practice Areas

  • Marital and Family Law

Education

  • B.S., Accounting, University of Florida, Fisher School of Accounting, 1985
  • J.D., University of Florida, Frederic G. Levin College of Law, 1989

Admissions

  • Florida Bar, Member in Good Standing, 1989-present
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Florida, Member in Good  Standing, 1991-present

Honors & Distinctions

  • Board Certified in Marital and Family Law
  • Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Fellow, International Academy of Family Lawyers
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rated
  • Family Law Section of the Florida Bar, Above and Beyond Award 2017 and 2018
  • Family Law Section of the Florida Bar, Legislative Award  2016, 2017  and 2018
  • National Council of Jewish Women Greater Miami Section, Myra Farr Volunteer Service Award

Bonnie Sockel-Stone is Board Certified in Marital and Family Law, which is her sole area of practice. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and International Academy of Family Lawyers and has an AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbell. Ms. Sockel-Stone has also been recognized as a Top Rated Lawyer by Super Lawyers, an Outstanding Lawyer in Florida Trend’s Legal Elite and was selected by Attorney At Law Magazine as one of the 13 to Watch in 2013. Ms. Sockel-Stone was the recipient of the Florida Bar Family Law Section Above and Beyond Award in 2017 and 2018 and the Legislative Award in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

Ms. Sockel-Stone has a B.S. in Accounting and began her professional career with the accounting firms of Deloitte, Haskins and Sells and Ernst and Young. Her extensive accounting experience is utilized on a regular basis in her Marital and Family law practice.

Ms. Sockel-Stone has authored articles for the Daily Business Review titled Divorcing Spouses Should Consider Tax-Filing Options, Preventing Same-Sex couples from Divorcing is Unjust and Plan Ahead for Holiday Time With Children in Divorce and has authored an article for the Huffington Post titled Discovering Hidden Assets: What Your Spouse Hasn’t Disclosed During Your Divorce. She has also authored a module on Prenuptial Agreements for the Lexis Practice Advisor. Ms. Sockel-Stone has lectured on Domestic Violence issues, and has participated as a speaker for the Dade County Bar Association Family Law Committee Continuing Education Seminar, The Florida Bar Family Law Section Case Law Update and Mechanics of Board Certification and the AAML Webinar, A Matter of Trust: Trust Instruments in Divorce.

Ms. Sockel-Stone is a member of the Florida Bar Family Law Section Executive Council. She served as Co-Chair of the Family Law Section Legislative Committee( 2016-2018) and was actively involved in advocating for the 2018 legislation that bans child marriages. Ms. Sockel-Stone has also served on the Florida Bar Family Law Section Domestic Violence, Continuing Legal Education, Equitable Distribution, Rules and Forms and Finance Committees. She is also Chair of the 2019 Marital and Family Law Review Course Committee and Co-Chair of the Equitable Distribution Committee for 2018-2019. Ms. Sockel-Stone also serves on the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Florida Chapter Legislative and Webinar Committees. Ms. Sockel-Stone is a member of the Miami-Dade County Bar Association, the Miami-Dade County chapter of the Florida Association of Women Lawyers, Florida Family Law Inns of Court and the American Bar Association. Ms. Sockel-Stone is always interested in providing pro bono legal services, especially regarding children’s issues. She has served as a Lawyer For Children pro bono lawyer for foster care youth, provides pro bono legal services to domestic violence victims and has served as a pro bono Guardian Ad Litem.

Ms. Sockel-Stone devotes a great deal of her free time giving back to the community. She served as President of the National Council of Jewish Women Greater Miami Section and received the Myra Farr Volunteer Service Award. She also served as President of Kidside, Inc. and served on the CHARLEE board and the Temple Beth Sholom School Board.

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