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Heather L. Apicella

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HEATHER L. APICELLA is a Partner with the law firm of Gladstone & Weissman, P.A. and Board Certified by the Florida Bar in Marital and Family Law.  She is a member of the Family Law Section of the Florida Bar, Palm Beach County Bar Association,   South   Palm Beach County Bar Association and Broward County Bar Association, concentrating her practice in the area of Family Law.

Ms. Apicella was born in Denver, Colorado and moved to the state of Florida during her youth. Ms. Apicella attended Florida State University where she earned her Bachelor of Science (B.S., 2002).  She  continued  her  education  at  Nova  Southeastern University where  she  earned  her  Law  Degree  (J.D.,  Cum  Laude, 2006). While attending Nova Southeastern University, Ms.  Apicella  was  a  member of Nova Law Review, Phi Alpha Delta, and she served on the Executive Board of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America  (also  known  as  the  American  Association  for Justice).

Ms.  Apicella  is  very  active  in  the  Family  Law  Section  of  the  Florida  Bar and was recently appointed Secretary, now serving as one of four members of Executive Committee of the Family Law Section of the Florida Bar. Ms. Apicella is the past Chair of the Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Committee, past Chair of the Support Issues Committee and past Chair of the Legislation Committee. She continues to serve on the Legislation Committee as the liaison to Executive Committee. She also serves as one of four members of the Marital & Family Law Review Course Committee, which is an appointed position that she will Chair in the 2019/2020 Bar Year. In addition, she sits on the Ad Hoc Finance Committee. Prior to Ms. Apicella’s appointment as Secretary, she served as a member of the Executive Council of the Florida Bar Family Law Section, which is a position she has held since 2009.  The  Executive  Council  has  general  supervision  and  control  of  the  affairs  of  The  Family  Law  Section  subject  to  the  bylaws  of  the Section.

Ms. Apicella is also active in the Broward County Bar Association. She is the past Chair of the Family Law Section of the Broward County Bar Association. During her term she was awarded The Practice Section Chair Award in recognition of her leadership and guidance as The Chair of The Family Law Section.

Ms. Apicella is a founding Barrister of The Susan B. Greenberg Family Law American Inns of Court of the Palm Beaches. The American Inns of Court is a cross section of legal professionals, including judges, experienced lawyers, law professors, etc., designed to enhance and improve the professional and ethical quality of the legal practice in our community. The Susan B. Greenberg Family Law American Inns of Court of the Palm Beaches is specific to the practice of family law.

Ms. Apicella was recently named a "2019 Best Lawyer" by the Best Lawyers in America.  She was also named a Top Up and Comer by South Florida Legal Guide 2016, 2017, and 2018 and was selected as a 2016, 2017 and 2018 Florida Rising Star. She was also named a 2018 Top Lawyer by South Florida Legal Guide. In 2015, she was selected by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel as the Nation’s Top One Percent. Moreover, Gladstone & Weissman has been named to the 2019 list of 'Best Law Firms' by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® as a ‘Tier-1’ Marital and Family Law firm in the United States.

Ms. Apicella has the unique communication skills required to enable her to guide our clients through every step of the settlement and/or litigation process.

Areas Of Practice

  • Family Law
  • Matrimonial Law

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Florida Bar Board Certified in Marital and Family Law, 2016

Bar Admissions

  • Florida, 2006

Education

  • Nova Southeastern Law University, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
    • J.D. - 2006
    • Honors: cum laude
  • Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida
    • B.S. - 2002

Honors and Awards

  • The Best Lawyers in America – Best Lawyers for Family Law in Boca Raton – 2018
  • Top Up and Comer, South Florida Legal Guide
  • Nations Top One Percent, National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • Florida Rising Stars, Super Lawyers
  • Florida Bar, Family Law Section, Outstanding Service, Dedication, and Loyalty
  • Florida Bar, Family Law Section, Extraordinary Service
  • Florida Bar, Family Law Section, Chair's Special Award of Merit
  • Florida Rising Stars, Super Lawyers
  • Florida Rising Stars, Super Lawyers

Published Works

  • Prenuptial Agreement Checklist, The Florida Bar Family Law Section Commentator (Pages 17-18), Volume XXIV, No. 5, 2011

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Florida Bar, Family Law Section, Member, 2006 to Present
  • Broward County Bar Association, Family Law Section, Chair, 2011 to 2012
  • Florida Bar, Family Law Section, Ad-Hoc Finance Committee, Member, 2011, 2013, 2016
  • The Stephen R. Booher American Inn of Court, Member, 2010 to 2013
  • Florida Bar, Family Law Section, Executive Council, Member, 2009 - Present
  • Florida Bar, Family Law Section, Legislation Committee, Member, 2008 to Present
  • Florida Bar, Family Law Section, Legislation Committee, Secretary, 2009 to 2010
  • Florida Bar, Family Law Section, Legislation Committee, Co-Vice Chair, 2010 to 2012
  • Florida Bar, Family Law Section, Legislation Committee, Co-Chair, 2012 to 2014
  • Florida Bar, Family Law Section, Children's Issues Committee, Member, 2007 to Present
  • Florida Bar, Family Law Section, Children's Issues Committee, Secretary, 2008 to 2009
  • Florida Bar, Family Law Section, Support Issues Committee, Member, 2007 to Present
  • Florida Bar, Family Law Section, Support Issues Committee, Chair, 2009 to 2011
  • Florida Bar, Family Law Section, Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Committee, Member, 2007 to Present
  • Florida Bar, Family Law Section, Continuing Legal Education Committee, Vice Chair, 2014 to 2015
  • Florida Bar, Family Law Section, Continuing Legal Education Committee, Co-Chair, 2015 to Present
  • Susan B. Greenberg Family Law American Inn of Court, Founding Barrister, 2014 to Present
  • South Palm Beach County Bar Association, 2013 to Present
  • Palm Beach County Bar Association, 2013 to Present

Seminars & Speaking Engagements

  • Broward County Bar Association: Nuts and Bolts of Family Law - Alimony, November 14, 2014
  • Broward County Bar Association: Raising the Bar - Legislative and Case Law Update, April 26, 2013
  • Collier County Bar Association: Legislative Update, October 26, 2012
  • Broward County Bar Association: Raising the Bar - Legislative and Case Law changes during the 2000's, April 16, 2010