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Robin S. Buckner

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Robin S. Buckner

AV Preeminent Attorney 2023 Icon

Robin S. Buckner is a founding member and managing partner of Buckner, Shifrin, Etter, Dugan & Bradfute, P.A., a firm formed in 1991 as Buckner & Shifrin, P.A. She has more than 40 years of litigation experience, in family and civil courts, and has tried hundreds of cases to both judges and juries. She has also appeared before Florida appellate courts.

Ms. Buckner handles all types of family and divorce matters, including every aspect of dissolution of marriage, paternity, maternity, parentage and domestic partnership actions. She also handles post-judgment and continuing litigation matters. Her cases include “custody” and timesharing issues, assessment of monetary support, intricate business valuations, identification and tracing of marital assets and income, relocation requests, jurisdictional issues, partition of property issues, and domestic violence issues. She also drafts pre and postnuptial agreements, timesharing agreements, parenting plans, property agreements and all other marital and family settlement agreements. She was recently named top ten best divorce lawyers in Miami by Forbes Advisor. 

Additionally, Ms. Buckner is a member of the Collaborative Family Law Institute, after undergoing specialized training to represent parties in a collaborative process. The collaborative process is an alternative to litigation, involving non-adversarial collaboration between the parties and specific professionals (financial and psychological consultants) in order to arrive at a negotiated resolution without the emotional and financial toll of protracted litigation.

Ms. Buckner has served as a Guardian Ad Litem on behalf of children in divorce, domestic violence, and paternity cases, and as a family law mediator.

Ms. Buckner, who began her career as in-house counsel for a national insurance company, has also represented and defended many insurance companies and affiliates (including underwriters, premium finance companies, insurance brokers and agents) on coverage issues, policy interpretations, first party coverage claims, bad faith actions, and in class actions; and has defended insureds in all types of tort and personal injury cases. She continues to oversee and consult with insurance defense attorneys in her firm and elsewhere on complex insurance-related issues.

Recognitions and Awards

  • AV Preeminent rated by Martindale Hubbell (for the past 25 years), the highest peer review ranking, based on her professional experience and ethics.
  • AV Preeminent Judicial Edition rated by Martindale Hubbell, 2023
  • South Florida Legal Guide Top Lawyer, every year since 2016
  • Top Lawyer in Florida, Super Lawyers, every year since 2009
  • Miami-Dade Bar Association Circle of Excellence award, Family Law, 2023
  • Forbes Advisor, Ten Best Divorce Lawyers in Miami, 2024
  • South Florida Legal Guide, Top Lawyers in Insurance Law and Family Law, multiple years
  • The National Advocates Top 100 Matrimonial and Family Lawyers
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, 95th Anniversary Edition

Education and Bar Admittance

  • Juris Doctorate, University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida, 1979
  • Bachelor of Arts, H. Sophie Newcomb College of Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana, 1976
  • Member, The Florida Bar, 1979
  • Member, Federal District Court, Southern District of Florida

Professional Affiliations

  • Member, Family Law Section, The Florida Bar
  • Member, Trial Lawyers Section, The Florida Bar
  • Member, Miami-Dade County Bar Association
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, First Family Law American Inn of Court
  • Member, Collaborative Family Law Institute, Inc
  • Member, Florida Academy of Collaborative Professionals
  • Member, Florida Association for Women Lawyers
  • Past Member, American Arbitration Association
  • Past Chairperson, The Florida Bar Grievance Committee
  • Past Lecturer and Instructor, Lorman Education Services
  • Past Lecturer and Instructor, The Florida Bar

Pro Bono Activities

  • Ms. Buckner is a recipient of the Ray H. Pearson Guardian Ad Litem Award, 11th Judicial Circuit of Florida, 1997. She continues to work on pro bono cases through “Put Something Back”, a project of Legal Services of Greater Miami. Member of formation committee of the 11th Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Collaborative Law Pilot Project.

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