Renee Goldenberg

mediator | private judge | special magistrate | collaborative law facilitator

 

Helping You Achieve Resolution and Closure in Your Family Disputes

I am in my fifth decade of working with families and children, first as a teacher, then as a family lawyer and mediator, and, ultimately, as a Florida Circuit Judge in the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit serving in the Family Division for nearly twenty years. I served as Chair of the Family Division.

Renee Goldenberg  Mediator | Private Judge | Special Magistrate | Collaborative Law Facilitator

I am a Fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Florida Chapter, since 1993. I am a Florida Bar Board Certified Marital and Family Lawyer, since 1991. I am a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator, since 1991. I was an AV rated lawyer (highest rating possible) prior to becoming a judge. I have completed Initial and Advanced Interdisciplinary Collaborative Divorce Training.

My Availability

I am available to serve as a mediator, private judge, special master, and collaborative law facilitator for cases in the State of Florida. Each party must be represented by a lawyer.

I will attend a mediation conference or other proceeding in a facility of your choice, agreed to by both parties, with at least two conference rooms. I will go state wide upon special arrangements. My fees, requirements, and preferences are available upon request.

Trial Should Be a Last Resort

I have dealt with tens of thousands of family law cases in my career. Based on my experience, I wrote a two volume book on family law, FLORIDA FAMILY LAW & PRACTICE, used by lawyers and judges throughout the State of Florida. Its primary theme and goal is to make trial a last resort. The best resolution is one that you make for yourself. My goal, as a neutral facilitator, is to try to help you reach a win-win resolution in a confidential, informal and cost effective manner, focusing on the future. The decision making authority rests with you in the processes that avoid court. I will help you consider creative solutions and more options than going to court. I know how to help you to reach your goals and interests and bring closure to your disputes. I will strive to get your case settled.

If Amicable Resolution Fails in Your Case

Because I have dealt with tens of thousands of family cases in my career, I know that it is most important to remember that the resolution that you make for yourself is better than any order of the court, which just tells you what to do, and does not solve your problems. However, there are certain circumstances, issues and cases that require judicial determination. If amicable resolution has failed in your case, I am available to effectively and efficiently preside as a private judge and special magistrate in a formal proceeding in those cases in which I do not serve as a mediator or neutral facilitator.

I would like to help you resolve your case. Thank you for considering my services.

Renee Goldenberg

 

 

Bio

Renee Goldenberg
  • Florida Circuit Judge,17th Judicial Circuit, Family Division, for nearly 20 years
  • Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Florida Chapter since 1993
  • Florida Bar Certified in Marital and Family Law since 1991
  • Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator since 1991
  • Rating as a lawyer prior to becoming a judge: AV (highest rating possible Martindale Hubbell)
  • Middle School and Elementary School Teacher 1967-1973
  • Advanced Interdisciplinary Collaborative Divorce Training

 

Renee Goldenberg  Mediator | Private Judge | Special Magistrate | Collaborative Law Facilitator

 

Judicial Assignments

Senior Judge, Seventeenth Judicial Circuit, In and For Broward County, Florida
Florida Supreme Court Appointed November 1, 2016. Resigned March 1, 2017.

Circuit Court Judge, Seventeenth Judicial Circuit, In and For Broward County, Florida Family Division January 7, 1996-October 25, 2016

Associate Judge, Fourth District Court of Appeal, July, 1998

Awards

2016 Inaugural Jurist of the Year Award from the Florida Association for Women Lawyers

“to recognize a judge whose career exemplifies the highest standards of judicial conduct for integrity and independence; who is knowledgeable in the law and faithful to it; who is patient, dignified, and courteous to all who appear before her; and who endeavors to improve the administration of justice and the public’s understanding and respect for the role of law in our society.”

2015 Broward County Women's Hall of Fame: Selection as one of the 2015 Inductees from the Broward County Women's History Coalition

2014 Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award from Nova Southeastern University Law Center

which “is given to an alumnus or alumna who exhibits ‘NSU’s core values’ and ‘has an outstanding and notable record of distinction, success, accomplishment, leadership and service in his/her profession or community.’”

2010 Jurist of the Year Award from Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers

“for the most outstanding contribution to the field of matrimonial law by a member of the judiciary.”

2001 Jurist of the Year Award from the Young Lawyer’s Division of the Florida Bar (over 20,000 members)

Given to a judge “with the finest credentials, finest demeanor, finest commitment to justice and the finest respect for young lawyers practicing in the State of Florida.”




Publications

Two volume book, Florida Family Law & Practice James Publishing.

 

Two volume book, Florida Family Law & Practice
James Publishing.

Over sixty six other publications, including chapters in Florida Bar Continuing Legal Education Manuals, Manuals for use by judges and lawyers, articles published in the Florida Bar Journal, Family Law Section Commentator and others

 

 



Speaking Engagements

Over sixty speaking engagements and lectures, including continuing legal education for lawyers, continuing judicial education for judges, and for law students and the community.

Judge Goldenberg, Broward County Bar Association, Keynote Speech, Bench Bar Convention, October 18, 2013



Professional


Senior Judge, Seventeenth Judicial Circuit, In and For Broward County, Florida Florida Supreme Court Appointed November 1, 2016. Resigned March 1, 2017.

Circuit Judge, Seventeenth Judicial Circuit, January 7, 1997-October 25, 2016

Chair, Family Division
Grand Jury Spring term 2001
Chair, Judicial Outreach Program and founding member 2008

Associate Judge, Fourth District Court of Appeal, July, 1998

Florida State Commission on Trial Court Performance and Accountability 2005 - 2006

Florida Supreme Court Local Rules Advisory Committee 2006 - 2007

Florida Judicial Branch Long Range Planning Workshop 2006

The Florida Conference of Circuit Judges

Chair, Family Law Committee 2004-2006, 2007 – 2012
Executive Committee 2004-2006, 2007 - 2012
Steering Committee and Teaching Faculty, Fall / Winter 1999; Delphi Project participant

The Florida Judicial College: Team Leader and Faculty, Family Law Fundamentals 2008 - 2009

The Florida Bar

Chair, Family Law Section 1995 - 1996
Trustee, Family Law Section
Vice Chair, Family Court Rules Committee 2001 - 2002
Vice Chair, Rules of Judicial Administration Committee 2005 - 2006: Member 1996 - 2006

Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers

Speaker, Annual Institute 1996 - 2002, 2007, 2010

Broward County Bar Association, member

Women Leaders in the Law, founding member 2015 -
Keynote Speaker, Bench Bar Conference 2013 and Speaker, Bench Bar Conference, 2015
Bench Bar Committee 2000 – 2003

South Palm Beach County Bar Association, member

Broward County Matrimonial Lawyers, founding member 1992 - present

Association of Broward County Mediators, founding member 1992 – 1996

Florida State Commission on Family Courts 1990 - 1991

Florida Commission for Children 1989 -1990

Florida State Study Commission on Child Support 1986 - 1987

“Kids and Courts,” People’s Law, television program sponsored by The Florida Bar

Advisory Committee and technical advisor 1989 - 1990

Adjunct Professor at Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center 1988 - 1996



Community

Leadership Broward Class IV, Alumni Association, Life Member

National Council of Jewish Women, Life Member

Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center Alumni Association

CHARLEE Family Care Homes of Broward, Inc.

Founding member and President 1989 - 1990

Pro Bono attorney, Broward Lawyers Care 1993 - 1995

Guardian Ad Litem Volunteer 1988 - 1996

Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Mental Health Planning Council of Broward County

Chairperson 1990 - 1991

State Planning Council: Alcohol, Drug Abuse and Mental Health

District 10 Representative 1989 - 1990

Women’s Leadership Council, founding member 1992 - 1993

Florida Bar Grievance Committee, Vice Chairperson 1992 - 1993, member 1990 - 1993

Broward County Domestic Violence Intervention Steering Committee 1993 - 1994



Education

J.D., Nova Law, Summa Cum Laude, Executive Editor of Law Review

M., Education, Wayne State University

B.S., Education, Boston University

 

Contact

Address


    2780 East Oakland Park Boulevard
    Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33306

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