Brenda ShapiroBrenda B. Shapiro

Brenda B. Shapiro is a Family Law attorney and litigator. She provides legal counsel to clients on family law matters, including prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, divorce, child custody, access and time sharing, post-dissolution, domestic violence, and grandparents' rights. She established the Law Offices of Brenda B. Shapiro, LLC in 1994, where she is Managing Partner.

Ms. Shapiro also practices the dispute-resolution method known as Collaborative Law. The method emphasizes family-focused decision-making, cooperation, commitments to a faster process, potential cost savings and family privacy - all without court intervention.

Collaborative Law combines attorneys, accountants, financial planners, mental health professionals and mediators, who work jointly with clients in a spirit of mutual respect and cooperation. It is designed to help divorcing parties resolve their differences in a non-adversarial setting, allowing them to focus on the best interests of their family.

Ms. Shapiro was a consulting attorney in writing the brief for Miami's high-profile custody case of six-year-old Cuban Elian Gonzalez, who arrived in the United States on an inner tube without his mother, who died in the crossing.


  • Collaborative Law Institute - Founding Director
  • Civilian Investigative Panel, City of Miami - Chair (2007-2009)
  • Community Relations Board, City of Miami - Chair (2003-2006)


  • Martindale-Hubbell - AV Peer Review Rated for Ethical Standards and Legal Ability (2009)
  • Listed in South Florida Legal Guide (2008-2009)
  • Listed in Super Lawyers (2007)


  • The Florida Bar, Section on Family Law
  • Dade County Bar Association
  • American Civil Liberties Union
  • International Women's Forum
  • National Council of Jewish Women


  • Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctor - University of Miami