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Practice Areas

Family Law

Shepard Broad Law
Center at Nova
Southeastern University
Florida State University
(Criminal Justice)
Johanna Saxton Shields

“Every one of my clients will understand that correctly dealing with a family law matter requires a comprehensive approach that addresses their legal, financial and emotional needs. They will participate with me in all major decisions. Dealing with the law can be overwhelming, especially so when facing family law matters. But, a client in the right frame of mind with a proper understanding of how and why the process works the way that it does will ensure that the most important decisions are made correctly. I work closely with my clients to provide them with that knowledge which brings clarity to the litigation process so they can make well reasoned, cost effective decisions. Listening to and properly addressing my clients’ needs is critical because it is the only way that we can develop a road map and plan of action that positively affects the outcome of the case. From experience, I know that a carefully orchestrated plan, including consultation with other experts and significant input from the client, is the only way to get great results.”

Johanna Saxton Shields is a partner at Klauber Shields and practices exclusively in the area of marital and family law. Johanna brings a distinctive and comprehensive approach to her practice by addressing more than just legal issues. She has an established network of trusted experts that are part of her team, to handle the emotional and financial needs of her clients. Johanna does that because a client in the right frame of mind, who has the correct roadmap will always make better, more informed decisions when it comes to the legal matters and that will ultimately lead to better results in less time. There is no more effective way to handle family law matters.

As a mother of three, Johanna understands the importance of seeking dispute resolutions that are in the best interests of the children, while vigorously protecting her client’s rights. She handles all aspects of family law matters, including divorce, child custody, timesharing, visitation, alimony, child support, domestic violence, restraining orders and other issues required to protect her clients and enforce and uphold court decisions.

Johanna is a Supreme Court certified family law mediator which allows her to mediate family law matters and help get those matters resolved with dignity and respect. As a skilled facilitator, she conducts mediation in a structured and focused environment that helps identify unrealistic expectations, find common ground and maximize gain for each party. Johanna is also a court appointed guardian ad litem where she investigates and reports to the court on matters concerning the best interests of minor children whose parents are going through divorce.

Johanna has been a member of the Florida Bar since 1998; she is admitted to practice in the United States Supreme Court and the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida. She also serves on the Florida Bar Family Law Section, Domestic Violence Committee where she is active in creating laws that affect the victims and those accused of domestic violence. Johanna has previously served on the 17th Judicial Circuit Juvenile Justice Board.

An active participant in South Florida’s legal community, Johanna is an emeritus member of the Stephen R. Booher American Inn of Court where she served as Program Committee Chair for 13 years; she is a member of the Family Law Section of The Florida Bar, the Broward County Matrimonial Lawyers Association, and the Broward County Bar Association. Johanna also served as the Chairperson of the Florida Bar Association Grievance Committee, and as a juvenile mediator on a pro bono basis. She is currently on the Board of St. Thomas Moore Society and the Sabadell United Keymorada Fishing Tournament to benefit the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America.

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