Jodi Seitlin, Esq. – Jacksonville, FL
Seitlin Law Firm, P.A.
Jodi Seitlin has been a passionate child advocate since 1985 when she first became a Guardian Ad Litem volunteer in her hometown of Miami, Florida. As she grew familiar with the juvenile dependency and related legal systems in place at that time, Jodi became convinced that as an attorney, she could make a significant contribution to improving the lives of children in state care. Graduating from the University of Miami School of Law with her J.D. in 1990, Jodi became an Assistant State Attorney, and for the next several years prosecuted in central and northeast Florida, always maintaining her interest and focus on ensuring justice for women and children. In 1999, Jodi became Assistant District Legal Counsel in Child Welfare Legal Services for the Department of Children and Families. As a trial lawyer in Seventh and Fourth Judicial Circuit Courts representing the Department in Dependency and Termination of Parental Rights actions, Jodi was often the only individual who remained a constant in the lives of dependent children rotating through foster care. She represented the Department at Child Protection Team staffings, as a member of the Mental Health and “Crossover Kids” subcommittees for the Dependency Court Improvement Project in District 12.
In 2006, Jodi went into private practice, partly to increase her involvement in community service and legal affairs. The Seitlin Law Firm, P.A. provides legal services in all matters relating to families and children; specializing in areas of Dependency, Adoptions, Paternity, Dissolution of Marriage, Domestic Violence, and Criminal matters through trial and related appeals. Jodi began supporting Florida’s Children First in 2006 by serving as a Host Committee Member and on FCF’s Local Advisory Board. She is active in the Florida Bar’s Family Law Section, serving on the Children’s Issues Committee, Keeping Children Safe Act Subcommittee, Subcommittee on Child Support in Domestic Violence Cases. She currently serves as Co-Chair of the Domestic Violence Committee within the Family Law Section of the Florida Bar, developing legislative reform to address the increased risk of death posed to domestic violence victims and their children where firearms are involved.
As a newer member of the Florida Bar Legal Needs of Children Committee, she is currently working on legislative reform to address a child’s right to legal representation. Jodi has served as Vice President of Professional Development for the Jacksonville Women Lawyers’ Association, is a Barrister in the of the Florida Family Law Inns of Court; serves as Chair of the Special Needs of Children Committee of the Jacksonville Bar Association, and began the ProBonoForJaxKids Project in Jacksonville, Florida in 2008. She served on the Children’s Advocacy Center of Volusia County Board of Directors as Secretary. Jodi is active in Hadassah, The Women’s Zionist Organization of America and has served as President of the Jacksonville Chapter. As a Member of Hadassah National Attorneys Councils, Jodi was admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court in 2003. She is an Adjunct Professor at Florida Coastal School of Law teaching Florida Divorce Practice & Procedure.