Edward B. Sobel

Top rated family law attorney in Bradenton, Florida

Attorney at Law
Edward B. Sobel
Attorney at Law

Practice Areas: Family law; view more

Licensed in Florida since: 1983

Education: Emory University School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2008, 2010, 2016 - 2023

Attorney at Law

4900 Manatee Avenue West
Suite 206
Bradenton, FL 34209 Visit website


Edward B. Sobel is the founder of his own law firm located in Bradenton, Florida. Focusing his practice exclusively on family law, he provides representation to clients throughout the area in matters involving divorce, child custody, paternity, prenuptial agreements, collaborative law, mediation, domestic violence, contempt, and grandparent and other non-parent custody matters.

Before attending law school, Mr. Sobel graduated cum laude with his Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Muhlenberg College in Pennsylvania in 1979. He then attended Emory University School of Law, graduating in 1982 with his Juris Doctor. After graduation, Mr. Sobel served as an assistant county attorney before going into private practice in 1985. He is admitted to practice in both Florida and Georgia.

During his career, Mr. Sobel has gained the respect of his fellow professionals for his high degree of ethics and his successful track record. He has received a perfect 10.0 "Superb" peer review rating through Avvo, and he has also received an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell. Mr. Sobel has been certified as a specialist in marital and family law by The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education, and he has received certification as a family law mediator by the Florida Supreme Court.

Mr. Sobel is an active participant in several professional organizations. In addition to The Florida Bar and the State Bar of Georgia, his memberships include the Manatee County Bar Association, the Section of Dispute Resolution of the American Bar Association, the Alternative Dispute Resolution and Family Law sections of The Florida Bar and The Manatee American Inn of Court.

*AV®, BV®, AV Preeminent® and BV Distinguished® are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings fall into two categories – legal ability and general practice standards.

Practice areas

Family law

Focus areas

Alimony & spousal support, Child support, Custody & visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Domestic violence, Paternity, Prenuptial agreements, Marital property, Mediation & collaborative law, Same sex family law, Father's rights

  • 100% Family law

First Admitted: 1982

Professional Webpage: http://www.ebsobellaw.com/attorney-profile/

  • Smith v. Smith, 169 So.3d 220 (Fla.2nd DCA 2015)
  • Lafferty V. Lafferty, 134 So.3d 1142 (Fla. 2nd DCA 2014)
  • Gulledge v. Gulledge, 82 So. 3d 1113 (Fla. 2nd DCA 2012)
  • In the Interest of B.T.G. and B.S.G., 993 So.2d 1140(Fla. 2nd DCA 2008)
  • Rated Highest 10 Out Of 10, AVVO
  • Best Law Firm Finalist, Sarasota Manatee Herald-Tribune, 2014
  • Client's Choice Award, AVVO, 2015
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 Out Of 5 Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell, 1996
  • Member, Psi Chi, Psychology National Honor Society
Educational Background:
  • Muhlenberg College, B.A., Psychology, cum laude, 1979
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Board Certified - Marital & Family Law, Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education, 1991
  • Certified Family Mediator by the Florida Supreme Court
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Judicial Retirement Program, Circuit Court Domestic Relations Judge Mark B. Gilner, 2015
  • Bench Bar Conference, Why Civility and Professionalism Matter, 2014
  • Annual Conference, Excellence In Practice: Successfully Managing High Conflict Clients, 2012
  • Instructor, Seminars for Florida Bar Continuing Legal Education
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Sarasota Collaborative Family Law Professionals, 2017
  • Florida Bar Twelfth Circuit Grievance Committee, Member, 1997 - 1999
  • Manatee County Bar Association, Family Law Section, Member, 1985 - Present
  • Florida, 1983
  • Manatee County Bar Association, Member, 1985 - Present
  • Manatee American Inn of Court, Master, 2014 - Present
  • State Bar of Georgia, Member, 1982 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Taxation Section, Member, 2002 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Dispute Resolution Section, Member, 1998 - Present
  • Florida Bar Twelfth Circuit Committee for Florida Bar Presidents and Tobias Simon Pro Bono Service Award, Chair, 1990 - 1991
  • Manatee County Bar Association, Director, 1987 - 1989
  • Florida Bar Alternative Dispute Resolution, Member, 2015 - Present
  • Florida Bar, Member, 1983 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Taxation Section, Domestic Relations Committee, Member, 2002 - 2007
  • The Warren M. Goodrich-William C. Grimes American Inn of Court, Master, 2000 - 2005
  • American Bar Association, Member, 1988 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Family Law Section, Member, 1988 - Present
  • Georgia, 1982
  • Florida Bar, Family Law Section, Member, 1985 - Present
  • Family Court Professional Collaborative of the Twelfth Judicial Circuit, Member, 2005 - Present
  • Florida Bar, Board of Legal Specialization and Education Family Law Certification Review Panel, Member, 2001 - 2002

Office location for Edward B. Sobel

4900 Manatee Avenue West
Suite 206
Bradenton, FL 34209

Phone: 941-746-1203


10 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2008, 2010, 2016 - 2023

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