Richard J. Mockler, III

Top rated Family Law attorney in Tampa, Florida

DML Attorneys, P.A.
Richard J. Mockler, III
DML Attorneys, P.A.

Practice Areas: Family Law, Business Litigation, Appellate; view more

Licensed in Florida since: 2002

Education: University of Florida Levin College of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2024 Selected to Rising Stars: 2009 - 2012

DML Attorneys, P.A.

600 N. Willow Ave.
Suite 101
Tampa, FL 33606 Visit website


Attorney Richard J. Mockler, III, is a partner with DML Attorneys, P.A., law firm in Tampa, Florida. Nationally ranked as among the top attorneys in the country, Mr. Mockler provides exceptional counsel and support to clients throughout the greater Tampa Bay region and all across the state who have legal needs involving any of the following:

· General litigation

· Family law and divorce

· Child custody and support

· Business litigation

· Appeals

Among his impressive legal credentials, Mr. Mockler is a certified federal mediator with the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, and he is a certified civil mediator and certified family mediator with the Florida Supreme Court. As such, he has extensive experience helping his clients resolve their conflicts and reach favorable agreements without the need for expensive, time-consuming and adversarial court battles. At his heart, however, he is a tenacious and highly aggressive litigator with considerable experience in all stages of the litigation process.  Mr. Mockler is also an experienced appellate attorney and is responsible for numerous important appellate decisions, as well as numerous reported decisions out of the federal courts.

Along with family law, Mr. Mockler has achieved remarkable success representing a wide variety of commercial clients and others dealing with complex civil litigation. Through his civil litigation practice, he has defended the rights and interests of some of the largest corporations in America, and he has handled many high-profile cases involving hundreds of millions of dollars.

Whether inside or outside the courtroom, Mr. Mockler is fully committed to helping his clients obtain the positive results they expect and deserve as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible. He has earned an AV-Preeminent 5.0 peer review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell along with a Legal Elite designation from Florida Trend magazine, and he received the Theodore Millison Professionalism Award in 2017. He has also received Superb, 10 out of 10, client rating on Avvo as well as the site's Clients' Choice and Top Contributor awards.

A 1998 graduate of Florida State University, Mr. Mockler obtained his Juris Doctor from the University of Florida's Fredric G. Levin College of Law in 2001 and his Master of Laws in Taxation from the University of Florida’s Graduate Tax Program in 2002. He is admitted to practice before all U.S. District Courts in Florida as well as before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th and Federal Circuits, the U.S. Tax Court, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Mr. Mockler is an active member of the Hillsborough County Bar Association and a regular contributor to the organization's Lawyer Magazine. He has also conducted numerous lectures and continuing legal education seminars across his region on a variety of legal topics. A veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, he received numerous commendations and medals for his outstanding service to his country.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice areas

Family Law, Business Litigation, Appellate, Military/Veterans Law

Focus areas

Alimony & Spousal Support, Appeals, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Mediation & Collaborative Law, Military Divorce, Non-Compete Agreements, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements

  • 40% Family Law
  • 30% Business Litigation
  • 20% Appellate
  • 10% Military/Veterans Law

First Admitted: 2001

Professional Webpage:

Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Tampa Family Law Inn of Court 
  • Cheatwood Inn of Court 
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Florida Bar Trial Lawyers Section 
  • Executive Counsel of the Family Law Section of the Hillsborough County Bar Association
  • Member, Florida Bar Business Law Section
  • Barrister, Family Law Inn of Court, 2009
  • Member, Federal Bar Association, 2009
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida
  • Member, Florida Bar Family Law Section
  • Board of Directors, Family Law Section, Hillsborough County Bar Association, 2009
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, 2009
  • Member, Florida Bar
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit
  • Member, Hillsborough County Bar Association
  • Member, Executive Board - Family Law Section, Hillsborough County Bar Association
  • Florida
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Florida
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Evidence and Trial Advocacy for Family Law Practitioners
  • Trial Advocacy in Family Law Cases, Hillsborough County Bar Association (CLE Presenter, 2019) 
  • Prenuptial Agreements: 'Til Death Do Us Part (HCBA Lawyer Magazine, 2014) 
  • Preparing Your Family Law Case for Trial, Hillsborough County Bar Association (CLE Presenter, 2012) 
  • Developing Parenting Plans for Children with Developmental Disorders (CLE Presenter, 2012) 
  • Discovery of Medical Records and Trial of Cases Involving Medical Evidence (CLE Presenter, 2013) 
  • Cast of Characters: Professionals in a Family Law Case (HCBA Lawyer Magazine, 2014) 
  • Are All Sales Really Final? – The Enforceability of Prenuptial, Post-Nuptial, and Marital Settlement Agreements (HCBA Lawyer Magazine, 2014) 
  • Expert Witnesses in Child Custody Cases (CLE Presenter, 2018) 
Other Outstanding Achievements:
  • Recipient, U.S. Military Outstanding Community Service Award
  • National Defense Medal
  • Recognized as the Honor Graduate during his training at the Naval Expeditionary Warfare College, Atlantic
  • Received the Navy Achievement Medal
  • Selected Marine Corps Reserve Medal
Educational Background:
  • University of Florida Levin College of Law, Gainesville, Florida, Master of Laws(L.L.M) in Taxation, 2002
  • Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida, B.S. in Finance, Cum Laude, Golden Key National Honor Society, 1998
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Guardian Ad Litem Program, 2009
  • Volunteer, Marine Corps Toys-for-Tots Program
  • Pro bono law clerk for the Eighth Judicial Circuit
  • Volunteer, Florida Bar Minority Passage Program
  • Judge and Volunteer for the Alachua County Teen Court Program
  • Volunteer, Guardian Ad Litem Program
  • Volunteer, Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Tampa Bay
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Certified Civil Mediator by the Florida Supreme Court, 2016
  • Certified Family Law Mediator by Florida Supreme Court, 2010
  • Legal Elite by Florida Trend Magazine, 2019
  • Florida Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers Magazine, 2013-2019
  • Super Lawyers Rising Star for Florida, 2009-2012
  • Awarded to the attorney who most exemplifies professionalism in the practice of Family Law., Recipient, Theodore Millison Professionalism Award, Hillsborough County Bar Association - Family Law Section, 2017
  • Legal Elite by Florida Trend Magazine, 2020
  • AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Phi Eta Sigma
  • Received the University of Florida Presidential Recognition Award
  • President, John Marshall Bar Association, University of Florida Levin College of Law, 2001
  • William C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot, University of Florida Levin College of Law, 2001
  • Levin College of Law Pro Bono Certificate, University of Florida Levin College of Law, 2001
  • Chester Ferguson Scholar of Law, University of Florida Levin College of Law, 1998
  • Phi Delta Phi
  • Treasurer, John Marshall Bar Association, University of Florida Levin College of Law, 2001
  • Executive Board, Law College Counsel, University of Florida Levin College of Law, 2001
  • Teaching Assistant for Legal Research & Writing, University of Florida Levin College of Law, 2001
  • Law School Small Group Advisor, University of Florida Levin College of Law, 2001
  • Phi Kappa Phi
  • Student of the Year, University of Florida Levin College of Law, 2000
  • Phi Alpha Delta
  • Vice-Chair, International Moot Court Board, University of Florida Levin College of Law, 2001
  • Florida Blue Key Leadership Honorary, University of Florida Levin College of Law, 2001
  • Teaching Assistant for Appellate Advocacy, University of Florida Levin College of Law, 2001
Industry Groups:
  • Mediation

Office location for Richard J. Mockler, III

600 N. Willow Ave.
Suite 101
Tampa, FL 33606

Phone: 813-670-6980


12 Years Super Lawyers
4 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2024
  • Rising Stars: 2009 - 2012

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