Paul F. Grondahl is recognized by the Florida Bar as a Board Certified Specialist in Marital & Family Law.
Paul earned his undergraduate degree from Bryant University in Business Administration. After graduating college, Paul moved to Florida and has resided here ever since. He graduated from the University of Miami School of Law and was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1996.
Education, Admissions, Activities
–Bryant University, B.S., Business Administration, 1991
–University of Miami (Florida) School of Law, J.D., 1996
–Florida Bar Association, 1996 - present
In 1996, Paul began his practice in South Florida litigating personal injury jury trials on behalf of prominent insurance companies and business owners. In 2003, he moved to Manatee County and transitioned to Marital & Family Law, his current specialty of practice in which he has been Board Certified by the Florida Bar as an expert since 2014.
Bar Service and Activities:
–Manatee County Bar Association, President, 2017-2018; Director, 2013-present
–Manatee County Bar Association Family Law Section, Member; Chairman, 2012-2013
–Manatee County Bar Association Law Day Committee, 2013-present
–12th Circuit Family Court Professional Collaborative, 2008-present
–12th Circuit Mock Trial Program, Coach (Palmetto H.S.) 2011, 2012; Volunteer Scoring Judge
–12th Circuit Bench Bar Conference Committee, 2018
–Florida Bar Family Law Section, 2005-present
–Florida Bar Family Law Section, Support Issues Subcommittee, 2012-2014
Speaking:2016 12th Circuit Family Court Professional Collaborative Conference -Keeping Families Afloat: The Financial Disaster of Divorce Litigation & How to Avoid It
2015 12th Circuit Family Court Professional Collaborative Conference -Non-Parent Custody Rights: Aunts, Uncles and Grandmas, Oh My
2013 12th Circuit Family Court Professional Collaborative Conference -Ethical Issues in Family Law Cases
Publications/Articles:Inter Alia, Divorce Q&A for the Non-Divorce-Practitioner, November 2018
Inter Alia, and Justice for All!, November 2017
Inter Alia, The American Lawyer, January 2015
Recently Reported Appellate Decisions:Russell v. Pasik, 178 So.2d 55 (Fla. 2nd DCA 2015)
Boese v. Boese, 106 So.2d 55 (Fla. 2nd DCA 2013)
Paul believes in leadership and service to the Manatee County Bar Association and the community at large. He has been recognized over the past several years (2005, 2009, 2011-2014, 2018) by the Supreme Court of Florida for outstanding pro bono service to our community, and he dedicates himself to Bar projects and the causes of not-for-profit organizations. Paul is involved in the Family Court Professional Collaborative, an organization of attorneys and mental health professionals determined to improve the lives of families challenged by divorce and other crises. He has been appointed by judges in the 12th Circuit to serve as a Guardian Ad Litem, i.e., to protect the interests of minor children in cases where a child is alleged to be abused, neglected, or abandoned.
A collegiate All-American at Bryant College, Paul competes in amateur golf tournaments in Manatee and Sarasota County; he has completed the Disney and Gasparilla Marathons and runs the Sarasota Half-Marathon; he enjoys recreational tennis.
Paul and his wife Jennifer reside in Bradenton, Florida.