Jennifer Dane Family Law
Jennifer T. Dane, Esq.
Attorney/ Managing Partner
Jennifer began the Law Office of Jennifer T. Dane, PA in 2009 and has spent her entire career focused on helping families through divorce, paternity, and child support cases. While Jennifer is a skilled litigator, she has dedicated much of her career to assisting clients by using alternative dispute resolution services and tools, including collaborative cases, and cooperative cases as well as mediation. Jennifer’s notable legal accomplishments are 2010 Seminole County Bar Association Young Lawyer Pro Bono Award, former president of the Seminole County Young lawyer’s division, 2017 Nationally ranked Top 10 under 40 Family Law Attorneys and is a current board member of the Central Florida Family Law Inns.
Jennifer Dane is a Florida native born and raised in Central Florida. After completing her undergraduate degree from Presbyterian College in South Carolina and an internship with local Congressman John Mica, Jennifer completed a semester of study at American University in Washington, DC. Jennifer then returned home to Central Florida. During Jennifer’s studies at Barry University School of Law in Orlando, Jennifer completed several certified legal internships with Seminole County Legal Aid, Orange County Ninth Circuit State Attorney’s Office, as well as being a judicial intern for the Judges in Orange County’s Dependency Court.
When Jennifer is not helping her clients, she focuses on serving her local community. Jennifer is the current vice chairman of the Sanford Airport Authority, past member of the Seminole County Planning and Zoning Board and is a past member of the Central Florida Junior League. Jennifer also was recognized in 2019 as a Woman to Watch by the Orlando Business Journal. The most important time Jennifer spends is with her husband, their two children and the family dog. They enjoy spending time together at the beach as well as the adventure of traveling and seeing and experiencing new things.
Kimberly Villalta, Esq.
Kimberly is an associate attorney at the Law Office of Jennifer Dane. Kimberly has dedicated her career to assist in family law matters such as divorce, paternity, and child support cases. Kimberly has been practicing law since 2017 and joined the Law Office of Jennifer Dane in 2020.
Kimberly completed her undergraduate degree in Legal Studies at the University of Central Florida and then obtained her law degree from Barry University School of Law in 2017. During law school, Kimberly served as a Certified Legal Intern for the Department of Children and Families. During her time there she zealously advocated for the safety, wellbeing and permanency of children who were abused, abandoned, or neglected. She is a member of the Family Law Section of the Florida Bar association and Legal Aid Society of the Orange County Bar Association where she volunteers as a Guardian Ad Litem.
Kimberly was born in New Jersey and relocated as a child to Florida. She enjoys listening to podcasts and spending time with her many pets.
Kenneth J. Cotter, Esq.
Kenneth J. Cotter is a native of Long Island, New York who received his undergraduate degree from Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York. Upon completing his undergraduate degree, he attended the University of Miami where he earned his Juris Doctorate in 1977. After law school, Ken relocated to Central Florida where he was employed as an assistant State attorney in Orange County and went into private practice in 1981. In August 2022, Ken became affiliated with Jennifer Dane Family Law.
Professionally, Ken has gained extensive experience litigating cases in the areas of Criminal Defense, Family Law, and Personal Injury. He is also certified by the Supreme Court of Florida as a Family Law and Appellate Mediator. Notably, Ken was part of the defense team in the first criminal trials in the United States which utilized DNA evidence. Though commonplace today, at the time, these cases were featured nationally on the television show 20/20 and other national news programs due to the groundbreaking nature of their makeup. Ken has also been recognized by his peers for his strong legal ability and high ethical standards with the Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating. The AV Preeminent Rating is the highest available peer review rating held by just 8 percent of all attorneys nationwide.
Ken has been married since 1977 to his wife, Cathy. They have a son, daughter, and two grandchildren. Both of their children live in Central Florida.
Lead Paralegal/ Office Manager
Michelle is the lead paralegal, as well as office administrator. Michelle handles communication with clients of our firm, as well as with the judicial community. Over her 30-year career, Michelle has handled family law, bankruptcy, and civil cases. Since moving to Central Florida in 2004, she has handled insurance defense and family law, and has handled family law cases solely since 2015. Michelle joined Jennifer Dane and her firm in December 2015.
Michelle moved to the West Coast of Florida from Texas/North Carolina. Her immediate family still resides on the West Coast of Florida and North Carolina. Michelle graduated from Largo High School in 1985 and secured her Paralegal Degree from St. Petersburg College in 1990. Michelle and her daughter relocated to the Central Florida area in February 2004.
Michelle’s daughter who graduated from Penn State in 2018 with a BS degree in Electrical Engineering currently resides in Maryland. Michelle enjoys reading, traveling, and watching sports, with baseball as her favorite pastime. Currently, Michelle resides in Seminole County.
If you are thinking about or have made the decision to get divorced. If you think that an Collaborative Divorce might be the right process for you, call our lawyers for a consultation to discuss all of your options. Collaborative Divorce helps participants reach a settlement in a cost-effective manner while attempting to preserve family resources and the relationship between the separating spouses or partners.
Mediation allows the parties to meet and attempt to settle the case while having some say in the case's outcome. Attorney Jennifer Dane is also a Supreme Court Certified Family Law Mediator and offers mediation services for parties that are self represented or represented by counsel. As a mediator Jennifer works hard to help families find resolution and complete settlement of their case specific to that family’s needs.
Attorney Jennifer Dane and her team of experienced lawyers are committed to achieve accurate child support calculations. At Jennifer Dane Family Law we will carefully consider each factor and ensure detailed attention to childcare costs and health insurance costs that are often overlooked. Whether you are facing a child support issue or considering pursuing child support payments, we can assist you.