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Biography

Biography

Deborah Chames is a seasoned family law attorney who represents clients in all aspects of family law, including divorce, post judgment proceedings, enforcement proceedings, paternity actions, preparation of prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, and mediation. Prior to joining Kluger Kaplan, she was a partner at Heller & Chames, P.A. since its founding in 1989.

Deborah has handled numerous complex high net worth divorces, high conflict divorces and International kidnaping cases which involve the Hague Convention. She has also developed a reputation as a strong advocate for her clients.

She has been appointed by a number of Dade County Circuit Judges as Guardian-Ad-Litem in matrimonial matters involving children’s issues. She also frequently testifies as an expert on attorney’s fee issues in matrimonial matters and matters relating to prenuptial agreements. She has been involved in family cases before the Florida Supreme Court on multiple occasions.

Deborah believes in a holistic approach to family law matters, looking at the entirety of the family unit and crafting a strategy that zealously advocates for her clients’ best interests while also taking into account the sensitive and personal nature of the issues at hand. This winning combination makes Deborah a champion for her clients in and out of the courtroom.

Outside of the courtroom, Deborah enjoys cooking, traveling and spending time with her grandchildren.

Education

Education

  • University of Miami School of Law, J.D., 1980
  • Touro College Women’s Division, B.A., 1977

Bar Admissions and Memberships

Bar Admissions and Memberships

  • Florida, 1980

Awards and Publications

Awards and Publications

Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America, U.S. News and World Report, Family Law, 2013-2020
  • Super Lawyers, Florida Super Lawyers Magazine, 2014-2019
  • South Florida’s Top Rated Lawyers – Commercial Litigation, Martindale Hubbell Legal Leaders, 2012
  • Top Lawyers in South Florida, South Florida Legal Guide, 2006-2018
  • Pro Bono Service Award, August 1994 and August 2001

Affiliations and Community Activities

Affiliations and Community Activities

Professional Affiliations

Noteworthy

  • National Association of Professional and Executive Women, Exclusive Member of 2007-2008 Registry for “Women of Excellence”
  • Alumni Honoree at the 20th Anniversary Dinner of Touro College