A founding partner at OLDER LUNDY, Ben Older focuses his practice exclusively on family law and related matters, as he has done for most of his legal career. Notably, while Mr. Older handles all areas of family law, he also has a unique focus on matters involving substance abuse and dependence, which may include both prosecuting and defending Marchman Act cases. His family law practice includes divorce, paternity, and domestic violence cases. These cases give rise to many complex and challenging issues involving child timesharing (formerly called “custody”), alimony, child support, and division of assets. While some of Mr. Older’s family law cases are straightforward, many also involve complex issues regarding financial calculations, hidden assets, business valuations, income reporting, child abuse, psychological evaluations, and substance abuse issues.
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As a corollary to his family law cases involving substance abuse, Mr. Older also practices in the Marchman Act arena, a separate area of law dedicated to insuring a person who abuses substances is mandated to receive the treatment they need. Mr. Older and his team have built a firm that is uniquely suited to handling all of these issues, big or small, complex, or simple.
Ben Older was one of the first lawyers in the Tampa Bay area to be trained in Collaborative Divorce. He is thus able to help many clients resolve their cases using alternative dispute resolution. However, when settlement negotiations have broken down, he is a skilled and forceful advocate in the courtroom.
Mr. Older is an active participant in numerous legal and community organizations. In addition to his legal practice, Mr. Older is active in the Tampa community, both in charitable pursuits and otherwise. Presently, Mr. Older sits on the Board of the Friends of Joshua House Foundation, however, his numerous charitable commitments also span the past twenty years. These include service on the Board of Directors of the Child Abuse Counsel (now Champions For Children), service on the Board of Directors for the Health Care Connection Foundation, and five years on the Board of Directors of the National Council on Addiction and Drug Dependence. He also donates his time to charity by performing music for local events and various causes.
Professional Memberships and Associations:
- The Florida Bar Association
- Hillsborough County Bar Association
- Florida Bar Grievance Committee
- Former Chairman of Florida Bar Grievance Committee
- Hillsborough County Family Law Section
- Served on the Hillsborough County Family Law Bench Bar Committee and on the Hillsborough County Family Law Executive Counsel as the elected Community Outreach Chair
- Authored and co-authored numerous articles featured in Lawyer Magazine
- Board Member of the Friends of Joshua House Foundation
- Board of Directors of the Child Abuse Counsel (now Champions For Children)
- Board of Directors for the Health Care Connection Foundation
- Board of Directors of the National Council on Addiction and Drug Dependence
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