The Florida Bar

President’s Welcome

Ten months after Dori Foster-Morales became president-elect, the lethal COVID-19 pandemic has forced Florida lawyers into home offices to worry about the future.

We only need to talk about one priority right now and how we’re going to accomplish it, which is recovery. What did we learn from this? How do we take this year and make the proverbial lemonade out of lemons?”

— Dori Foster-Morales, president, The Florida Bar

President’s Biography

Florida Bar President Dori Foster-Morales in her Miami Beach officeA native of Miami Beach, President Foster-Morales received her B.A. in Economics from the University of Florida in 1986, and her law degree from UF in 1989. She worked as an enforcement attorney for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, first in Washington, D.C., and then in New York City, from 1990 through the middle of 1993 when she returned to Florida to join the 11th Circuit State Attorney’s Office. In 1998, she began practicing family law at the predecessor firm to Foster-Morales Sockel-Stone, LLC, where she is the managing partner.

President Foster-Morales is Florida Bar Board Certified in Marital and Family Law and is a certified Family Law Trial Advocate of the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Additionally, she is a fellow in the American and International Academies of Matrimonial Lawyers, a fellow and member of The Florida Bar Foundation, a fellow in the American Bar Foundation and a fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Foundation.

A veteran Board of Governors member who led the Bar’s high-profile Committee on Mental Health and Wellness of Florida Lawyers, she is well-known across the state for raising awareness about the importance of balancing a legal career and family life.

Elected to the Board of Governors in 2008, President Foster-Morales has also chaired the Certification Plan Appeals Committee and the Annual Convention Committee.

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