FOSTER-MORALES NAMED TO BE FLORIDA BAR PRESIDENT FOR 2020-2021 TERM
After serving on The Florida Bar’s Board of Governors since 2008, Miami lawyer Dori Foster-Morales (photo) will serve as president of the 106,000-member organization in 2020-2021.
In other Florida Bar elections, 18 incumbent members of the Board of Governors were re-elected to additional two-year terms without opposition; three unopposed candidates will serve as new board members in the 11th, 13th and 20th circuits; and one seat in the 11th Circuit has a contested election.
Foster-Morales, a family law attorney who chairs the high-profile Committee on Mental Health and Wellness of Florida Lawyers, was certified as the Bar’s next president-elect when filing ended Dec. 17 and she was the only candidate. She will be sworn in as president-elect at the June 2019 Annual Convention in Boca Raton when current President-elect John Stewart takes the oath as president. Foster-Morales will begin her one-year term as president in June 2020.
“I didn’t come to the Board of Governors to be president. I evolved,” Foster-Morales said of her decision to seek the Bar’s top post. “I think I have something to add.”
She said her varied background and personal history help her understand the demands and stresses that lawyers face. “I feel passionately about the health of our members, mental, physical, and financial,” she said. “They’re interrelated.”
It’s also important to watch out for the majority of lawyers who make up the Bar. “It’s the small and solo firms that need the most support from us,” Foster-Morales said.
Foster-Morales received her B.A. in Economics from the University of Florida in 1987, and her law degree from UF Levin College of Law in 1989. She worked as an enforcement attorney for the federal Environmental Protection Agency, first in Washington, D.C., and then in New York City, from 1990 through the middle of 1993, when she joined the 11th Circuit State Attorney’s Office. In 1998, she opened Foster-Morales Sockel-Stone LLC, where she is the managing partner of the six-attorney practice.
Foster-Morales is a member of the American Bar Association, the Cuban American Bar Association, the Florida Association for Women Lawyers, the Dade County Bar Association, the Broward County Bar Association and the Palm Beach County Bar Association and is a Fellow of The Florida Bar Foundation.
She is Florida Bar certified in marital and family law, a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and the International Academy of Family Lawyers and is certified in family law by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. She is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell and has been designated a top lawyer by numerous organizations and publications.
She and husband Jimmy Morales, city manager of Miami Beach, met at Miami Beach Senior High School and are approaching their 30th anniversary. They have two children.