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Odette Marie Bendeck

501 South Flagler Drive
Suite 450
West Palm Beach, FL 33401

Emory University 1982, B.A. with high honors in Political Science and second major in Philosophy

  • Pi Sigma Alpha
  • Phi Sigma Tau

Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 1985

  • Staff Member, American Criminal Law Review, Georgetown University Law Center, 1983-1985
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • The Florida Bar
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Middle and Southern Districts of Florida

Odette Bendeck received her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center and then went on to become the first female partner at Gunster, Yoakley, Criser & Stewart, P.L.  

Odette formed the firm with Jeff Fisher in 1996 and she brings over two decades of family law experience to her cases.

  • Partner, Gunster, Yoakley, Criser & Stewart, P.L. to 1994
  • Montgomery & Larmoyeux to 1996
  • Fisher, Bendeck & Potter, P.L. 1996 to present
  • Pereboom v. Pereboom, 959 So.2d 1205 (Fla. 4th DCA ): Obtained ruling that both parties should bear income taxes incurred during the divorce proceedings, when the wage earner's salary was utilized for family expenses. In addition, established that the client's accounting practice was a nonmarital asset, and that no part of its value should have been considered in distributing the assets. Net result was that the wife owed money to the husband rather than the husband owing money to the wife.
  • Phillips v. Phillips, 502 So.2d 2 (Fla. 4th DCA): Succeeded in reversing a contempt ruling against the client which would have allowed his former spouse to obtain a court order for his imprisonment based upon acts that might have occurred in the future, rather than based on his current alleged failure to abide by a court order.
  • McArthur v. Huff, 506 So.2d 481 (Fla. 4th DCA): On behalf of the wife on appeal, reversed the trial court concerning the manner in which jewelry should have been valued.
  • Sulman v. Sulman, 510 So.2d 908 (Fla. 4th DCA): Precedent-setting case in favor of the mother establishing that the father's obligation to provide "medical expenses" for a child encompassed reasonable and necessary expenses for psychological care.
  • Wenzel v. Wenzel, 512 So.2d 275 (Fla. 4th DCA): Reversed order for temporary alimony to be paid by the client based on the fact that the trial court awarded the wife an amount of alimony which exceeded the standard of living during the marriage.
  • Mettler v. Mettler, 569 So.2d 496 (Fla. 4th DCA): Precedent-setting case establishing that attorneys fees could be assessed against the mother for her "inequitable conduct which resulted in needless litigation and legal fees."
  • Mettler v. Mettler, 569 So.2d 496 (Fla. 4th DCA): Precedent-setting case establishing that attorneys fees could be assessed against the mother for her "inequitable conduct which resulted in needless litigation and legal fees."
  • Lickle v. Lickle, 606 So.2d 391 (Fla. 4th DCA): In the era prior to child support guidelines, obtained a ruling in favor of the father that he should not be obligated to pay 100% of the children's expenses when he was caring for the children 40% of the time.
  • Boswell v. Boswell, 877 So.2d 829 (Fla. 4th DCA): On behalf of the wife, established that the trial court should not have denied her request for temporary support without permitting a full hearing or without other proper basis.
  • American Bar Association
  • The Florida Bar
  • Grievance Committee, 1997-2000
  • Family Law Section Co-Secretary, 2007-2008, Continuing Legal Education
  • Commissioner, Hawkins Commission on Review of Discipline System, 2011-2012
  • Palm Beach County Bar Association
  • Board Certified Marital and Family Law Lawyer, Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education
  • AV Peer Review Rated
  • Listed, Florida Super Lawyers 2006-2014
  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating – AV Preeminent