Rebecca L. Palmer of Rebecca L. Palmer Law Group

How have organizations like CFAWL helped you to grow?
CFAWL has been impactful in my life and career. I have made life-long friendships both professionally and personally. I have served in many roles, including as the past President, which was very beneficial and gave me a platform to do more. In 2001, I served as the moderator for the gubernatorial debate and met many powerful women, including Janet Reno. The organization’s focus has always been on career, advancement, and balancing life. I met more women like me there and immediately felt comfortable the minute I joined.

When did you first join CFAWL – and why did you join?
I joined CFAWL in 1994 because I wanted to support women lawyers, give back to the Central Florida community, and advance my leadership and volunteer opportunities. I have served in many roles, including past President of the organization. I am proud to be a part of the organization and support it.

If you could go back in time, what advice would you offer yourself as a brand-new lawyer?
If you want a family and a career, you can have both! Learn early on about maximizing time and becoming efficient. Look for organizations that share your goals and surround yourself with like-minded people. Align yourself with other professional women and help each other out. The more you show up, contribute, and work together, the more you will achieve.

What is your favorite thing to do outside of work?
Family is incredibly important to me. My husband, David Cannella is a partner at Holland & Knight, and we both have heavy workdays, but we always make sure to be present in our children’s lives. We like to spend time together, playing sports, painting, traveling, and going to our beach condo with our family and pup Zoe. My husband and I are in a band called the Feeties, and we have played all over town to benefit local schools and the Alzheimer’s Association.

For our readers who might not be as familiar, what can you tell them about what you do?
We provide our clients with anything and everything relating to family law. We help our clients with divorce proceedings, child custody, mediation, and more. We work with men, women, neighbors, friends, and celebrities.

What is the unique difference between Rebecca L. Palmer Law Group and other family law firms?
We pride ourselves on educating our clients on the latest laws, options, and steps so they can make the best decisions. We also walk the walk with our clients. Often, we become friends after working together. I even officiated a wedding in Key West for a former client who I’m still in touch with today. We are passionate, prepared, and always fighting for the best outcomes for our clients.