Albert Caruana

Albert G. Caruana is a seasoned trial lawyer with approximately 46 years of courtroom experience.  Mr. Caruana concentrates his practice in family law, including complex contested dissolution of marriage cases, paternity, domestic violence and custody issues.  Mr. Caruana joined Coffey Burlington after practicing at his own firm for nearly thirty years. Prior to starting his own firm, Mr. Caruana was a partner in the Miami office of Greenberg Traurig.  Mr. Caruana is actively involved in all strategy-related decisions, hearings and trials, and brings his unique personal and professional experience to each of his client’s cases.  He prides himself on understanding each client’s individual concerns, assessing problems, and finding solutions in mediation, by private settlement strategy, or, if necessary, in the courts.  Mr. Caruana believes it is important to the client’s goals to demonstrate a mastery of the requirements of the courtroom, and he brings years of proven experience to the client’s case.  He understands the importance of close communication with the client, and, consequently, he is there for the client to help navigate the sometimes tumultuous waters of divorce and family court. 

Representative Experience

  • Mr. Caruana’s clients include celebrities and spouses, persons of substantial wealth and spouses, captains of industry and business persons and spouses, professionals and spouses, and both citizens and non-citizen residents and spouses.

Awards and Recognition

  • Recognized by Best Lawyers as Lawyer of the Year 2018 for Family Law, Miami, Florida
  • Recognized by American Institute of Family Law Attorneys  as "10 Best Attorney" in 2018 for Family Law in Florida
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers as Lawyer of the Year 2015 for Family Law, Miami, Florida
  • Recognized by his peers in Nifeh and Smith’s Best Lawyers in America in Family Law for every year since 1995
  • AV rated by Martindale Hubbell
  • Voted Florida Legal Elite in Florida Trend magazine for every year since 2004
  • Voted Florida SuperLawyer for every year since 2006
  • Recognized as one of the Nation's Top One Percent of lawyers by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel.
  • Rated a 10byAvvo Rating, as a Top-Rated Family Lawyer
     AV Preeminent

Publications and Presentations

  • Annual Wealth Protection Conference, It’s 2004 Do you Know if Your Assets are Protected, The Florida Bar, 2004, Lecturer and Author: “Marriage Can Be Dangerous to Your Wealth – Prenuptial, Postnuptial and Comments on the Effectiveness of Asset Protection Planning in Martial Conflicts"
  • Lecturer at the University of Miami School of Law and as an Adjunct Instructor at Florida International University
  • Author: “Constitutional Right to a Speedy Trial,” 25 University of Miami Law Review 330 (1971)
  • “Enforcement of Property Awards,” Florida Family Law, Matthew Bender, July 1986
  • Co-Author: “Criminal Law and Procedure, 1969-1971 Florida Survey,” 26 University of Miami Law Review 289 (1971).

Representative Cases

  • Topic v. Topic, 221 So. 3d 746 (Fla. 3d DCA 2017)
  • Keeler v. Keeler, 66 So. 3d 1081 (Fla. 3d DCA 2011)
  • Palm Beach Newspapers v. Limbaugh, 967 So. 2d 219 (Fla. 3d DCA 2005)
  • Braswell v. Braswell, 881 So. 2d 1193 (Fla. 3d DCA 2004)
  • Braswell v. Braswell, 836 So. 2d 1061 (Fla. 3d DCA 2003)
  • Froman v. Kirkland, 851 So. 2d 779 (Fla. 4th DCA 2003)
  • Copies International v. All American Business Systems, 825 So. 2d 438 (Fla. 3d DCA 2002)
  • Martinez v. Martinez, 761 So. 2d 433 (Fla. 3d DCA 2000) (point on appeal later accepted by Supreme Court of Florida in Zold v. Zold, 911 So. 2d 1222 (Fla. 2005))
  • Froman v. Kirkland, 753 So. 2d 114 (Fla. 4th DCA 1999)
  • Froman v. Kirkland, 746 So. 2d 1120 (Fla. 4th DCA 1999)
  • DCA of Hialeah, Inc. v. Lago Grande One Condominium Association, Inc. 559 So. 2d 1178 (Fla. 3d DCA 1990)
  • M.M. and M.M. v. M.P.S. and B.S., 556 So. 2d 1140 (Fla. 3d DCA 1989)
  • Sorokwasz v. Kaiser, 549 So. 2d 1209 (Fla. 3d DCA 1989)
  • Hill v. Hill, 548 So. 2d 705 (Fla. 3d DCA 1989)
  • Belle Plaza Condominium Association, Inc. v. B.C.E. Development, Inc., 543 So. 2d 239 (Fla. 3d DCA 1989)
  • Gulfstream Park Racing Association, Inc. v. Gale, 540 So. 2d 196 (Fla. 3d DCA 1989)
  • Wunderlich v. Wunderlich, 527 So. 2d 954 (Fla. 3d DCA 1988)
  • Greenberg v. Greenberg, 506 So. 2d 1172 (Fla. 3d DCA 1987)
  • Inquiry Concerning a Judge, Judge J. Allison De Foor, III, 494 So. 2d 112 (Fla. 1986)
  • Greenwald v. Greenwald, 476 So. 2d 1172 (Fla. 3d DCA 1985)
  • Dauer v. Freed, 444 So. 2d 1012 (Fla. 3d DCA 1984)
  • Raines v. Palm Beach Leisureville Community Association, Inc., 413 So. 2d 30 (Fla. 1982)
  • S/D Enterprises, Inc. v. Chase Manhattan Bank, 374 So. 2d 1121 (Fla. 3d DCA 1979)
  • S/D Enterprises, Inc. v. Chase Manhattan Bank, 375 So. 2d 1109 (Fla. 3d DCA 1979)
  • Chase Manhattan Bank v. S/D Enterprises, Inc., 353 So. 2d 131 (Fla. 3d DCA 1977)
  • State Ex. Rel. Devlin v. Dickenson, 305 so. 2d 848 (Fla. 1st DCA 1974)
  • Bryant v. Small, 271 So. 2d 808 (Fla. 3d DCA 1973)

Professional and Community Involvement

  • President of the first Family Law, American Inns of Court Chapter 181 for 1996-1997
  • Member of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Nominating Commission from 1984-1988, served as Co-Chairman in 1987-88, and participated in the recommendation to the Governor of over 40 judicial appointments during his tenure
  • Member of the American Law Institute