Linda Carley

Senior Attorney, Owner

Experienced, wise, and compassionate.  After thirty plus years of being a circuit court judge and an attorney, Linda is not your ordinary attorney. She uses common sense and practical advice for you to resolve legal problems quickly, saving relationships, money and time.

Her law practice caters to individuals with legal issues related to life transitions and caters to individuals who understand how important it is resolve legal issues that threaten the security of their  family, home, and business. Her knowledge and experience from serving as both judge and attorney gives her a unique perspective that enables her to project the end result and frame issues from early on.  This alleviates time and emotional and financial toil that legal issues create for people when they are in the midst of turmoil such as divorce, illness, or when they are facing an age or family related legal issue.

Linda graduated from Florida State University with a degree in Mass Communications and Political Science.  She attended Stetson Law school and was on Law Review She was recruited by one of Central Florida premier law firms, Gray, Harris, and Robinson in 1985 and worked in their Municipal Securities, Health Care and Employment law departments.  

In 1989, she was one of the first women in Central Florida to begin her own law practice.  

Over the next twenty years, she became a Board Certified Marital Law attorney, a Supreme Court appointed Mediator, a trained collaborative practitioner, and one of the most successful women attorneys in the Central Florida area.  She was elected Circuit Judge for the Eighteenth Judicial Circuit in 2010 and served on the family, civil, probate, juvenile and dependency benches.

Since that time, she has written two best selling books, Divorce Made Simple, The Ultimate Guide and a memoir, An Illusion of Normal.   

History & Expertise


Florida State University- Bachelor of Science- 1977- Mass Communications

Political Science Stetson Law School- Juris Doctor 1985

Professional Legal Experience

Attorney and Owner of Carley Law LLC- 2018

Circuit court Judge- Eighteenth Judicial Circuit- 2011-2015

Attorney and Owner of Law Office of Linda Schoonover- 1989-2010

Certifications, Publications, and Notables

Stetson Law Review- 1984

Supreme Court Certified Mediator (Civil, Family, Apellate) 1994-2015

Board Certified Martial and Family Law Attorney- 1994-2010

An Illusion of Normal, A Child’s survival in a home tormented by Mental Illness, (Published December 2016) Rocky Road Publish;

Divorce Made Simple, the Ultimate Guide by a Former Family Judge– (Published May 2017, Rocky Road Publishing)

Reaching Hearts Changing Lives Podcast 2018

Community Service and Awards

Rotary Club- Paul Harris Award- 2005

Leadership Seminole- Class 18 Speaker- 2009

Central Florida Red Cross- Disaster Relief Coordinator for Seminole County

Seminole Cultural Arts Council- Board of Directors 2007-2009

Sharing Center- Board of Directors- 2009

Lake Mary Toastmasters President- 2012

Seminole County Legal Aid Society Board of Directors- 2007-2009

Seminole County Bar Association Board of Directors- 2010


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