Joryn, attorney and Open Palm Founder, began her own firm here in Tampa after a 14-year career in law, 2 of which she served as a professor of law at Stetson University. She is a recipient of the prestigious A. Sherman Christensen Award, an honor bestowed upon those who have provided exceptional leadership to The American Inns of Court Movement. For more information on Joryn’s professional experience, take a look at her resume.



I’ve known Brian and his wife, Patrice, far longer than I’ve known his cousin, my husband, Todd, despite that they live in Boca Raton and I reside in Tampa. I was dating a lawyer here in Tampa before I met Todd.

Being Social

Blake Coleman worked as my associate for three years straight out of law school. One day, out of the blue, he gave me notice, “I can’t do this anymore. I’ve got to try something new. It’s just too hard doing this work when you’re suffering through your own divorce!”

Poor Taste

No . . . this is not another COVID-19 blog about the symptoms of the virus. Everyone seems to be writing those. But I do seem to remember having a life before “The Pandemic.”


I was recently contacted by a collaborative lawyer in Australia. She is the Happy Family Lawyer, who is focused on collaborative practice and who is really making a difference Down Under. She was curious as to how my marketing program has impacted my practice.

Don’t Assume

When Megan first came to work for me as my legal assistant, it didn’t take long for her to run into Caroline Armin, our office housekeeper.


One of my college pre-law interns remarked, while I was in the kitchen making myself lunch today, “I was comparing our billables for this past month with the same month last year and I was so proud to see that we’re way up! Why do you think that is?”

Introduce Yourself

Growing up, anytime someone new moved into our neighborhood, my grandmother missioned herself over to their front door with a fresh peach cobbler in hand.

Decisions, Decisions, Decisions

Ted Talks is an abundant resource for advocates of the collaborative dispute resolution process. Set the app so that it offers you Talks that will be of particular interest to you.