Lacy Nava is a Florida native. She was born and raised in Volusia County and moved to Orlando in 2011. Lacy earned her engineering Bachelor’s of Science from the University of Central Florida in summer of 2011. Two weeks later she was in law school, attending Barry University School of Law and St. Thomas School of Law (Spain summer of 2012), earning her Juris Doctorate from Barry University School of Law in the summer of 2014.
While in law school, Lacy was the legal research assistant for two law school professors, an active member of Barry’s well respected trial advocacy team, president of a law school extra-curricular chapter and a legal intern for a local law firm. After law school, pending bar results, Lacy began her legal career in the mental health division at the Public Defender’s office Ninth Judicial Circuit, and was often the direct point of contact for institutionalized defendants found not guilty by reason of insanity and defendant’s so mentally ill that they were not able to even stand trial. Lacy observed their mental health evaluations conducted by well known forensic physiatrists that would determine those telling the truth and those telling a tale.
Immediately after being sworn in, she began practicing family law and has gained significant and substantial experience since May 2015. The majority of her cases have been contested, but even when contested, she first seeks a settlement. Lacy finds that obtaining a full settlement agreement is ideal, but when the other spouse is unreasonable, she is ready to take it to trial.
Lacy’s engineering education shows when she is problem solving, setting goals and determining the most efficient and effective route to obtain results. She believes that every client is unique and therefore the outcome and route taken needs to be a good fit. To do that, she looks to the client. Trust is of the utmost importance to get the best result, so gaining her client’s trust from day one is a must to get them to their goal. Heading into a divorce is stressful for most people and she finds it is usually hard to make life-altering decisions under that high level of stress. Lacy says, “I need to hear their story, and when they trust me they can tell me that story.
Client’s initially call me to obtain a favorable outcome, of course, and this is something they should expect—but in the end, most of my clients are surprised to learn that a significant burden was lifted because they were able to trust, and speak openly with, their lawyer.”
In her free time, Lacy enjoys spending time with her husband, cooking (and getting Chinese take-out), music, reading and spending time outdoors with her family in New Smyrna.
- University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida, B.S.C.E., Civil Engineering, 2011
- Barry University – Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law, Orlando, Florida, J.D., 2014
- State Bar of Florida, Member (2015 through present)
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