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Specializing in Children, Divorce, Family Law, Wills, Trusts, Civil Litigation and more.



When life’s challenges need expert guidance and personalized solutions, you deserve an attorney who will fight for your goals and defend your interests. 

Peña & Associates was founded by Attorney Maria E. Peña-Hilzen as a statewide law firm that helps individuals throughout Florida mainly in the areas of family law, domestic violence, divorce, civil litigation, and personal injury.  Many of these cases are worked on a retainer basis or contingency fee. We also provide certain legal services at discounted flat rates in the areas of uncontested divorce and estate planning.

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Attorney Maria E. Peña-Hilzen, best known as Mary to her clients, has been practicing in Florida since 1993. She holds professional admissions in the Supreme Court of the State of Florida and the United States District Court – Southern District. Mary graduated with honors from Cornell School of Law, a prestigious Ivy League school located in Ithaca, New York. Her passion since her childhood was to become an attorney and advocate for people in need. 

Her practice primarily consists of family law including domestic violence in both the civil and criminal realm. She is a firm believer in equal representation of all people from all walks of life with a profound desire to support the underrepresented LGBTA community who deserve outstanding legal services for their family needs as much as any other community in need of services. 

Mary represents people in multiple issues including, without limitation, equitable distribution, spousal support, child support, paternity, time-sharing, adoption, termination of parental rights, and negotiations of marital agreements (both pre-nuptial and post-nuptial). 

From 1996 to 2006, Mary was the conflict attorney for the State Attorney’s Office handling cases of establishment of paternity, child support, and enforcement in any action the State Attorney’s Office had a conflict of interest. Although her practice has always had a primary focus on family law, throughout the years, she has gained experience in different areas. From 1995 to 2000, she handled insurance defense cases primarily in the State of Florida allowing her to expand her practice to offer personal injury law services. She has also pursued cases of commercial litigation and criminal actions.

Mary’s heart and compassion make her the truly remarkable counsel she is. In her legal journey, she has excelled in the Family Law practice area. Over the decades she has fought for single parents, restored children taken from their parents back to their rightful home, supported couples seeking divorces through peaceful separations, and over and over has proven to be one of the best in her profession. 

Over the years she has faced many personal tragedies, tragically losing a sibling early on in her career, and yet having had so much loss she never let a client's case fall by the wayside. There is a fire that burns through her for justice and equity, and that fire is ignited every day by the many brokenhearted people that come to her office seeking an ethical and transparent lawyer. 

When she is not at the office meeting with a client, she is in the courtroom advocating for them, and outside of her career she is home with her husband and daughter in South Miami. With so many cruel and advantageous people in this world what is known for sure is that coming to Mary for legal services will bring you renewed faith in an otherwise fragmented justice system. Come, her doors are always open. 

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All consultations are confidential and the initial one is free of charge. Initial consultations are 30 minutes and are most commonly conducted by the attorney on the phone. Please contact our office today to schedule your consultation.


7480 BIRD ROAD, STE 510, MIAMI, FLORIDA 33155 


Tel:  305-263-3086

Fax: 305-263-3534


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