MEET DENISE

Passionate about the Law and the Opportunity to Serve

Board Certified Marital and Family Law attorney serving the Miami-Dade community for 20 years 

Born and raised in Miami, Florida, Denise is the founding attorney of Martinez-Scanziani & Associates Law, a trial and appellate marital and family law firm in Miami. She is an AV Preeminent-rated attorney and a Board Certified Specialist in the area of Marital and Family Law. As a Board Certified Specialist, Denise has been designated a Marital and Family Law legal expert by the Florida Bar after being vetted for ethics, expertise, and experience and successfully passing a certification exam. She is one of only 33 Board Certified Marital and Family attorneys in Miami-Dade County and one of 273 in the entire state of Florida. She is also a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Law Mediator.

She received her Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude, from the University of Florida in 1996 and her Juris Doctor, cum laude, from the University of Florida Fredric G. Levin College of Law in 1999.

Shortly after graduating from law school, Denise took her passion for law and justice to the Legal Aid Service of Broward County where she worked as an attorney for the Senior Citizen Law Project, serving senior citizens during times of stress and difficulty. This experience led her to launch her practice, where she has served the Miami community over the past 20 years as a trial and appellate attorney, mediator, and Guardian ad Litem. Denise also believes in giving back to her community. She has volunteered as an attorney coach for public school mock trials, a judge for university moot court competitions, and presented as a guest lecturer on the topics of family law, domestic violence, and legal ethics and best practices.   

She is blessed to be married to her high school sweetheart, Paul Scanziani Esq., and is the proud mother of 3 beautiful children, Lucia, Luke, and Max. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, watching her sons play football, experiencing new places, and writing.

“Practicing law for the last 20 years has been my privilege. It would be my honor to serve the people of this great county on the judicial bench.”

Qualifications
  • Board Certified Specialist in Marital and Family Law

  • Over 20 years of experience as an attorney at the trial and appellate level

  • AV Preeminent-rated: Highest Possible Rating in Both Legal Ability & Ethical Standards

  • Over 700 trials and evidentiary hearings, over 50 appeals and over 100 mediated cases

  • Legal Elite (2017) by Florida Trend

  • Pro Bono Service Award (2015)

  • Member, Florida Bar Grievance Committee (2015-2018)

  • Family Law Inns of Court

  • Board Member, Miami-Dade County Commission Hispanic Affairs Advisory Board (2015-2016)

  • Lecturer for Nuts and Bolts of Family Law, “Family Law Appeals 101” (2018), “Equitable Distribution” (2015 and 2017)

  • Guest lecturer on Domestic Violence, Miami-Dade College (2016)

  • Panelist for Women in the Law at St. Thomas University College of Law, presented by Florida Association of Women Lawyers, Phi Alpha Delta and International Law Society (2015)

  • Speaker for Ethical Governance Day (2014)

  • Moderator for CLE, Division 46: Insider Tips to Child Support Enforcement (2014)

  • Keynote Speaker, Ethics and Best Practices, Miami-Dade Legal Support Association (2017)

  • Justice for All Citizenship Drive (2016)

  • Florida New Americans Citizenship Drive (2016)

  • Attorney Coach for Miami-Dade County Public Schools Mock Trials (2014-2019)

  • Volunteer Judge for Teen Court through the Miami-Dade Economic Advocacy Trust (2016-2018)

  • Volunteer Judge for Florida International University College of Law, Intramural Moot Court Competitions (2015)

  • Dade County Bar Association and Young Lawyers Section Bench and Bar, “Hot Topics in Family Law” (2019)

  • Participant, Feed My Starving Children (2017, 2018)

  • Volunteer Attorney, Legal Services of Greater Miami Divorce Clinic 

  • Member, Dade County Bar Association, Family Court Committee

  • Guest Lecturer on Domestic Violence, Miami-Dade College Family Law Class

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