The Law Offices of Berkowitz & White recognize the overwhelming emotions involved in adoption. We provide individual and affordable legal services to adoptive parents, adoption agencies, and birth parents.
Elizabeth R. Berkowitz, Esquire is an attorney with an extensive and exclusive practice in the area of adoption law. Ms. Berkowitz is currently serving as the President of the Florida Adoption Council and has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2015. She is head of the Mentoring Committee for adoption professionals. She has also contributed to the changes made in the adoption law at the legislative level. Her memberships include the Palm Beach County Bar Association, Craig S. Barnard Inns of Court, Cuban Bar Association, Florida Association of Woman Lawyers and The Federalist Society. She is certified as a Guardian Ad Litem and as a Justice Teacher for the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit. She was admitted to the Federal Bar which allows her to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court. Ms. Berkowitz was honored in 2011 as Woman of the Year for the National Association of Professional Women. Ms. Berkowitz was awarded the Adoption Star award in 2019 by the Florida Adoption Council for her contribution to the advancement of adoption on a legislative and practitioner level.
Ms. Berkowitz provides representation to adoptive families in domestic private placement adoptions and practices in contested adoption and litigation cases. The practice of Berkowitz & White is dedicated to the adoption of children of all ages. She provides representation in step-parent and relative adoptions as well. Ms. Berkowitz also provides representation in state intervention cases where a birth parents’ rights have not been yet terminated by the state.
Ms. Berkowitz donates a high number of pro bono hours to assisting and representing birth parents that have not had their rights protected. She has been honored to be the keynote speaker at several hospitals, pregnancy clinics, health departments, and organizations.
Ms. Berkowitz prides herself on the community service that she provides to our community with her Family. She and her family created a soccer program for disabled children. She is also a NICU cuddler at St. Mary’s Hospital and a member of 100+ Women Who Care. She spends a large amount of time acting as a voice for children in the dependency system as a Guardian Ad litem.
Elizabeth is married and has two amazing sons that attend college. She loves watching her sons play soccer. She enjoys cooking her native Cuban food and spending as much time possible with her three little dachshunds.
Stephanie White is an attorney in Pensacola, Florida where she focuses on adoption and child related issues. Before moving to Pensacola and starting with Sansing, Stephanie was an attorney in Dallas, where she represented abused and neglected children as the courts decided adoption, placement, and parental rights matters. She also served as a supervising attorney for the Children’s Advocacy Legal Clinic at the SMU Dedman School of Law and as a contract research attorney for Texas Lawyers for Children. Before practicing child advocacy law, she was a commercial litigator with Winstead Sechrest & Minick.
She is very involved in the community. Stephanie was appointed by the Board of Governors as a trustee for the University of West Florida. She was recently appointed by Governor DeSantis to be on the Escambia Children’s Trust Board, where she holds the position of chair. She is also on the boards of several nonprofits including World Help, Student Leadership University, the Secret Place, and serves as President of the Board of the Northwest Florida YMCA.
Stephanie and her husband Frank have three boys – twins, Henry and Clayton, and Wesley, and a daughter, Kathryn. Stephanie and Frank teach Sunday School at First Baptist Church. She enjoys cooking, running, and spending time with her family and friends.