With more than thirty years of experience as an attorney and judge, Linda Schoonover offers her expertise in the law to those who seek answers to some of today’s hardest legal questions and trends.
Judge Schoonover graduated from Stetson College of Law after receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree from Florida State University in Mass Communications and Political Science in 1977. Prior to attending law school, she worked as a writer/editor for a professional association in Altamonte Springs, Florida. A member of the Stetson’s Law Review, she worked as an associate with the law firm of Gray, Harris and Robinson between 1985 and 1989 in matters related to local government, municipal securities, employment, and health care. In 1989, she opened her own firm in Altamonte Springs, Florida. She soon acquired the experience and qualifications to become Board Certified in Family Law in 1994 and a Supreme Court appointed Mediator in 1994. She remained Board Certified in Marital and Family Law until 2010 and a Supreme-court appointed mediator until 2016.
For twenty years, as one of the first female family law attorneys in Central Florida with her own practice, she witnessed the court’s failure to be responsive to the needs of families and children and realized the need for courts to become more up to date and user friendly to attorneys and pro se litigants. Desiring to give back to the community and make a difference in the lives of those who found themselves caught in an unfriendly court system, she ran a primarily self funded judicial campaign. After introducing herself and her ideas for improving the court system to thousands of voters in Brevard and Seminole county, she received the most votes that had ever been cast in a judicial race in Florida’s Eighteenth Judicial Circuit.
Since leaving the bench, she has continued her crusade to help families and children caught in a system entangled with overpowering political agendas that threaten judicial independence and the values that were once he cornerstones for our country’s judicial system. As an adult survivor of childhood trauma, she understands the permanent damage that an uninformed and politically motivated legal system can have on children and families. Her book, An Illusion of Normal, is a memoir and case study of her own adverse childhood experiences and resilience.