Area of Practice
Marital & Family Law
University of Southern California, 1993
J.D. Univ. of Miami School of Law, 1999
Benjamin Older is a founding partner of Older Lundy Alvarez & Koch
A founding partner at Older Lundy Alvarez & Koch, Attorneys at Law, Benjamin Older focuses his practice exclusively on family law matters, as he has done for most of his legal career. He is located in the firm’s offices in Tampa, Florida, and while he has represented clients all over Florida, he primarily represents clients throughout Hillsborough, Pinellas and Dade counties.
Mr. Older attended the University of Southern California as an undergraduate, where he studied communications and psychology and received a Bachelor of Arts in 1993. After he graduated USC he spent some years traveling in Europe and Latin America (where he worked as a musician, taught English and became fluent in Spanish). When he returned home to the U.S., he attended the University of Miami School of Law and in 2002 began his law practice in Florida.
As a family law attorney, Mr. Older’s core practice is in divorce, paternity and domestic violence cases. However, these types of cases give rise to many complex and challenging issues involving timesharing (formerly called “custody”), alimony, child support, and division of assets. While many of Mr. Older’s cases are straightforward, many involve complex issues regarding financial calculations, hidden assets, business valuations, income reporting, child abuse, psychological evaluations drug and/or alcohol issues. Mr. Older and his team have built a firm that is uniquely suited to handle all of these issues, big or small, complex or simple.
Additionally, Mr. Older practices in the area of collaborative divorce law, and he is thus able to help many clients resolve their case through the use of this or other methods of alternative dispute resolution. However, when settlement negotiations have broken down, he is a skilled and forceful advocate on their behalf in the courtroom. A holder of a “Superb” peer-review rating through Avvo, Mr. Older is an active participant in numerous legal and community organizations.
Since 2003, Benjamin has practiced exclusively in the area of marital and family law. While Ben has spent thousands of hours in the courtroom, his experience has taught him that litigation is not always necessary. He has therefore dedicated a portion of his practice to the cutting edge area of Collaborative Divorce. Benjamin is known for his ability to help clients attempt first to reach a private and amicable resolution of their family law matters, before their cases escalate into costly and emotionally damaging litigation. Even still, he recognizes that some cases require all of the resources, experience, and tenacity that he and the firm offer in a contentious litigation and he attacks those cases with relentless hard work and attention to detail. Benjamin’s approach to the delicate issues that arise in his practice is to remain empathetic and understanding toward each individual client, and to never lose sight of his oath to zealously represent his clients’ best interests.
Benjamin completed a three-year term on the Florida Bar Grievance Committee, Section 13F, and served as Chairman for two of those years. He is member of the Hillsborough County Bar Association as well as the Hillsborough County Family Law Section. He has served as the Community Outreach Chair on the Family Law Executive Counsel. He has served on the Hillsborough County Family Law Bench Bar Committee, and has served as an elected member of the Hillsborough County Family Law Executive Counsel. He was one of the first lawyers in the Tampa Bay area to be trained in Collaborative Divorce. Benjamin has authored and co-authored numerous articles featured in Lawyer Magazine.
In addition to his professional pursuits, Benjamin is also an active Member of the Tampa community. His charitable interests include past service on the Board of Directors of the Child Abuse Counsel (now Champions For Children), as well past service on the Board of Directors for the Health Care Connection Foundation. Benjamin also served for five years on the Board of Directors of the National Council on Addiction of Drug Dependence. He also donates his time for charity by performing music for local events and various causes. Benjamin has been featured in Tampa Bay Illustrated Magazine, Cultural Affairs Magazine, and SOHO Magazine for his philanthropic and professional endeavors and has been invited to speak on numerous panels related to his law practice and his charitable activities. Benjamin has appeared numerous times on network news broadcasts to commentate on issues related to his field. Benjamin was recognized in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 as a “Super Lawyer.” On AVVO, Benjamin has a perfect 10 rating as well as virtually all perfect 5 star client reviews and is a recipient of the client’s choice award.
When he is not practicing law, Benjamin enjoys spending time with his daughter and playing music both professionally and for charitable pursuits.