West Palm Beach, Florida, USA downtown over the intracoastal waterway

Animal Law

Our office handles advocates for the interest of non-human animals and their guardians. Martin-Schwartz animal law creatively incorporates most traditional areas of the law – including tort, contract, criminal and constitutional law to advocate for the animals since they do not have legal rights. Examples of this intersection include:

  • Pet custody disputes in divorce or separations;
  • Veterinary malpractice cases;
  • Housing disputes involving “no pets” policies and discrimination laws;
  • Damages cases involving the wrongful death or injury to a companion animal;
  • Enforceable trusts for companions being adopted by states across the country;
  • Criminal law encompassing domestic violence and anti-cruelty laws;
  • Accommodation for people that rely on service animals and emotional support animals; and
  • Negligence in boarding kennels or groomers.

Animal Law is a relatively new but rapidly growing practice area. Substantive laws that protect animals are few, and establishing standing to enforce those laws can be difficult. We have the passion to protect your pets.

Client Reviews
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I offer the highest possible recommendation for Heather Martin. I can not say enough good things about her, she definitely exceeded my expectations. She was responsive to my questions and I never had to "wonder" what was happening with my case, she always kept me informed of the status. I would not hesitate to hire her again for any of my legal needs, she was a pleasure to work with during such a difficult time for my family. Thank you, Heather. David
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Hands down best decision i have ever made was hiring Heather! Trevail Trevail
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Heather is extremely professional, knowledgeable, and personable. I would highly recommend this attorney. Anamaria Taitt