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Meet Our Attorneys

  • Gerard Virga
    Gerard Virga Founder
    Gerard Virga

    Attorney Gerard Virga is the founder at The Virga Law Firm, P.A. He truly understands that dealing with family law issues can be one of the most stressful experiences that a person can face, which can create a great deal of anxiety. This is why we have devoted our practice to helping individuals who need help working towards an effective resolution for their family law case. When it comes to protecting the rights of my clients, Attorney Virga is relentless and steadfast, from start to finish. Read More

  • Michael Ray Goodson
    Michael Ray Goodson Attorney
    Michael Ray Goodson

    Michael Ray Goodson is a distinguished Attorney and Counselor at Law at The Virga Law Firm, P.A. An Orlando native, Michael studied Psychology and Music Performance at the University of Florida. He later studied Family Law and Criminal law at the University of Florida Levin College of Law. After graduation, Michael worked as an Assistant State Attorney in Panama City, where he was able to help victims and their families who were affected by crime. He later joined the team at The Virga Law Firm, P.A., where he now practices criminal defense and family law. Additionally, Michael is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Law Mediator. Read More

  • Christopher Melendez
    Christopher Melendez Attorney
    Christopher Melendez

    Christopher Melendez joined The Virga Law Firm in 2016. He brings years of conflict resolution skills he learned a business manager, superb legal writing and research ability, and previous experience in saving both homes and families in counties all over the state of Florida. Read More

  • Robert Boyette
    Robert Boyette Attorney
    Robert Boyette

    Robert Grew up in Memphis, Tennessee and is the oldest son to a Panama City Native. He spent his summers as a child vacationing with his parents and visiting relatives in Panama City Beach. He attended the University of Florida where he received his Bachelor’s degree. After receiving his Bachelor’s Robert attended Law School at Florida Coastal School of Law where he completed his Juris Doctorate in 2005. After Law School, Robert accepted a position with the Public Defender’s Office in Panama City where he worked to tirelessly defend people with no means to defend themselves. Robert began working at The Virga Law Firm in Spring of 2016. Read More

  • William J. “West” Ritchie
    William J. “West” Ritchie Attorney
    William J. “West” Ritchie

    William J. “West” Ritchie is a managing attorney for The Virga Law Firm’s Pensacola office. He is well-versed in storm and hurricane insurance claims, construction defect litigation, BP oil spill claims, and insurance defense litigation. Mr. Ritchie has represented clients in the Panhandle for the past 28 years. His current practice areas include Hurricane claims, Construction Defect Litigation, B.P. claims, and Insurance Defense Litigation. After Hurricane Michael devastated the Florida Panhandle in October 2018, he got right to work to hear the stories of claimants who needed to file homeowners’ insurance claims but did not know where to begin. Read More

  • Gerard Virga
    Gerard Virga Founder
  • Michael Ray Goodson
    Michael Ray Goodson Attorney
  • Christopher Melendez
    Christopher Melendez Attorney
  • Robert Boyette
    Robert Boyette Attorney
  • William J. “West” Ritchie
    William J. “West” Ritchie Attorney

Meet Our Team

Florida Family Law Divorce Attorneys

Our team of Florida family law attorneys holds first-hand experience from working with clients all throughout the State of Florida. With over 80 years of combined legal knowledge, we use a methodical determined approach in helping clients met their litigation goals. Our legal history has helped us develop an accomplished proficiency within the field of family law.

How Our Florida Family Law Lawyers Defend Your Interests

At The Virga Law Firm, we know you need determined representation and empathetic understanding. Family law requires consistent methodology for success; clients require compassionate representatives that understand their point of view. We excel at both with accessible and seasoned attorneys defining our practice, which is why you should choose us.

Zealous and Sympathetic

Our group understands the importance of fully committed litigation. We will pursue your legal objectives with ardent consistency. Our passion encompasses every step of our client’s representation. Often, family law disputes cause emotional and stressful turmoil. Our firm knows the importance of listening to our clients and believing in them. Many of our attorneys have personal experience with the difficulties a family law case cause in one’s life.

Our clients expect open easy communication and a compassionate advocate. We bring both to every aspect of the legal process.

Accomplished and Skilled

Our firm of Florida family law attorneys bring statewide experience and true expertise to your representation. An extensive legal background reinforces the talented team of professionals ready to advocate your case. Through cooperation with experts in other fields, we develop a case that best portrays the importance of your objectives. Let our team of well-seasoned family law attorneys defend your legal interests.

Open and Easy Communication

While passionate professionalism remains important, it doesn’t occur without effective communication. The personal and confidential understanding reached between clients and advocates relies on a clear and open exchange of information. The Virga Law Firm ensures this understanding in order to best represent our clients’ needs. We make attorney-client conferences available within 24 hours of a request. Additionally, our integration of modern software allows our clients communication directly via online message. We work to keep you connected in order to best maximize the development of your litigation strategy.

Our Florida family law attorneys are passionate and engaging. By combining determination, effective communication, and extensive knowledge, we stand ready to help you achieve your legal goals.

Trial-Tested Lawyers

Our attorneys hold over 80 years of combined legal experience and love helping people. Through practical courtroom application, we are prepared to put forth a strategy that effectively represents your litigation goals. Members of our team have been recognized by professional associations for their outstanding ability and achievement. Allow our experience and professionalism to defend your legal rights.

Should you or your family need a trial-tested Florida family lawyer, call our office today for a consultation.

What Our Clients Say

Mother and Daughter
  • “Mr. Virga not only accepted me as a client, but he took my case to heart.”

    A Litigation Client

  • “Gerard is a brilliant attorney and he's the one you want on your side! ”

    Rusty Shepard, Criminal Defense Attorney

  • “Gerard is smarter than 95% of people I know, including lawyers. ”

    Adam Ellis, Litigation Lawyer

  • “Mr. Virga treated me with professionalism and fought my case well!”

    A Divorce Client

  • “It was a blessing for me to have Gerard on my side during the divorce!”

    Visi, A Divorce Client

  • “The clients I refer to Mr. Virga are always satisfied with and complimentary of his services.”

    Joseph Turner, Criminal Defense Attorney

  • Top 10 Family Law Law Firm
  • Attorney Top 40 Under 40
  • Best of Bay
  • The National Advocates
  • Super Lawyers Rising Star
  • Lawyers of Distinction 2018
  • The National Trial Lawyers | Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • Avvo Rating 10.0 Superb
  • The National Trial Lawyers | Top 100 Lawyers
  • 10 Best by American Institute of Family Law Attorneys | 2016

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