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307 S. Magnolia Ave, Tampa, FL
With more than 60 years of legal experience, Attorneys Caroline Black Sikorske, Jennifer Ficarrotta, Alex Caballero & Sarah Kay at SESSUMS BLACK CABALLERO & FICARROTTA practice family law, emphasizing mediation and the collaborative divorce process. They believe that while mediation and collaborative law are different models, both embrace the principle that sensitive family matters are best resolved when the parties commit to a private, non-adversarial process for resolution. They also serve as review counsel for clients who are in mediation and are trained in collaborative divorce law.
All four are qualified to mediate complex custody and divorce issues, including cases involving domestic abuse. They also represent adults and children in family litigation cases. Whether acting as mediator, collaborative lawyer or litigation advocate, they have helped numerous clients and families constructively move their lives forward, tailoring the approach and result to the needs and concerns of each individual or, as appropriate, for the family as a whole.
Carrollwood, N. Tampa Brandon, etc.
Tampa’s husband & wife team Mike and Claire Hancock at HANCOCK INJURY ATTORNEYS represent persons and families who have suffered injuries due to the carelessness and negligence of others. Mike Hancock meets individually with every single potential client at a free-of-charge consultation, to hear directly from them about their case. He makes sure clients know that he is available to them anytime they want to speak throughout their case. Mike & Claire state, “We know our clients on a first name basis - and our clients know us.”
From your first phone call with Hancock Injury Attorneys to discuss your personal injury or car accident claim, to your last meeting picking up your settlement check, you will come to agree that Mike & Claire Hancock will always do what is best for you. Your satisfaction at every step of the process is their number one priority. Areas of experience include auto accidents, wrongful death, slip & fall, premises liability, truck accidents, and any other injury cases. For your convenience, they offer three locations in Tampa, with Carrollwood being the primary office location.
2130 W. Brandon Blvd, #100, Brandon, FL
TANYA P. O’CONNOR, Managing Attorney of BRANDON LAW, takes a personalized approach to law. Previously a licensed RN, she brings principles of patient-centered care to client advocacy, such as being respectful, responsive and anticipating client needs. Attorney O’Connor is a solution-oriented advocate, skilled in interest-based negotiating which ensures the clients’ goals/objectives are comprehensively treated. Attorney O’Connor practices “Collaborative Law”, a peaceful alternative to the adversarial process of conventional litigation.
During the Collaborative Process, couples end their marriage outside of court by working with a team of professionals to resolve relevant issues, to include: custody/visitation; allocation/division of assets and debt; household budgeting; tax planning; and retirement saving. Collaborative proceedings are mutually respectful, protect client privacy, and designed to preserve the dignity and integrity of the family. As compared with traditional litigation, the Collaborative Process has proven to be more cost-effective and less emotionally damaging. If you would like to dissolve your marriage outside of court without costly, protracted litigation, call Brandon Law. Other practice areas include Personal Injury, Estate Planning, Probate and Appellate Advocacy.
3839 W. Kennedy Blvd, Tampa, FL
Collaborative law is a non-adversarial private process in which each party is represented by an attorney and a combination of other professionals as needed. Attorney Joryn Jenkins at OPEN PALM LAW has advanced training in collaborative law. She is quick to point out that the collaborative approach requires the parties and their attorneys agree to full disclosure in all dealings with each other.
They must sign an agreement providing that, so long as they engage in the collaborative process, they will not pursue any litigation in court.
Joryn knows that the collaborative process helps to bring resolution in often-contentious situations. It enables clients and their families to move beyond a separation or divorce without destroying their relationships along the way. Managing conflict & emotion throughout the collaborative process allows the parties to preserve relationships and marital assets, and to arrive at solutions that might not be able to be achieved through litigation.
1708 E. Columbus Dr, Tampa, FL
Founded in 1998 in Tampa, DESIGN STYLES ARCHITECTURE (DSA) is a full-service architecture & interior design firm specializing in residential, commercial and educational projects. Their projects are extremely diverse in terms of project type and scale. The team is a group of experienced architects, designers, draftsmen & visualization specialists who possess an extraordinary depth of expertise.
Passionately committed to a holistic design process incorporating time tested design principles, continuously evolving design theories, environmental sustainable practices and the latest technologies available, they continually strive to make their work responsive to the needs of their clients while enriching the lives of the people and communities they serve. To ensure continuity of approach, consistently high quality, and continued development of innovative design, extensive research, design, and technical specialists support project teams.
612 W. Bay St, Tampa, FL
Aggressive pursuit of consumer rights is what Attorneys Gus M. Centrone & Brian L. Shrader at CENTRONE & SHRADER, PLLC provide with skill and speed. Most consumers think nothing can be done about harassing debt collection, even after they go through bankruptcy. Some think they have no defenses or are intimidated by the court system.
Centrone & Shrader’s main focus is on fighting for consumers who are being harassed by debt collectors, especially after those consumers have already been through the struggle of a bankruptcy. Unlike most attorneys, Centrone & Shrader has extensive experience as plaintiff’s counsel on claims under Florida & Federal consumer protection laws. They have taken these matters all the way through summary judgment, trial & appeal, so they are familiar with the difference between good cases and bad cases. They also pursue class actions against large financial institutions to help as many people as possible. Other areas of practice include criminal defense and commercial litigation.
3630 W. Kennedy Blvd, Tampa, FL
ATTORNEY JENNIFER D’ANGELO states that when it comes to the major life change of divorce, it is critical to seek answers early and become familiar with your legal rights & obligations. Even if you think you may be divorcing or are encountering difficulties with a paramour with whom you have children in common, Attorney D’Angelo states that you should talk to an attorney who is well-versed in family law matters. She always has you, your children, and your future in mind and how best to advise and litigate for you.
Attorney D’Angelo has 19 years of legal experience, strength and hope to offer her clients. Initially, she makes an effort to stabilize her client’s emotional and financial situation. This may require obtaining court orders concerning child custody and spousal & child support. Many times, these issues can be resolved amicably, and a separation agreement can be negotiated. Her other areas of practice include criminal defense & personal injury law.
At HARRIS & HUNT, PA, Attorneys Nancy Harris, Joseph Hunt, Katherine Scott, and Martin Deptula practice exclusively in the area of marital and family law providing representation to clients throughout the Tampa, St. Petersburg and surrounding areas. As collaborative & litigation family law attorneys, they facilitate a holistic and amicable approach to divorce when possible. The firm’s goal is to protect the client’s most important aspects of their life: their financial security, their children (including their parenting relationships) and their future.
Each Attorney has experience and training in traditional litigation as well as collaborative divorce – a non-adversarial process where parties work as a team with trained professionals to respectfully and privately resolve the issues of their divorce out of the courtroom. The collaborative team is dedicated to reaching a settlement that considers the values and goals of both parties.
2913 Busch Lake Blvd, Tampa 33614
RECHEL & ASSOCIATES, PA is a Tampa Bay family law firm established in 1992. Having just celebrated the firm’s 25th anniversary, attorney Theodore J. Rechel and associate attorneys, Jennifer L. Todd and Sheldon D. McMullen have provided personalized service and skilled representation to thousands of clients in family law matters throughout Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas Counties.
The firm has extensive experience handling a full range of family law issues, including divorce, collaborative divorce, parenting plans and timesharing, child support, alimony, equitable distribution, domestic violence, paternity, relocation, modification, enforcement, and family law appeals. The firm utilizes both traditional and collaborative methods of resolution, including negotiation, mediation and if necessary, litigation. The attorneys and staff take great pride in guiding clients in the transition from their old lives to their new ones, always understanding that everyone’s situation is unique. The firm’s ultimate goal is to provide the best possible service in a cost-effective manner to achieve a fair and equitable result, consistent with their clients’ goals and the best interests of their client’s children.
ATTORNEY MICHAEL BLICKENSDERFER is a former U.S. Marine whose strong Christian values serve as the foundation for his legal practice. Michael Blickensderfer provides his clients with outstanding legal strategies that stem from his extensive background and expertise in the industry, including cases involving personal injury, real estate, bankruptcy, DUI/traffic and immigration matters. For your initial consultation, there is no charge.
Throughout his career that has spanned over 30 years, Mr. Blickensderfer has handled a broad range of legal matters. His time spent practicing as an attorney for personal injury, criminal law, and serving as a public defender has made him an efficient, well-rounded legal professional. Mr. Blickensderfer serves as a private defense attorney who works with clients in both a courtroom and civil setting. Above all else, Michael Blickensderfer strives to ensure a fair and just outcome for those he represents.
For centuries hypnosis has been used world-wide as an effective tool for eliminating habits, relieving anxiety, and stress management. Hypnosis uses deep relaxation to reach your subconscious mind and establish focused attention for heightened suggestibility. Whether you are struggling with weight management, smoking or career performance, LEA DAVIS, CERTIFIED HYPNOTIST, can guide you to success. Davis is a certified hypnotist (CH) and is a member of the National Guild of Hypnotists, the American Hypnosis Association, and many other organizations.
It is her passion to assist clients in reaching their goals. Fertility support and reducing fears & phobias are just a few more of the limitless benefits. Your subconscious mind is always with you… learn how to actively employ its power and your imagination in healing and growing. Call or email (LeaDavisHypnosis@gmail.com) for a complimentary consultation and find out how Hypnosis can work for you.
PROACTIVE RESOURCES DESIGN, INC. is a full-service marketing agency offering turnkey marketing & advertising strategy, PR support, graphic design, corporate identity, business development, event planning and Web planning & implementation.
PRD has helped many businesses sharpen their brand, refine their materials & present a strong consistent image. They offer affordable design services for websites, business cards, logos, stationery, brochures, print ads and e-blasts. Visit their website for a complete list of services, starting rates and portfolio of client work.
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• Habitat for Humanity
• Jackson Lewis, LLP
• Make a Wish Foundation
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• Yale University
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