What Enduring Love Looks Like

Attorney Alex Caballero Florida Supreme Court Qualified Arbitrator

2018 St. Joseph’s Hospitals Foundation Christmas In July Toy Drive

The Secret of Their Success: The One Thing Happy Couples Do

Florida Supreme Court renders Seminal Ruling on the Rights of Biological Fathers

Attorney Alex Caballero Certified as Matrimonial Law Arbitrator

Congratulations to Katie Tawzer on her high school graduation!

The Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta family congratulates Katie Tawzer, the daughter of Certified Paralegal Michele Tawzer on her high school graduation and wishes Katie the very best as she begins her studies at Florida State University this summer.  Way to go, Katie!

Administrative Assistant Nelva Aleman Anniversary

On June 20, 2018, Administrative Assistant Nelva Aleman celebrated 20 years of outstanding service at Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta.  Happy anniversary, Nelva!

Attorney Caroline Black Sikorske Named Top 10 Florida Attorney by Super Lawyers

Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta is thrilled to announce that Attorney Caroline Black Sikorske was named a Top 10 Florida Attorney by the Super Lawyers publication. Congratulations, Caroline!

Attorney Sarah E. Kay Receives 2018 Chair’s Award of Extraordinary Service

On June 13, 2018, outgoing Family Law Section Chair Nicole Goetz awarded Attorney Sarah E. Kay the Chair’s Award of Extraordinary Service.  The inscription reads “In recognition of your outstanding service, unwavering dedication and continued commitment to the section.”  Congratulations, Sarah!

  

 

SBCF Attorneys Recognized as 2018 SuperLawyers

Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta is thrilled to announce that four of its attorneys have not only earned a 2018 SuperLawyers designation but also are designated as “Top Rated Lawyers”!  This is the 9th consecutive year as a SuperLawyer for Attorneys Caroline Black Sikorske and Alex Caballero, the 7th consecutive year as a SuperLawyer or Rising Star for Attorney Jennifer A. Ficarrotta, and the 5th consecutive year as a Rising Star for Attorney Sarah E. Kay.  Congratulations to Caroline, Alex, Jennifer, and Sarah!

Attorney Alex Caballero Continues Term as Director of the Hillsborough County Bar Association

On June 7, 2018, Attorney Alex Caballero was sworn in to continue his term as a Director of the Hillsborough County Bar Association.  The HCBA is one of the largest voluntary bar associations in Florida with a membership close to 4,000 attorneys, judges and legal professionals.  Congratulations, Alex!

 

Attorney Alex Caballero Anniversary

On June 7, 2018, Attorney Alex Caballero celebrated 19 years of outstanding service with Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta.  Alex is Board Certified in Marital and Family Law, is a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, and is rated AV by Martindale Hubbell.  Happy anniversary, Alex!

Attorney Andrew D. Reder Expecting Second Child

The Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta family is thrilled to announce that Attorney Andrew D. Reder and his wife are expecting the birth of their second child in mid-November 2018.  Congratulations Andrew & Jessica!

Attorney Sarah Kay Recognized for 2017 Pro Bono Service

Attorney Sarah E. Kay was recently recognized by the Florida Supreme Court for her pro bono legal services in 2017.  Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Labarga wrote Sarah on behalf of the Court saying “We thank you for giving freely and unselfishly of your time and legal talent to represent the poor, the powerless, the defenseless, and the oppressed among us.  Your work helps to fulfill the promise of equal justice to all.”  Click on the link below to read the letter to Sarah from Justice Labarga.  Congratulations, Sarah!

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SBCF Sponsors Outback Bowl

Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta PA is proud to sponsor the Outback Bowl.  Over the years, the Bowl has contributed over $143 million to education, while creating an economic impact of over $1 billion to the Tampa Bay Area.

Click on the images below to see the sponsorship sign from the 2018 Pilot Bank Outback Bowl Summer Splash at the Saddlebrook Resort in Wesley Chapel which occurred the weekend of June 1, 2018 and a picture of Attorney Sterling Lovelady with his wife at the Summer Splash event.

  

To Love and to Envy

Human emotions play a large role in intimate relationships.  What happens when a romantic partner becomes envious of the other?  Click on the link below to read an article that explores the role of envy in romantic relationships.  The attorneys of Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta pride themselves on providing top-quality legal counsel and representation to clients whose romantic relationships have become irreparably damaged for any reason.

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Attorney Caroline Black Sikorske speaker at AAML Institute

Attorney Caroline Black Sikorske spoke on Pyscho-Social Issues Impacting Co-parenting and Case Management with Dr Deborah Day and Dr Jan Faust at the AAML Institute on Friday May 4, 2018 in Orlando. Caroline presented tips and techniques on how to manage clients with psychological or mental health issues that impair the attorney’s ability to communicate with and effectively advocate for their clients.  Caroline is a Fellow in the AAML and past president of the Florida Chapter.

Attorney Jennifer Ficarrotta appointed to continue serving on Certification Committee

Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta is pleased to announce that Attorney Jennifer Ficarrotta has been appointed to continue serving on The Florida Bar Marital and Family Law Certification Committee in the 2018-2019 bar cycle.  The Committee is responsible for reviewing applications to determine if applicants meet the requirement to become a Board Certified Attorney in Marital and Family Law and in writing and grading the examinations applicants are required to pass in order to become board certified.  The Committee consists of 9 members and meetings are held throughout the State of Florida. SBCF is proud of Jennifer’s dedication to promoting excellence in the legal profession.

 

 

Attorney Alex Caballero to Complete Term on Board Certification Committee

In June 2018, Attorney Alex Caballero will conclude his six year term on the Florida Bar Marital and Family Law Certification Committee, including a year as Chair.  The Committee is responsible for reviewing applications to determine if applicants meet the requirement to become a Board Certified Attorney in Marital and Family Law and in writing and grading the examinations applicants are required to pass in order to become board certified.  The Committee consists of 9 members and meetings are held throughout the State of Florida.  Congratulations, Alex!

Attorney Alex Caballero Appointed to The Florida Bar Professional Ethics Committee

On April 18, 2018, Florida Bar President Michelle R. Suskauer appointed Attorney Alex Caballero to the Professional Ethics Committee beginning July 1, 2018. The Professional Ethics committee is charged with the duty of answering ethics inquiries from members of the Bar concerning the inquirer’s own proposed conduct. The committee reviews informal advisory opinions issued by Florida Bar ethics department attorneys. Additionally, the committee publishes formal advisory opinions to guide bar members in interpreting and applying the ethics rules. A formal opinion is published in accordance with Board of Governors approved procedures as a proposed advisory opinion to which Bar members may submit comments.  Congratulations, Alex!

A Divorce Lawyer’s Tips on Staying Together

Staying married can be a challenge.  Click on the link below to read an interview with a divorce lawyer who provides suggestions on how to make a marriage last.  The attorneys of Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta take pride in providing high quality legal counseling and representation for clients with all types of family law issues.

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Remarriage after Half-Century of Divorce

Time can heal wounds and cultivate wisdom.  Click on the link below to read an article about a couple who, after a half-century has passed since their divorce, are heading back down the aisle to marry each other and their suggestions on how to make marriages last.  The attorneys of Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta are skilled in representing clients in all areas of marital and family law including premarital agreements and dissolutions of marriage.

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Caroline Black Sikorske Voted #1 Family Law Attorney by Tampa Magazine

Caroline Black Sikorske was voted #1 Family Law Attorney by Tampa Magazine! Voted #1 by her peers, Caroline Black Sikorske was selected to achieve this high honor. We are proud of Caroline and her excellent skills in representing her clients.

Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta Sponsors Annual Easter Seals Fundraiser

Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta was proud to be a Silver Sponsor for the annual Easter Seals “A Pair to Remember” fundraiser and charity auction on Friday, March 23, 2018. Easter Seals provides exceptional services, education and outreach and advocacy so that people living with autism and other disabilities can live, learn, work and play in our community. SBCF is honored to support this valuable community organization.

 

Attorney Caroline Black Sikorske Presenting at AAML 40th Annual Institute

Caroline Black Sikorske is honored to be selected to present at the AAML 40th Annual Institute in Orlando, FL on May 4, 2018. Caroline will be speaking on “Psycho-Social Issues as They Impact Co-Parenting and Attorney Case Management.” Her co-presenters include two nationally recognized experts in the field of Psychology, Dr. Debra Day, Psy.D., and Dr. Jan Faust, Ph.D.

Caroline Black Sikorske at the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce’s Competitive Edge Series

Caroline Black Sikorske participated as a panelist in the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce’s Competitive Edge Series. The March edition of the Series featured leaders of the 2017 Small Business of the Year winners. The panelists shared experiences regarding their businesses, challenges, keys to success and their insight regarding the Small Business of the Year application and evaluation process. Caroline shared that SBCF’s biggest asset is its people, a dedicated group of caring professionals who represent the Firm’s core values.

SBCF Big Kahuna Sponsor of HCBA Judicial Pig Roast and 5k Pro Bono River Run

Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta is proud to be a Big Kahuna sponsor for the Hillsborough County Bar Association’s 15th Annual Judicial Pig Roast and 10th Annual 5k Pro Bono River Run to be held on March 3, 2018.  This is a family-friendly event benefiting Bay Area Legal Services and encouraging attorney pledges of pro bono legal services.  Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta is proud to sponsor the Hillsborough County Bar Association and its efforts to enhance the local community.

Attorney Sarah E. Kay Panel Speaker for Family Law Board Certification Exam Tips & Nibbles presentation

On January 24, 2018, Attorney Sarah E. Kay was a panel speaker for the Marital & Family Law Board Certification Exam Tips & Nibbles presentation which was part of the annual Family Law Section and AAML Certification Review Course in Orlando.  Sarah became Board Certified in Marital & Family Law by The Florida Bar on June 1, 2017.  Congratulations, Sarah!

 

Pirate Invasion at SBCF

Batten down the hatches, Mateys! Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta PA was invaded by pirates from YMKG on January 23, 2018!

Receptionist Karina Batista Anniversary

On January 22, 2018, Receptionist Karina Batista celebrated 11 years of excellent service at Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta.  Congratulations, Karina!

Dear Mom & Dad: Voice of the Child of Divorce

Transitioning out of a relationship can be difficult not only for the couple, but also for their children. Click on the link below to see a video providing insight from one child of his parents’ divorce and how it affected him. The attorneys of Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta pride themselves on providing personal service to assist clients and their children during all types of family transitions.

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Digital Spying and Divorce in the Smartphone Age

With the advances of technology, changes in how people use technology and, consequently, changes in evidence in court cases. Click on the links below to read an article about how technology is being used by divorcing or separated couples and an article about what to do if spyware comes up in your relationship. The attorneys of Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta provide high quality legal services by staying abreast of changes in the law and technology which may affect their clients or cases.

Digital Spying and Divorce in the Smartphone Age

What to do if Spyware Comes Up In Your Relationship

App Available to Assist pro se litigants in Florida Family Law Cases

Navigating Florida’s court system without the guidance of a qualified Florida Family Law Attorney can be daunting.  The Florida Commission on Access to Civil Justice has created a Florida Courts Help App for pro se litigants which, among other things, allows users to complete Florida Supreme Court-approved family law forms, provides links and contact information to help centers for pro se litigants throughout Florida, and has user-friendly instructions on family law procedures in Florida courts.  The App is available at the Apple Store, Google Play, and Amazon App store.  Click on the link below to read an article from The Florida Bar News about the App.  The attorneys of Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta pride themselves on providing superior, personal service to assist their clients in helping them reach their goals by providing high quality legal services.

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Happy Holidays from SBCF

Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta will be closed for the holidays beginning 5:00 PM on December 21, 2017 and will re-open at 8:30 AM on January 2, 2018. We wish everyone a safe and joy-filled holiday season!

Attorney Sarah E. Kay Panelist Speaker on the Mechanics of Board Certification

On November 30, 2017, Attorney Sarah E. Kay was a panel speaker during a Florida Bar Family Law Section CLE titled “The Mechanics of Board Certification”.  Sarah earned her Board Certification in Marital and Family Law in 2017.  Congratulations, Sarah!

Attorneys Caroline Black Sikorske, Alex Caballero, Jennifer Ficarrotta, and Sarah E. Kay 2017 Florida Trend Legal Elite

Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta are pleased to announce that Attorneys Caroline Black Sikorske, Alex Caballero, Jennifer Ficarrotta, and Sarah E. Kay were all listed in the 2017 edition of the Florida Trend Legal Elite for Marital and Family Law.  Congratulations!

Word Processor Mary Dougherty Anniversary

On November 17, 2017, Word Processor Mary Dougherty celebrated 31 years of top quality service with Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta. Congratulations, Mary!

Scheduling Assistant Camille Hood Joins SBCF

Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta is excited to welcome Camille Hood to the SBCF family as our new Scheduling Assistant. Camille joined the firm on November 13, 2017 bringing with her over six years of legal scheduling and administrative support experience. Welcome, Camille!

Caroline Black Sikorske, Esq. Presenter at the AAML National Meeting on Unique Valuation Issues

On November 10, 2017, Attorney Caroline Black Sikorske co-presented on Unique Valuation Issues at the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyerse (AAML) National Meeting in Chicago, IL.  Click on the links below to see pictures.  Congratulations, Caroline!

  

21st Annual HCBA Bench Bar Conference & Judicial Reception

Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta was a proud sponsor of the 12st Annual Hillsborough County Bar Association Bench-Bar Conference and Judicial Reception on October 25, 2017 titled “Perception is Reality: Identifying the Hidden Dangers of Bias in our Profession.” The attorneys of SBCF prioritize participating in and supporting events that promote excellence within the legal profession. Click on the links below to see pictures from the event.

 

 

 

Anniversary of Attorney Caroline Black Sikorske

On November 1, 2017, Managing Partner Caroline Black Sikorske celebrated 28 years of outstanding service with Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta.  Congratulations, Caroline!

SBCF Wins the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce 2017 Small Business of the Year Award for 5-20 Employees

With great pride and excitement, Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta announces that it has been named the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce 2017 Small Business of the Year Award in the 5-20 Employees Category.

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What makes families resilient?

It can be easier to thrive in good times, but how do families thrive when things are not going as planned?  Click on the link below to read about how some families not only bounce back from adversity but also grow from it.  The attorneys of Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta focus exclusively on marital and family law so they can help parents work towards resiliency during major family transitions.

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Paralegal Lorri L. Rowell Anniversary

On October 14, 2017, Paralegal Lorri L. Rowell will celebrate four years of top-quality service at Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta.  Lorri joined SBCF with over twenty years of experience in a wide range of legal fields with her most recent focus being family law.  Congratulations, Lorri!

Word Processor Lenore Hood Anniversary

On October 3, 2017, Word Processor Lenore Hood celebrated one year of top quality service with Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta!  Lenore was a legal secretary with the Hillsborough County State Attorney’s Office for six years prior to joining SBCF.  Congratulations, Lenore!

How to Co-Parent with a Narcissist

Raising children is a joy as well as a challenge.  Child-rearing challenges can be amplified when one or both of the parents face mental health issues; however, they are not insurmountable when adaptations and support mechanisms are in place. Click on the link below to read one psychologist’s suggestions on effective co-parenting with someone diagnosed with narcissistic personality disorder.  The attorneys of Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta are experienced in providing high quality legal services to clients facing all types of co-parenting challenges.

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Sterling Lovelady Passes Florida Bar Exam

Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta is thrilled to announce that Paralegal Sterling R. Lovelady passed the Florida Bar Exam!  He will join the firm as an attorney once he is sworn in.  Congratulations, Sterling!

Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta supports Tampa Police Department and its Breast Cancer Awareness campaign

Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta supports Tampa Police Department and its Breast Cancer Awareness campaign.  We encourage you to share your selfie using #TPDPink!

A Primer on Communicating Effectively with Your Attorney

An attorney-client relationship can be powerful provided the communication between them is effective.  Click on the link below to read an article with seven tips on how to successfully communicate with your attorney.  The attorneys of Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta pride themselves on maximizing communication with their clients to provide superior legal services and counseling.

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Certified Paralegal Michele C. Tawzer Anniversary

On September 13, 2017, Certified Paralegal Michele C. Tawzer celebrated 13 years of outstanding service with Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta.  Congratulations, Michele!

SBCF Re-Opened September 12, 2017

Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta is happy to report the firm and its employees fared Hurricane Irma well.  All of our employees are safe.  The Office reopened at 8:30 AM on Tuesday, September 12, 2017.  Our hearts and prayers are with all who continue to feel the effects of the storm.

Attorney Sarah E. Kay Presentation on Microsoft Office for the Legal Industry

On August 29, 2017, Attorney Sarah E. Kay presented at a continuing legal education seminar titled “Unleashing the Power of Microsoft and Adobe for Lawyers.”  Sarah spoke on the following topics:  MS Word: Legal Document Drafting and User Tips; MS Outlook: Compliant Client Communications and Scheduling; The Many Uses of Excel in Legal Practice; and MS PowerPoint for Courtroom and Client Presentations.  The attorneys of Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta leverage technology to provide the highest quality legal representation for their clients.

Paralegal Frank J. Steinbeck, Jr. Anniversary

On August 21, 2017, Paralegal Frank J. Steinbeck, Jr. celebrated five years of outstanding service with Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta.  Congratulations, Frank!

 

Attorney Sarah E. Kay Presentation on the New Family Law Rules

On August 17, 2017, Attorney Sarah E. Kay gave a presentation titled The New Family Law Rules Explained to the St. Petersburg Bar Association Family Law Section which discussed the new family law stand-alone rules, new collaborative law rules, and possible future changes to family law rules and laws.. Congratulations, Sarah!

Attorney Sarah E. Kay Anniversary

On August 7, 2017, Attorney Sarah E. Kay celebrated 11 years of outstanding service with Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta.  Sarah joined the firm in 2006 as a receptionist and served in several positions thereafter while attending law school.  In 2010, Sarah assumed her current position as attorney and has been providing top-quality marital and family law representation and counseling ever since.  Congratulations, Sarah!

 

At the End of Your Case: How to Save Time, Money, and Future Litigation

The entry of a final judgment in a case may give a sense of conclusion, but typically there is additional work to be done to wrap up loose ends.  Click on the link below to read an article with things you should consider as your divorce case comes to an end.  The Attorneys of Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta are experienced in providing high quality legal assistance in post-judgment matters.

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Attorney Jennifer Ficarrotta Anniversary

On July 20, 2017, Attorney Jennifer Ficarrotta celebrated six years of top-quality service at Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta.  Jennifer joined the firm in 2011 bringing with her almost a decade of experience in family law.  Congratulations, Jennifer!

Attorney Alex Caballero Selected to Chair the Judicial Nominating Commission for the 13th Judicial Circuit

Commencing August 1, 2017, Attorney Alex Caballero has been selected to Chair the Judicial Nomination Commission for the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit, in and for Hillsborough County, Florida. Alex has continuously served as a member of the Commission since August 2012. Alex is a former member and current Emeritus Member of the Florida Board of Bar Examiners, current member and Past Chair of the Florida Bar Marital and Family Law Board Certification Committee, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Hillsborough County Bar Association. Alex is a Shareholder with Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta practicing exclusively in marital and family law. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) and is Board Certified by the Florida Bar in marital and family law. Congratulations, Alex!

Nelva Aleman, Administrative Assistant Celebrates 19 Years!

On June 20, 2017, Administrative Assistant Nelva Aleman celebrated 19 years of top-quality service at Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta.  Congratulations Nelva!

 

Governor Rick Scott Signs Senate Bill 590 Into Law

On June 16, 2017, Governor Rick Scott signed into law Senate Bill 590 which changes aspects of administrative child support proceedings effective January 1, 2018. The changes include the creation of a Title IV-D Standard Parenting Time Plan. Click on the link below to read the full text of the SB 590. As part of their dedication to legal excellence, the attorneys of Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta remain informed about legislation which may affect their clients.

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Attorney Sarah E. Kay Receives Above & Beyond Award from Family Law Section

On June 21, 2017, Attorney Sarah E. Kay received the Above & Beyond Award from The Family Law Section of the Florida Bar.  The award reads “For exceeding all expectations with your tireless dedication and hard work during your service to the Family Law Section.  Congratulations, Sarah!

 

Attorney Alex Caballero Anniversary

On June 7, 2017, Attorney Alex Caballero celebrated 18 years of outstanding service at Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta. Congratulations, Alex!

Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta named Semi-Finalist for 2017 Small Business of the Year Award

Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta is honored to have been selected as a semi-finalist for the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce’s 2017 Small Business of the Year Award.  The Chamber is committed to supporting small business in our community.  Beyond the SBOY Award, which reflects a significant achievement, the selection process also provides a growth opportunity as organizations take a critical look at their business.

Video Available of AAML Facebook Live video on Alimony with Attorney Caroline Black Sikorske as Co-Presenter

Did you miss the May 25, 2017 AAML Facebook Live presentation on Alimony with Attorney Caroline Black Sikorske as a co-presenter?  Not to worry!  A video of the presentation is still available for viewing.  Click on the link below to watch.  The attorneys of Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta practice exclusively in the area of marital and family law to offer clients superior, personalized, and high-quality legal services.

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Attorney Sarah E. Kay Board Certified in Marital & Family Law

Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta announces with immense joy and pride that, effective June 1, 2017, Attorney Sarah E. Kay is Board Certified Specialist in Marital and Family Law through The Florida Bar.  Board certification recognizes Sarah’s special knowledge, skills, and proficiency in marital and family law as well as her professionalism and ethics in practice.  Congratulations, Sarah!

Attorney Sarah E. Kay Leadership Appointments in Family Law Section of Florida Bar

On May 26, 2017, the incoming Chair of the Family Law Section of The Florida Bar appointed Attorney Sarah E. Kay to serve in the following leadership positions within the Section: Chair of the Technology Committee, Co-Chair of the Continuing Legal Education Committee, and Member of the Ad Hoc Constitutional Revision, Equitable Distribution, Finance, and Legislation Committees. Congratulations, Sarah!

 

Attorney Caroline Black Sikorske Co-Presenting at AAML Seminar on Alimony

On May 25, 2017, Attorney Caroline Black Sikorske will be co-presenting at an American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers seminar on what alimony looks like in the modern era.  You can find out more about the event by clicking here.  The attorneys of Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta practice exclusively in the area of marital and family law to offer clients superior, personalized, and high-quality legal services.

Attorney Sarah E. Kay Earns AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale Hubbell

Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta is pleased to announce that Attorney Sarah E. Kay has been rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell.  The AV® Peer Review Rating serves as an objective indicator that a lawyer has demonstrated ethical standards and professional ability. This honor is a reflection of an attorney’s skill, experience, integrity, and overall professional excellence. By earning an AV Preeminent rating by Martindale Hubbell, an attorney is part of a select group of Tampa area lawyers recognized for their legal abilities and professional ethical standards.  Congratulations, Sarah!

Supreme Court Amends the Rules Regulating the Florida Bar to accommodate the Collaborative Law Process

On May 18, 2017, the Florida Supreme Court issued an opinion amending the Rules Regulating the Florida Bar effective July 1, 2017 to accommodate the collaborative law process.  Click on the link below to read the Florida Supreme Court opinion.  Collaborative law is an alternative dispute resolution process which normally costs less time, money, and stress and affords participants increased opportunities to creatively resolve their differences.  Click here to read more about collaborative law.  Although the attorneys of Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta continue to practice and are experienced in traditional litigation, they recognize the benefits, both financial and emotional, of not going to court.

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Attorney Sarah E. Kay Sworn In as President of Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers

Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta is thrilled to announce that, on May 17, 2017, Attorney Sarah E. Kay was sworn in as the 2017-2018 President of the Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers.  Congratulations, Sarah!

 

May 17, 2017 SBCF Attorneys at the Swearing In Ceremony of Attorney Sarah E. Kay, Esq. as 2017-2018 HAWL President

Attorneys Steve W. Sessums and Caroline Black Sikorske with HAWL Member Deb Werner, Esq. at HAWL luncheon May 17, 2017

Attorney Sarah E. Kay, Esq. 2017-2018 HAWL President with 2016-2017 HAWL President Caroline Johnson Levine, May 17, 2017

SBCF Welcomes Debi Branson Hensley as New Firm Administrator

On May 15, 2017, Debi Branson Hensley joined the Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta family as the new Firm Administrator.  Debi brings with her a wealth of knowledge and expertise from her thirty-plus years serving in various office leadership, management and administrative capacities in the Tampa legal community.  Welcome, Debi!

Retirement of Firm Administrator Bill Murphy

With both sadness and joy, Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta announces the retirement of its Firm Administrator Bill Murphy effective May 16, 2017. Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta wishes Bill happiness and relaxation as he embarks on his newest adventure. Congratulations, Bill!

Attorneys Caroline Black Sikorske, Alex Caballero, and Jennifer Ficarrotta Florida Super Lawyers in 2017 Publication

Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta is pleased to announce that Attorneys Caroline Black Sikorske, Alex Caballero, and Jennifer Ficarrotta are listed as Florida Super Lawyers in Family Law in the 2017 Super Lawyers publication.  Congratulations Caroline, Alex, and Jennifer!

Attorney Sarah E. Kay Florida Rising Star in Family Law in 2017 Super Lawyers Publication

Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta is pleased to announce that Attorney Sarah E. Kay is listed as a Florida Rising Star in Family Law in the 2017 Super Lawyers publication.  This is the 5th consecutive year that Sarah has earned this designation. Congratulations, Sarah!

Attorney Caroline Black Sikorske at the Annual Conference of the Diplomats of the American College of Family Trial Lawyers

Attorney Caroline Black Sikorske attended the Annual Conference of the Diplomats of the American College of Family Trial Lawyers in NYC the weekend of April 27, 2017.   The American College is a select group of the top family law trial lawyers from across the United States. Lawyers in the College are recognized for handling cutting edge issues of local and national importance in the family law arena.

Attorney Sarah E. Kay Tour Leader and Mock Trial Participant at HAWL Take Your Child to Work Day Courthouse Event

On April 27, 2017, Attorney Sarah E. Kay lead a courthouse tour and served as an attorney in a mock trial presentation as a part of the Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers (HAWL) annual Take Your Child to Work Day event.  Sarah will begin her term as President of HAWL on June 1, 2017.  The attorneys of Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta believe that a successful combination must include one’s education, legal practice, trial work, and public service.

Attorney Sarah E. Kay (back row far left) and the 2017 HAWL Take Your Child to Work Day mock trial cast

Attorney Sarah E. Kay recognized for her Pro Bono Work

At the 13th Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee Awards Ceremony on April 20, 2017, Attorney Sarah E. Kay was recognized with other attorneys who donated 100+ hours of pro bono legal service in 2016.   As part of the recognition, Sarah was presented with a gold lapel pin as well as a letter from the Supreme Court of Florida which thanked her for “giving freely and unselfishly of [her] time and legal talent to represent the poor, the powerless, the defenseless, and the oppressed among us.”  In the letter, Justice Labarga commented “Your work helps to fulfill the promise of equal justice for all.” Click on the link below to read the letter.  Congratulations, Sarah!

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Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta listed in Best of Tampa Bay 2017 in the Tampa Bay Tribune and tbt*

Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta is pleased to announce that it is listed in the “Best of Tampa Bay 2017 Profile Series” in the March 31, 2017 edition of the Tampa Bay Times and tbt* newspapers.  Click on the link below to see the profile.  Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta prides itself on providing personal and high quality legal services.

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Is the proposed Florida Alimony Reform legislation dead for 2017?

There is pending legislation to significantly modify Florida’s alimony laws in both the house and the senate.  However, it appears that both bills have died or are about to die in legislative committees.  Click on the links below to read an article summarizing the current status of each bill and also to read the contents of each bill.  The attorneys of Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta pride themselves on staying abreast of pending legislation which may affect their clients.

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Senate Bill 412

House Bill 283

Firm Administrator Bill Murphy 4th Anniversary

On February 28, 2017, Firm Administrator Bill Murphy celebrated four years of exemplary service at Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta.  Congratulations, Bill!

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As they Dig Deeper into Parenting, Fathers Seek Community, Support

Part-time or full-time stay-at-home parents can be any gender.  Since 1965, fathers have more than doubled their family-involvement and, as such, there is a growing community of stay-at-home dads seeking resources to make the most of their fatherly-role.  Click on the link below to read an article about the phenomenon.  The attorneys of Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta are experienced in representing clients fulfilling all types of parenting roles.

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Attorney Jennifer Ficarrotta appointed as Trustee of the Pinellas County Law Library

Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta is pleased to announce that Pinellas County Chief Judge Anthony Rondolino has appointed Attorney Jennifer Ficarrotta for another term on the Board of Trustees of the Pinellas County Law Library.  Congratulations Jennifer!

Paralegal Shannon Morlan 2nd Anniversary

On February 16, 2017, Paralegal Shannon Morlan celebrated two years of outstanding service with Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta!  Congratulations, Shannon!

Receptionist Karina Batista 10th Anniversary

On January 22, 2017, Receptionist Karina Batista celebrated a decade of outstanding service with Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta.  Happy anniversary, Karina!

PACE Center for Girls Contribution

During the Tampa Bay Paralegal Association (TBPA) Luncheon on January 12, 2017, Paralegal Frank Steinbeck won the 50/50 raffle to benefit PACE Center for Girls (PACE).  PACE provides girls and young women an opportunity for a better future through education, counseling, training and advocacy.  Frank chose to donate his portion back to PACE so they received 100% of the raffle proceeds. Below is a picture of Frank with Dana Steward Martinez Jones, President of the TBPA at the January luncheon.

Paralegal Frank Steinbeck

Attorney Sarah E. Kay included in 2017 Ten Best Florida Family Law Attorneys in Client Satisfaction

Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta is pleased to announce that Attorney Sarah E. Kay is listed as one of the 2017 listing of 10 Best Attorneys Florida Family Law Attorneys in Client Satisfaction by the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys.  Congratulations Sarah!

January 2017 TBPA Luncheon

On January 12, 2017, Paralegal Frank J. Steinbeck , as a regular part of his membership, attended the Tampa Bay Paralegal Association (TBPA) Luncheon which included a continuing education component titled “HIPAA: How does it apply outside of the Medical Institution?”.  The TBPA’s mission includes establishing the standard of excellence in the paralegal profession through its work on issues of regulation, ethics, and education.

Attorney Sarah E. Kay Featured in Executive Council Spotlight

Attorney Sarah E. Kay was featured in Executive Council Spotlight in the January 2017 edition of The Florida Bar Family Law Section’s e-newsletter FAMSEG. Click on the link below to read the Spotlight. Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta believes that a successful combination for an attorney includes public service and contributing to state and federal legislation through leadership in organizations such as the Family Law Section of the Florida Bar.

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SBCF Welcomes Back Founding Partner Stephen W. Sessums!

Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta is pleased to welcome Founding Partner Stephen W. Sessums back to the firm!  Steve’s dedication to excellence is evidenced by the leadership roles he has held in local, state, and national legal organizations and the numerous awards and recognitions those organizations have given him including the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers in 2006. Welcome home, Steve!

Stephen W. Sessums

Attorneys Steve Sessums and Caroline Black Sikorske Attend HCBA Past President’s Luncheon

On December 15, 2016, Attorneys Steve Sessums and Caroline Black Sikorske attended the Hillsborough County Bar Association Past Presidents’ Luncheon.  Steve was HCBA president in 1977 and Caroline in 2007.

Anniversary Celebration for Word Processor Mary Dougherty

On December 10, 2016, Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta PA celebrated Word Processor Mary Dougherty’s 30 years of outstanding service with the firm.  Mary will be retiring from full time employment at the end of this year.  Congratulations and thank you, Mary, for all of your countless contributions and your tireless dedication!

New Name Effective January 1, 2017: Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta

Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta PA announces that, as of January 1, 2017, its new name will be:  Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta.  We welcome Steve Sessums back to the firm. The firm will maintain the same focus, dedication, and location and the highest standards, always.

Attorney Sarah E. Kay certified as a member of The Lawyers of Distinction

Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta PA is pleased to announce that, on December 1, 2016, Attorney Sarah E. Kay was certified as a member of The Lawyers of Distinction.  Membership to Lawyers of Distinction is limited to the top 10% of attorneys in the United States and members are accepted based upon objective evaluation of an attorney’s qualifications, license, reputation, experience, and disciplinary history.   Congratulations, Sarah!

lawyers-of-distinction-logoSarah E Kay

Attorney Jennifer Ficarrotta Receives 2016 Excellence in Client Services Award

Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta PA is pleased to announce that Attorney Jennifer A. Ficarrotta, Esq. received the 2016 Excellence in Client Services Award by the American Economic Institute.  Congratulations, Jennifer!

Jennifer A. Ficarrotta, Esq.

Word Processor Mary Dougherty 30th Anniversary

On November 17, 2016, Word Processor Mary Dougherty celebrated 30 years of top-quality service with Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta PA.  Congratulations, Mary!

Attorneys Jennifer Ficarrotta and Sarah E. Kay Listed in National Advocates Top 100 Lawyers

Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta PA is pleased to announce that attorneys Jennifer Ficarrotta and Sarah E. Kay are listed in the National Advocates Top 100 Lawyers in Florida in Matrimonial and Family Law.  Congratulations Jennifer and Sarah!

Jennifer Ficarrotta, Esq.Sarah E. Kay, Esq.

 

Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta PA Listed in the 2017 U.S. News & World Report as a Best Law Firm in Florida

Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta PA is pleased to announce that it is listed in the 2017 U.S. News & World Report as a Best Law Firm in Florida in the First Tier Rankings.