SARAH E. KAY

Attorney

Areas Of Practice – 100% of Practice Devoted to Family Law

CONTACT
Sarah@sbcf-famlaw.com
Phone: (813) 251-9200 Ext. 126

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Sarah E. Kay is a Board Certified Specialist in Marital and Family Law through The Florida Bar and is a Certified Family Law Mediator through The Florida Supreme Court. She has been listed as a Rising Star in family law in the Florida Super Lawyers publication 2013-2018, and she is 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.

Sarah earned her J.D. magna cum laude at Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, FL and her M.B.A. with academic honors at Stetson University in Deland, FL. During Sarah’s law studies, she received numerous honors and awards including a Leadership Certificate, the William F. Blews Pro Bono Service Award, various top grade recognitions, and Who’s Who Among Students. Sarah participated in the College of Law’s Honors Program and served as an Articles & Symposia Editor of the Stetson Law Review.

Prior to law school, Sarah earned her B.S. in Middle School Education and Spanish summa cum laude at Gordon College in Wenham, MA and her M.Ed. in Secondary Education at Worcester State University in Worcester, MA. Sarah speaks fluent Spanish and taught Spanish in Massachusetts public middle and high schools prior to pursuing her legal career.

While devoting 100% of her practice to the area of Family Law, Sarah is an active member of the Florida Bar, the Hillsborough County Bar Association, and the Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers. Sarah enjoys volunteering with AFS Intercultural Programs, an exchange student organization, and has served as the AFS Florida Area Team Sending Coordinator and the AFS Tampa Bay Chapter Chair.

Professional Associations and Memberships:

Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers, Member 2011 to present

  • Immediate Past-President, 2018-2019
  • President, 2017-2018
  • President-Elect, 2016-2017
  • Vice President of Membership, 2015-2016
  • Vice President of Programs, 2014-2015
  • Member, Board of Directors, 2012-present
  • Mentor, Mentoring Program, 2011-2013; 2015-present
  • Member, Legislative Committee, 2011-2013
  • Community Outreach Committee (Member, 2011-2014; Co-Chair 2012-2014)
  • Member, CLE Committee, 2011

The Florida Bar, Member 2010 to present

  • Member, Family Law Section, 2010-present
  • Member, Executive Council Family Law Section, 2015-present
  • Member, Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, 2018-present
  • Family Law Continuing Legal Education Committee (Member, 2016-present; Co-Secretary, 2016-2017; Chair 2017-present; Co-Chair 2018-present)
  • Family Law Certification Review Course Committee (Member, 2017-present)
  • Family Law Finance Committee (Member, 2017-present)
  • Family Law Rules and Forms Committee (Member, 2011-2017; Co-Chair, 2015-2017)
  • Family Law Technology Committee (Member, 2016-present; Chair, 2016-present)
  • Family Law Publications Committee (Member, 2011-2016; Vice Chair Commentator 2015-2016; Associate Editor of Fla. B. Fam. L. Commentator Spring 2012; Chair Fla. B. Journal 2012-2015)
  • Family Law Ad Hoc Constitutional Revision Committee (Member, 2016-2018)
  • Family Law Equitable Distribution Committee (Member, 2016-2018; Co-Vice Chair, 2016-2017)
  • Member, Family Law Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, 2016-2017
  • Member, Legislative Committee, 2013-2014, 2017-2018
  • Member, Domestic Violence Committee, 2016-2017
  • Member, Family Law Adoption, Paternity, Dependency & Children’s Issues Committee, 2011-2016
  • Member, Young Lawyers Division, 2010-2015

Hillsborough County Bar Association, Member 2010 to date

  • Member, Family Law Division, 2010-present
  • Member, Young Lawyers Division, 2010-2015
  • 5k Pro Bono River Run Committee (Member 2012-2017; Co-Chair for 2013 & 2014 races)
  • President, Leadership Institute Class of 2013

Florida Association for Women Lawyers, Member 2011 to present

  • Member, Young Lawyers Section Committee, 2012-2014
  • Member, Legislative Committee, 2012-2013
  • Member, FAWL Logo Committee, 2014

Lawyers of Distinction, Member 2017 to present

  • Member, 2017-present

International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, Member 2015 to present

  • Member, 2015-present

Next Generation Divorce, Member 2016 to present

  • Member, 2016-present

Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, Member 2014 to present

  • Member, Florida Chapter, 2014-present

J. Clifford Cheatwood American Inn of Court, Member 2010 to 2012

  • Pupil, 2010-2012

Tampa Bay Inn of Court, Member 2012 to 2014

  • Associate, 2012-2014
  • Award recipient, 2012-2013 Best Presentation of the Year, Hon. John N. Conrad’s pupilage

Honors Societies

  • Alpha Mu Gamma Foreign Language Honor Society Member
  • Phi Alpha Chi Honor Society Member
  • Beta Gamma Sigma International Honor Society Member
  • Phi Delta Phi International Legal Fraternity, Cardozo Inn Member

Teaching and Speaking Engagements

Panelist Speaker, Marital & Family Law Board Certification Exam Tips & Nibbles, Certification Review Course, The Family Law Section of The Florida Bar & AAML, January 24, 2018

Panelist Speaker, The Mechanics of Board Certification, Audio CLE, The Family Law Section of The Florida Bar, November 30, 2017

Unleashing the Power of Microsoft Office and Adobe for Lawyers, National Business Institute, August 29, 2017:

  • Speaker, MS Word: Legal Document Drafting and User Tips
  • Speaker, MS PowerPoint for Courtroom and Client Presentations
  • Co-Speaker, MS Outlook: Compliant Client Communications and Scheduling
  • Co-Speaker, The Many Uses of Excel in Legal Practice

Speaker, The New Family Law Rules Explained, St. Petersburg Bar Association Family Law Section, August 17, 2017

Family Law, Adjunct Professor of Law, Stetson University College of Law, Fall 2015

Speaker, The 7 Deadly Sins in a Family Law Case, Tampa Bay Paralegal Association, March 12, 2015

Co-Presenter with the Hon. Richard Nielsen pupilage:  The Long and Winding Road:  Discovery Shenanigans, Tampa Bay Inn of Court, April 8, 2014

Co-Presenter with the Hon. John N. Conrad pupilage:  Honey I Shrunk the Judge:  Best Practices for Alternative Dispute Resolution, Tampa Bay Inn of Court, January 8, 2013

Co-Presenter with the Hon. William Levens pupilage:  Voir Dire and Related Ethical Issues, J. Clifford Cheatwood Inn of Court,  October 11, 2011

Co-Presenter with the Hon. Elizabeth Jenkins Pupilage:  Scientific Evidence and Related Ethical Issues, J. Clifford Cheatwood Inn of Court, January 11, 2011

Speaker, Redefining Parenthood: Removing Nostalgia from Third Party Child Custody and Visitation Decisions in Florida, Stetson Law Review Scholarship Presentation, April 2009

Co-Speaker with Alberto Romero, Esq.: Florida’s Amendment Two, before University of South Florida Departments of Public Health, Nursing, and Medicine, October 2008

Published Works

Tips and Tricks for Microsoft Word in Legal Document Preparation, 31 Fla. Fam. L. Commentator 28 (Summer 2018)

Upgrading Technical Competence, 29 Fla. F. Fam. L. Commentator 42 (Spring 2016)

Ten Mobile Apps to Upgrade your Practice, 29 Fla. B. Fam. L. Commentator 15 (Winter 2016)

Effective Preparation of Financial Affidavits in Family Law Cases, Strategies for Family Law in Florida 137 (Aspatore 2015) (assisted author Jennifer Ficarrotta)

Purposeful Navigation Through the Seas of Social Change:  A Theory-based Approach to Florida Alimony Reform, Fla. B. J. 60 (Nov. 2014) (Co-author with Alexa Revord Larkin)

Proposed Collaborative Law Legislation in Florida, 24 HCBA Lawyer 18 (May 2014)

The Florida Family Law Lawyer’s User Guide to Electronic Evidence, 25 Fla. B. Fam. L. Commentator 15 (Spring 2012)

Redefining Parenthood: Removing Nostalgia from Third Party Child Custody and Visitation Decisions in Florida, 39 Stetson L. R. 317 (2009)

Presentations

Co-Author with Roberta G. Stanley, Esq., Mark I. Harrison, CPA, ABV, CFF, Esq., et alDouble Dips, Flips and Trips: Property Versus Cash Flow Issues in Dissolution of Marriage Cases, 2012 AAML National Conference, November 2012

Co-Author with Sharyn Maggio, CPA/AAB/CFF, et al: Don’t Find Yourself Quoted in a Bad Case! What the Case Law Tells Us are the Most Frequent Errors Made by Business Valuators, 2012 AICPA/AAML National Conference on Divorce, May 2012

Co-Author: Parenting Plans: Parental Responsibility & Timesharing, 2012 Marital and Family Law Review Course, January 2012

Co-Author with Alexander Caballero, Esq.: Efficient Communications: Scheduling and Time Management, E-Mail Communications, The Florida Bar Family Law Section, March 2011

Co-Author with Alexander Caballero, Esq.: Opening Statements, Defendant’s Perspective, State Court Trial Seminar, Hillsborough County Bar Association, June 2010

Community Involvement

Take your Child to Work Day at the George Edgecomb Hillsborough County Courthouse [through HAWL]

  • Courthouse Tour Leader, 2017
  • Mock Trial Participant, 2014, 2016, 2017

Hillsborough County School District High School Social Studies Textbook Adoption Committee

  • Member, 2011

Teachers’ Institute at U.S. District Court for Middle District of Florida

  • Volunteer & Mock-Trial Coach, 2011

Great American Teach-In, Speaker

  • Robinson High School, 2008
  • Plant High School, 2010, 2011, 2012

AFS Intercultural Programs

  • Returnee, 1995-present
  • Volunteer, 2000-present
  • Liaison, 2001-2002, 2006-2007, 2008, 2011-2012, 2014-2015, 2016-2017
  • Host Mother, 2007-2008, 2009
  • Tampa Bay Chapter Sending Coordinator, 2008-2013
  • Florida Area Team Sending Coordinator, 2009-2013
  • Tampa Bay Chapter Chair, 2012-2013

Certification/Specialties:

Bar Admissions:

  • 2010, Florida
  • 2014, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida

Honors and Awards:

  • 2018 Chair’s Award of Extraordinary Service from the Family Law Section of The Florida Bar
  • 2018, 2017 AV Preeminent Rating from Martindale Hubbell
  • 2018, 2017 Member of Lawyers of Distinction
  • 2018 Ten Best Florida Female Attorney in Client Satisfaction by American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, and 2013 Rising Star in Family Law in Florida Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2017 Legal Elite in Family Law by Florida Trend
  • 2017 Best Florida Family Law Attorneys in Client Satisfaction by American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2017 Most Honored Professionals by American Registry
  • 2017 Florida’s Exceptional Young Lawyers Honoree by American Registry
  • 2017 & 2016 Above and Beyond Award from the Family Law Section of the Florida Bar
  • 2016 National Advocates Top 100 Lawyers in Florida in Matrimonial and Family Law
  • 2016 Ten Best Florida Family Law Attorneys Under 40 in Client Satisfaction by American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2016 and 2015 America’s Most Honored Professionals – Top 5% by American Registry
  • 2015 President’s Award from the Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers
  • 2013 Outstanding Committee Chair Service Award from the Family Law Section of the Florida Bar
  • 2013 Rising Star Award from the Family Law Section of the Florida Bar
  • 2012-2013 Tampa Bay Inn of Court Best Presentation of the Year (as a member of the Hon. John N. Conrad’s pupilage)
  • 2011-2012 Mentor of the Year Award from the Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers
  • Articles & Symposia Editor, Stetson Law Review
  • 2010 Honors Program Participant Certificate from Stetson University College of Law
  • 2010 William E. Blews Pro Bono Service Award from Stetson University College of Law
  • 2010 Leadership Development Certificate from Stetson University College of Law
  • Fall 2009 & Spring 2010 Listed in Who’s Who Among Students at Stetson University College of Law
  • 1998 Dr. Royce Miller Foreign Language Award from Gordon College

Education:

  • 2010, Juris Doctorate, magna cum laude, Stetson University College of Law
  • 2010, Master of Business Administration, Academic Honors, Stetson University
  • 2003, Master of Education, Worcester State University
  • 1999, summa cum laude, Bachelor of Science in Spanish and Middle School Education, Gordon College

Language:

  • Spanish

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