Cultural sensitivity is extremely important to my staff and me and we try to ensure that we evaluate every case with this in mind. This helps us serve our clients based on their individual needs and provide representation with awareness of religious, ethnic and cultural differences.
The Tampa Bay area has become increasingly diverse and this is reflected in our law practice where we have represented African-Americans, Koreans, Vietnamese, Chinese, Europeans and Hispanics from many Latin American countries.
We’re also proud that Tampa’s strong Latin heritage is part of our office. Andrea, our firm’s administrative assistant, is third-generation Cuban, growing up in Ybor City, where her abuela was actively involved in the raising of her and her cousins.
As a family law attorney, I have been involved in many Muslim divorces; my clients have included husbands and wives, Muslim spouses married to non-Muslims and non-Muslims married to Muslims. In one case, involving very difficult Sharia issues, an expert in Sharia law was retained to testify.
For years this office has handled LGBT cases, which were immensely complicated by being unable to apply divorce and paternity statutes to the break up of the relationships. We are looking forward to a simpler method of dealing with parenting issues, support and division of assets and liabilities. This year the Alternative Yellow Pages (AYP) is back in business and my office was chosen to advertise in it.
Although not a cultural or ethnic group per se, military members have been a mainstay of our clientele. Family law military matters demand specialized knowledge and sensitivity to the stresses imposed by military service on the parties and their children. I became one of the attorneys on the ABA Family Law Section’s Military Committee at the time of the first Gulf War; the committee now partners with the new web-based Operation Stand-by and I continue to regularly assist military personnel in the United States and abroad.
I am committed to responding to the Tampa Bay community’s needs and to abide by the oath I took in 1977 when I was sworn into the Florida Bar and which I repeat each year at the Hillsborough County Bar Annual Meeting: “I will never reject, from any consideration personal to myself, the cause of the defenseless or oppressed, or delay anyone’s cause for lucre or malice. So help me God.”