SBCF Attorneys Named to List of 2019 Florida Super Lawyers

Congratulations to Alexander Caballero, Jennifer Ficarrotta and Caroline Black Sikorske, who have been named to the list of 2019 Florida Super Lawyers in the family law practice area and to Sarah Kay, who has been named for the seventh consecutive year to the list of Florida Rising Stars in family law.

Every year Super Lawyers selects attorneys from throughout the United States from all firm sizes and more than 70 practice areas. Super Lawyers uses a patented, multiphase selection process that includes nominations, evaluation of candidates by the research department and peer evaluation by practice area. Each candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. The objective of Super Lawyers is to create a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys.

2019 Florida Super Lawyers Lists

Andrew Reder Elected to HCBA Marital & Family Law Section Executive Council

Congratulations to Sessums Black attorney Andrew D. Reder, who recently was elected to be a member of the Hillsborough County Bar Association’s 2019-20 Marital and Family Law Section Executive Council. We also would like to give a big shout-out to the other members who were elected to the council: Paul Maney, Kristi McCart, Jennifer Meister, Ellie Probasco, Angelica DelosReyes Roselló and Debbie Thomson. Thank you for your involvement in the section and for your volunteer service on behalf of HCBA.

Andrew D. Reder

Alex Caballero Serves on AAML National Test Committee

Sessums Black Partner Alexander Caballero recently was in Philadelphia with members of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers National Test Committee to review, update and finalize the exam for applicants applying to be Fellows of the AAML. The AAML’s mission is to provide leadership that promotes the highest degree of professionalism and excellence in the practice of family law. Comprised of the top 1,600 matrimonial attorneys in the United States, AAML Fellows are recognized by judges and attorneys as preeminent family law practitioners, possessing a high level of knowledge, skill, and integrity and earning reputations for professionalism, competence and integrity.

AAML National Test Committee

Members of the AAML National Test Commmittee

Alex Caballero and Charles Meyer of Philadelphia

Sarah Kay Honored by HAWL for Pro Bono Service

Congratulations to Sessums Black attorney Sarah E. Kay, who was awarded the Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers 2019 Pro Bono Award on May 15 during HAWL’s Annual Scholarship and Awards Luncheon. Sarah is the Immediate Past President of HAWL. We also would like to congratulate the other HAWL members who were honored during the event. Thank you all for making a difference in the Tampa Bay community!

Sarah is pictured here with HAWL Past President Katherine Yanes and with SBCF attorney Andrew Reder.

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Frank Steinbeck Jr. Named to TBPA Board of Directors

Congratulations to Sessums Black paralegal Frank Steinbeck Jr. on being named to the Tampa Bay Paralegal Association Board of Directors, and for serving as the Chairman of the Association’s Charity/Community Service Committee. Frank has been working with the firm for more than six years. He is a Florida Registered Paralegal through The Florida Bar.

Frank Steinbeck Jr.

SBCF Supports HCBA Foundation Law & Liberty Dinner

Sessums Black is proud to have been a sponsor for the Hillsborough County Bar Association Foundation‘s May 2 Law & Liberty Dinner. Proceeds from this annual event have helped the foundation provide local legal-related charities with more than $825,000 in support and grants. SBCF managing partner Caroline Black Sikorske is a member of the foundation board. This year’s dinner featured Emmy Award-winning actor, author, director and producer Henry Winkler. Pictured here are SBCF attorney Sarah Kay; attorney Sterling Lovelady and his wife, Allison Rose Lovelady; and firm administrator Paul Kanjorski and his wife, Shannon. Congratulations to Hillsborough County Bar Association and the foundation on another successful dinner!

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SBCF Supports St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital Foundation Heroes Ball

The annual St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital Foundation Heroes Ball raised more than $600,000, and Sessums Black is proud to have been a sponsor of the event and the Patron Party recognizing the most generous donors. This year, the Foundation honored community hero Dr. Kiran Patel, a distinguished cardiologist and philanthropist. Funds raised this year allow St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital to be one of two hospitals in the United States to use real-time, virtual reality software for mapping and performing the most complicated pediatric cardiac surgeries. The Foundation is already hard at work planning the Annual Fashion Show and the 2020 Heroes Ball. A special thank you to SBCF Shareholder Jennifer Ficarrotta for her term on the committee, fundraising, and co-chairing the Patron Party. As you can see, the Ball was a great success, but Jennifer had to say good-bye to the Labradoodle puppy who assisted in raising donations during the live auction game of donor wars. 

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