2020 Women's Leadership Summit

Michelle Gervais

Partner, Blank Rome LLP

Michelle Gervais counsels high-profile individuals, athletes, and celebrities, as well as businesses and financial institutions, in the areas of sports and entertainment, matrimonial and domestic relations, commercial and business litigation, and consumer finance involving:

Sports, Entertainment, and Matrimonial Law

  • collaborative and litigate divorce/dissolution of marriage
  • domestic violence, domestic disputes
  • pre-nuptial/ante-nuptial, post-nuptial and cohabitation agreements
  • paternity, disestablishment of paternity, custody, parenting plans, child access, child support, alimony, palimony, and modification
  • international kidnapping/Hague/ICARA, jurisdictional disputes, surrogacy, and relocation
  • contract negotiation, drafting, review and litigation, breach of fiduciary responsibility, Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) claims, and unjust enrichment disputes

Commercial, Real Estate & Business Litigation

  • dissolution of partnerships
  • fraud, misrepresentation, and civil conspiracy
  • violation of non-compete agreements, trade secret protection, and breach of fiduciary responsibility
  • insurance disputes, violation of Florida’s Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act (“FDUTPA”)
  • purchase/sales contract disputes, Interstate Land Sales Act (“ILSA”) litigation, and construction/builder disputes
  • real estate disputes/litigation

Consumer Finance

  • represents lenders and financial institutions in contested foreclosures, quiet title, TILA, RESPA, FDUTPA, FCCPA, TCPA, title and lien priority disputes, and eminent domain

Select Speaking Engagements & Publications:

  • Participated as a panel speaker at “The Modern Athlete: Empowerment, Wellness & Transition,” a special event held by Carillon Miami Wellness Resort, The Shine Firm, and the Sports Lawyer’s Association to kick off the NFL’s Super Bowl 100th Anniversary week in Miami, Florida (January 2020)
  • Lectured on “Hot Tips on PreNups & PostNups” at the 27th Annual Family Law Nuts & Bolts of Divorce Seminar presented by Dade Legal Aid-Put Something Back Program, the Dade County Bar Association’s Family Courts Committee and its Young Lawyers Section (December 2019)
  • Spoke at the Tampa Bay Lightning Teammate Networking Event (November 2019)
  • Lectured on “Civic Engagement: The Why and How” at the Tampa Women’s Leadership Summit (October 2019)
  • Lectured on “Women Empowering Women” at the National Association of Sports Commissions 2019 Women’s Summit (April 2019)
  • Co-chaired AdventHealth Tampa Foundation’s Third Annual Fashion for Hope (February 2019)
  • Panelist on “The Business World of Medicine; Contract Negotiation, Dissolution of Partnerships, Non-Competes” (September 2018)
  • Lectured on “Intro to Divorce & Hot Topics in Prenuptial Agreements” at the 25th Annual “Nuts & Bolts of Divorce” Seminar presented by Dade County Bar Association’s Family Courts Committee & Dade Legal Aid (November 2017)
  • “Florida District Court Rejects Use of Statute of Limitations as a Basis for Asserting Consumer Protection Claims,” Blank Rome's Consumer Finance Blog (January 2017)
  • Hosted Round Table of Hot Topics in Sports with Assistant General Counsel of Miami Heat, Legal Affairs for Miami Dolphins, Assistant General Counsel for The University of Miami and moderated by Kenneth Shropshire (2014)

View Michelle's full biography on blankrome.com.

Michelle Gervais

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