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A Leader in the Collaborative Law Community
Bringing a New Approach to Family Law & Adoption to Tampa Bay

Adam B. Cordover is a Collaborative attorney who believes that family disputes should be resolved respectfully in private conference rooms, not in a hostile public courtroom environment. This unique perspective on approaching family law stems back to his experience studying International Affairs in Washington, D.C., and abroad. Adam had the rare opportunity to work closely with ambassadors and diplomats from war-torn regions around the world. He traveled the globe, learning from diplomatic leaders as they applied dispute resolution techniques to tackle seemingly impossible conflicts. It dawned on him: If these techniques can work in the complex world of International Relations, why not Domestic Relations and Family Law?

This realization led Adam to form Family Diplomacy, a Collaborative law firm dedicated to bringing a more peacemaking approach to family law. In his previous role as a litigation attorney, Adam witnessed his clients experience the negative emotional and financial effects that long, drawn out divorce battles can have on families. As a result, Adam has become a strong proponent of the Collaborative Process, where a structure is put in place so that life’s hardest moments do not have to be any more difficult than necessary.

Adam focuses on family and adoption law, including Collaborative Divorce, military divorce, adoption, including stepparent and LGBT adoption, paternity, child support and name change. A thought leader in the Tampa Bay collaborative law community, Adam successfully spearheaded an effort of the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit to draft an administrative order safeguarding the principles of Collaborative Family Law (just the fourth such administrative order in Florida). Adam has been featured in or interviewed about Collaborative Divorce by the Tampa Bay Times, The Tampa Tribune, Orlando Sentinel, Tampa Bay Business Journal, the Florida Bar News, NBC, Fox 13, Bay News 9, ABC Action News, and The World of Collaborative Practice Magazine.  He regularly speaks at professional and civic organizations locally and internationally regarding the Collaborative Process.   Adam encourages use of the Collaborative model in all types of family law matters including paternity, relocation, child support, prenuptial agreements, and even post-judgment actions.


Community Service

Adam started giving back to the community began at an early age, volunteering with a local program dedicated to feeding the homeless. He also served as a leader in Camp Jenny, a program designed to give underprivileged youth an opportunity to spend a week in Georgia enjoying summer camp activities like kayaking, canoeing, hiking, and arts and crafts. At the University of Florida, Adam was a fundraiser for Stop! Children’s Cancer, and while in Washington, Adam promoted the 9/11 Unity Walk, which encouraged dialogue between members of different faith communities. 

Since returning to his Florida roots, he has proudly served the Tampa Bay community. He is currently a pro bono Collaborative attorney through a joint project of Bay Area Volunteer Lawyers Program, Next Generation Divorce, and the Hillsborough County Bar Association Collaborative Law Section.  Adam has volunteered for Are You Safe, Inc., an organization that provides crucial services to victims of domestic violence. He is also a regular volunteer at Bay Area Legal Services (“BALS”) and helps indigent, unrepresented litigants complete family law forms through the BALS Family Forms Clinic. He has donated his time to Faith Cafe’s feed the homeless program, Mayor Iorio’s Hillsborough River and Waterways Clean up, and the James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital through the Hillsborough County Bar Association Community Service Committee. Adam has also served as a Guardian Ad Litem through Voices for Children.

Adam is licensed to practice law in all state courts of Florida and 
the United States District Court, Middle District of Florida. 


Education

University of Florida, B.A. in Political Science and Jewish Studies

American University’s School of International Service, Masters in International Affairs

American University’s Washington College of Law, Juris Doctor

Advanced Training in Interdisciplinary Collaborative Law


Recognition

October 2014
Graduate, Inaugural Class of the Leadership Academy of the International Academy of Collaborative
Professionals – Vancouver, B.C., Canada

February 2014
Recognized for Exceptional Pro Bono Service in 2013 – Supreme Court of Florida – Tampa, FL

September 2013
Volunteer Lawyer of the Year – Are You Safe, Inc. – Tampa, FL


Affiliations & Memberships

President of Next Generation Divorce
(formerly known as the Collaborative Divorce Institute of Tampa Bay)

Research Committee Member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals Executive Board Member and Research Co-Chair of the Collaborative Family Law Council of Florida

Judicial Outreach Chair of the Hillsborough County Bar Association Collaborative Law Section

Member of Florida Adoption Council, Family Law Section of the Florida Bar, Family Law Section of the Hillsborough County Bar Association.


Speaking Engagements

 

August 2015 – Building Your Collaborative Practice
Manatee POD of Next Generation Divorce – Bradenton, FL

July 2015 – The Final Debrief: Utilizing Florida’s Practice Survey To Address Tough Topics
12th Judicial Circuit Chapter of Next Generation Divorce – Sarasota, FL

July 2015 – Building A Pro Bono Collaborative Divorce Program
Collaborative Lawyers of Southwest Florida – Fort Meyers, FL

May 2015 – The Collaborative Mutliverse: Is there Really only ONE set of Rules?
Collaborative Family Law Council of Florida – Orlando, FL

March 2015 – Collaborative Practice and Status Update of Florida Same-Sex Marriage
12th Judicial Circuit Chapter of Next Generation Divorce – Sarasota, FL

February 2015 – Deepening Your Collaborative Knowledge Through Blogging
Next Generation Divorce Woody Mosten Training – Tampa, FL

February 2015 – What You And Your Practice Group Can Do to Help More Clients Via The Collaborative Divorce Process
South Palm Beach County Collaborative Law Group – Boca Raton, FL

October 2014 – How Practice Groups Create Successful Collaborators
International Academy of Collaborative Professionals – Vancouver, B.C., Canada

October 2014 – Recognizing and Managing the Challenging Client
Florida Association of Family and Conciliation Courts – Tampa, FL 

August 2014 – Collaborative Practice and LGBT Relationships
Collaborative Family Law Group of Central Florida – Winter Park, FL

August 2014 – Gaining Collaborative Experience While Giving Back Through Pro Bono Work
Collaborative Family Law Council of Florida Second Annual Conference – Orlando, FL

May 2014 – Collaborative Family Law – A Better Divorce
Jimmie B. Keel Regional Library Ask-A-Lawyer Series – Carrollwood, FL

May 2014 – Update on Tampa Same Sex Divorce Case
Fox 13 – Tampa, FL

May 2014 – Resources for Collaborative Professionals in Sarasota & Manatee Counties
12th Circuit Chapter of Next Generation Divorce Interdisciplinary Collaborative Family Law Training – Sarasota, FL

March 2014 – Collaborative Divorce and Christian Family Values
Legally Speaking on Spirit FM 90.5 – Tampa, FL