Name of Business: Family Diplomacy: A Collaborative Law Firm
Location: 412 E. Madison St., Suite 824, Tampa
Ownership: Adam B. Cordover, graduate of Jewish Leadership Training Institute 2010
Q What services do you offer?
Q What inspires your work and sets you apart from everyone else?
A My firm focuses on helping people through difficult times in the least painful way possible. That is why we specialize in collaborative family law, where the children are the top priority and where respect and privacy are fostered.
Q Why do clients select your business?
A Because we practice exclusively in private, peaceful dispute resolution and do not engage in costly and painful court battles.
Q How did the business get started?
A During law school in Washington, D.C., I also received a master’s degree in International Relations and learned under ambassadors and diplomats. It turned out that a lot of the skills we learned in International Relations – such as interest-based negotiations, face-to-face diplomacy, etc. – also applied to Domestic Relations and family law. And so I’ve taken the diplomatic skills I learned in my master’s program to help families resolve disputes in better ways.
Q Tell us an interesting tidbit about your business:
A I was involved in the first same-sex divorce in Florida to challenge the Defense of Marriage Act and constitutional amendment banning recognition of same-sex relationships. I was collaborative attorney and helped the clients reach an agreement. The trial court rejected the agreement because same-sex marriage was not recognized at the time. We appealed to the Second District Court of Appeals, and the case briefly went to the Florida Supreme Court. Ultimately, the trial judge was overruled and the two women were allowed to divorce.
Q If your business were a book, song or famous artwork, what would it be and why?
A Actually, the American Bar Association just published a book I authored: Building A Successful Collaborative Family Law Practice. The book looks to disrupt traditional adversarial divorce practice and teach lawyers to make a living while helping spouses collaboratively work together.
Q Do you have a personal or professional motto?
A Finding A Better Way, Together
Q What’s the nicest thing a client has said to you about your service?
A “If you find yourself in need of a divorce lawyer, I could not recommend Adam enough. Trust in his quiet, observant command of detail. Trust in his long term strategy for how to best protect your interests. Trust in his understanding what a painful situation it is for ALL persons involved, not just his own client. Trust in the process, and trust in his ability to get you the new start in life you want.”
Family Diplomacy is a proud advertiser with the Jewish Press of Tampa.
Adam B. Cordover is co-editor and co-author with Forrest S. Mosten of the American Bar Association book, Building A Successful Collaborative Family Law Practice (2018). He is an incoming Board member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, Co-Chair of the Florida Academy of Collaborative Professionals’ Leadership Institute, and Former President of Next Generation Divorce.