Caroline Black Sikorske

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Tampa, FL

Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta
 | 307 South Magnolia Avenue, Tampa, FL 33606
Phone: 813-251-9200
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1985
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law
Attorney Profile

Caroline Black Sikorske is a diplomate of the American College of Family Trial Lawyers, a select group of 100 top U.S. family lawyers who practice sophisticated and complex family law matters. Caroline was one of the Top 10 2018 Florida Super Lawyers, attorneys who received the highest points during the Super Lawyers nomination, research and review process. She has been included in The Best Lawyers in America© in family law since 2006. She is Florida Bar Board Certified in Marital and Family Law, is a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and is Martindale Hubbell AV Preeminent® Peer-Review rated.

After graduating with her Juris Doctor degree from Stetson University College of Law, Caroline was an Assistant State Attorney for Hillsborough County before devoting her practice 100% to marital and family law in 1989.

Caroline has served in numerous positions, including leadership positions, in national, state, and local professional legal organizations in her pursuit of excellence.

In addition to being Past Chair of the Family Law Section of The Florida Bar, Caroline has served on the Executive Council and has chaired the Family Law Continuing Legal Education committee.

Caroline was President of the Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML), has previously served on the AAML Board of Directors, and was the Chair of the Annual Institute Committee in 2009.

On a local level, Caroline is a Past President of the Hillsborough County Bar Association (HCBA), Past Chair of the Family Law Section of HCBA and is past Co-Chair of the new Collaborative Divorce Section. Caroline has also previously chaired a Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee.

Caroline is both an accomplished writer and speaker on family law issues. In addition to authoring a chapter on Equitable Distribution in the Florida Bar’s Dissolution of Marriage book, Caroline has authored numerous articles about a variety of family law issues for the HCBA Lawyer magazine, the Florida Bar Journal, and the Florida Family Law Section Commentator. Caroline has also spoken on family law issues to various groups including the AAML, HCBA, and the Florida Bar.

 
Practice Areas
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Family Law (100%): Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Mediation & Collaborative Law, Same Sex Family Law

Focus Areas

Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Mediation & Collaborative Law, Same Sex Family Law

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Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2019

Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization

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About Caroline Black Sikorske

Admitted: 1985, Florida

Professional Webpage: https://www.sbcf-famlaw.com/caroline-black-sikorske/

Honors/Awards:

  • Recognized in Law & Leading Attorneys, A Florida Consumers Guidebook
  • One of the 2011 Tampa Lawyers of the Year, National Law Journal
  • Rated AV by Martindale Hubbell
  • Received Red McEwen Award, Hillsborough County Bar Association, 2004
  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America
  • Received Jimmy Kynes Award for Pro Bono Service, Hillsborough County Bar Association, 2009

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Board Certified Marital & Family Lawyer, The Florida Bar, 1985

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Florida, 1985
  • The Florida Bar
  • President, Hillsborough County Bar Association, 2007 - 2008
  • Chair, CLE Committee, The Florida Bar, Family Law Section, 1997 -1998
  • Member, Executive Council, Hillsborough County Bar Association, Family Law Section, 1991 - 2001
  • Member, Family Court Steering Committee, The Florida Bar, 1999 - 2001
  • Long-Range Planning Committee, Hillsborough County Bar Association
  • Board of Directors, Centre for Women, 1992 - 1997
  • Board of Managers, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 2006 - Present
  • Chair, Scholarship Committee, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 2006 - 2007
  • Member, Hillsborough County Bar Association, 1989 - Present
  • Member, The Florida Bar, Family Law Section, 1994 - Present
  • Member, Judicial Evaluation Committee, Hillsborough County Bar Association, 1990 - 1993
  • Liaison, Florida Bar Commission on the Legal Needs of Children
  • Chair, Pig Roast Committee, Hillsborough County Bar Association, 2005
  • Member, International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, 2007
  • Member, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Florida Chapter, 2002 - Present
  • Member, American College of Family Trial Lawyers, 2015
  • Co-Chair, Legislation Committee, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 2006 - 2008
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2007
  • Chair, The Florida Bar, Family Law Section, 2003 - 2004
  • Member, Board of Directors, Hillsborough County Bar Association, 2003 - Present
  • Chair, Long Range Planning Committee, The Florida Bar, 1998 - 1999
  • Chair, Executive Council, Hillsborough County Bar Association, Family Law Section, 1999 - 2000
  • 13th Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee, Member, 1993 - 1996, Chair 1996
  • Board Member, Hillsborough County Bar Association, Trial Lawyers Section, 2001 - 2002
  • President, Centre for Women, 1995 - 1997
  • Chair, AAML Institute, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 2009

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • "Mission Impossible: Overcoming the Negative Custody Evaluation Recommendation," AAML, May, 2007
  • "Agreements," Florida Bar Family Law Certification Review Course, February 1996 - 1998, 2002 - 2004
  • "Agreements," Florida Bar Family Law Certification Review Course, February 1996 - 1998, 2002-2004
  • "Tactics to Consider in Custody Cases," Hillsborough County Bar Association, January, 2002
  • "Alimony, Child Support and Temporary Issues in Divorce," Basic Family Law Seminar, Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division, April 2001, Spring 2004, Spring 2006
  • "The Best Interests of the Child," 13th Judicial Circuit Town Hall Meeting, Participant, April, 2001
  • "Modifying Agreements (Prenuptials/MSAs)," Family Law Support Modification Seminar, Florida Bar, September 21-22, 2000
  • Television Show "Legally Speaking," Jones Intercable, Tampa, Florida, September 11, 1996
  • Television show "Florida Justice Files," WUSF, Tampa, Florida, Spring, 2006
  • Speaker, "Drafting and Litigating Prenuptial Agreements," National Business Institute, December, 1995
  • Shared Parental Responsibility, Stetson College of Law, Speaker Presentation, February, 1995
  • Family Law, Speaker Presentation, Bridge the Gap Seminar, 1994
  • "Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Divorce," Seminar Presentation, Hillsborough County Bar Association, September, 1993
  • "Litigation Support" Tampa Bay Chapter, Institute of Business Appraisers, November, 1993
  • "Help! I'm a Single Parent", Idlewild Baptist Church, November, 1992
  • "The Role of the CPA in Divorce," Pinellas County CPA Club, January, 1992
  • Chapter 3, Marital Settlement Agreements, in DRAFTING MARRIAGE CONTRACTS IN FLORIDA, The Florida Bar, 4ed, 1997
  • "Family Law Rules," Lawyer, Hillsborough County Bar Association, December, 1995
  • "An Affair to Remember...or Not", Lawyer, Hillsborough County Bar Association, April, 1995
  • Chapter 15, Equitable Distribution, in FLORIDA DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE, The Florida Bar, 4d ed., 1993
  • "Professionalism," Family Law Commentator, Spring, 1993
  • Ethics and The Role of the Attorney, provided written materials for American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers on Family Law in Florida, 1991 and Board Certification Review Course, 1992
  • "The Other Marital Misconduct: Dissipation of Marital Assets," Lawyer, Hillsborough County Bar Association, Feb., 1991
  • "Attorneys Fees and Costs," American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Institute, April, 2010
  • "Taxation Issues in Equitable Distribution & Alimony," Florida Bar Cert Review, February, 2010
  • "Professionalism" Stetson University College of Law, January, 2009

Educational Background:

  • Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, B.S., 1982
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Tampa, FL 33606

Phone: 813-251-9200

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