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MEET SARAH

Sarah E. Kay, Esq., BCS assists Florida’s families in the Tampa Bay area as a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Law and Appellate Mediator and a Collaborative Family Law Attorney through her firm Kay Family Law PLLC in Tampa.  Sarah assists solo and small firms providing contract research, writing, and consulting services.  Speaking, writing, and consulting on family law matters, particularly ones involving persons with disabilities or special needs, are among Sarah’s passions. 

Leadership is among Sarah’s strengths.  Of note, Sarah was 2023-2024 Chair of The Family Law Section of The Florida Bar during their 50th anniversary year, 2017-2018 President of the Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers, President of the Hillsborough County Bar Association Leadership Institute Class of 2013, and Co-Chair of the 2013 and 2014 Hillsborough County Bar Association 5k Pro Bono River Run Committee.

SARAH E. KAY, ESQ., BCS

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 The multiple advanced degrees and certifications Sarah has earned reflect her love of life-long learning.  Sarah’s Board Certification in Marital & Family Law by The Florida Bar reflects her specialized knowledge, skills, and proficiency in that area and her professionalism and ethics in practice.  She is also a Fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (“AAML”), a selective organization founded to provide leadership that promotes the highest degree of professionalism and excellence in the practice of family law.   Additionally, Sarah holds a Master in Education from Worcester State University in Massachusetts, a Master in Business Administration from Stetson University, a Certificate in Special Education Advocacy from William & Mary Law School, Professional Certifications in the Fundamentals of Neurodiversity and Trauma & Resilience Levels 1 & 2  and Rebound & Recovery  Cognitive Behavioral Education & Intervention for Early Childhood from Florida State University, Professional Certification in Conflict Resolution from Cornell University, and a Juris Doctor, magna cum laude from Stetson University College of Law. 

Her accomplishments have been recognized by her peers.   Sarah’s multiple awards include the Family Law Section’s prestigious 2021 Alberto Romero Making a Difference Award, the 2021 Florida Bar President’s Award for Pro Bono Legal Service for the 13th Judicial Circuit, the 2020 Chair’s Award of Special Merit from the Family Law Section of the Florida Bar, and a 2020 Leader in the Law award from the Florida Association for Women Lawyers. 

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BAR ADMISSIONS

Florida, 2010

U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida, 2014

SELECT LEGAL EXPERIENCE

Kay Family Law PLLC
Tampa, FL
Managing Member, Dec. 2019-Present

Sanchez & Associates PA
Tampa, FL
Of Counsel Attorney, Dec. 2020-Present

King Kay Solutions, LLC
Tampa, FL
Co-Founder & Partner, 2021-Apr. 2024
Receptionist, File Clerk, Paralegal, 2006-2010

Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta
Tampa, FL
Attorney, 2010-Dec. 2019
Receptionist, File Clerk, Paralegal, 2006-2010

PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATIONS

The Florida Bar
Board Certified in Marital & Family Law, 2017

Florida Supreme Court
Appellate Mediation, December 2023

Florida Supreme Court
Family Law Mediation, January 2018

William & Mary Law School
Certificate in Special Education Advocacy, January 2021
Institute for Special Education Law & Advocacy

Cornell University
Professional Certification in Conflict Resolution, March 2024

Florida State University
Certificate of Completion for Understanding Domestic Violence as a Social Services Professional, January 2024

Florida State University
Professional Certification in Rebound & Recovery Cognitive Behavioral Education & Intervention for Early Childhood, December 2023

Florida State University
Professional Certification in Trauma & Resilience Levels 1 & 2, November 2023

Florida State University
Professional Certification in The Fundamentals of Neurodiversity, October 2023

DEGREES

Stetson University College of Law
Juris Doctorate May 2010
Graduated magna cum laude

Stetson University
Master of Business Administration May 2010
Graduated Academic Honors
Top 10% of MBA Class

Worcester State University
Master of Education May 2003

Gordon College
Bachelor of Science in Middle School Education and Spanish May 1999
Graduated summa cum laude

Experienced in Educational Issues

When it comes to educational issues, Sarah holds a Masters degree in Education from Worcester State University, a Certificate in Special Education Advocacy from William & Mary Law School, and a Professional Certification in Rebound & Recovery Cognitive Behavioral Education & Intervention for Early Childhood from Florida State Uniersity.  She has worked with public school systems as a teacher, a mother, and an educational advocate.

Responsive

Sarah takes pride in responding to clients promptly. All inquiries receive a response in 1 business day or less. Most are even faster.

Candid

Sarah prides herself on providing her clients with candid independent legal advice. It is important to her that her clients make clear and informed decisions.

Legal Experience

Sarah has been working in the legal industry since 2006. From 2006-2010 she served as receptionist, file clerk, and legal assistant. She has been practicing law since 2010. She was admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court for thee Middle District of Florida 2014 so she could litigate Hague Convention International Child Abduction cases.

Compassionate

Sarah understands from personal and professional experiences the challenges faced when raising special needs children while both parents are employed outside the home. She has lived in communities where she was part of the minority. Through understanding, Sarah can better help her clients achieve their goals.

Tech Savvy

Sarah leverages her comfort with and skill in technology to provide cost-effective services to her clients.

Leader

Sarah has held numerous leadership positions in local and state-wide legal organizations. Of special note, Sarah is slated to be the 2023-2024 Chair of the Family Law Section of The Florida Bar and has served as the 2017-2018 President of the Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers.

Drive for Knowledge

Sarah is a life long learner. Not only has she earned a JD, MBA, M.Ed., and Bachelor’s degrees at the top of her class, she continuously expands her knowledge base through continuing education classes well in excess of the minimum requirements set by The Florida Bar and reading substantive non-fiction works for pleasure.

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