Representing Professional Athletes in Divorce and Paternity Suits

Level: Advanced
Runtime: 61 minutes
Recorded Date: June 02, 2021
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  • Prior to Marriage
  • Parentage Action
  • Cohabitation
  • During Relationship
  • During Litigation
  • Professional Questions
Runtime: 1 hour
Recorded: June 2, 2021


Representing professional athletes in divorce and paternity suits presents a unique list of challenges. Trying to keep a very public person's life private, unique issues dealing with contracts, paternity/support which could involve different jurisdictions are all at play. This webinar teaches the practitioner what to expect when the "big fish" comes calling.

This program was recorded on June 2nd, 2021.

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Michelle M. Gervais

Partner, Litigation
Blank Rome LLP

Michelle advises high-profile athletes, celebrities, and executives, as well as businesses in the sports, entertainment, and finance industries in complex disputes that involve the intersection of business and family law matters. Known as a “fixer” across several legal disciplines, Michelle handles highly delicate matters protecting her clients from serious financial and reputational harm.

For select professional athletes and executives, Michelle helps them handle a variety of family law matters including dissolutions of marriage, domestic violence, paternity, custody, support, and pre-nuptial, post-nuptial, and cohabitation agreements. She also assists her clients and their businesses with other risk management issues affecting their brand, their company, and their professional legacy.

With deep experience in complex commercial litigation, as well as world class client service that goes above and beyond for her clients, Michelle is the lawyer to call when you need a holistic solution to a complex and delicate legal problem.

Maria Sarantakis, Esq.

Principal Attorney
Sarantakis Law Group, Ltd.

Marie Sarantakis is a prominent divorce litigator frequently representing high net worth and notable spouses in courtrooms in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry, and Will County. She has earned the designation of CFP, as a Certified Professional Litigator, with the American Academy of Certified Financial Litigators. Ms. Sarantakis is also trained in collaborative law and mediation for those who prefer alternative methods of dispute resolution.

Marie Sarantakis has been recognized as a Top Ten Attorney Under 40 in Illinois for family law by the National Association of Family Law Attorneys, featured as a Rising Star by Thomson Reuters Super Lawyers in Chicago Magazine for four consecutive years, and has been named as a Fellow of the National Association of Distinguished Counsel.

Ms. Sarantakis is highly active in the legal community and serves as Vice Chair of the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Family Law Committee, Chair of the Northwest Suburban Bar Association Ethics Committee, and on the Board of Governors of the West Suburban Bar Association. She is a frequent lecturer and author in the legal community. Prior to starting her own practice, she interned for Justice Thomas Kilbride of the Illinois Supreme Court, the Kenosha County States Attorneys Office, and the Kenosha County Public Defenders Office.

In addition to representing clients in the courtroom, Marie Sarantakis is the President of Adrikos, LLC. She serves as a divorce coach helping clients overcome narcissistic abuse.

Randall M. Kessler

Founding Partner
Kessler & Solomiany, LLC.

In 1991, Randall M. Kessler founded the law firm now known as Kessler & Solomiany, LLC, a 30 person family law firm in Atlanta. He is the author of many family law books including Divorce: Protect Yourself, Your Kids and Your Future, The GA Library of Family Law Forms, and How to Mediate a Divorce. He is an adjunct professor of Family Law Litigation at Emory Law School. Mr. Kessler has served as the Chair of the Family Law Sections of the American Bar Association, the State Bar of Georgia and the Atlanta Bar Association.

Mr. Kessler has represented some of the highest profile clients in the country including judges, national and local politicians, professional athletes, TV Stars and other celebrities, entertainers and artists.

Born in Gainesville, Florida, raised in New Orleans and having attended college at Brandeis University near Boston, MA, Randall M. Kessler came to Georgia in 1985 to attend Emory Law School. He has over 35 years of experience in Domestic Relations and Family Law matters including divorce, custody, paternity, prenuptial agreements and child support. He Founded KS Family Law in 1991 after practicing for years at other family law boutique firms. Mr. Kessler teaches family law jury trials at Emory Law School and taught Family Law at John Marshall Law School from 2005 – 2019. He has lectured for the ABA, AAML, AICPA, NACVA, IAAR, NFLPA, NBPA, the Georgia Psychological Association (GPA), the Georgia Society of CPAs, the Cobb, Gwinnett, DeKalb and Atlanta Bar Associations and others all over the country and in fact, all over the world. Mr. Kessler is the Editor Emeritus of the Family Law Review for the State Bar of Georgia and is the former Chair of the Family Law Sections of the American Bar Association, the Georgia Bar Association and the Atlanta Bar Association. He is proficient in both Spanish and Hebrew.

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