Michelle M. Gervais
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Michelle Gervais is a trial lawyer who counsels high-profile individuals, athletes, and celebrities, as well as businesses and financial institutions, in the areas of sports and entertainment law, International Hague matters, and domestic relations matters involving:
- domestic violence, domestic disputes (including same sex couples), prenuptial/antenuptial, and post nuptial agreements;
- paternity, disestablishment of paternity, custody, child support, alimony, palimony, and modification;
- international kidnapping, jurisdictional disputes, surrogacy, and relocation; and
- mediations and marital/domestic business disputes.
Ms. Gervais also has an active complex commercial and products litigation practice where she represents companies and individuals in insurance disputes, asbestos defense, corporate fraud, non-compete agreements, trade secret protection, business disputes, fiduciary obligations, contractual disputes, fraud, and misrepresentation.
As a member of the Consumer Financial Services team, Ms. Gervais regularly represents lenders and financial institutions in a variety of consumer finance litigation matters in federal and state court, including disputes under TILA, RESPA, and FDCPA, Florida’s Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act (“FDUTPA”), FCCPA, TCPA, title and lien priority disputes, state law UDAP claims, eminent domain cases, and a wide variety of common law claims. She is experienced with motions practice, oral argument, the discovery process, trial practice, post-trial work, and appeals. She also is well-versed in real estate litigation matters, involving real estate transactions such as the Interstate Land Sales Act (“ILSA”).
COMMUNITY SERVICE & AFFILIATIONS
Ms. Gervais is a member of the Florida Hospital Tampa Foundation Board of Trustees, University of Miami Alumni Club, and Central Michigan University Alumni Club. She is also a member of the Family Law, Trial Lawyers, Real Property, and Probate and Trust Law sections of the Florida Bar Association. In 2017, Ms. Gervais joined Next Generation Divorce and the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals. She is a past board member of the Children’s Psychiatric Center, Inc., and past vice president and president-elect for Drug Free Youth in Town (“DFYIT”).
Ms. Gervais is involved in numerous sports law associations, including Sports Lawyers Association, Sports Club of Tampa Bay, and the Entertainment, Arts & Sports Law Association of the Florida Bar. She is also a member of espnW's "Women in Leadership" committee.
She was appointed to Dade Legal Aid Advisory Board for 2015 and served as chair to its Law Firm Engagement Committee. She also serves as court appointed and volunteer Guardian Ad Litem for children involved in domestic violence and custody disputes.
Ms. Gervais has represented Holocaust survivors in South Florida in an effort to receive possible foreign monies, and served as a past volunteer judge for Juvenile Offenders of the Miami-Dade County Teen Peer Court for Juvenile Justice.
In 2013, Ms. Gervais received a commendation from Dade County Bar, Put Something Back, and Legal Aid for her long-term dedication to the pro bono community. In 2007, she received the prestigious Domestic Violence Award for her pro bono work with victims of domestic violence from Put Something Back, the 11th Circuit for Miami-Dade County, and the Miami-Dade County Bar Association. She has received the Dade County Bar Recognition for Service award in 2000–2001, 2004–2005, and 2005–2006.
- 2009-2011; 2014, “Rising Star” in Florida, listed by Super Lawyers
- 2013, “Rising Star” in South Florida, listed by Daily Business Journal
- 2013, Top 40 Attorneys Under 40, listed by Daily Business Journal
- 2013, “Future Star” in Florida, listed by Benchmark Litigation
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