Blank Rome LLP; 201 E. Kennedy Blvd., Suite 520; Tampa, FL  33602
P: 813-255-2323

“The Fixer”

Michelle advises athletes and executives, as well as Fortune 500 companies in complex disputes involving family and high-stakes business matters. Known as “The Fixer”, Michelle handles highly delicate matters and her deep experience, as well as world class client service, makes Michelle the lawyer to call when you need a holistic solution to a complex and sensitive legal problem.


• 2021 America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators

• 2020 Florida Bar Foundation “Pro Bono Hero”

• 2019 & 2020 Florida Trend Magazine’s Top 500 Most Influential Business Executives 

• 2020 Lawdragon’s 500 Leading Family Lawyers 

• 2019-2021 America’s Top 100 Bet-The- Company Litigators 

• 2019, 2021 Tampa Style Magazine Tampa Attorneys of the Year

• Hillsborough County Pro Bono Recognition 2016

• “Rising Star”, Super Lawyers 2009-2011; 2014 

• 2013 Top 40 Attorneys Under 40; “Rising Star” Daily Business Journal

• 2013, “Future Star” Benchmark Litigation

• 2013, Commendation Dade County Bar long-term dedication to pro bono 

• 2011 Florida’s Outstanding Young Lawyers in Business Litigation American Registry

• 2007, Dade County Bar Domestic Violence Award




• 2020-present Blank Rome’s DEI Committee

• 2018–2019 NCAA Women’s Final Four Local Advisory Committee

• Women in Sports & Events Tampa Bay VP Communications 2018-present; Ad Hoc DEI Co-Chair

• Sports Lawyers Association; Outreach Captain 2017–present 

• espnW’s “Women in Leadership” 2017 & 2018

• 2015 Dade Legal Aid Advisory Board Select Charitable

• 2021 St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital Hero’s Ball; 2017 Georgette’s Fashion Show 

• Positive Coaching Alliance’s mentoring & scholarship committees

• AdventHealth Tampa Foundation 2016– 2019; 2017 & 2019 Co-Chair Fashion for Hope; Women of Influence Executive Board 2017–2018 


Select Media & Speaking Engagements

• “Steps to Becoming Wise and Winning”; Professional Football Players Mothers Association’s Annual Retreat 

• “Top 10 Tips for Drafting Prenuptial Agreements” 29th Annual Family Law Nuts & Bolts of Divorce; Dade Legal Aid & Dade County Bar

• Representing Professional Athletes in Divorce and Paternity Suits; ABA

• Tampa Bay Business Journal “Michelle Gervais Looks Ahead to Post-COVID Business Litigation” 

• Financial Services Regulatory and Litigation Update: Where Do We Go from Here?” ACC’s Banking & Financial Services 

• Champions of Social Justice: Professional Sports Leaders on Anti-Racism and Allyship

• “My Winning Playbook: Fading into the Fix,” NFL THREAD’s The Playbook 

• Smart Women, Smart Moves NFL THREAD 

• Interviewed Mori Taheripour Blank Rome’s Women’s Leadership Summit Meeting the Moment and Leading Beyond

• The Legal Examiner on the spike of divorce during COVID 

• USA Today “Divorce during coronavirus: Will splits soar after pandemic quarantines end?” 

• LEVICK on In House Warrior, “Maintaining Wealth in Divorce”

• “Trying Cases during COVID: Roundtable on Best Practices and Lessons Learned” Emerging Litigation and Employment Issues for In-House Counsel 

• “Hot Tips on PreNups & PostNups” 27th & 28th Annual Family Law Nuts & Bolts of Divorce Dade Legal Aid & Dade County Bar 

• The Modern Athlete: Empowerment, Wellness & Transition; Carillon Miami Wellness Resort, The Shine Firm, & Sports Lawyer’s Association kick off NFL’s Super Bowl week 

• Tampa Bay Lightning Teamwork’s Event

• “Civic Engagement: The Why and How”; Tampa Women’s Leadership Summit 

• “Women Empowering Women”; National Association of Sports Commissions