Thomas J. Sasser

Thomas J. Sasser is the managing partner of the law firm of Sasser, Cestero & Sasser, P.A., which is located in West Palm Beach, Florida. He is Board Certified in Marital and Family Law. Mr. Sasser is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (“AAML”) and the International Academy of Family Lawyers (“IAFL”). He is a Diplomate of the American College of Family Law Trial Lawyers. He received his J.D. in 1995 from The University of Florida and his B.A. in 1992 from The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. He is a past Chair of the Family Law Section of The Florida Bar. In addition, he is a four-time past chair of the Florida Bar Marital and Family Law Board Certification Review Course. He is a past President of the Florida Chapter of the AAML and serves as the national Secretary of the AAML. He also is the Treasurer of the IAFL and has served on the Board of the United States Chapter of the IAFL. He served as the chair of the Palm Beach County Bar Association Family Law Practice Committee from 2003 – 2008. Mr. Sasser is the author of several articles for the Family Law Section Commentator and The Florida Bar Journal. He often lectures for the Palm Beach County Bar Association, The Florida Bar Family Law Section, the AAML and the IAFL.

Date and Place of Birth

June 17, 1970 in West Palm Beach, Florida

Education

  • Juris Doctor, The University of Florida
    College of Law, Gainesville, Florida 1995
    • - Honors, Summer 1993, Fall 1994, Summer 1995
    • - Honors, Legal Research and Writing
    • - 1994 Book Award for Trial Practice
    • - Teaching Fellow for Legal Research and Writing
    • - Council of Ten - Teaching Fellow for Contracts
  • Bachelor of Arts, The College of William and Mary
    Williamsburg Virginia, 1992
    • - Degrees in English and History

Bar Admission

  • Florida Bar, 1995
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, 1995

Certification

  • Marital and Family Law Florida Bar Board Certification, 2002, 2007 & 2012

Designations

  • Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers

Affiliations

  • The Florida Bar since 1995
    Family Law Section since 1995
    • - Chair 2006 - 2007
    • - Executive Council Member 1999 - 2008
    • - Support Issues Committee 1995 - 2010
      Chair 1998 - 1999, 2000 - 2001
    • - Commentator Committee 1995 - 2001
      Chair 2000 - 2001
    • - Continuing Legal Education Committee
      Chair 2002 – 2003, 2003 – 2004
    • - Chair Board Cert. Review Course 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006
    • - Legislation Committee 2000 – 2002, 2004 – 2005, 2007 - 2012
      Chair 2004 - 2005
    • - FAMSEG Committee 2000 - 2004
      Chair 2002 – 2003, 2003 -2004
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers since 2006
    National Academy
    • - Board of Governors 2009 – 2013
    • - Associates Institute Committee & Faculty Member 2006 – 2017
    • - Spousal Maintenance/Alimony Committee 2012 – 2013, 2016 - 2017 Co-Chair
    • - New Member Committee 2012 – 2015 (Chair-2015)
    • - Technology Committee 2012 – 2013
    • - Webinar Committee 2011 – 2012
    • - Divorce Manual Revision Committee 2009 -2010 – Chair
    • - CLE Committee 2007 – 2008
    • - Long Range Planning Committee 2007 – 2008
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers since 2006
    Florida Chapter
    • - President  2013 – 2014
    • - President Elect 2012 – 2013
    • - Vice President 2011 – 2012
    • - Treasurer 2010 - 2011
    • - Secretary 2009 – 2010
    • - Board of Managers 2007 – 2013
    • - Annual Institute Committee 2007 – 2010
      Chair 2009 – 2010
  • International Academy of Family Lawyers since 2006
    • - Treasurer 2011 – 2017
    • - Assistant Treasurer 2010 - 2011
    • - Parliamentarian 2009 - 2010
    • - Executive Committee 2008 - 2013
    • - United States Chapter Executive Council 2007 – 2011
  • American Bar Association since 1995
    • - Family Law Section since 1995
  • Palm Beach County Bar Association since 1995
    • - Family Law Practice Committee since 1995 - Chair 2003 – 2008
  • South Palm Beach County Bar Association since 1995
  • American College of Family Trial Lawyers since 2013

Awards

  • Best Lawyers – 2013 Lawyer of the Year, Family Law – West Palm Beach
  • Florida Trend’s Florida Legal Elite 2004 – 2010, 2012 - 2016
  • Florida Super Lawyers 2006 - 2016
  • Florida Bar Family Law Section Chair’s Outstanding Service Award 1999 - 2000
  • Florida Bar Family Law Section Chair’s Outstanding Service Award 2000 - 2001
  • Florida Bar Family Law Section Chair’s Outstanding Service Award 2002 - 2003
  • Florida Bar Family Law Section Chair’s Outstanding Service Award 2003 - 2004
  • Florida Bar Family Law Section Chair’s Outstanding Service Award 2004 - 2005 

Authorship

  • "10 Technological Advances which Improve the Practice of Law."
    The Family Law Section Commentator, Sept. 1998.
  • "Back to the Future:  Calculating Child Support Based upon the 1999 Amendments to § 61.30." The Family Law Section Commentator, Sept. 1999.
  • "Child Support Myths and Truths:  Exploring the Assumptions Underlying Florida’s Statutory Guidelines." The Florida Bar Journal, Oct. 1999.
  • "Protecting Your Client’s Privacy in an Age of Public Information:  The Florida Legislature Takes Preliminary Steps to Limit Access to Information Contained in the Court Files of Family Law Cases." FAMSEG, July 29, 2002.
  • "Neither A Borrower, Nor A Lender Be:  Civil Contempt Proceedings in the Wake of Sibley." FAMSEG, March 3, 2003.

Lectures

  • Frequent Lecturer for Palm Beach County Bar Association
  • Frequent Lecturer for the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, FL Chapter
  • Frequent Lecturer for The Florida Bar Family Law Section
  • Lecturer for the Florida Advanced Judicial College – 2012 on Alimony