Lisa F. Karges - Cordell & Cordell Tampa Divorce Attorney

Lisa F. Karges

Senior Litigation Partner

Lisa Karges-GreyThe emotionally complex issues family law presents are what Lisa F. Karges found appealing about representing men in divorce.

“Unlike other areas of law I feel personal satisfaction in knowing that I actually help people by obtaining definitive positive results that impact their entire lives,” she said.

One case that had a huge impact on a client’s life was Ms. Karges’ ability to obtain primary custody for a father who had been systematically shut out of his children’s lives for years because of the mother’s actions.

“There is no simple or easy divorce,” Ms. Karges said. “In order to obtain successful results the attorney and client must constantly work together throughout the process to develop a strategy, communicate, and prepare for all circumstances.”

In addition to family law, Ms. Karges’ background includes work in bankruptcy law, and she has extensive knowledge on how military procedures affect divorce cases.

Licenses & Admissions

Ms. Karges is licensed in Florida and admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida.

She is also board certified in marital and family law in Florida. There are only 273 attorneys in the state who carry the marital and family law certification and only about 20 attorneys in the Tampa Bay area.


Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from University of Wisconsin-Madison; Juris Doctor from Florida Coastal School of Law, graduated cum laude with a certification in Family Law and Advanced Legal Writing.

Florida Coastal School Law Review, Member, 2006 – 2007, Editorial Board, 2007-2008; Dean’s List, 2005 – 2007; Dean’s Scholar’s List, 2007.

Professional Experience

Prior to joining Cordell & Cordell, Ms. Karges’ practice focused on domestic relations and bankruptcy law.


Florida Bar Association Marital and Family Law Section; Hillsborough County Bar Association Marital and Family Law Section; and Family Law Inns of Court (Hillsborough County).


In 2017, Ms. Karges received board certification in the area of Marital & Family Law from the Florida Bar, a designation earned by just seven percent of eligible Florida Bar members – approximately 4,800 lawyers.

Florida Bar Board Certification

Ms. Karges was recognized from 2014 to 2021 as a Florida Rising Star in the family law practice area by Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters rating service of outstanding lawyers.

Lisa F. Karges

Rated by Super Lawyers

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Speeches, Seminars, & Publications

Watch Ms. Karges’ lecture from Cordell & Cordell’s 2014 Continuing Legal Education seminar on “Evidence for the Family Law Attorney: A Winning Strategy.”


"I have been pleased so far with the services received from Lisa, the team, and Cordell & Cordell.  Lisa has represented my interests well with all of this, which is spending more time with my kids.  I can see her zeal for this."
"It was a trying process, but the counsel understood the situation and was aggressive [and] tough when needed. Lisa did a good job. She understood the situation and was caring. Lisa was ethical and did what she needed to do to prove that we were the better party."
"They have done a phenomenal job.  Everything that Lisa put together was exceptional.  Everybody on her staff has been great.  It was a very good experience.  Lisa got everything done she said she would get done.  It was the best experience I've ever had.  ..."
"You guys were great. ... Lisa and [my paralegal] went over and beyond.  They really cared and had my best interests in mind; I could tell this and it really helped me feel at ease.  I'm very pleased and happy with everything done.  I would definitely use you guys again, if needed, in the future."
"Lisa was very professional, informative, prompt, and approachable; that was big with me. ..."

"Lisa and Becky were always prompt when needed.  Overall, everything was great, and I would definitely recommend your firm to others.  I loved Lisa's enthusiasm!"


"I find it refreshing and calming that I can be honest and forthright and receive no off-color comments from anyone at Cordell. No one ever knows how these things will end up, but I feel somewhat relieved that I've chosen a great group to represent me throughout these proceedings."

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