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Theodore James Rechel

Theodore James Rechel

also known as Theodore J. Rechel, Ted Rechel

Practice areas:

Divorce & Separation, Family, Alimony, Child Custody, Child Support

About Me

I've been practicing divorce and family law in the Tampa Bay area since 1990.  During that time, I've represented thousands of Tampa area families in divorces, paternity actions and family law cases of all types.  I've been involved in high profile cases, represented local sports legends, doctors, lawyers, and professsionals of all types.  I have seen and dealt with a myriad of fact patterns and emergency situations.  I have thoroughly enjoyed helping good people through one of the most dramatic and difficult times of their lives. 


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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1990

  1. Divorce & Separation: 90%
    25 years, 3.5 thousand cases
  2. Family: 7%
    25 years, 3.5 thousand cases
  3. Child Support: 1%
    25 years, 1 thousand cases
  4. Child Custody: 1%
    25 years, 1 thousand cases
  5. Alimony: 1%
    25 years, 1 thousand cases



Hourly ($350/hour), Retainer (Always)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

24 total 

  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Theodore. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


    Michael Waddington Military Law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Brian Max Monk

    Ted Rechel is an honest and effective advocate of the highest caliber. I heartily endorse Mr. Rechel for all types of family law matters.


    Brian Monk Family Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

2913 Busch Lake Blvd
Tampa, FL, 336141860


FLMember in Good Standing199005/07/2015
ILVoluntarily Inactive199105/14/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Legal Elite HonoreeFlorida Trend Magazine2012
Family Mediation CertificationSupreme Court of Florida2011
Family Mediation CertificationSupreme Court of Florida1995

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Adjunct ProfessorTampa College1992 - 1994
Managing Partner/ PresidentRechel & Associates, P.A.1992 - Present
Associate AttorneyFamily Legal Centers of Thomas Chawk, P.A.1991 - 1992
Associate AttorneyLaw Offices of Donald Belveal, Chartered.1990 - 1991
LSAT Course InstuctorStanley Kaplan1988 - 1989

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Collaborative Divorce Association Tampa BayMember2013 - Present
Busch Lakes AssociationPresident2001 - Present
American Inns of Court Tampa Family Law ChapterBarrister1997 - 2005
Hillsborough County Bar Association, Family Law SectionMember1992 - Present
Florida Bar, Family Law SectionMember1991 - Present
Illinois State Bar AssociationMember1991 - Present

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Gaines v. SayneSupreme Court agreed with Mr. Rechel's position and clarified Florida law as to when a final judgment is final, adopting Rechel's view of the law. My client's daughter inherited wife's estate.
Hollister v. HollisterSecond District Court of Appeal agreed with most of Mr. Rechel's positions, imposed a constructive trust on Husband's stock options, reversed the amount of income imputed to Wife, distributed the Husband's bonus,and ordered new trial.
Cole v. ColeSecond District Court of Appeal agreed with Rechel and reversed the trial court's improper calculation of child support in rotating custody cases.

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School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Illinois College of LawLawJuris Doctorate1989
Indiana UniversityPsychology, HistoryBachelor of Arts1986

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Training Seminar Office of Social Investigation Service"How to Author a Social Investigation Report"2003
Spring Lecture Series"Collaborative Law"2003