Update 2010/08/24, 9:20 a.m.
While Dennis Belcher’s expertise in handling big-dollar arrangements for families no doubt played a role in the firm’s representation of Elin Nordegren in her divorce from Tiger Woods, there’s a more direct connection. Nordegren’s twin sister, Josefin Lonnborg, is an associate in MW’s London office.
McGuireWoods LLP is one of the firms representing Elin Nordegren in her divorce from Tiger Woods, and if you’re wondering how it got that assignment, you need look no further than the first sentence of the firm biography of Richmond attorney Dennis I. Belcher.
“Mr. Belcher routinely represents both high-net worth individuals and families on a variety of sensitive and complex estate and business planning matters,” and if ever a divorce fit that description, it’s the Woods case.
Belcher is past president of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and was previously chair of the American Bar Association’s Real Property, Trust & Estate Law Section.
McGuireWoods and Sasser, Cestero and Sasser PA, Woods’ counsel from West Palm Beach, Fla., announced the divorce this afternoon.
The papers were filed in Bay County Circuit Court in Florida, and it was not immediately clear how much detail would be available about the terms of the settlement. What was clear is that the couple wants to make the split as dignified as possible.
The announcement contained a short, joint statement from Woods and Nordegren that said they were sad their marriage was over but wished “each other the very best for the future.”
The rest of the statement is here, emphasizing that the happiness of their two small children “has been, and will always be, of paramount importance to both of us,” as is the list of law firms and attorneys who worked on the case.
By Alan Cooper