The Untold Truth From Dan Markel’s Ex-Wife


• Wendi Adelson is an infamous wife of the late Dan Markel, who was murdered in 2014
• She was born in Florida, has American nationality and is Taurus
• She studied at Brandeis University, Cambridge University and University of Miami Law School
• She is an author, clinical law professor, and director of the Human Rights and Immigration Law Project
• Her net worth is estimated at over $1 million


Wendi Adelson is a notorious wife of the late Dan Markel, a law professor and lawyer, murdered in 2014. The case is still awaiting a new trial, named on April 13, 2020, and some sources claim that Wendi Adelson or at least members of her family were behind the murder.


Early life and family

Wendi Jill Adelson was born on April 22, 1979 in Florida, USA, so her zodiac sign is Taurus and she is an American national. She grew up in Florida alongside her older brother, Charles J. Adelson, and oldest sibling, Robert. Her mother, Donna Adelson, took care of her children while her husband, Harvey Adelson, was hard at work as a cosmetic dentist.

Harvey founded the Adelson Institute for Aesthetic & Implant Dentistry after earning a dental degree from Temple University (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) and graduating from the Pankey Institute; Harvey is often described as a “dentists dentist”. Wendi’s mother later joined her husband in his institute, where she held the position of patient coordinator.

Wendi’s older brother, Karel, also works in the institute, as he received his BS in Micro and Molecular Biology from the University of Central Florida, located in Orlando. Charles is an experienced periodontist. Donna and Harvey’s oldest son, Robert, also works in medicine; he is an ENT physician and works in Albany, New York State.

Educational background

Wendi has always been a hard-working student. In 1997, she won the prestigious Miami Herald Silver Knight Award, given to outstanding high school students, for her work titled “Starting Blocks”, a charitable project she created to share educational materials and toys of all kinds with children from underprivileged families. Wendi graduated from high school in 1997 and then enrolled at Brandeis University, graduating magna cum laude with a BA in business communications, then earned her MD in international relations and graduated from Cambridge University in 2002.

Wendy Adelson

While at Cambridge, Wendi was a member of the Global Scholarship Program entitled Gates Cambridge Scholarship, established by Bill and Melinda Gates in October 2000. In 2006, she received her J.D., graduating from the University of Miami Law School.


From 2011 to 2015, Wendi served as a professor of clinical law at Florida State University. At the same time, she held the position of director of the Human Rights and Immigration Law Project. In 2015, Wendi was promoted to the position of Clerk of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit by Miami Judge Adalberto Jordan, where she served until 2016. In July 2017, Wendi got a new jobappointed head of the Immigration Partnership & Coalition Fund (IMPAC).

Wendi is also the author of the human trafficking novel titled “The Is Our Story” which she self-published. She also developed the Human Trafficking Law blog, but stopped posting on it in September 2015.

Personal life, ex-husband late Dan Markel

Wendi met Daniel Markel in 2004. The couple dated for a few years and finally married in February 2006. At that time, Dan already held the position of a professor, working at Florida State University School of Law. Wendi and Dan gave birth to their first son in 2009, and in just one year, welcomed another son in 2010. However, Wendi left Dan in 2012, took the kids and disappeared.

Divorce and battles in court over custody of the children

When Dan went on a business trip again in 2012 (which he had had enough of), he came back to an empty house with almost no furniture, no wife and no children in it, but with divorce papers on the bed.

For a long time (Dan’s filings claimed the exact period was six weeks), Markel did not know the whereabouts of his wife and his children, as Wendi hid the information with the help of members of her family, most notably her mother and brother Charles. . The divorce was finalized in July 2013. Wendi and Dan shared joint custody of their children, when Dan filed an injunction barring Wendi from moving to Miami with the children. He won the order at the end of 2013, but the battle in court did not stop. Dan and Wendi still had multiple claims against each other regarding parenting arrangements, finances and asset disposal. Wendi’s mother was also a figure mentioned in one of Dan’s motions he filed in early 2014, when he asked the court to provide constant supervision over his mother-in-law while she was with his children, claiming she made several “disparaging remarks” about Dan.

Who is Dan Markel?

Dan was very notorious in all things court related as he was a law professor and lawyer and worked at the Florida State University College of Law. Born on October 9, 1972 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Dan quickly understood what he wanted to do in his life. Dan, a Harvard student, attended the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and then received his master’s degree from Emmanuel College, Cambridge. In 2001, Dan earned his JD from Harvard Law School and quickly became one of Florida’s in-demand attorneys. In 2009, Dan wrote the book “Privilege or Punish: Criminal Justice and the Challenge of Family Ties” while still working as a law professor at Florida State University.

Dan Markel, a well-known Florida state professor and author, died after being shot Friday, according to friends and the FSU Law School. –

Posted by Tallahassee Democrat on Saturday, July 19, 2014

On July 18, 2014, Dan was shot while staying alone at his home in Tallahassee, Florida. On July 19, 2014, he died of the injuries in the hospital where he was taken too late, as the dispatcher who received the call from Dan’s neighbors did not label the call as a real serious call. Dan was late announced an “intended victim”.

Statements to Dan’s killers. Were they connected to Wendi and her family?

In July 2015, two different rewards were announced for all information about the suspects. On May 26, 2016, the first suspect named Sigfredo Garcia was arrested at his home in Miami Beach. Police gave no details to the press, stating only that the case had been investigated as a hit man and they were still looking for the exact person who hired Garcia to kill Dan Markel.

Eventually, a co-conspirator of Garcia was caught, Luis Rivera, who was also often seen with Garcia. Another suspect arrested during the investigation was Katherine Magbanua. the mother of Sigfredo Garcia’s two children. Katherine and Sigfredo were not in a relationship at the time of the murder, but Katherine was the person who linked the killers and the members of Wendi’s family. Police discovered that Magbanua was dating Wendi’s brother, Charles Adelson. However, the court could not prove that Wendi, Charles, or their mother hired Donna, Garcia, and Rivera, even though prosecutors insisted that Charles paid $100,000 to kill Dan Markel so that Wendi could gain full custody of her sons. On October 15, 2019, Garcia and Rivera were sentenced to life in prison for the murder and conspiracy charges.

Katherine Magbanua is still in prison as she was charged as a co-conspirator – her trial is set for April 13, 2020. Wendi has denied any involvement in the murder, but has testified – under immunity – that her family may have been.

Appearance, clothing style

Wendi has medium length light brown hair and green eyes. Her height, weight and vital statistics are not available. As for her dress style, she likes to wear classic suits when she appears in public. For her daily life, she sticks to casual looks.

Wealth and salary

As of 2020, Wendi’s net worth is reported to be over $1 million.