• Wendi Adelson is an infamous wife of the late Dan Markel, who was murdered in 2014
• She was born in Florida, holds American nationality and is a 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 to be over $1 million


Wendi Adelson is an infamous wife of the late Dan Markel, a law professor and attorney, murdered in 2014. The case is still waiting another trial, appointed on 13 April 2020, and some sources claim Wendi Adelson or at least members of her family were behind the murder.

Early life and family

Wendi Jill Adelson was born on 22 April 1979, in Florida USA, so her zodiac sign is Taurus, and she holds American nationality. She was raised in Florida alongside her elder brother, Charles J. Adelson, and the oldest sibling, Robert. Her mother, Donna Adelson, took care of her children, while her husband, Harvey Adelson, was busy working hard as a cosmetic dentist.

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

Wendi’s elder brother, Charles, also works in the Institute, since he got his B.S. in Micro and Molecular Biology from the University of Central Florida, located in Orlando. Charles is an experienced periodontist. Donna and Harvey’s eldest son, Robert, also works in the sphere of medicine; he is an otolaryngologist, working 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 entitled “Starting Blocks”, which was a charity project she initiated to share educational material and all kinds of toys with children from underprivileged families. Wendi matriculated from her high school in 1997, and then enrolled at Brandeis University, graduating magna cum laude with a BA in business communication, then getting her MD in international relations, graduating from Cambridge University in 2002.

Wendi Adelson

While in 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 JD, graduating from the University of Miami Law School.


From 2011 to 2015 Wendi worked as a clinical law professor at Florida State University. At the same time, she held the position of the Director of the Human Rights and Immigration Law Project. In 2015 Wendi was promoted to the position of a law clerk to the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit of Miami’s Judge Adalberto Jordan, where she worked until 2016. In July 2017 Wendi got a new job, being appointed to the position of the head of the Immigration Partnership & Coalition Fund (IMPAC).

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

Personal life, ex-husband late Dan Markel

Wendi met Daniel Markel in 2004. The couple dated for a couple of years and eventually married in February 2006. At that moment, 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 a year they welcomed another son in 2010. However, Wendi left Dan in 2012, taking the kids and disappearing.

Divorce and fights in the court over custody of the children

When Dan went for another business trip (which he had plenty of) in 2012, he came back to an empty house with almost no furniture, no wife and no kids in it, but with divorce paperwork left on the bed.

For a long time (Dan’s filings claimed the exact period was six weeks) Markel didn’t know where his wife and his kids were located, as Wendi hid the information with the help of members of her family, her mother and brother Charles in particular. The divorce was finalized in July 2013. Wendi and Dan shared joint custody of their children, when Dan filed an order to forbid Wendi to move to Miami with the kids. He won the order at the end of 2013, but the fight in the court didn’t stop. Dan and Wendi still had multiple claims against each other regarding parenting arrangements, finances and disposition of assets. Wendi’s mother also was a figure mentioned in one of Dan’s motions he filed at the beginning of 2014, as he asked the court to provide constant supervision for his mother-in-law while she was with his children, as he claimed she made various ‘disparaging remarks’ about Dan.

Who is Dan Markel?

Dan was very notorious in everything related to courts, as he was a law professor and attorney, working in the Florida State University College of Law. Born on 9 October 1972, in Toronto, Ontario Canada, Dan soon understood what he wanted to do in his life. A Harvard undergraduate, Dan studied at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and then got his MD from Emmanuel College, Cambridge. In 2001 Dan got his JD from Harvard Law School, quickly becoming one of the highly-demanded attorneys in Florida. In 2009 Dan wrote the book “Privilege or Punish: Criminal Justice and the Challenge of Family Ties”, while he was still working as Professor of Law in Florida State University.

On 18 July 2014 Dan was shot while he stayed alone in his home in Tallahassee, Florida. On 19 July 2014 he died of the injuries in the hospital he was taken to late to, as the dispatcher who got the call from Dan’s neighbors didn’t classify the call as a truly serious one. Dan later was announced an “intended victim”.

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

In July 2015 two different rewards were announced for any information on the suspects. On 26 May 2016 the first suspect named Sigfredo Garcia was arrested in his house in Miami Beach. The police didn’t give the press any details only stating that the case was investigated as a murderer for hire, and they were still searching for the exact person who hired Garcia to murder Dan Markel.

Eventually, a co-conspirator of Garcia was caught, Luis Rivera, who was also seen many times 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, however, Katherine was the person who linked the murderers and the members of Wendi’s family. The police found out that Magbanua dated Wendi’s brother, Charles Adelson. However, the court couldn’t prove Wendi, Charles or their mother, Donna, hired Garcia and Rivera, even though the prosecutors insisted that Charles paid $100,000 for Dan Markel to be murdered, so Wendi could get full custody on her sons. On 15 October 2019 Garcia and Rivera were sentenced to life for the murder and conspiracy.

Katherine Magbanua is still in prison as she was charged as a co-conspirator – her retrial takes place on 13 April 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 middle length light brown hair and green eyes. Her height, weight and vital statistics are not available. As to her clothing style, she likes wearing classic suits when she appears in public. For her daily life, she sticks to casual looks.

Net worth and salary

As of 2020, Wendi’s net worth is reputedly over $1 million.

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