Board, Members & Past PresidentsOur Organization

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PRESIDENTKarina D. Rodrigues

Karina Rodrigues is an Associate at Kelley|Uustal, where she represents catastrophically injured clients. She focuses her practice on matters involving negligence, products liability, medical malpractice, construction defects and wrongful death. She graduated cum laude from University of Florida Levin College of Law. Karina was born in Brazil and moved to the United States while in elementary school. She speaks semi-fluent Spanish and fluent Portuguese.


Kristen Palacio is an attorney with Kim Vaughan Lerner LLP in Fort Lauderdale, FL.  Kristen focuses her practice on commercial litigation matters and insurance-related matters, involving property damage and premises liability. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Kristen spent nearly eight years in the real estate world, where she had overall responsibility for sales and leasing operations for over 1,000 units in multiple communities.  Kristen received her J.D. from Nova Southeastern University.,q_auto/v1592165482/Photo-Kristen-Palacio-Martinez.jpg,q_auto/v1592165485/Aron-J.-Gibson-Headshot.jpg


Aron “A.J.” Gibson was born and raised in South Florida and is of Cuban, Puerto Rican and Irish descent. Mr. Gibson obtained his law degree from St. Thomas University School of Law. Mr. Gibson previously worked as an Assistant State Attorney in Broward County. He currently works at Montero Law Center and focuses his practice on personal injury and wrongful death law.

TREASURERAlicia Gonzalez

Alicia Gonzalez is an Associate in the Fort Lauderdale office of Weiss Serota Helfman Cole & Bierman, P.A.  She handles eminent domain actions, Bert Harris Act claims, and other land use litigation matters.   Alicia received her J.D. from the George Washington University College of Law., is a South Florida native, and is fluent in Spanish.,q_auto/v1592165463/Ft_Lauderdale-Alicia_Gonzalez-e1591718385304.jpg,q_auto/v1592165480/Nazarena-Hauser-Headshot.jpg

HISTORIANNazarena R. Hauser

Nazarena Rosales Hauser earned her law degree at Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center. She worked as an Assistant State Attorney for the Office of the State Attorney in Broward County from graduation until joining Family Matters Law Group, P.A. in the summer of 2014. In 2017, she became partner. She is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator and is also regularly appointed by the Courts as a Guardian ad Litem to represent children’s best interests.

RULES & REGULATIONS OFFICERJonathan Morhaim,q_auto/v1592165487/lady-justice-better-background.jpg,q_auto/v1592165475/Yineth-Aslan-Headshot.jpg


Yineth S. Aslan works as staff counsel for GEICO General Insurance Company at the Law Office of George L. Cimballa III in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Prior to joining GEICO staff counsel, Yineth worked as an assistant state attorney at the Broward State Attorney’s Office handling hundreds of misdemeanor and felony criminal cases.

Yineth received her bachelor’s degrees in Legal Studies and Philosophy from Nova Southeastern University (NSU) and her law degree from NSU Shepard Broad College of Law. Presently, Yineth is a member of the Broward County Bar Association, the Broward County Young Lawyers Section, and a mock trial instructor at NSU Shepard Broad College of Law. Yineth heads the Broward County Hispanic Bar Association’s annual Bilingual High School Conference hosted in partnership with Broward County Public Schools.


Jessica Marra is an Attorney at Kelley Kronenberg in Fort Lauderdale and focuses her practice on General Liability and Third Party Insurance Defense Litigation with a background in Criminal Law, Workers’ Compensation, Contract Disputes, and Administrative Matters. Jessica is also a former Assistant State Attorney for the Office of the State Attorney, Seventeenth Judicial Circuit. Jessica received her J.D., cum laude, from Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad School of Law and is fluent in Spanish.,q_auto/v1592165472/Marra_Jessica_4x5.jpg,q_auto/v1592165470/Michelle-Rodriguez-Headshot.jpg

MEMBERSHIP CHAIRMichelle Rodriguez

Michelle Rodriguez was born in Queens, NY. Both of her parents immigrated to the United States from Colombia. She attended Florida International University where she earned her Bachelors of Science in Criminal Justice and a minor in Psychology. She went on to earn her Masters of Science in Higher Education Administration also from Florida International University. Ms. Rodriguez earned her Juris Doctorate from St. Thomas University in Miami, FL where she graduated Cum Laude. Ms. Rodriguez is currently in-house litigation counsel for an insurance carrier.

DIRECTORNicole Avila

Nicole Avila obtained her law degree from Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law. She practices immigration law at Avila Law PLLC.,q_auto/v1592165469/Nicole-Avila-Headshot.jpg,q_auto/v1592165487/lady-justice-better-background.jpg

DIRECTORElisabeth Rodriguez


Marc Marra is a partner in Kelley Kronenberg’s Fort Lauderdale office, focusing his practice on assisting banks and other financial service providers with regulatory, enforcement, transactional, bankruptcy, and litigation matters. Marc earned his Juris Doctor degree, cum laude, from Nova Southeastern University, Shepard Broad College of Law; and his Master of Laws Degree in Real Property Development, from the University of Miami School of Law.,q_auto/v1592165461/Marra_Marc_4x5.jpg,q_auto/v1592165465/Carla-Lowry-Headshot.jpg

DIRECTORCarla P. Lowry

Carla Lowry practices marital and criminal law. She has owned Lowry at Law, P.A. since 2008. Ms. Lowry is a former prosecutor and public defender. She attended Stetson University Law School.

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The Honorable Jose Izquierdo

Judge Jose Izquierdo serves in the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit Court of Broward County. He was born in Florida and is of Cuban-American descent. Judge Izquierdo obtained his bachelor’s degree from Florida International University, and his law degree from the University of Florida Levin College of Law. He is a past president of the Broward County Hispanic Bar Association (2007-2008). Judge Izquierdo was appointed to the Court in May 2016 and presides over dependency cases.

The Honorable Tarlika Navarro

Judge Tarlika Navarro serves as a Circuit Court Judge in Broward County. She is of Colombian-American descent. Judge Navarro studied journalism and anthropology at the University of Miami, and obtained her law degree at St. Thomas University School of Law. She was appointed to the Court in March 2018. Judge Navarro initially presided over family and domestic violence cases, and is now a Drug Court Judge of the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit.,q_auto/v1592770745/Tarlika-Navarro-headshot.jpg

Organization Members

Cristina Abreu

Wintter Law
Puerto Rico and Cuba

Vanessa Alvarez

Robinson Pecaro Mier, P.A.
Insurance Defense

Yineth Sanchez Aslan

Law Offices of George L. Cimballa III, GEICO Staff Counsel – Fort Lauderdale
Insurance Defense, In-House Staff Counsel

Patricia Atallah

Law Student
Criminal Law

Nicole Avila

Avila Law PLLC

Leila Billings

Cuba and Spain

Carlton A. Bober

Vernis & Bowling of Broward, PA

Alida Bustos

Law Student at St. Thomas University

McKenzie Campagnolo

Law Student at Nova Southeastern University

Oniss Cardenas

Law Student at Nova Southeastern University

Dennis Carrion

The Carrion Firm, PLLC
Personal Injury (Plaintiff)

Iury Carvalho

Nova Southeaster University Shepard Broad College of Law
Personal Injury
United States

Melissa Chavarri

Di Pietro Partners, LLP
Medical Malpractice, Complex Litigation & General Civil Litigation
U.S., Cuba and Puerto Rico

Ilse Cruz

Student at Florida Atlantic University
Broward County

The Honorable Robert F. Diaz

Seventeeth Judicial Circuit Court Judge
Criminal Law

Antoinette Diaz

Diaz Dodd VanBoxtel Law, P.A.
Immigration & Nationality Law

Shedwin Eliassin

Law Student at St. Thomas University
Haiti and U.S.

Jasmine Elmasry

Law Student at George Washington University

The Honorable Fabienne E. Fahnestock

Seventeeth Judicial Circuit Court Judge
Dominican Republic

Liz Farinas

Law Student at St. Thomas University

Lourdes B. Fernandez

St. Thomas University School of Law
Assistant Dean Office for Career Development

Necessity Funding

BCHBA Annual Sponsor

Client Legal Funding

BCHBA Annual Sponsor

Aimee Garces

Law Student at St. Thomas University

Kayla Garcia

Law Student at Nova Southeastern University

Mariano Garcia

Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley
Personal Injury (Plaintiff) & Commercial Litigation

Luis Garcia

University of Florida Levin College of Law

The Honorable Marina Garcia-Wood

Seventeeth Judicial Circuit Court Judge

Jeremiah St. Gerard

Law Student

Aron Gibson

Montero Law
Personal Injury & Wrongful Death (Plaintiff)
Cuba, Puerto Rico and Ireland

Christina Gomez

Government Attorney
Criminal Law

Alicia Gonzalez

Weiss Serota Helfman Cole & Bierman, P.L.
Eminent Domain & Land Use Litigation

Julio Gonzalez

Labor & Employment
Dominican Republic

Kristen Goss

KWG Family Legal and Mediation Services, LLC
Family Law, Family Mediation, Probate, Guardianship & Estate Planning

Bernadette Guerra

Government Attorney
Defense & Appeals

Danielle Hall

Law Student at University of Miami

John Hartsell

Government Attorney

Nazarena Rosales Hauser

Family Matters Law Group, P.A.
Family & Dependency

Danay Hernandez

Law Student at St. Thomas University

Alen Hsu

Weiss Serota Helfman Cole & Bierman, P.L.
Commercial Litigation & Class Action Defense, and Transactions in Business, Real Estate, Corporate & Labor and Employment
Asia, U.S.

The Honorable Jose Izquierdo

Seventeeth Judicial Circuit Court Judge

Elba Jimenez

Broward Public Defender
Criminal Defense

Elroy John

Fischer Redavid PLLC
Personal Injury, Criminal Defense, Civil Rights, & Appellate
United States Virgin islands

Hernando Bernal Jr.

Law Office of Hernando Bernal Jr. Esq. P.A.

Christina Kalin

Daly & Barber, P.A.
Personal Injury (Plaintiff)

Ramiro Kruss

Government Attorney

The Honorable Frank Ledee

Seventeeth Judicial Circuit Court Judge
United States

The Honorable Olga Levine

17th Judicial Circuit
Cuba/United States

Faith Lombardo

Law Student

Carla Lowry

Lowry at Law, P.A.
Marital & Criminal Law

Harold Malcolm

Law Student at Nova Southeastern University

Yudislaidys Mallol

David Howard Goldberg, P.L.
Trusts & Estates

Madeleine Mannello

Winston Law Firm
Personal Injury; Criminal Defense
United States

Hastrid Maradiaga

Government Attorney
Criminal Law

Diana Santa Maria

Law Offices of Diana Santa Maria, P.A.

Marc A. Marra

Kelley Kronenberg
Real Estate

Jessica Daley Marra

Kelley Kronenberg
Workers' Compensation (Defense), Third Party Property Litigation, General Contract Disputes & Criminal Law
Cuba, Italy and Ireland

The Honorable Kathleen McCarthy

Seventeeth Judicial Circuit Court Judge

Jonathan Morhaim

Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP
Complex Commercial Litigation, Personal Injury, Banking & Finance Litigation

The Honorable Tarlika Nunez-Navarro

Seventeeth Judicial Circuit Court Judge

Kristen Palacio

Kim Vaughan Lerner LLP
Commercial Litigation

Elaine Martin Perez

Law Student at Nova Southeastern University
International Law, International Arbitration, International Mediation & Family Law

Jenny Vargas de Perez-Corujo

Farida Coronel Piriz

Law Student at Nova Southeastern University
Securities Litigation, Securities Arbitration & International Arbitration

The Honorable Carlos Rebollo

Seventeeth Judicial Circuit Court Judge
Cuba and Spain

Ricardo Reyes

Tobin & Reyes, P.A.

Karina Rodrigues

Kelley | Uustal
Catastrophic Injury, Medical Malpractice & Wrongful Death
Brazil and Portugal

Michelle Rodriguez

In-House Counsel
Insurance Defense

Elisabeth Rodriguez

Government Attorney
Germany and Puerto Rico

Aby Catalina Rodriguez

Government Attorney
Criminal Law

The Honorable Carlos Rodriguez

Seventeeth Judicial Circuit Court Judge

Aylin Ruiz

Government Attorney

Cristina Sabbagh

Schlesinger Law Offices, P.A.

Alex Smith

Law Student at Nova Southeastern University

William Solano

Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law
Real Estate

Stephanie Swantner

Law Student at Nova Southeastern University
Medical Malpractice, Healthcare Law & Personal Injury

Caroline Swift


Richard Tejeda

Law Student

Meah Tell

Ksenia Saavedra Vance

Broward Sheriff's Office

Adriana Vargas

Law Student at Mitchell Hamline School of Law

Jacqueline Vazquez-Aldana

Law Student at St. Thomas University

Carline Vidal

NSU Shepard Broad Law Center
Criminal and Health Law
Puerto Rico

Nicole Villamar

Mario Villota

Gabriel F. Zambrano

Zappitell Law Firm
Personal Injury

A MESSAGE FROMPast Presidents

Past Presidents

1990-1991The Honorable Marina Garcia-Wood

1991-1992Carlos Reyes

1992-1993Emilio Benitez

1993-1994Maria Rodriguez Lewis

1994-1995Ana Gardiner

1995-1996Ricardo Reyes

1996-1997The Honorable Robert Lee

1997-1998Mariaelena Gayo-Guitian

1998-1999Georgette Sosa Douglass

1999-2000Soraya Hevia Kasper

2000-2001Carlton Bober

2001-2002Alex Arreaza

2002-2003Rae Chorowski

2003-2004Catalina Avalos

2004-2005Cynthia Guerra

2005-2006Ileana Almeida

2006-2007Hyram Montero

2007-2008The Honorable Jose Izquierdo

2008-2009Juan Carlos Arias

2009-2010Carmen Cuetos

2010-2011Alan Pascal

2011-2012Francis Viamontes

2012-2013Lorena Mastrarrigo

2013-2014Liliana Jurado

2014-2015David Salomon

2015-2016Leila Billings

2016-2017Rudwin Ayala

2017-2018Connie Pena

2018-2019Diana Salomon

2019-2020Aron Gibson

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