Board, Members & Past PresidentsOur Organization

Executive Board

PRESIDENTKristen L. Palacio

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.

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PRESIDENT-ELECTNazarena 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.

IMMEDIATE PAST 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.

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TREASURERStewart Valencia

Stewart Valencia is a sole practitioner in Fort Lauderdale FL. who specializes in State and Federal Criminal and Civil litigation. He is a trial lawyer with over 23 years of jury trial experience. Before opening up his own shop, he was a named partner in the law firm of Holman, Cohen and Valencia in Hollywood FL. He graduated undergrad from the University of Florida, and obtained his JD from St. Thomas University. He is fluent in English, Spanish, and Legalese.

RULES & REGULATIONS OFFICERJonathan Morhaim

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RECORDING SECRETARYYineth S. Aslan

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.

HISTORIANJessica D. Marra

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.

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MEMBERSHIP CHAIRElisabeth Rodriguez

CORRESPONDENCE SECRETARYMarc Marra

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.

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DIRECTORMichelle 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.

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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DIRECTORMichelle Harper

Michelle Harper is the Supervising Attorney at Florida Legal Services, Inc. She provides legal advice, assistance, and representation to victims of violence and human trafficking throughout the State of Florida. Ms. Harper has assisted victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual violence, repeat violence and stalking in seeking injunctions against their abusers, and secured dozens of permanent and temporary injunctions for protection for her clients. She has a passion for assisting victims of violence who are minor children and elderly adults. She has spearheaded dozens of community training events in order to increase awareness of domestic violence in and around Broward County and to ensure that victims of violence receive much needed assistance and representation in court.

DIRECTORFreddy Perera

Freddy graduated summa cum laude and valedictorian of his class at Nova Southeastern University and is a founding partner of Perera Aleman—a law firm focused on employment and business law.  Prior to opening his own firm, Freddy worked as an employment lawyer at Stearns Waver Miller and General Counsel of the Florida Atlantic Research and Development Authority. Freddy is a frequent contributor on Telemundo and NBC 6 regarding employment issues. Freddy a was born in Costa Rica where his parents immigrated seeking a better life after fleeing Cuba.

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Judicial Liaisons

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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 Kathleen McCarthy

Judge Kathleen McCarthy serves as a Circuit Court Judge in Broward County. She is of Irish-American and Spanish descent. In 1995, she received her Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from Florida International University. In 1997, she earned her Master of Science degree in counseling from Barry University. In 2001, she earned her Juris Doctor degree from Nova Southeastern University and was admitted to practice law in the State of Florida.

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Organization Members

Cristina Abreu

Wintter Law
Puerto Rico and Cuba

Maria Agudelo

Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law
Venezuela

The Honorable Linda Alley

Circuit Court Judge - 17th Judicial Circuit

Moses Aluicio

Office of Statewide Prosecution
Criminal
Cuban

Vanessa Alvarez

Robinson Pecaro Mier, P.A.
Insurance Defense
Peru

Florence Andalib

Publix Super Markets, Inc.
Personal Injury (Defense)

Brian Andino

Law Offices of Diana Santa Maria
Personal Injury- Plaintiffs
Ecuador

Alison Andrade

St. Thomas University School of Law
Law Student
Guatemala

Yineth Sanchez Aslan

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

Berkin Aslan

Kanner & Pintaluga
Personal Injury

Patricia Atallah

Law Student
Criminal Law

Catalina Avalos

Tripp Scott, P.A.
Employment Law, Commercial Litigation, Mediation & Arbitration

Nicole Avila

Florida Legal Services
Immigration
Venezuela

The Honorable Florence Barner

17th Circuit Broward
Civil and Criminal
Haitian American

Hernan Bater

Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law

The Honorable Betsy Benson

17th Judicial Circuit

Leila Billings

Cuba and Spain

The Honorable Tabitha Blackmon

17th Judicial Circuit
County Court Judge
Trinidad

Richard Cruz Blanco

Richard Cruz, P.A.
Civil Litigation
Cuban

Jennifer Blanco

St. Thomas University School of Law
Cuba

Carlton A. Bober

Vernis & Bowling of Broward, PA

The Honorable Bernard Bober

17th Judicial Circuit

Christy Boulet

Shepard Broad College of Law- Nova Southeastern University
Law Student

Gabriela Briceno

Florida International University
LLM student

Lorna Brown-Burton

Lubell | Rosen
Worker's Compensation Defense, Bankruptcy, Labor & Employment

Alida Bustos

Law Student at St. Thomas University

Mariannina Butrim

Butrim-Gomez Law Firm
Estate Planning
Nicaragua

Franchesca Caminero

Caminero Law
Personal Injury
Dominican Republic

McKenzie Campagnolo

Law Student at Nova Southeastern University

Oniss Cardenas

Law Student at Nova Southeastern University

The Honorable Deborah Carpenter-Toye

17th Judicial Circuit
County Court Judge

Sophia Carrasco

St. Thomas University School of Law
Law Student
Venezuela & Chile

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 N. Hunter Davis

17th Judicial Circuit
Criminal, Family
United States

The Honorable Natasha DePrimo

17th Judicial Circuit
County Court

Michelle Denis

University of Florida College of Law

Geovanni Denis

Palm Beach State College
In-House Counsel
Cuba/Honduras

Michelle Denis

Michelle Denis
Education
Puerto Rico/ Ecuador

Kevin Denyer

Nova Southeastern University

Karen Deshon

FIU College of Law
Law Student

Antoinette Diaz

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

The Honorable Robert F. Diaz

Seventeeth Judicial Circuit Court Judge
Criminal Law
Cuba

Shedwin Eliassin

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

Iris Elijah

Florida International University
General Counsel
Dominican Republic

Jasmine Elmasry

Law Student at George Washington University

Stefani Erazo

Mary Ann Ruiz, PA
Property, Real Estate, Condominium Law, Community Association Law
Puerto Rico / Dominican Republic

Jennifer Espaillat

Dominican Republic

Marta Estevez

Scott J Brook, P.A.
Family Law/Domestic Violence
Cuban

The Honorable Kal Evans

17th Judicial Circuit
Criminal
African American

The Honorable Fabienne Fahnestock

Seventeenth Judicial Circuit
United States

Liz Farinas

Law Student at St. Thomas University

Lourdes B. Fernandez

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

Kamila Fernandez

FIU College of Law
Law Student

The Honorable Alan Forst

Fourth District Court of Appeal

Gustavo Fortich

Law Offices of Frye & Vazquez PL
Estate Planning, Probate, Guardianship, and Asset Protection
Colombia

Andrea S. Froome

ASF Resolve LLC
Mediation, Arbitration & Alternative Dispute Resolution Consulting
Jamaica (West Indies)

Client Legal Funding

BCHBA Annual Sponsor

Aimee Garces

Law Student at St. Thomas University

Luis Garcia

University of Florida Levin College of Law
Mexico

Mariano Garcia

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

Kayla Garcia

Law Student at Nova Southeastern University

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

Gabriel "Zach" Gonzalez

Haliczer Pettis & Schwamm, P.A.
Catastrophic Injury Litigation

Julio Gonzalez

Labor & Employment
Dominican Republic

Alicia Gonzalez

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

Kristen Goss

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

Bernadette Guerra

Government Attorney
Defense & Appeals

Cindy Guerra

Clerk & Comptroller, Palm Beach County
Government
Cuba

The Honorable Andrea Gundersen

17th Judicial Circuit

The Honorable David Haimes

17th Judicial Circuit
Colombia

Danielle Hall

Law Student at University of Miami

Michelle Harper

Florida Legal Services, Inc.
Cuba

John Hartsell

Government Attorney

Nazarena Rosales Hauser

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

Margarita Hernadez

Washington University at St. Louis School of Law
Colombia

Danay Hernandez

Law Student at St. Thomas University

Danay Hernandez

St. Thomas University School of Law
Law Student
Cuban

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
Ecuador

Elroy John

Florida Justice Law Firm, PLLC
Personal Injury, Criminal Defense, Civil Rights, & Appellate
United States Virgin islands

Hernando Bernal Jr.

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

Christina Kalin

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

Rafael Katz

Katz & Katz, P.A
Personal Injury, Workers Compensation

Ramiro Kruss

Government Attorney

Edward George Labrador

Florida Association of Counties
City, County, & Local Government Law
Cuba

Milor Laya-Perdomo

Government Attorney
Immigration Law
Dominican Republic

The Honorable Frank Ledee

Seventeeth Judicial Circuit Court Judge
United States

The Honorable Olga Levine

17th Judicial Circuit
Cuba/United States

Elaine Loibman

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

Faith Lombardo

Law Student

Mario E. Lopez

Law Offices of Mario E. Lopez, P.A
Personal Injury/ First Party Litigation
Nicaragua

Kebin Lopez

University of Florida Levin College of Law
Law Student
Honduras

Tayron Lopez

Broward County Public Defender's Office
Criminal Defense
Nicaragua

Carla Lowry

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

Harold Malcolm

Law Student at Nova Southeastern University
Jamaica

Yudislaidys Mallol

David Howard Goldberg, P.L.
Trusts & Estates
Cuba

Madeleine Mannello

Winston Law Firm
Personal Injury; Criminal Defense
United States

Hastrid Maradiaga

Government Attorney
Criminal Law
Honduras

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

Lorena Mastarrigo

Office of the Public Defender Broward County
Criminal Law

Lorena Mastrarrigo

Law Office of Public Defender
Criminal Defense

The Honorable Kathleen McCarthy

Seventeeth Judicial Circuit Court Judge
Civil
Spain & Ireland

Dorixis Batista de McComas

Florida International University
LLM student
Dominican Republic

Ian Medina

Personal Injury, First Party Property Damage, Employment Law, Estate Planning, Immigration, and Business Law

The Honorable Lucy Ramos Miller

17th Judicial Circuit
United States/ Puerto RIco

The Honorable Giuseppina Miranda

17th Judicial Circuit
County Civil
Italy

Maria Mohamad

Florida International University
Venezuela

The Honorable Kim Theresa Mollica

County Court Judge – 17th Judicial Circuit

The Honorable Stefanie Moon

Domestic Violence Civil Injunctions
African American

Jonathan Morhaim

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

Adelmis Naderpour

Adelmis Bohigas-Naderpour, P.A
Family Law/Mediation

Cesar Neira

Office of the Public Defender 13th Judicial Circuit
Criminal

The Honorable Tarlika Nunez-Navarro

Seventeeth Judicial Circuit Court Judge

The Honorable George Odom

17th Judicial Circuit

Kristen Palacio

Kim Vaughan Lerner LLP
Commercial Litigation
Cuba

Development Partners

Technology & Marketing Strategy
Fort Lauderdale

Freddy Perera

Perera Barnhart Aleman
Labor and Employment

Elaine Martin Perez

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

Jenny Vargas de Perez-Corujo

Cristina Pierson

Kelley | Uustal
Complex Litigation
Cuban-American

Farida Coronel Piriz

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

Mayleidys Porraspita

Porraspita Law Group
Family Law & Mediation
Cuban

The Honorable Jackie Powell

County Court Judge – 17th Judicial Circuit
Jamaica

The Honorable Carlos Rebollo

Seventeeth Judicial Circuit Court Judge
Cuba and Spain

Ricardo Reyes

Tobin & Reyes, P.A.

Genesis Reyes-Reyes

FIU College of Law
Puerto Rico

Karissa Rivera

Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law
Law Student
Cuban & Puerto Rican

Tomas Robirosa

Shepard Broad College of Law - Nova Southeastern University
Law Student
Argentina

Karina Rodrigues

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

Aby Catalina Rodriguez

Government Attorney
Criminal Law
Colombia

Lucia E. Rodriguez

Nova Southeastern University
Honduran Argentinian

The Honorable Carlos Rodriguez

Seventeeth Judicial Circuit Court Judge

Aby Rodriguez

Government Attorney
Criminal Law
Colombia

Michelle Rodriguez

In-House Counsel
Insurance Defense
Colombia

Elisabeth Rodriguez

Government Attorney
Germany and Puerto Rico

Vanessa Romero-Molina

Wicker Smith
Insurance Defense
Cuban

Aylin Ruiz

Government Attorney

Cristina Sabbagh

Schlesinger Law Offices, P.A.

Mercedes Slimak

FIU College of Law
Law Student

Alex Smith

Law Student at Nova Southeastern University

William Solano

Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law
Real Estate
Colombia

Stephanie Swantner

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

Caroline Swift

Student

Richard Tejeda

Law Student

Meah Tell

Vanessa Thomson

Robinson Pecaro & Mier, P.A.
Insurance Defense
United States

Jacqueline Torres

J. Torres
E-Discovery, International Law, Litigation
Peruvian American

Stewart Valencia

Stewart Valencia P.A.
Criminal, Civil Litigation

Ksenia Saavedra Vance

Broward Sheriff's Office

Adriana Vargas

Law Student at Mitchell Hamline School of Law

Francisco Vasquez

Law Student

Jacqueline Vazquez-Aldana

Law Student at St. Thomas University

Francis Viamontes

U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida
Criminal Law
Cuba

Carline Vidal

NSU Shepard Broad Law Center
Criminal and Health Law
Puerto Rico

Nicole Villamar

Akerman, LLP
Litigation
Dominican, Cuban, and Ecuadorian

Mario Villota

Jazmira Argueta Wheeler

Women in Distress of Broward County, Inc.
Family Law
Honduras

Rebekah Wise

FIU College of Law
Australia/ Puerto Rico

Gabriel F. Zambrano

Zappitell Law Firm
Personal Injury
Colombia

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

2020-2021Karina Rodrigues

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