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General Magistrate Rudolph “Rudy” (no claim to Notre Dame), Morel was born in Havana Cuba and came to the United States when he was six months old. His mom was imprisoned by the Castro regime, and when she was released, they emigrated to South Florida. His strong Cuban/Latin upbringing created a work ethic he deems...

Judge Jackie Powell, a Jamaican native, learned early in life that if you want to attain success; drive, determination and focus are required.  Earning her undergraduate degree was no easy feat as she had to work full time while also attending college full time.  She brings that same drive, determination and focus to the bench. ...

Judge Tarlika Nunez-Navarro is a Circuit Court Judge for the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit and was appointed to the bench by Governor Rick Scott on March 12, 2018. Judge Navarro currently sits as the presiding Judge over Juvenile Drug Court and Felony Drug Court for Broward County and has been designated a “Champion” in her field...

Alicia Gonzalez received her J.D. from George Washington University School of Law in 2009. While in law school, Alicia served as a summer intern for the Honorable Judge Shelby Highsmith of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida.  She was appointed Articles Editor for the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)...

Judge Carlos Rodriguez was born in Havana, Cuba and left when he was five years old after the Castro regime took over. His father, an airline pilot for Cubana airlines, recognized the implications of the regime’s early nationalization of the airlines and decided that the family should leave Cuba. At the time, families could only...

Vanessa Thomson has been an insurance defense attorney at the firm of Robinson, Pecaro, & Mier, P.A. since September 2019. There, she handles cases involving personal injury, wrongful death, and property damage disputes. Vanessa graduated from the University of Florida in 2011 and thereafter from Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law, summa cum...

Passionate about Flamenco dancing, a big fan of Salvador Dali’s artwork, and a lover of her mother’s gazpacho soup, Judge Kathleen McCarthy is immensely proud of her Spanish roots and the cultural fusion she was born into with an Irish American father and a Spanish mother. Her parents met in the late 1950s in Spain,...

Judge Izquierdo is a native Floridian, born and raised in Hialeah, Florida and is a first generation Cuban American.  His mother came over on the “Pedro Pan” flights, separated from her parents. His father came to Florida “pre-Castro.”  Judge Izquierdo attended Florida International University in Miami, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in...

Francis Viamontes has been a federal prosecutor in the Southern District of Florida since June 2011 and is currently the Chief of the Violent Crimes and Narcotics Section in the Fort Lauderdale Office. Francis graduated from the University of Miami School of Law, cum laude, in 2002 and from the University of Miami School of...

Madeleine Mannello is a Senior Associate with the Winston Law Firm in Davie, and practices in the areas of personal injury, wrongful death, medical malpractice, and criminal defense. She graduated cum laude from the University of Florida, and magna cum laude from the University of Miami School of Law. Ms. Mannello is an experienced trial...

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