Anna Marie “Annie” Hernandez, President

Annie Hernandez is a partner at Holland & Knight. She is a member of the firm’s Commercial Litigation and Real Estate Litigation practice groups. She has extensive experience in handling matters involving commercial lease disputes, title insurance litigation, collection actions, commercial foreclosures, general business disputes, and protection of creditors rights.
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Manuel Crespo, Immediate Past President

Manuel L. Crespo, Jr., is a shareholder at Greenspoon Marder Law. Mr. Crespo concentrates in the following areas of practice: residential and commercial real estate transactions, and real property dispute litigation.
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Javier A. Lopez, President-Elect

Javier Lopez is a partner in Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton and focuses his expertise in complex litigation.  Javier has particular expertise in advising and representing international clients in matters brought in U.S. federal and state courts.  He has represented many high-profile internationals individuals in entertainment contract dispute, commercial transactions, and intellectual property matters.
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Maria D. Garcia, Vice President

Maria D. Garcia is an attorney with Zumpano Patricios & Winker, P.A. She focuses her practice on health care law and international matters, as well as commercial litigation.
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Jorge Piedra, Vice President

Jorge L. Piedra is a trial lawyer specializing in commercial litigation. Trained and mentored by some of Florida’s top trial lawyers, Mr. Piedra enjoys a reputation as one of the finest commercial litigators in South Florida.
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Yara Lorenzo, Treasurer

Yara Lorenzo is a member of the Litigation, Arbitration, and Employment practice group in the Miami office of Hogan Lovells. She focuses her practice on international commercial litigation and arbitration.
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Frances Guasch-De La Guardia, Secretary

Frances Guasch De La Guardia is a partner in the Appellate Practice Group in the Holland & Knight Miami office. She practices in the areas of commercial and insurance appellate litigation and trial support in both state and federal courts. Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Ms. Guasch was lead appellate in-house counsel for State Farm Insurance Company’s Miami office from 1998 to 2006.
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Nory Acosta-Lopez, Director

Ms. Acosta-Lopez received her B.B.A. in Legal Studies, cum laude, with a minor in Spanish from the University of Miami School of Business. She then received her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Miami School of Law. Ms. Acosta-Lopez was active in a number of organizations during law school, and was awarded the Marco A. Vazquez Lit Skills Memorial Scholarship for her achievements in the University of Miami School of Law’s Litigation Skills program.
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Dax Bello, Director

A. Dax Bello earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Miami (B.A. 2005), and his Juris Doctorate with honors at St. Thomas University School of Law (J.D. 2008). While a law student, Dax was a member of STU’s internationally acclaimed Intercultural Human Rights Law Review, as well as its International Moot Court Board where he competed internationally in the Philip C. Jessup International Moot Court Competition, attaining a rank of third in the Southeast Super Regional. He was also a founding Executive Board Member of the Cuban American Student Bar Association (CASBA).
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Giselle Gutierrez Madrigal, Director

Giselle Gutierrez Madrigal is an attorney with Stearns Weaver Miller in the Miami office. She focuses her practice on labor and employment law and commercial litigation.
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Kristina G. Maranges, Director

Kristina G. Maranges is an attorney with the Healthcare Litigation and White Collar Defense and Compliance practice groups in the Miami office of Broad and Cassel.  Her areas of expertise include healthcare system operations, peer review litigation, Government investigations and federal white collar criminal matters.

Jennifer Perez, Director

I currently serve as Vice President & General Counsel for Femwell Group Health, Inc. (“Femwell”). Femwell provides management services for over 400 healthcare providers and centers in Florida. At Femwell, I provide in house legal and business management support to all of Femwell’s departments.

From 2009 to 2016, I served as Senior Counsel for Bupa Global Latin America (“Bupa”), a leading international insurer and a division of Bupa International, one of the largest medical insurers worldwide. Bupa is an insurance provider for policy holders who reside in Latin America and the Caribbean. Since 2009, I have provided Bupa with legal support not only in the area of corporate governance, but also in the areas of health insurance, contracts and employment law.

While at Bupa, I completely re-vamped Bupa’s corporate governance procedures. Yearly, the company awarded employees with awards for embodying the values of the company which are Accountability, Caring, Respect, Ethical, Enabling, and Dedication. In 2010, out of 400 employees, I received the “Ethical” award. In 2011, I was nominated to attend the Bupa “Leading One Life” Program in the UK designed to applaud and boost the leadership qualities of Bupa’s top performers. I was 1 of 2 Bupa Miami employees who were chosen to attend. In 2012, under the guidance of a regulatory law, I managed the important project of, in just 4 months-time, facilitating the registration of 3 of our international offices here in Florida. Our company is only the second international insurance company to date to open operations here based on this law. This presented a unique opportunity to expand business operations and create more jobs as it enters into new agreements to provide services. Additionally, in 2013 and 2014, I successfully lead the opening of Bupa’s newest offices in Guatemala and Panama.  In 2015, the International Law Office and the Association of Corporate Counsel nominated Bupa’s Miami-based legal team for a 2015 Global Counsel Award. Over 4,000 entities were considered, and about 100 were nominated. On June 11, 2015, our team won in the category of Regulatory & Financial Services.

Prior to joining Bupa, I was an associate at the Miami firm of Broad and Cassel, where I practiced corporate and health care law.  While at Broad and Cassel, I was published in the ABA Health Law’s January 2009 eSource issue as well as South Florida Hospital News’ February 2009 issue with article “When a Hospital Enters into an Exclusive Provider Contract: Do the Adversely Affected Physicians Have a Right to a Fair Hearing Pursuant to the Hospital’s Bylaws.”

I sit on the Board of Directors of the Cuban American Bar Association and have held this elected seat since 2009. Prior to 2009, I was always involved with CABA, serving on committees as well as helping out the Board with certain projects.  In fact, in 2008, I was nominated as a “CABA Outstanding Member” in recognition for my service. As a Board member, I have led the organization to raise over $150,000.00 for CABA’s main mission, its pro bono project (providing free legal aid to indigent members of our community), by way of a fundraising event I have planned and chaired for several years, the CABA “Art in the Tropics” Fundraiser.  In addition, in 2010 and 2012 I chaired and organized the CABA Corporate Counsel event, which brought together national and local corporate counsel members for a speaking panel and networking event.  In 2010 the event was held as a one day seminar in Miami and in 2012 it was a 3 day event in Key West. Both years, the event was a huge success, bringing together lawyers and business people from across the nation. In 2009 and 2010, I was the Events Chair for CABA and was the primary liaison for CABA in helping its name to continue to shine through various community events.  I also volunteer my time to be a mentor for young students and attorneys as part of CABA’s Mentoring Program. Through the time I donate to this mentoring program, I have helped many students find their first legal job as well as helped CABA raise funds to be able to grant incoming and current law students in need of financial assistance scholarships to attend law school.  In 2013, I chaired CABA’s first “CABA in D.C.” event, where CABA members had the chance to meet with our country’s Congress men and women in our nation’s capital as well as attend various legislative events. In 2014 and 2015, I focused on creating membership events where young lawyer members were able to meet and greet and learn from our CABA members as they discussed the keys to successful job searching, resume writing and interviewing. In 2016, I am actively involved in hosting the very anticipated CABA on Cuba Conference, where CABA will provide its members an impressive panel of speakers discussing key issues facing the U.S. with regard to its relations with Cuba.

In 2011, I was chosen by my legal peers as an “Up and Comer” in Florida Trend’s Legal Elite Magazine. In 2012, based on my community involvement, I was chosen as one of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s (CFF) 40 under 40 Outstanding Lawyers in Miami-Dade County. In 2013, I was nominated for the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce’s Helping Young Professionals Engage (HYPE) “Go Getter” Award.  Also in 2013, I was chosen as 1 of 12 South Florida’s “Hispanic Women of Distinction” by Latina Style Magazine, to be honored at a charity event, the proceeds of which go to the Light of the World medical clinic in Broward, FL, which provides free essential health care and preventative medical services to the disadvantaged residents of Broward County. Furthermore, in 2013, I was chosen as one of 40 Rising Stars by the Daily Business Review.  In 2014, I was named in the 2014 “Attorneys to Watch” segment of Attorney at Law Magazine. In 2015, I was recognized by the Latino Who’s Who Association for my achievements in advancing the culture of the Latino American Business Community.

I am currently a Florida Bar Foundation Fellow. The Florida Bar Foundation is the only statewide organization that provides funding for Legal Aid and promotes improvements in addressing the civil legal needs of the poor. Its mission is to expand and improve representation and advocacy on behalf of low-income persons in civil legal matters. As a Fellow, I help raise funds for this cause. Since 2008, I have been a member of the Florida Bar Speaker’s Bureau. As part of this group, I have given of my time to speak to students regarding legal topics. I am also a member of the South Florida Group of Regional Counsel as well as the Latin America Corporate Counsel Association.

A Miami resident for all of my life, I am a proud wife and mom to two beautiful children.

As a Hispanic woman, I think I bring a unique take on work, family and life in general. I come from cultures where historically, women remained behind the scenes- yet every day, I fight harder to be heard and seen in professions where men usually reign. I am aware I am considered a “dual minority” – I take on dual roles of (1) wife/mother and (2) professional. I value family as the most important social unit in our lives and therefore strive to make sure the world is better and more accessible to my family than it was for me. I place much importance on the Spanish language, so that my children can not only understand their roots but also have opportunities that a monolingual person would not.

Contact Information:

Jennifer J. Perez, Esq. | Vice President and General Counsel
Femwell Group Health, Inc.
3225 Aviation Avenue, Suite 700
Miami, FL 33133
305-273-4641, ext. 9-114

Email: jenniferjperezesq@gmail.com

Michael Pineiro, Director

Michael Pineiro is a partner at Marcus Neiman & Rashbaum LLP, a white collar criminal and civil litigation boutique.  Mr. Pineiro’s practice focuses on complex business litigation, government enforcement defense, internal investigations, and federal white collar criminal matters.
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Miriam S. Ramos, Director

Miriam Soler Ramos is the Deputy City Attorney for the City of Coral Gables. Her duties include serving as the advisor to the City Clerk and the City Attorney. Ms. Ramos also advises the Code Enforcement division of the Development Services Department and the Historical Resources Departments, among others. She also advises the City Commission on agenda items, along with the City Attorney.
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Olivia Rodriguez, Director

I currently serve as in house counsel for Bupa Latin America, a leading international health insurance company. Bupa is an insurance provider for policy holders who reside in Latin America and the Caribbean. I manage Bupa’s relationships with outside counsel and provide support in the areas of health insurance, contracts and employment law.
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