Frances G. De La Guardia, President

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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Maria D. Garcia, Immediate Past President

Maria D. Garcia is Partner at Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton, and focuses her practice on health care law and commercial litigation.  She has extensive experience in managed care litigation and advising health care providers on various legal issues. She received her B.A., magna cum laude,  from Florida International University, where she majored in Political Science.  She earned her Juris Doctor from Florida International University College of Law
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A. Dax Bello, President-Elect

As part of Stewart Tilghman Fox Bianchi & Cain, P.A., Attorney Bello represents clients throughout Miami, Florida, and beyond. With years of experience, he takes a personal approach to the clients he represents and devotes extensive time, energy, and resources to each and every case.
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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 awarded the Marco A. Vazquez Lit Skills Memorial Scholarship for her achievements in the University of Miami School of Law’s Litigation Skills program.  She was also an active law student member of the Cuban American Bar Association (CABA) and Florida Association of Women Lawyers (FAWL).  During law school, Ms. Acosta-Lopez clerked for the Hon. Judge Amy Steele Donner in the Family Division, and the Hon. Judge Leslie Rothenberg in the General Civil Division, as well as working with a sophisticated litigation and corporate advice firm in Coral Gables, Florida. Ms. Acosta-Lopez has focused her practice on representing both large and small business clients with numerous issues, including banking issues, commercial foreclosures, UCC-related matters, negotiable instruments, real estate disputes, corporate law, and labor/employment matters.

Diana Arteaga, Director

Diana is the VP of Government Relations for Broward Health. Previously, she was the Director of Government Relations for the City of Miami and also worked for Florida’s Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater and former congressman Lincoln Diaz-Balart.
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Candice Balmori, Director

Candice Balmori is an attorney with RG Law Group in Miami and practices primarily in the fields of corporate law, commercial and real property litigation, and probate. She is also a Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil Mediator. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University, as well as a Juris Doctor and Certificate in International Law and Comparative Law from Tulane University Law School.
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Daniel Buigas, Director

Daniel Buigas is an associate attorney at Lamelas Law, P.A. His practice is focused on handling commercial litigation matters in the state and federal courts based in Florida. He works on a wide variety of commercial issues, commonly representing business owners in real estate, employment, telecommunications, and corporate controversies.

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Amanda Fernandez, Director

Ms. Fernandez practices in the areas of Complex Business Litigation, Labor and Employment Litigation, Receivership and Securities Litigation, and Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights.  Ms. Fernandez is a member of the Florida Bar and is admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida. Prior to joining Damian & Valori LLP as an attorney, Ms. Fernandez was a law clerk with the firm.  Ms. Fernandez was also a Certified Legal Intern with the Delaware County District Attorney’s Office and Villanova’s Farmworker Legal Aid Clinic.

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Giselle Gutierrez, Director

Giselle Gutierrez 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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Javier A. Ley-Soto, Director

Seasoned general counsel with almost 10 years’ experience managing cases on behalf of large public entities. Strong advocate and advisor to agency leaders and staff with expertise in budget management, handling various aspects of litigation in both state and federal court and overseeing general counsel functions and transactional matters as well as providing effective agency representation and legal solutions.

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Daniel Mendez, Director

Daniel is a third generation attorney who joined the firm in 2014. Daniel concentrates his practice on estate planning, probate and guardianship administration and litigation, and civil litigation. Prior to joining the firm as an attorney, Daniel worked as a law clerk for several years and served as a judicial intern for the Honorable Maria Korvick, the administrative judge in the Probate Division for Miami-Dade County. Daniel graduated from Belen Jesuit Preparatory School before attending the University of Florida where he received his undergraduate degree. He went on to attend law school at St. Thomas University where he graduated with honors.

Michael Piñeiro, 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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Augusto Perera, Director

Augusto Perera, ESQ. is an active member of the Florida Bar and admitted to practice before the United States District Court Southern District of Florida and the Court of Appeals for Federal Circuit. Attended Shepard Broad College of Law and received his Juris Doctor degree in 2014. Dedicated exclusively to intellectual property matters, specializing in trademark, copyright, licensing, and Internet Law, with a focus on new business development.

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Miriam Soler Ramos, Director

Miriam Soler Ramos was appointed to serve as Coral Gables City Attorney in 2017. Ms. Ramos is the chief legal officer and general counsel for the City, serving as counsel to the City Commission, City Officials, and City Departments, providing legal opinions and interpretations on behalf of the City, and supervising the City Attorney’s Office and outside counsel. Ms. Ramos is Board Certified by the Florida Bar in City, County, and Local Government Law.
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Haydee Sera, Director

Haydee is an associate in the Firm’s Municipal Government Law practice, where she provides general representation to municipalities on a broad range of issues such as elections, ethics, public records, and sunshine law, including shade-sessions. As counsel to local municipalities, Haydee drafts and reviews proposed legislation, resolutions, and agreements on a variety of matters. Haydee also provides counsel to elected officials on legal matters, including compliance with state and local ethics laws.

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