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JUDICIAL BIOGRAPHY

Year elected to the bench: 2016

Judicial Assignment:

County Criminal Division A

 

EDUCATION

Law School:Stetson University College of Law (2001)

Undergraduate:University of South Florida (1994)

 

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND

Valkenburg & Velez, PA

Isaac & Zwirn, PA

Office of the State Attorney, Thirteenth Judicial Circuit

Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Administration

Department of Corrections Probation & Parole

Salvation Army Correctional Services

 

INTERSHIPS

Office of the State Attorney, Thirteenth Judicial Circuit

Judge A. Paskay, Chief Bankruptcy Judge, Middle District of Florida

United States Department of Justice, Trustees Office, Tampa, Florida

 

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS AND ACTIVITIES: (Past & present)

Goldburg-Cacciatore Criminal Law Inn of Court (2017-Present)

Supervisor of Election Canvassing Board Appointed 2017

Tampa Bay Trial Lawyers Association (Member 2008- 2016)

Florida Justice Association (Member 2008 – 2016)

Hillsborough County Attorney Ad-litem 2009-2014

Leadership Tampa Bay, Class of 2014

 

Tampa Hispanic Bar Association:

  • Advisory Board 2017, 2018
  • Immediate Past President 2016
  • President 2014-2015
  • Treasurer 2011-2013
  • Board of Directors 2010-2011
  • Latina Leaders’ Summit

 

Hillsborough County Bar Association (Member 2008 – Present)

  • Judicial Pig Roast & 5k River Run Committee Co-chair (2016-2018)
  • Judicial Pig Roast & 5k River Run Committee Member (2010 – 2016)
  • HCBA YLD Law Week (2015-2018)
  • Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Pro-Bono Committee Member (2012-2015)
  • Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Professionalism Committee (2015-Present)

 

Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers: (Member 2011- Present)

  • Board of Directors 2013 - 2018
  • Chair of the Diversity Committee (2014-2015 )
  • Chair of the Pro-bono committee (2013-2014 )
  • Co-chair of the Pro-bono committee (2012-2013 )
  • Judicial liaison for the YLD Coffee at the courthouse (2017, 2018)

 

Hillsborough County Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers:

  • Vice-President 2011
  • Board of Directors (2009- 2013)

 

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS/CLE PRESENTATIONS:

  • Key-note Speaker at MSU Cooley law School Graduation (2018)
  • Latina Leaders’ Summit (2018)
  • George Edgecomb Bar Association tips from the Bench lunch and learn (2018)
  • Young Lawyers CLE  at the Courthouse (2017.)
  • HCBA  Bar Bench Conference Criminal Law Panel (2017 )
  • HCBA YLD Law Week (2017, 2018)
  • THBA lunch and  learn CLE at the courthouse (2017)
  • HAWLS Jury Selection Seminar (2016)
  • The Nuts and Bolts of Domestic Violence (2014, 2013, 2012, 2011)

 

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: (PAST & PRESENT)

Fox Ask-A Lawyer

Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Attorney Ad litem

Volunteer Pro Bono Attorney with Family Justice Center

Volunteer Pro Bono Attorney with Bay Area Legal Services

Volunteer Pro Bono Attorney with Are You Safe, Org.

Tampa Hispanic Bar Association en Espanol Family Forms Clinic

Leadership Tampa Bay, Class of 2014

Hillsborough Education Foundation, 2011 School for tools Breakfast.

 

HONORS AND AWARDS:

Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ 2015 NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award 2015

Florida Legal Elite Award – Recognized as a Top Lawyer in Florida 2015

Are You Safe, Inc. Board of Directors Civic Award 2014

Thirteen Judicial Pro-bono Service Award 2015

Thirteen Judicial Pro-bono Service Award 2014

Thirteen Judicial Pro-bono Service Award 2013

Thirteen Judicial Pro-bono Service Award 2012

Thirteen Judicial Pro-bono Service Award 2011

Thirteen Judicial Pro-bono Service Award 2010

Thirteen Judicial Pro-bono Service Award 2009