Board of Directors 2016-2017

Lauren Brunswick, Esq.

Lauren Brunswick is a Director of Miami-Dade FAWL and is the founder of Miami-Dade FAWL’s Young Lawyers Division. Lauren practices commercial, real estate, and employment litigation with Shubin & Bass, P.A. She graduated with honors from Brown University and received her law degree from the University of Pennsylvania, magna cum laude, where she was a Senior Editor of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review. Lauren practiced law in Boston at an international law firm prior to moving to Miami. In her free time, she enjoys competing in and coaching sports.

Stephanie A. Casey

Stephanie A. Casey is a 2016-2017 member of the MDFAWL Board of Directors. She is also a member of the Federal Court Liaison Committee and the Leadership Committee. Stephanie is an attorney at Colson Hicks Eidson, where she practices primarily in the areas of commercial and personal injury litigation. Stephanie also has extensive experience litigating multi-district consumer class actions. She represents clients in a wide range of matters in trial and appellate courts in Florida, New York, and Washington, D.C. Stephanie moved to Miami from Washington, D.C. to serve as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Marcia G. Cooke of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. Prior to that, she worked at a large international law firm in Washington, D.C. Stephanie received her law degree, magna cum laude, from American University, Washington College of Law, and her B.A., cum laude, from Boston College.

Kristin Drecktrah Paz

Kristin Drecktrah Paz serves as a member of the Board of Directors of MDFAWL, chairs the Publications Quality Control Committee, and co-chairs the Membership Committee. Kristin practices in complex commercial and international disputes with Fowler White Burnett. She regularly counsels international clients, especially from Latin America, and she is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish. In addition to MDFAWL, Kristin is incoming Co-Chair of the ABA Section of International Law’s International Energy and Natural Resources Committee; serves on the Executive Council of The Florida Bar International Law Section; and currently sits as President of Miami’s young arbitration practitioners group, Future of Arbitration: Miami. Kristin is committed to pro bono work and has been representing indigent clients for the past two years in dependency and immigration proceedings through the CABA Pro Bono Project.

Freddi Mack

Freddi Mack is a member of the MDFAWL Board of Directors. She is an associate at K&L Gates in the firm’s Commercial Disputes and Restructuring & Insolvency practice groups. Freddi focuses her litigation practice on creditors’ rights and bankruptcy related matters, and various tort and contract actions. Her experience includes complex commercial litigation on behalf of mortgage loan servicers at the trial and appellate levels. Additionally, Freddi has represented clients in the restaurant and lodging industries with labor, employment, and general litigation matters. She also provides pro bono assistance to clients through the K&L Gates Cyber Civil Rights Legal Project. Freddi’s community involvement also includes serving as a member of Legal Services of Greater Miami’s “GenNext” Committee, as a site visitor for the Women’s Fund of Miami-Dade, and as Vice Chair of the Use and Disposition of Property Subcommittee for the American Bar Association’s Business Bankruptcy Committee. Freddi received her J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law, summa cum laude, and she holds a Bachelor of Music degree from New York University, magna cum laude.

Diana C. Mendez , Esq.

Diana C. Mendez serves on MDFAWL’s Board of Directors, and she co-chairs the Website and Corporate Counsel Liaison Committees. Diana is a senior associate at Llorente & Heckler, P.A. where she counsels clients through all phases of the government procurement process, including identifying government contracting opportunities, financing sources, and opportunities for public-private partnerships. She also assists clients with teaming arrangements, proposal preparation, responsiveness, and responsibility review; minority and disadvantaged business enterprise certifications; contract negotiations; and bid protest litigation. In addition to her position at Llorente & Heckler, P.A., Diana is also a senior associate at LSN Partners, LLC, where she conducts legislative and regulatory advocacy, research, and analysis. Before joining Llorente & Heckler, P.A., Diana served as an attorney-advisor for the U.S. Small Business Administration in Herndon, Virginia. She received her B.A. in Economics and International Relations, magna cum laude, in 2006 from Florida International University. In 2010, she received her J.D., cum laude, from the American University, Washington College of Law, and a M.A. in International Affairs from American University’s School of International Service.

Stephanie Moot

Stephanie Moot is a member of the Board of Directors of MDFAWL. Stephanie focuses her practice on Title III ADA public accommodations. She has extensive experience defending class action and individual lawsuits for clients across various industries, such as food, retail, hospitality, healthcare, and entertainment. She has handled a broad spectrum of disability discrimination matters under Title III and similar state laws involving architectural and operational barriers to access. Additionally, Stephanie counsels clients on the requirements of the ADA and state accessibility laws. She works with clients to develop effective strategies for compliance that address design, operational, and industry-specific issues. She also guides clients on creating compliance policies and personnel training programs. With her knowledge and experience, she advises clients on hot-button ADA issues such as website accessibility, point of sale devices, service animals, auxiliary aids and services, pool and spa lifts, ATMs, and recently-enacted design standards.

Kelly M. Peña

Kelly M. Peña serves on the Board of Directors and co-chairs the Public Relations Committee of MDFAWL. Kelly is a labor and employment attorney with the Miami office of Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C. Kelly’s practice focuses primarily on employment litigation. Kelly represents management in administrative proceedings, as well as all phases of litigation. She litigates various discrimination claims, retaliation claims, and wage and hour claims, and also responds to Charges of Discrimination brought under the EEOC and Florida Commission on Human Relations. In addition to her MDFAWL work, Kelly also serves on the Publications Subcommittee for The Florida Bar’s Labor and Employment Law Section, and she serves as an attorney ad litem for abused and neglected youth through Lawyers for Children America. Kelly earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and her J.D. from Northeastern University, where she served as a fellow at Oxfam for the Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy.

Jennifer V. Ruiz

Jennifer V. Ruiz serves as a Director of MDFAWL and co-chairs the State Court Liaison Committee. A partner with the law firm of Cole, Scott, & Kissane P.A., Jennifer is a civil litigator, practicing in state and federal courts, at both trial and appellate levels. Jennifer dedicates a significant amount of time to community service as a member of numerous judicially-appointed committees. She currently serves on the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Professionalism Panel, as well as the Hispanic Heritage Planning Committee for the Southern District of Florida. Jennifer also has served as a Dade Legal Aid Leader since 2014, and she was appointed to multiple Federal Magistrate Judge Merit Selection and Reappointment Panels for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida from 2011 through 2014. She earned her B.S. in Psychology from the Florida State University, cum laude, and her J.D. from Nova Southeastern University, where she served as an Articles Editor for the Nova Law Review.

Jody Shulman, Esq.

Jody Shulman serves as a Director of MDFAWL and Chair of the Judicial Reception Planning and Sponsorship Committees. She has been a member of the Massachusetts bar for 27 years, and during 17 of those years she was a litigator specializing in divorce, paternity, and family law matters. Jody also serves on the Board of B’nai B’rith Justice Unit 5207, the Board of Legal Services of Greater Miami, and on the 11th Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee. Jody is currently employed with U.S. Legal Support where she focuses her time on providing court reporting, record retrieval, transcription/translation, trial presentation and ediscovery services to the legal community. She specializes in finding solutions for complex, class action and multi-district litigation cases. Lastly, Jody is a co-founder of “Make a Difference Miami,” which is committed to raising monies for both Dade Legal Aid and Legal Services of Greater Miami.

Evelyn I. Suero

Evelyn I. Suero is a Corporate Law & International Business Transactions attorney and Principal of Suero Law, PLLC. Evelyn provides clients with a full range of global corporate legal support from organizing new ventures to providing documentation and advice on corporate governance matters. In these transactions, Evelyn has negotiated, drafted, and executed a wide variety of transactional, governance, and employment agreements including, asset and stock purchase agreements, terms & conditions, joint venture agreements, and non-competition agreements. She also provides her clients with guidance on capital structure and investment matters, in addition to the financing agreements in support of transactions. Her practice involves advising clients in global business transactions as well as analyzing and interpreting laws, rulings and regulations with probable case outcomes. In addition to her formal practice areas, Evelyn is very active in the community. She is a Vice-Chair of the Miami-Dade County Hispanic Affairs Advisory Board, Chair of the Organization of Women in International Trade-South Florida IBWOY Committee, and a member of various other local organizations. She also contributes pro bono time to the Dade County Legal Aid Venture Law Project, a business law clinic. Evelyn is originally from New York City, New York. She is bilingual in written and oral English and Spanish. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Swarthmore College and her juris doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where she served as Associate Editor of the Journal of Law & Social Change and participated in the Income Tax Clinic.

Alicia H. Welch, Esq.

Alicia H. Welch serves as a Director of MDFAWL and Co-Chair of the Federal Court Liaison Committee. Alicia is an Assistant United States Attorney in the Civil Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Southern District of Florida. Formerly, Alicia was a litigation associate at Weiss Serota Helfman Cole & Bierman in Coral Gables where she focused her practice on representing municipalities and private clients in a variety of litigation matters. Alicia also previously served as a law clerk to the Honorable Patricia A. Seitz of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. Prior to clerking, Alicia was an Assistant Corporation Counsel at the New York City Law Department Labor and Employment Law Division. Alicia received her J.D., cum laude, and her Master of Public Policy degree from the University of Maryland, and her B.A. in political science and public communication, magna cum laude, from American University.