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.


Jorge L. Piedra is a trial lawyer.  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. Mr. Piedra was admitted to practice law in the State of Florida in 1996.


Ralph MacNamara serves as Director of Advisory Services for Kaufman, Rossin & Co., one of the largest independent accounting firms in Florida and one of the top 100 CPA firms in the country. He is a member of the firm’s Forensic Advisory and Valuation Services Practice Group and regularly works with attorneys to assist with their forensic accounting, economic damages, e-discovery and expert testimony needs.


Monica Cunill-Fals is a partner at Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Alexrod LLP in the Real Estate Group. Monica represents local, national and international clients in the acquisition, disposition, development, financing and leasing of various types of commercial real estate projects including shopping centers, office buildings, hotels and apartment complexes. She also represents special servicers (including the largest special servicer in the country) of securitized commercial real estate loans with respect to loan modifications, discounted payoffs, partial releases, REO sales, loan sales, loan assumptions and interest transfers.


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.


Ricardo earned his undergraduate degree in only three years at the University of Miami (B.A. cum laude 1997) and his Juris Doctorate at Yale Law School (J.D. 2000) where he was the William S. Beinecke Scholar. While a law student, Ricardo was a director at Yale’s renowned clinical program. He served on the Board of Directors of the Latino Law Students Association, and was an editor of the Yale Journal of International Law. Before joining the firm, Ricardo served as a law clerk to the Honorable James Lawrence King on the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida. He joined the firm in 2002 and was named a partner in 2006.


Danny Martinez has over 25 years of banking experience. Prior to joining Professional Bank, Mr. Martinez worked for financial institutions such as Citibank, Union Planters Bank-Private Banking Division and Gibraltar Private Bank & Trust Co. where he serviced and formulated relationships with high net worth individuals and families as well as professionals within the legal, accounting and medical communities.


Currently the Chief Regional Counsel for the Florida Department of Children and Families, Mr. Ley-Soto oversees the general counsel functions of the Department for Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties. He worked at a boutique law firm prior to joining the Department handling commercial litigation matters.



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).


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.



Karen Cespedes is a complex litigation consultant at Esquire Deposition Solutions, LLC, a national provider of deposition management solutions. As a proven sales professional and legal strategist, Karen works with corporations, law firms, attorneys and their teams to effectively manage the deposition process. During her time at Esquire Solutions, Karen has worked as a political fellow for the U.S. Department of State in Taipei, Republic of China, where she helped establish and manage an outreach program to aid human trafficking victims in Taiwan.  Upon Karen’s return from Taiwan after working on Human Rights and Trafficking, Karen forged a new partnership between Esquire Solutions and the Cuban American Bar Association (CABA) to fund and cover the needs of their Pro Bono arm by providing interpreters and court reporters to CABA attorneys who represented Human Trafficking victims on a pro bono basis.  The result was increased numbers of attorneys willing to take on a larger number of defendants due to reduced litigation costs and greater efficiency.

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