18 FIU Law Alumni Named to 2013 Fla. Super Lawyers Rising Stars List

The prestigious list of Super Lawyers Rising Stars of 2013, includes 18 alumni from the Florida International University College of Law. Super Lawyers is a nationwide rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.

Super Lawyers Rising Stars are chosen by the most recent group of Super Lawyers, who nominate attorneys they have personally observed in action, either as opposing or co-counsel, or through first-hand courtroom experience.

To qualify as a Rising Star, a lawyer must be under the age of 40 or practicing for less than 10 years. No more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are named to the list.

FIU Law has had alumni on the list of Rising Stars in past years on multiple occasions, and several alumni honored this year have been previously selected. Repeat selectees this year include Gaspar Forteza, Kim R. Greenberg, Ivan J. Parron, Lucia V. Pazos, and Eduardo F. Rodriguez. Joining the list for the first time are Rafael F. Alonso, Denise L. Ben-David, Susan Capote, George Castrataro, Daniel Cervantes, Daniel Cruz, Lourdes De Armas-Suarez, Mendy Halberstam, Brian Karpf, Sue-Ann Robinson Caddy, Rick Ruz, Cristina M. Suárez, and Ari A. Sweetbaum.

The Florida Rising Star annual selections are made using a rigorous multi-phased process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, and an independent research evaluation of candidates by the research team at Super Lawyers. The Rising Stars lists are published nationwide in Super Lawyers magazines and in leading city and regional magazines.

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Meet the Alumni

Rafael F. Alonso JD ‘07

Rafael F. Alonso JD ‘07

Partner, Alonso & Perez, LLP

Years of Selection

Denise L. Ben-David JD ‘06

Denise L. Ben-David JD ‘06

Partner, Waserstein Nunez & Foodman, P.L.

Years of Selection

Susan Capote JD ‘06

Susan Capote JD ‘06

Associate, Wargo French LLP

Years of Selection

George Castrataro JD ‘05

George Castrataro JD ‘05

Partner, Law Office of George Castrataro

Years of Selection

Daniel Cervantes JD ‘07

Daniel Cervantes JD ‘07

Associate, Hogan Lovells LLP

Years of Selection

Daniel Cruz JD ‘06

Daniel Cruz JD ‘06

Associate, Brown Sims

Years of Selection

Lourdes De Armas-Suarez JD ‘07

Lourdes De Armas-Suarez JD ‘07

Associate, Walton Lantaff Schroeder & Carson LLP

Years of Selection

Gaspar Forteza JD ‘07

Gaspar Forteza JD ‘07

Associate, Blaxberg, Grayson, Kukoff & Twombly, P.A.

Years of Selection

Kim R. Greenberg JD ‘06

Kim R. Greenberg JD ‘06

Partner, Kim R. Greenberg, P.A.

Years of Selection

Mendy Halberstam JD ‘09

Mendy Halberstam JD ‘09

Associate, Jackson Lewis, LLP

Years of Selection

Brian Karpf JD ‘07

Brian Karpf JD ‘07

Partner, Young, Berman, Karpf & Gonzalez, P.A.

Years of Selection

Ivan J. Parron JD ‘05

Ivan J. Parron JD ‘05

Partner, Parron Law

Years of Selection

Lucia V. Pazos JD ‘06

Lucia V. Pazos JD ‘06

Shareholder, Brown Sims

Years of Selection

Sue-Ann Robinson Caddy JD ‘06

Sue-Ann Robinson Caddy JD ‘06

Shareholder, Robinson Caddy Law

Years of Selection

Eduardo F. Rodriguez JD ‘06

Eduardo F. Rodriguez JD ‘06

Associate, Avila Rodriguez Hernandez Mena & Ferri LLP

Years of Selection

Rick Ruz JD ‘07

Rick Ruz JD ‘07

Partner, Rick Ruz, PLLC

Years of Selection

Cristina M. Suárez JD ‘06

Cristina M. Suárez JD ‘06

Associate, Astigarraga Davis

Years of Selection

Ari A. Sweetbaum JD ‘07

Ari A. Sweetbaum JD ‘07

Partner, Daniels Kashtan

Years of Selection

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