Abraham S. Ovadia is paying it forward to his alma mater, making a milestone gift to fund career planning and placement for FIU College of Law students.
Ovadia, 29, donated $400,000 to the FIU College of Law to enhance its career planning and placement office, which now bears his name. The gift is the largest to date from an FIU Law School alumnus to the law school, and is one of FIU’s largest gifts from an individual alumnus under the age of 30.
Ovadia is the founder of Florida PIP Law Firm, PA where he focuses on Personal Injury Protection (PIP) cases. While attending law school at FIU, he worked at a law firm handling PIP claims. After graduating in 2009, he returned to his hometown of Boca Raton to open his own law firm and he now recruits and hires FIU law school graduates.
“The FIU College of Law made an impression on me – from the diverse student body to the driven first generation law students,” Ovadia said. “I’m particularly proud of the success FIU law alumni have had. This gift will help the law school identify more job placement opportunities for its students and continue its reputation for producing the highest quality lawyers.”
FIU leaders, students and alumni gathered on Thursday evening for a ribbon cutting ceremony where the office was renamed the Abraham S. Ovadia Career Planning and Placement Office.
“Abraham Ovadia’s gift will inspire our students and alumni. In five years, Mr. Ovadia graduated from FIU Law, built a successful practice and is now in a position to give back to his law school,” said R. Alexander Acosta, dean of FIU’s College of Law.
“FIU Law is a place where students and their goals matter,” he continued. “As the job market becomes increasingly competitive, the Abraham Ovadia Career Planning and Placement Office will work to help match FIU Law students to their career goals. Mr. Ovadia’s substantial investment will significantly impact our graduates and their career success. We are grateful to Abraham for his generous contribution to our school and look forward to our continued relationship.”