About Rising Stars

SuperLawyers 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.

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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Alejandro R. Alvarez JD ‘06

Alejandro R. Alvarez JD ‘06

Alejandro R. Alvarez specializes in commercial litigation. Mr. Alvarez was admitted to practice law in the State of Florida in 2006. He is also admitted to practice in the United States District Courts for the Southern and Middle Districts of Florida.

Years of Selection

  • Rising Stars: 2009 – 2011

Practice Areas

  • Business Litigation (80%)
  • Appellate (20%)
Gaspar Forteza JD ‘07

Gaspar Forteza JD ‘07

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

“It’s a real pleasure to be recognized for doing what you love.  I’m proud of my fellow FIU Law alumni that have continued the school’s legacy of social justice.”

Years of Selection

  • Rising Stars: 2012

Practice Areas

  • Consumer Law (70%)
  • Business Litigation (20%)
  • General Litigation (10%)
Kim R. Greenberg

Kim R. Greenberg

Founder, Kim R. Greenberg, P.A.

Kim Rae Greenberg founded her own title agency, Kim R. Greenberg, P.A.  Her practice focuses on residential and commercial real estate closings and title transactions.  She received her J.D. from Florida International University College of Law and a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Florida. Kim is actively involved in activities for the betterment of the legal and local communities. In addition to her commitment to FAWL, her professional involvement includes serving as a Committee Member with The Florida Bar and as a Board of Director with the Coral Gables Bar Association.  She also participates in volunteer work in the Junior League of Miami and other charitable organizations.  She lives in Coral Gables with her husband, attorney William Chad Brown, and their young daughter, Emily.

Years of Selection

  • Rising Stars: 2012

Practice Areas

  • Real Estate (100%)
Steven M. Harper ’01, JD ‘06

Steven M. Harper ’01, JD ‘06

Partner, Harper Meyer Perez Hagen O’Connor Albert & Dribin LLP

 “I am truly honored to be recognized by Super Lawyers as a Rising Star and wish to congratulate my fellow FIU College of Law alumni who were also recognized.  The College of Law has come a very long way in a very short amount of time, and to see so many attorneys from such a young school be recognized for their roles in the legal community is certainly a tribute to its success.”

Years of Selection

  • Rising Stars: 2010

Practice Areas

  • Aviation (50%)
  • Tax (50%)
Christina MacRobert-Ruiz JD ‘07

Christina MacRobert-Ruiz JD ‘07

Associate, Perez-Abreu & Martin-Lavielle, PA.

“I am honored to have been recognized as one of South Florida’s up and coming family law attorneys and thank FIU College of Law for the great education and resources they provided me with.”

Years of Selection

  • Rising Stars: 2010 – 2011

Practice Areas

  • Family Law (100%)
Robert M. O'Malley ’01, JD ‘05

Robert M. O’Malley ’01, JD ‘05

Associate, Adams Adams Baca & McMillen

“It is always flattering to be recognized for achievement within your profession.  My legal training from FIU has been a key component of my practice.  I will always be grateful for the instruction both in and outside of the classroom.”

Years of Selection

  • Rising Stars: 2010

Practice Areas

  • Personal Injury Defense: General (90%)
  • Business/Corporate (10%)
Ivan J. Parron JD ‘05

Ivan J. Parron JD ‘05

Principal Attorney & Founder of Parron Law

“It is an honor to be recognized by my peers in the legal community for another year as a Super Lawyers’ Rising Star.”

Years of Selection

  • Rising Stars: 2012

Practice Areas

  • Entertainment & Sports (80%)
  • First Amendment/Media/Advertising (10%)
  • Intellectual Property (10%)
Lucia V. Pazos JD ‘06

Lucia V. Pazos JD ‘06

Shareholder, Brown Sims

“I am honored and humbled to be recognized by my peers in the community, and congratulate all of my fellow honorees from the FIU College of Law.”

Years of Selection

  • Rising Stars: 2012

Practice Areas

  • Civil Litigation Defense (50%)
  • Personal Injury Defense: Products (50%)
Jennifer Remy-Estorino ’01, JD ‘05

Jennifer Remy-Estorino ’01, JD ‘05

Associate, Kubicki Draper

“I am honored that members of my profession have selected me for inclusion on the Florida Rising Star Super Lawyer list.   To me, it means I have represented my client’s best interests, and have done so successfully, with honesty and integrity.”

Years of Selection

  • Rising Stars: 2010

Practice Areas

  • Civil Litigation Defense (50%)
  • Personal Injury Defense: General (30%)
  • Construction Litigation (20%)
Eduardo Rodriguez ’02, MS ’03, JD ‘06

Eduardo Rodriguez ’02, MS ’03, JD ‘06

Associate, Avila Rodriguez Hernandez Mena & Ferri LLP

“My inclusion on this list, or any other list of attorneys, is only possible because the FIU College of Law was available to provide an exceptional and affordable legal education in my hometown.  If my inclusion on this list advances the cause of the FIU College of Law in any way, I finally understand and appreciate the benefits of these types of lists.”

Years of Selection

  • Rising Stars: 2012

Practice Areas

  • Business Litigation (90%)
  • Government Contracts (10%)
Erin T. Siska '98, JD '05

Erin T. Siska ’98, JD ’05

Associate, Colodny, Fass, Talenfeld, Karlinsky, Abate & Webb

“I am surprised, thrilled, and honored to be selected as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers.”

Years of Selection

  • Rising Stars: 2010

Practice Areas

  • Corporate Governance & Compliance (60%)
  • Business/Corporate (30%)
  • Mergers & Acquisitions (10%)