LawBridge™

LawBridge™: A Legal Residency Program – providing guidance for more than the practice of law™

LawBridge™ was created by FIU College of Law and combines approaches used in medical residency programs with those used in business incubator settings. This hybrid, apprentice-style approach helps new lawyers start their solo practitioner journey. LawBridge™ is open to recent FIU Law graduates who have been admitted to practice in Florida. The two year enrollment commitment requires that the participant house their solo practice within the LawBridge™ facilities. Each participant is expected to establish a client base, manage all aspects of the attorney-client relationship, and oversee all business aspects of the practice. FIU Law will provide guidance in establishing and operating each participant’s law practice and will provide training in professionalism and ethics. FIU LawBridge™ participants are also expected to engage in the community through extensive pro-bono services intended to provide further experience and foster deeper community ties.

Support services are provided in the areas of marketing, public relations, accounting and financial planning. We also provide office space within close proximity to all courts and Miami’s vibrant business and legal community. It includes reception areas, conference rooms and work spaces that offer participants the opportunity to work in an environment similar to that of a large law firm.

CURRENT STATUS OF OUR SEARCH FOR OFFICE SPACE – We recently lost our space in downtown Miami, and have undertaken a search for permanent office space to permit our program to grow.

For more information, contact LawBridge™ Director Tony Santos at tony.santos@FIU.edu

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LawBridge™ Practioners

Gregorie Dolce
Dolce Law Firm, PA represents homeowners and tenants in foreclosure actions and landlord/tenant disputes. The firm also provides legal services to U.S.-based companies and individuals involved in cross-border transactions with Haiti and other parts of the Caribbean. In 2010, Gregorie Dolce received her Juris Doctor degree from Florida International University College of Law. Ms. Dolce holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Florida International University. She is licensed to practice law in all courts in the State of Florida and the United States District Court, Southern District of Florida. Ms. Dolce is fluent in French and Creole and is proficient in Spanish. Visit http://dolcelawfirm.com/or email gdolce@dolcelawfirm.com for more information.

Zachariah Evangelista
Zachariah Evangelista focuses its practice on providing legal guidance to the entrepreneurs of South Florida. As a problem solver, Mr. Evangelista works with his clients to help them achieve the most efficient and effective solutions to the unique array of problems they face in the global market place that is Miami. Mr. Evangelista also dedicates a portion of his practice to assisting nonprofit organizations with their legal needs. Mr. Evangelista is involved in a number of community organizations and activities, including LEAP (Legal Education Access Program), SCORE, The Sons of Italy and the Dade County Bar Association.

Zachariah Evangelista received his Juris Doctor degree from the Florida International University College of Law in 2011, with honors. Mr. Evangelista has a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from Hofstra University in Long Island, New York, and obtained a master’s degree in Public Administration from Florida International University. Mr. Evangelista is licensed to practice law in the State of Florida. For more information on Evangelista Law, PA, please visit its website at www.EvangelistaLawFL.com or you may also contact Mr. Evangelista by email at Zachariah@Ser-Associates.com

Daniel Izquierdo
Izquierdo Law Firm, PA focuses its practice on representing individuals charged with crimes or criminal traffic violations such as Driving Under the Influence (DUI) in Miami-Dade, Broward and Monroe counties. Mr. Izquierdo also dedicates a portion of his practice to assisting individuals in the postconviction phase of a criminal matter with motions to vacate plea, judgment and sentence, motions to modify probation and motions to seal and/or expunge a criminal record. In 2011, Daniel Izquierdo received his Juris Doctor degree from Florida International University College of Law. Mr. Izquierdo holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communication from Florida International University and a master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Administration from the Florida State University. He is licensed to practice law in all courts in the State of Florida and the United States District Court, Southern District of Florida. Ms. Dolce is fluent in Spanish. Visit http://www.izlegal.com or email Daniel@izlegal.com.

Aston Wilson
Aston Wilson, PA is a firm built on endless preparation and unparalleled focus on fighting for the life, liberty and rights of his clients. Mr. Wilson will tirelessly prepare for and defend your case as if it was the firm’s only case. He understands the stigma and burdens that are associated with a criminal accusation and relentlessly helps clients navigate through difficult issues to achieve optimum results. As an athlete who prevailed on the field and an academic who excelled in the classroom, Mr. Wilson is accustomed to high pressure situations. Aston Wilson Jr., received his Juris Doctor from Florida International University College of Law. Mr. Wilson also graduated from Florida International University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and was a graduate of the Honors College. He was a member of FIU’s football team during its inaugural season (2002-2005) and helped to lay the groundwork for its athletic program. Mr. Wilson is FIU’s first football player to graduate with a law degree. Mr. Wilson is licensed to practice law in all courts in the State of Florida and the United States District Court, Southern District of Florida. For more information, visit www.AstonLawOffice.comor email Aston@astonlawoffice.com

Clayton Tyler Kuhn
Clayton Tyler Kuhn, PA is a full service law firm dedicated to providing superior legal representation. Mr. Kuhn has the flexibility and freedom to handle his client’s unique situations and is able to provide the one-on-one service that many big firms are unable to deliver. Mr. Kuhn represents businesses in a variety of areas including: business formation, ownership structures and partner issues, contract disputes, liability claims, and business wind-down and dissolution. Mr. Kuhn also represents individuals with insurance disputes and personal injury cases.  Mr. Kuhn holds a Bachelor’s degree in Real Estate/Finance from Florida State University College of Business. In 2011, Clayton Tyler Kuhn received his Juris Doctor degree from Florida International University College of Law and is admitted to practice law in the State of Florida. For more information, visit www.ClayKuhnLaw.com or emailctk@clawkuhnlaw.com

Mirene Mairena
Mirene Mairena PA focuses primarily in the areas of family law, with special emphasis on domestic and marital disputes and post-dissolution matters and claims. While earning her undergraduate degree, she worked as a legal assistant for six years at Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell, P.A.  During law school, she was selected to become a member of the Board of Advocates and competed with both the Appellate Advocacy Team and the Trial Team.  Mirene Mairena graduated in 2011 from Florida International University College of Law receiving her Juris Doctor degree. She also has a Bachelor of Science degree, with honors, in Criminal Justice, and a minor in Sociology and Anthropology. Ms. Mairena is licensed to practice law in all courts in the State of Florida and the United States District Court, Southern District of Florida.

For more information on Mirene Mairena, P.A., please visit www.mairenalaw.com and you may reach Ms. Mairena by email at mm@mairenalaw.com.

Karim Batista
Karim Batista PA focuses primarily in the areas of family law and criminal law, with special emphasis on domestic and marital disputes, post-dissolution matters and claims and domestic violence. Mr. Batista obtained his Juris Doctor degree from Florida International University College of Law in 2013. He also has a Bachelor of Science degree and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Florida State University. Mr. Batista is licensed to practice law in all courts in the State of Florida.

For more information on Karim Batista PA, please visit www.kbatistapa.com and you may reach Mr. Batista by email at karim@batistapa.com.

Rebecca Nuñez
Rebecca M. Nuñez Law PA focuses its practice in family and matrimonial law, including child custody, marital settlement, domestic and marital disputes and post-dissolution matters and claims. Ms. Nuñez received her Juris Doctor degree from Florida International University College of Law in 2011, and is a member of the Dade County and Cuban-American Bar Associations. Ms. Nuñez was admitted to The Florida Bar in 2011 and is admitted to practice law in all courts in the State of Florida.

For more information on Rebecca M. Nuñez Law PA, please visit www.rmnunezlaw.com and you may reach Ms. Nuñez by email at Rebecca@rmnunezlaw.com.