I obtained my Juris Doctor degree from Barry University School of Law in 2000 and 2004. As a result of accreditation issues with the American Bar Association, I had to attend Law School twice. I received my undergraduate degree in International Studies from The University of South Florida.
Attorney at The Orlando Family Firm
Member of League of Women Voters, Kiwanis Club of East Orange County, Past Chair of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Central Florida Board of Directors, Kids Voting Central Florida (2000-2002).
Describe your philosophy of the judicial role, the qualities that are most important for the role, and the greatest challenges to the role.
The greatest qualities of a good judge are temperament, demeanor and work ethic. When I have the privilege of serving you as a County Judge, it will be my personal goal to be on time, courteous to all persons in the Courtroom regardless of why they are there and to apply the laws equally and fairly to all litigants. I have held an “AV” rating from Martindale Hubbell since 2012, and I have been voted a SuperLawyer by my peers twice, in 2015 and 2016. The greatest challenge I believe facing the courts is the same challenge facing families in Orange County, having to do more with less, as a result our Courts are overcrowded and some cases it could take months to get a Court date. We need judges who can keep the docket moving and run an efficient Court room.
Briefly describe a case or a legal issue on which you worked of which you are particularly proud, or is reflective of your legal ability and work. (limit 150 words)
I accepted a criminal case at no cost to the Defendant because a family member asked me to help change his life. The client had a horrible drug addiction and through creative sentencing and using alternative incarceration sanctions, I was able to get my client into an intense drug rehabilitation facility after spending time in the County Jail. Today, almost 3 years later he continues to be totally clean and sober, a productive member of society and helping to educate others of the need to stay clean. This is why I want to be a Judge, to have a greater opportunity to help people get back on track and, if applicable, have a second chance at life.
What, in your opinion, is the most important U. S. Supreme Court decision? Why? (limit 150 words)
Brown v. Board of Education. This case, to me, is one of the most significant cases because it set the standard that all people should be treated equally and fairly. Both my beliefs and campaign are based on upholding and following the law regardless of race, ethnicity, wealth, gender or sexual orientation. Brown v Board of Education ended segregation in schools and essentially said, that no matter who you are, you deserve the right to an equal education in this country.
What do you perceive as the greatest obstacles to justice, if any? Why? (limit 150 words)
The greatest obstacle to justice is the perception that you need to have money to get justice. As your next County Court Judge, I pledge to treat ALL litigants fairly and to uphold the law, regardless of whether they have an attorney or not. County Court deals with civil issues up to $15,000.00, of which a majority are brought by unrepresented litigants. I believe I have the ability as a FL. Supreme Court Certified Mediator to be able to relate to and explain to those without an attorney what the law is and why the ruling is the way it is.