BIRTHPLACE: La Habana, Cuba
SPOUSE: Maria Elena Almeyda
CHILDREN: Three Daughters
DEGREES: Harvard Law School, Juris Doctor, 1987, Cum Laude; Brown University, A.B. Latin American Studies, A.B. Political Science, 1984, Magna Cum Laude and Selected to Phi Beta Kappa; Miami Senior High School.
LEGAL OFFICES & POSITIONS: Judge, Third District Court of Appeal, 2005-present; Adjunct Professor of Law, University of Miami Law School, Florida Constitutional Law, 2010; Adjunct Professor of Law, Florida International University College of Law, Florida Constitutional Law, 2009; Chief, Economic Crimes Section, U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida, 2003-2005; Partner, Lehtinen, O’Donnell, Cortiñas, Vargas and Reiner, 1994-1995; Assistant U.S. Attorney, Public Corruption, Economic Crimes, Environmental Crimes and Appellate Sections, 1990-1994 and 1995-2003; Associate, Steel Hector and Davis, 1988-1990; Law Clerk, Judge William M. Hoeveler, U.S. District Court, 1987-88.
BAR OFFICES & ACTIVITIES: Admitted, The Florida Bar 1989; member, Florida Supreme Court Committee on Jury Instructions in Business Cases, 2006-present; member, Florida Bar Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services, 2005-present; United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida 1989 and admitted to Trial Bar in 1993; member, Dade County Bar Association 1989; member, Cuban American Bar Association, 1989; member, St. Thomas University Law School Inn of Court, 1993-1994.
OTHER CIVIC ACTIVITIES: Volunteer Coach, Miami Senior High School Mock Trial Team, 2005-2006; Officer and Director of Legal Services of Greater Miami, 1991-2001; Mentor, Miami Senior High Legal and Public Affairs Program, 2000-2002; Member, Governor’s Commission for a Sustainable South Florida, 1994-1995; Member, Brown University Alumni Board of Governors, 1994-95; President, Brown University Club of Dade and Broward Counties, 1989-95.
HONORS & AWARDS: Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Service given by Attorney General John Ashcroft, 2001; National Crime Victims Award given by Attorney General Janet Reno, 2000; President’s Council on Integrity and Efficiency Award for Successful Prosecution of Interstate Moving Company Cases, 2004. Lecturer and Instructor for ABA White Collar Crime National Institute, Florida Bar International Law Section, U.S. Department of Justice courses on anti-corruption, trial advocacy, complex case management and narcotics prosecutions. Taught courses for attorneys and judges throughout Latin America, including five cities in Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Panama, and the Dominican Republic.
LANGUAGES: Fluent in Spanish and Portuguese. Studied at University of Cordoba in Spain and Pontificia Universidade Catolica in Brazil.