Board of Directors

 

Lody Jean

President

Lody Jean was born and raised in Haiti, and is of Lebanese ancestry. She attended the University of Miami where she received her bachelor’s degree in International Studies and Political Science, as well as a minor in Foreign Languages. Ms. Jean received her Juris Doctor from St. Thomas University School of Law, during which time, she was a recipient of the Haitian Lawyers Association scholarship… [Read More…]

 

Altanese Phenelus

 Vice President

Altanese Phenelus is an Assistant County Attorney for the Miami-Dade County Attorney’s Office.  She practices in the Zoning, Land Use and Environmental Section as well as the Tort Liability and Medical Malpractice Section.  Altanese attended law school at FIU and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from FIU.  Altanese is a former HLA scholarship recipient.

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Patricia Elizee

 Immediate Past President

Patricia Elizee is the managing partner of Elizee Law Firm, P.A., a firm dedicated to serving its clients and community. She earned her Juris Doctorate at the University of Miami School of Law, and graduated with honors. While in law school, Ms. Elizee volunteered as an intern and fellow at the University of Miami School of Law Health and Elder Clinic, where she represented low income clients in a variety of immigration, social security, and public benefit cases. She then completed a Masters in Law in Sustainable International Development at the University of Washington School of Law.

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Pedro Gassant

President Elect

Pedro Gassant is an associate in Holland & Knight’s Miami office and a member of the firm’s Litigation Group. He focuses his practice on land use, zoning and procurement matters. Mr. Gassant also has significant litigation experience.

As a first year associate, Mr. Gassant won his first case in Federal Court, in the Middle District of Florida, reuniting a father with his son under the Hague Convention on the International Civil Aspects of Child Abduction.

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Vanessa Joseph

Secretary

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Francesse Lucius

Treasurer

Francesse Lucius is a member of the Florida Bar. She graduated from the University of Miami School of Law. Prior to law school, she received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Women’s Studies at the University of Florida.  Currently, she is an attorney at Children’s Legal Services and an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.

 

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Farah L. Nerette

Director

Farah Lolagne Nerette was born and raised in Haiti. Her parents’ desire to live in a safer country influenced their move to the United States in July 2001. Ms. Nerette went on to earn her Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations at the University of Florida and Juris Doctorate at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Ms. Nerette currently practices as an associate at Goren, Cherof, Doody, and Ezrol, P.A based in Fort Lauderdale.  In that position and in addition to representing private clients in numerous areas of the law, she serves as assistant city attorney to many municipalities in Broward and Palm Beach County. Ms. Nerette enjoys the municipal law practice because it enables her to work for the greater good of communities.

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Antoine Dumas

Director

Antoine Dumas, Esq. is a member of the Florida Bar. He graduated from the Howard University School of Law. Prior to law school, Antoine received his Bachelor of Arts in Theology at Oakwood University in Huntsville, AL.  Currently, Antoine is a Pastor as well as the Owner, Founder and Managing Partner of Talented Tenth Consulting & Legal Services, PLLC.

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Sandy Boisrond

 

Director

Sandy Boisrond is an estate planning and probate attorney licensed to practice in Florida.  She focuses her areas of practice on wills, trusts, and estate planning, probate administration, and special needs planning.  She is particularly involved in supporting special needs families to help them create long term plans, as she is the Aunt of a 10-year-old who has autism.  She also supports the needs of entrepreneurs and small businesses in providing contract drafting and review.
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Christine Louissaint

 

Director

Christine concentrates her practice in Personal Injury Protection (PIP) claims. Christine handles claims regarding the necessity of medical treatment, reasonableness of medical charges submitted to insurance carriers and coverage disputes. Her experience includes negotiating settlements, preparing defense analysis reports, conducting depositions, and motion practice.

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Guerda Prosper

Director

I was born in Harbour Island, Bahamas and moved to Miami, Florida at the age of 9.

Before and during law school, I worked as a paralegal for nearly13 years in a Plaintiff’s personal injury boutique firm in Coral Gables. After passing the Bar, I joined the same firm as an attorney. I focus my practice primarily on medical malpractice, slip/trip and fall cases, auto accident claims and premise liability claims.
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