I became a Florida lawyer in 1999 after graduating from South Texas College of Law as a Doctor of Jurisprudence in the same year.
My main focuses in law practice are family law matters and immigration/citizenship law. I practice law in those areas because of the way I came to be born in the United States and my upbringing. My grandfather moved his immediate family from Cuba to the United States a couple of years prior to the Cuban Revolution due to government threats to his well-being.
As I began practicing law, it was natural for me to feel good about helping families with their immigration or transition to the United States. I found that the transition was not only a physical one, but an emotional one too. It was my desire to help people with their emotional transitions that led me to family law and collaborative law practice. So technically, I am a lawyer, but I view my role in life as a person who helps people as they transition geographically, emotionally, and spiritually to a better place.
I am an active member of the Hillsborough County Bar Association, Next Generation Divorce (a collaborative law group), Stann W. Givens Family Law Inn of Tampa, and International Academy of Collaborative Professionals. My community involvement includes coaching Judo for the Florida School of Judo and Metropolitan YMCAs, sitting on Jesuit High School of Tampa’s Alumni Representative Council, and lending my experience to the Hispanic Business Initiative Funds’ Technical Assistance Committee.
As an extension of my international practice, I received a lifetime appointment as a Civil Law Notary in 2010.
A Civil Law Notary is different than a Notary Public. A Florida Civil Law Notary is a member in good standing of The Florida Bar, who has practiced law for at least five years, and who is appointed by the Secretary of State as a Civil Law Notary after completion of specialized notarial training and passage of a state-administered examination.
As a Civil Law Notary I may give legal advice, draft legal documents, and exercise legal power and authority generally similar to those exercised by non-U.S. Notaries (Notario Publico, Escribano, Notar, Notaire, Latin Notary). I may authenticate or certify any document, transaction, event, condition, or occurrence by issuance of an authentic act, the contents of which are presumed correct as a matter of law.
Languages Spoken: English, Spanish
Licensed since 1999
Hourly ($150-250/hour), Fixed (Sometimes), Free Consultation (15 minutes)
Cash, Check, Credit Card
|FL||Member in Good Standing||1999||05/07/2015|
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Parliamentarian||Florida Judo Inc.||2010|
|Lawyer and Civil Law Notary||Shawn Mesa, PA||2008 - Present|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Next Generation Divorce||Lawyer Member||2014 - Present|
|International Academy of Collaborative Professionals||Lawyer Member||2014 - Present|
|U.S. Southern District of Florida||Admitted Lawyer||2012 - Present|
|Hillsborough County Bar Association||Admitted Lawyer||2010 - Present|
|Hillsborough County Bar Association, Immigration & Nationality Section||Co-chair||2010 - 2010|
|American Immigration Lawyers Association||Lawyer Member||2007 - Present|
|U.S. Middle District of Florida||Admitted Lawyer||2000 - Present|
|Florida Bar||Admitted Lawyer||1999 - Present|
|Green Card through Marriage||Green Card Granted|
|Felony conviction changed||Deportation risk avoided|
|Citizenship for person with Schizophrenia||Citizenship approved|
|University of Florida||Political Science||BA - Bachelor of Arts||N/A|
|South Texas College of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||N/A|
|Rotary Club||The Immigration Process: What You Don't See in the News||2011|
|Hillsborough County Bar Association||5 Things Every Lawyer Should Know about Citizenship||2011|
|Employment-Based and Family-Based Fundamentals||Immigration Law Fundamentals for Lawyers||2011|