Fairuze Sofia has lived in South Florida since she was in middle school and graduated from Blanche Ely High School in Pompano Beach, Florida. Following high school, she studied International Relations at Florida International University where she was inducted into the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa honor society and graduated with high honors. While a student at FIU, Fairuze studied abroad in Paris at L'Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris taking courses entirely in French.
Fairuze attended law school at the University of Florida Levin College of Law in Gainesville, Florida. While in law school, Fairuze participated in the UF Honor Court first as a member of the Attorney General's Staff and then as the Chief Defense Counsel. She was also awarded the Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowship for advanced Portuguese language study. Following her second year of law school, Fairuze worked as a law clerk at the NASA Kennedy Space Center Office of the Chief Counsel in Cape Canaveral, Florida where she worked on everything from labor disputes to government contracts (and stood on the launchpad next to the shuttle!).
During her last year of law school, Fairuze earned the book award in her "Trial Practice" course. She was also a Certified Legal Intern at the Public Defender's Office in Gainesville, Florida. Following law school, Fairuze worked as an Assistant Public Defender in Broward County where she aggressively represented her clients at both the misdemeanor and felony levels. Following her time at the Public Defender's Office, Fairuze briefly worked for the immigration law firm of Kurzban, Kurzban, Weinger, Tetzeli & Pratt.
Fairuze speaks Portuguese, Spanish, and French and has lived abroad in Sao Paulo, Brazil and Paris, France. In her spare time, she likes to travel and attend concerts.
Languages spoken: Portuguese, French, Spanish
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|FL||Member in Good Standing||2008||06/21/2016|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Rising Star||Florida Super Lawyers||2016|
|Rising Star||Florida Super Lawyers||2015|
|Board Certified Specialist - Criminal Trial Law||The Florida Bar||2015|
|Florida Rising Star||Florida Super Lawyers||2014|
|Hat Trick - 3 Not Guilty Verdicts in a Row||BACDL||2014|
|Florida Rising Star||Florida Super Lawyers||2013|
|Book Award - Trial Practice||University of Florida||2007|
|Owner||The Sofia Law Firm||2010 - Present|
|Associate||Kurzban, Kurzban, Weinger, Tetzeli, & Pratt Pa||2010 - 2010|
|Certified Legal Intern||Alachua County Public Defender's Office||2008 - 2008|
|Assistant Public Defender||Broward County Public Defender's Office||2008 - 2010|
|Law Clerk||NASA Kennedy Space Center||2007 - 2007|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Broward Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||N/A||2014 - Present|
|National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||N/A||2013 - Present|
|American Immigration Lawyers Association||N/A||2011 - Present|
|State v. T.J.||Not Guilty|
|State v. J.M.||Not Guilty|
|State v. T.H.||Not Guilty|
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|University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2008|
|Florida International University||International Relations||BA - Bachelor of Arts||2005|
|L'Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris||N/A||Student Exchange||2004|