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Myriam_Louis  MYRIAM K. LOUIS.

Myriam K. Louis practices in all areas of real estate litigation and real estate transactions. Ms. Louis also practices in commercial litigation, with a specific focus on litigating real estate and commercial disputes, including commercial mortgage foreclosures, title insurance and priority claims, residential foreclosures, and landlord tenant matters. Ms. Louis' real estate practice focuses on transactions for foreign and domestic clients in the acquisition, sale, financing, development, management, operation, and leasing of real estate including residential homes and condominiums, warehouses, mixed-use, condominium and commercial properties. Additionally, Ms. Louis’ practice also includes business purchase and sale transactions with real estate components; representation of borrowers and institutional lenders in connection with construction lending; acquisition financing commercial retail facilities; loan modification and work-outs; acquisition, due diligence, and financing of vacant land; and representation of clients in connection with real estate title insurance and development related matters.

Ms. Louis received her Bachelor of Sciences degree from Elmira College in Elmira, New York and her Juris Doctorate from Nova Southeastern University. In addition to having her Juris Doctorate, Ms. Louis is an active Florida licensed real estate sales person and is a member in both the state and local bar associations.

Ms. Louis teaches the Real Property Law for the Paralegal/Legal Assistant Program at FAU.


  MALCOLM H. KAHL, Esq.

Mr. Kahl has offices in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and limits his practice to personal injury and wrongful death. After receiving his J.D., he received a Master of Law degree from New York University, School of Law.

He is a member of the New York Bar, Florida Bar, and the District of Columbia Bar; past Co-Chairman of the Trial Lawyers Section of the Broward County Bar; Board of Governors of the Broward County Trial Lawyers; Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers; Supreme Court Certified Mediator; lectured at Beth Israel Hospital on medical malpractice; guest speaker ABC television WIOD radio on medical malpractice and automobile insurance law; and speaker at the Boca Raton Paralegal Association.

He is admitted to practice in the Florida Supreme Court; U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida; U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida; U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York; U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York; Supreme Court of the U.S.; U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit.

Mr. Kahl teaches Personal Injury in the Legal Assistant Program.


  KENNETH B. DION, Esq.

Mr. Dion is a sole practitioner in West Palm Beach. He was formerly with the Palm Beach County Office of the Public Defender as an Assistant Public Defender. He is currently a sole practitioner representing clients in Criminal Law, Traffic Law, Contract Law, and Corporate Law.

He earned his J.D from Suffolk University Law School, and Bachelor of Arts from Boston College. Mr. Dion teaches an LSAT course in the Test Preparation program at FAU. He also teaches for Palm Beach Community College.

Mr. Dion teaches Corporations in the Legal Assistant Program.


  JEFFREY F. GORDON, Esq.

Mr. Gordon is a partner in the law firm of Broad and Cassel in West Palm Beach, Florida.
He received his B.A. degree from Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, and J.D. from the University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.

He has been admitted to practice in Florida and the U.S. District Court, Southern District and Middle District of Florida. He is a former adjunct professor at Florida International University and Florida Atlantic University. Mr. Gordon has tried numerous civil and criminal cases throughout Florida. He is a Board Certified Civil Trial lawyer.

Mr. Gordon teaches Civil Litigation in the Legal Assistant Program.


  JOY J. KASTANIAS, Esq.

Joy Kastanias is a practicing elder law attorney who has instructed various courses in the Paralegal Certificate and Test Preparation programs at Florida Atlantic University. Ms. Kastanias earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Psychology from the University of Alabama and her Juris Doctor from DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois. Prior to attending law school, her professional experience included working as a technical writer and an editor. She is licensed to practice law in both Florida and Illinois.

Ms. Kastanias teaches the Intro to Law, Effective Legal Research, Research Writing, Probate  and Certified Paralegal (CP) Test Preparation courses at Florida Atlantic University's Legal Assistant Certificate and Test Preparation Programs.

 


    SAMANTHA VACCIANA, Esq.

Samantha Vacciana serves as Assistant Regional Counsel for the Office of Criminal Conflict and Civil Regional Counsel in West Palm Beach, Florida. Prior to her current position, Ms. Vacciana practiced family law for approximately five years, specializing in the areas of domestic violence and child custody.

Ms. Vacciana received both her BA and MA degrees from Florida Atlantic University and her JD from the University of Florida, College of Law where she graduated cum laude. She is Florida Bar Foundation and Equal Justice Works Fellow.

Ms. Vacciana is admitted to practice in Florida and in Federal District court.

Ms. Vacciana teaches Domestic Relations   in the Legal Assistant Program.


  Elise_Gross   ELISE GROSS

Elise Gross is a sole practitioner in Boca Raton. Her practice concentrates on estate planning, probate, and asset protection, as well as the business and succession planning which are involved in such procedures. She received her B.A. from Florida International University, her J.D. from New York Law School, and her L.L.M. in Estate Planning from the University of Miami, School of Law. She is also licensed to practice in New York.

Ms. Gross teaches Wills, Trusts & Estate Planning for our Legal Assistant Program.


  Gregory_Shibley  GREGORY SHIBLEY, ESQ.

Gregory J. Shibley maintains a solo law practice in North Palm Beach. His practice is limited to civil litigation, with an emphasis on commercial litigation, including disputes over contracts, and probate litigation, including disputes over wills and trusts. Mr. Shibley began practicing law in 1980 with the Washington, D.C. firm then known as Howrey & Simon, where he participated in litigating major civil antitrust cases. In 1982, he returned to his home town of Toledo, Ohio, and joined the law firm of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, where he litigated a variety of civil cases. In 1984, he became a shareholder of Shibley Co., L.P.A., exercising primary responsibility for an even wider variety of civil litigation. In 1990, he moved with his family to Palm Beach County, Florida. Mr. Shibley has earned the highest rating in the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory.

Mr. Shibley graduated from Harvard University with a J. D., cum laude, in 1980, and from Princeton University with an A. B., magna cum laude, in 1977. At Princeton, he majored in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, was awarded the Lynde Debate Prize, and earned election to the Phi Beta Kappa Society. He is currently enrolled as a graduate student, seeking the M. A. degree in History at Florida Atlantic University.

Mr. Shibley teaches Contract Law in the Legal Assistant Program..


  Kevin_D._Rosen  KEVIN D. ROSEN, ESQ.

Mr. Rosen is Principal Regional Counsel with FINRA Enforcement. In his role, Mr. Rosen provides legal guidance to staff who investigates FINRA members for compliance with federal securities laws and rules, and he prosecutes those who violate the federal securities laws and rules. Prior to FINRA Enforcement, Mr. Rosen was Associate Regional Director with FINRA Dispute Resolution, wherein he managed FINRA’s securities arbitration forum. Mr. Rosen also formerly practiced securities law as Assistant General Counsel with the Florida Department of Banking and Finance, and practiced commercial and consumer finance law in private practice.

Mr. Rosen received his B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Florida, his J.D. from Nova Southeastern University, and his FINRA Certified Regulatory Compliance Professional Certificate from the FINRA Institute and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Rosen is admitted to practice law in Florida.

Mr. Rosen teaches Securities Regulation, Arbitration and Mediation for the FAU Legal Assistant Program.


  Javier_Zuniga  JAVIER ZUNIGA, ESQ

Javier Zuniga is a sole practitioner in Boca Raton. His practice, Zuniga Law, P.A., is focused in bankruptcy, foreclosure defense, consumer defense and immigration. Before being a lawyer, Mr. Zuniga worked in upper management of a large non-profit organization assisting distressed consumers with debt problems.

Mr. Zuniga received his B.S. degree (Paralegal Studies) and his J.D. from Nova Southeastern University. He is admitted to practice in Florida and the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida.

Mr. Zuniga is a member of the Board of Directors of the Palm Beach County Hispanic Bar Association. He is bilingual and a legal columnist in three Spanish publications in the tri-county area: Diario Golazo, Minutos360 & Momentos360.

Mr. Zuniga teaches Bankruptcy and Immigration in the Legal Assistant Program


  Javier_Zuniga  HARRY WINDERMAN

Harry Winderman focuses his practice primarily in the areas of commercial transactions, securities, commercial litigation and real estate development. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida where he teaches taxation, entrepreneurship, real estate principles and law and forensic accounting.

Mr. Winderman is admitted to the Florida and New Jersey State bars, along with the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and the United States Tax Court. He received his Bachelor of Arts from Yeshiva University in 1970, a Juris Doctor from New York Law School in 1973, a Masters in Taxation from New York University in 1975 and a Masters in Business Administration from Florida Atlantic.

Mr. Windermann teaches Foreclosures in the Legal Assistant Program.

 

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