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Presenting the Candidates for the
DCBA Board of Directors
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The 2018 Board of Directors Election is open for Regular, Life, and Government members who were in good standing as of April 18th, 2018.

Ballots were distributed on Friday, May 11th via e-mail, and votes must be cast by 1:00 PM EDT Thursday, May 24th, 2018.

If you have not received your ballot, please first check your email SPAM folder. Otherwise, reach Yamile Rodriguez at 305-371-2220, extension 302.

Please review the candidates below and cast your vote using your personalized link in your ballot email. Thank you!


President – Elect


Gilbert Squires - Candidate for President-Elect

Gilbert Squires

Please vote for and support Gilbert K. Squires: “President – Elect”


  • Your Servant Leader — Vision!
  • Over Eight Years dedicated, distinguished, honorable DCBA service: Affiliate Bar Leader, Director, Treasurer, Secretary, VP
  • Special Magistrate - City of NMB
  • Board Certified Specialist - International Law
  • International, Domestic Arbitrator: ICDR and AAA Complex Arbitration Rosters (Energy, Maritime, Construction, Business, Probate, Technology)
  • FLABAR Inaugural Certification Committee: BCS - International Litigation and Arbitration
  • Diplomate -- International Arbitration Chartered Institute Arbitrators
  • Fellow -- College of Commercial Arbitrators
  • Admitted: FL, DC, NY, Supreme Court, 11th Circuit, SDFL, SDTX, PE TX
  • Professional Diversity: Petroleum Engineer (Exxon), Universal Music Content Management, Attorney, Panamanian, Multilingual, Multicultural
  • GoldmanSachs 10K Small Business Alumnus
  • Past President, current Board Member, Miami Beach Bar Association
  • Past Presidents and Volunteer Bars’ support
  • Past President -- Conoco Mexico, Ltd.
  • Director, Equitable Origin (environmental)
  • ADL leadership
  • Past Grievance Committee Vice-Chair
  • Yogini
  • 6th Dan Tomiki Ryu Aikido

Thanks kindly!


Robert Zarco - Candidate for President-Elect

Robert Zarco

Robert Zarco is Founding Partner of the boutique law firm of Zarco Einhorn Salkowski & Brito, P.A., and has earned international recognition as an excellent and experienced trial and litigation lawyer in the areas of Business, Commercial, Franchise, Hospitality, Dealership and Real Estate law in complex disputes and business transactions.

Mr. Zarco has an extensive background in business, accounting and finance commencing before graduating from Harvard University with a B.A. in Economics. He further developed his financial knowledge during his tenure as a Financial Analyst at General Motors in New York, where he attended Pace University Graduate School of Business. Mr. Zarco later graduated from the University of Miami School Of Law and is internationally recognized as an expert in franchise law by many courts and testified before various state legislatures.

He is recognized as a "Top Attorney," "Super Lawyer," "Legal Eagle" and distinguished among "The Best Lawyers in America."




Jane Muir - Candidate for Vice President

Jane Muir

I believe that the DCBA has the opportunity to speak for professionalism, to advance the Bench and Bar, and to support our members with meaningful services. I also believe that we owe our members a duty to use our resources wisely. Because of these beliefs, I have invested sustained effort for the last seven years to improve our services and operations, and I am seeking to continue my service to the Bar as Vice President.

Before being elected Treasurer last year and Secretary this year, I served on the Executive Committee five times. My contributions have included drafting a staff policy handbook, developing financial controls, auditing three years of financial statements, investing our savings in a diverse portfolio, and overhauling the Bulletin and the Lawyer Referral Service.

You can count on me to work to improve our organization’s service to our members and the community. Thank you for your vote.


John H. Ruiz - Candidate for Vice President

John Ruiz

John H. Ruiz is the founder of the MSP Recovery Law Firm, a top litigation firm, recognized nationally for its strength in managed care and class-action.  Ruiz is a Martindale-Hubbell AV rated attorney, with a 26-year record of success in class actions, MDL and other complex litigation, involving billions in judgements for hundreds of thousands of individuals.

In addition to sponsoring and participating in multiple DCBA events, Ruiz donates his time and resources to other bar associations, civic and charitable organizations including the March of Dimes and Guardian Ad Litem program. He also gave back to our community through 17 years of television outreach programs, providing free legal advice and services to the needy and elderly.

Ruiz received his J.D. at Nova Southeastern University and B.A. at the University of Miami. He and his wife of 26 years, Mayra, are proud parents of three UM Hurricanes.




Dolly Hernandez - Candidate for Treasurer

Dolly Hernandez

Dear Fellow DCBA Member,

I seek your support for Treasurer of the DCBA.  If elected, I pledge to ensure: (1) greater financial transparency; (2) substantive programming; and (3) the DCBA’s service to the legal, judicial, and broader community.

I am uniquely suited for Treasurer of the DCBA given my training in finance at the University of Miami, a matrimonial and family law practice where knowledge of financial concepts is key, and my involvement in the DCBA’s Budget Committee, Board of Directors (elected director), Family Court Committee (former Chair), and Executive Committee (elected member).

Outside the DCBA, my community involvement includes serving on the Board of Directors of the Greater Miami & The Keys Chapter of the American Red Cross and as pro bono counsel through the Federal CARE Court program.  As Treasurer, I will work to provide financial details to our membership and safeguard the DCBA’s finances.

Read Dolly's extended candidate bio by clicking here.  (opens a new window)


Sabrina Puglisi - Candidate for Treasurer

Sabrina Puglisi

I have dedicated over ten years of volunteer service with the DCBA. My involvement began as a Director of the Young Lawyer's Section (2005-2009). I transitioned to Director of the Association (2011-2014; 2016-present); and have been co-chair to the solo/small firm committee since 2011.

I am a board certified criminal defense attorney with my own firm, and past-president of the Miami chapter of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

I am personally familiar with the history of this organization and where we currently stand. I have experienced the ups and downs and have seen what works and what doesn’t work.  I believe this organization needs to get back to focusing on programming that the members want and need.

I am honored by the support given by members of this community who have endorsed my bid for Treasurer.  Please see the Puglisi Law web site (opens in new window) for my list of endorsements. I appreciate your support.


Directors – Group II


Gregory S. d’Incelli - Candidate for Director, Group II

Gregory S. d’Incelli

I ask for your vote as director for DCBA Group 2 because I care deeply about the DCBA, its membership, and the local community.  I have met many of you at events or through our practices, and I know the importance and value you place on having a respected community of lawyers in the Dade County Bar.

I promise to use my experience in service and fundraising to ensure that the DCBA enriches your experiences as lawyers in the community through the resources we have available.  This includes instructive, original programming and community outreach.  I know how rewarding being a lawyer can be and I experience that daily representing plaintiffs in personal injury and medical malpractice matters at Freidin Brown, PA.

I will be committed to improving the quality of our local Bar and the experience of our lawyers and ask for your vote for Group 2 Director.


Stephanie Grosman - Candidate for Director, Group II

Stephanie Grosman

Stephanie Grosman began at Dade Legal Aid representing victims’ rights in domestic violence injunction hearings, and currently practices Family Law. Stephanie volunteers as a GAL, and mentor, through the Put Something Back Pro Bono Project.

Originally a founding fellow of the DLA Leadership Academy, she currently serves as coordinator. Stephanie helps to organize fundraisers, such as Battle of the Bands and Patently Impossible Project. As a DCBA Young Lawyers Section Director since 2013, she has successfully served on several committees.

Stephanie was recognized as one of the Top 40 Under 40 Outstanding Lawyers of South Florida by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in 2016, and received the “Top Pro Bono & Public Interest Attorney” Legal Luminaries award in 2017. Her article titled “Lawyers Can Lend a Hand by Doing Pro Bono Work,” was published in the Miami Herald in 2008. She earned her JD from Stetson University College of Law.


Jacqueline Ledón - Candidate for Director, Group II

Jacqueline Ledón

Jacqueline C. Ledón is an active member of the Dade County Bar Association having served on the Board of Directors from 2014 – 2017 and the Young Lawyers Section Board of Directors from 2008 – 2014 chairing various committees including the Horizons, Pro Bono & Community Service, Minority Bar Passage and CLE.

For the past ten years, she has worked at Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc. representing the interests of low-income individuals who otherwise would not have access to legal representation.

Jacqueline is 2000 graduate of the University of Virginia and a 2005 graduate of The George Washington University Law School.  She asks for your vote and looks forward to the opportunity to continue serving the mission of the DCBA to promote equal justice and professionalism.


Directors – Group III


Irene Oria - Candidate for Director, Group III

Irene Oria

I humbly request your vote for a seat on the DCBA Board of Directors, Group 3.  I have a long and distinguished history of voluntary bar board service.  Most recently, I have served on the Board of Governors and Executive Committee of the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) (sole national membership organization for Hispanic legal professionals) in the roles of Regional President (Florida) (2014-2015), National Finance Director (2015-2017) and Vice President of Programs (2017-present).  As National Finance Director, I was the HNBA’s chief fundraiser and de facto CFO, and as Vice President of Programs, I create initiatives and develop and implement programs for the benefit of the HNBA membership.

I believe my extensive fundraising/financial and programmatic experience with the  HNBA will serve the DCBA well.  I have also served on the Florida Bar’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee.  To learn more about my professional activities and community service, click here: (opens in new window)


Alice Sum - Candidate for Director, Group III

Alice Sum

Alice Sum is a shareholder with Fowler White Burnett representing business entities and individuals in complex litigation matters. For the past 18 years, Alice has been active in the legal community and has built strong relationships throughout South Florida and the Florida Bar.  She is a graduate of the Florida Bar’s Leadership Academy, was a member of the Annual Convention Committee for the Florida Bar, and is a founding member, past President and past board member of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of South Florida. For the last three years, she has served as co-chair of the Corporate Counsel Liaison Committee for MDFAWL.

Alice has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America, Florida Super Lawyers and the South Florida Legal Guide as a “top” lawyer in business litigation.  If elected, Alice’s main focus will be on increasing the DCBA’s membership, improving revenues, and developing cutting-edge educational programming.


Vanessa Vasquez de Lara - Candidate for Director, Group III

Vanessa Vasquez de Lara

I am the founder and owner of the Vasquez de Lara Law Group, a law firm dedicated to assisting families with the legal issues affecting them and their loved ones in family and probate court. I have been named to the 2015 Super Lawyers Rising Stars, and 2016, 2017, 2018 Super Lawyers list. I’ve been involved in our community as an elected member of the board of the Young Lawyers Section of the DCBA, with membership in the Family Court Committee of the DCBA, and with membership in the Probate Committee of the DCBA. I am also an active board member of the newly formed Dominican American Bar Association. I look forward to representing all firms but especially solo and small law firms while looking for ways in which the DCBA can assist all local lawyers with useful programming, networking opportunities, and access to our judiciary.

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