President – Karamat Qayum
Mr. Karamat Qayum is dedicated to representing the immigrant community. Born in Medellín, Colombia. Mr. Qayum arrived to the United States when he was 10 years old. He graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Florida International University. While obtaining his undergraduate degree, he interned with the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office, where he gained invaluable knowledge of the criminal justice process. He is a proud alumnus of the Florida International University’s College of Law.
During law school he participated in the Immigrant Children’s Justice Clinic, where he represented immigrant children facing removal from the United States. He also participated in the Community Development Clinic, where he provided legal counsel and transactional services to small businesses and non-profit organizations.
Mr. Qayum served as a judicial intern for the Honorable Judge Stacy D. Glick. In addition, he was a law clerk with the United States Department of Justice Executive Office for Immigration Review, where he advised and drafted legal decisions for immigration judges on issues involving removal cases. In 2013, he started his own law firm, Garcia & Qayum Law Group, P.A., where he focuses in immigration and nationality law.
Vice President – Edmar Amaya
Edmar M. Amaya holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from FIU, a Juris Doctor, and a Master of Laws in Intellectual Property, Commerce, and Technology from University of New Hampshire. He is one in only about five people holding an LLM in intellectual property in south Florida. He has practiced
since 2009, and is a member of the US Patent Bar, the Southern District Court of Florida, the Federal Circuit and the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.
In addition to patent, trademark, and copyright prosecution, he has represented clients in trademark, copyright, trade secret, and patent litigation throughout the United States and the US Patent and Trademark Office. He is also an inventor with six issued patents in his name in a wide range of technologies. His practice incorporates franchise law and the creation of franchise agreements and other corporate documents. He has represented many clients develop businesses, starting from an idea, all the way to the creation of franchises through Florida and Mexico and South America.
Secretary – Frederick Woodbridge, Jr.
Frederick Woodbridge, Jr. is active in the areas of international commercial and corporate law, real estate and immigration.
Mr. Woodbridge earned his undergraduate degree at Yale University, magna cum laude. He earned a Masters Degree at Middlebury College and the Sorbonne and holds a Spanish Law Degree (Licenciatura en Derecho) from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. He earned his American J.D. law degree at the University of Cincinnati.
Before studying law, he worked for 12 years in the Republic of Cameroon (West Africa), for the Cameroonian Ministry of Education and the French Ministry of Cooperation as a teacher and state secondary school principal (Proviseur de Lycée).
Fluent in French, Spanish and Portuguese, he has given lectures on international arbitration in Brazil for the U.S. Information Agency and lectures on U.S. law in Florida, Brazil, Colombia and France to foreign attorneys and judges.
He is a past president of the Colombian American Chamber of Commerce (Miami) and past president and now secretary of the Colombian-American Bar Association. He is secretary of the French American Chamber of Commerce of Florida and a long-time member of the Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce.
While not a computer “geek” in the strict sense, he spends an inordinate amount of time with computers and is as fascinated by the internet as when he first logged onto the net in 1994 through Delphi.
Treasurer – Maria T. Sallato
During the last twenty years, Maria T. Sallato, has dedicated her practice to complex family law cases and international child abductions cases under the Hague Convention. Of particular importance to her practice is her ability to negotiate a settlement in order to minimize litigation costs as an experienced Florida Supreme Court certified family mediator. However, when a matter remains unresolved, Ms. Sallato has the litigation experience to effectively present the client’s arguments and evidence to the court.
With her experience and working from a small firm, she is able to offer each client personal attention throughout each phase of the legal process. She treats every client with integrity and respect for their individual needs, goals and objectives.
Director – Betty Franky
Betty Franky’s practice focuses on e-discovery, she works at Beacon Hill Legal – Managed Review Services where she is responsible for overseeing e-discovery matters. Prior to joining Beacon Hill, Ms. Franky served as a litigation associate with a prominent Miami law firm and served as in-house counsel to a technology company.
Throughout her career she has worked on a wide range of matters nationwide in the areas of commercial litigation, residential mortgage-backed securities, and DOJ investigations.
Ms. Franky graduated with a B.B.A. in Business Management and Organization and Legal Studies from the University of Miami and a J.D. from the University of Maryland. Ms. Franky is admitted to practice in the State of Florida and the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida. Ms. Franky was born in Colombia and is fluent in Spanish.
Alexander Lian has represented clients, both individuals and corporations, in a variety of litigation matters, ranging from contract disputes to fraud and deceptive trade practices to construction lien litigation. Mr. Lian has represented large (Fortune 500) corporations, as well as small to medium sized businesses located in South Florida. Since opening his own office in 2008, Mr. Lian has handled significant matters in various forums: state and federal courts, complex business litigation court, administrative proceedings, and state and federal appellate courts. He has handled international litigation involving a suit for 1 million against a French exporter under the United Nations Convention on the Contract for the International Sale of Goods; administrative proceedings involving Florida’s Office of Financial Regulation; promissory note actions for loans in the millions of dollars on behalf of international clients.
Mr. Lian often litigates and prevails against firms with greater resources because of his attention to detail and ability to formulate a careful and deliberate strategy for the client.
Mr. Lian is a graduate of both the Graduate and Law Schools of Vanderbilt University. Before obtaining his law degree and license in 2002, Mr. Liantaught United States history at the college and university level. He is admitted into all Florida state courts and the United States District courts for the Southern, Middle, and Northern Districts of Florida. He is conversant in Spanish.
Director – Walter Reynoso
Since 1986, Walter A. Reynoso, Esq. has dedicated his practice to handling criminal defense in state and federal courts across the State of Florida and throughout the United States. A well-respected Criminal Defense attorney, Mr. Reynoso has successfully represented many high-profile clients over the years, including professional athletes, politicians, doctors, attorneys and lead defendants in major felony, drug and money laundering cases. He is a member of the Florida Bar and is admitted to practice in the Southern and Middle Districts of the United States District Courts.
Mr. Reynoso is a distinguished lifetime member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and is a current member and past president of the Colombian Bar Association. The law firm of Walter A. Reynoso, P.A. has been awarded an AV rating by the Martindale-Hubbell legal rating service. The AV rating is the highest accolade in Martindale-Hubbell’s rating system and was awarded as a result of an extensive, confidential review conducted among legal professionals in Mr. Reynoso’s community. This rating signifies that Mr. Reynoso and his law firm’s legal abilities are of the very highest standards and that their professional ethics are unquestioned. The law firm had also been recognized as “Top Lawyers” in the South Florida Legal Guide and was named “Top Attorneys in the Country” by Newsweek Magazine.
Mr. Reynoso graduated from the Boston College School of Law in 1985. While at Boston College, he was a Staff Writer for the Boston College Uniform Commercial Code Reporter Digest and he worked for the Department of Justice, Securities and Exchange Commission, Enforcement Division. Mr. Reynoso has an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from John Carrol University.
When Mr. Reynoso is not in the office, he is active in the community. Mr. Reynoso volunteers time by assisting the homeless of South Florida and Sponsors Camillus House and Miami Rescue Mission. The law firm also runs a Law Mentor Program at local middle schools, where children take part in a mock trial by participating as prosecutors, defense attorneys and jurors. Mr. Reynoso and his family have received awards for their efforts in coordinating holiday parties and other events for the foster children of the Children’s Home Society.
Director – Michael A. Currea
Michael A. Currea is Co-founder, past president, and current member of the board of directors of COLBAR. Mr. Currea is a sole practitioner, with offices in the City of Doral. He has been in private practice since 1975, concentrating primarily in the fields of probate law, real estate, dissolution of marriage and commercial litigation.
The Honorable Judge Alan Fine
The Honorable Judge Don S. Cohn