Founded in 1995, the Colombian American Bar Association (COLBAR) is a voluntary bar association consisting primarily of judges, national and international lawyers and firms, and law students. It is dedicated to furthering the civic and professional interests of Colombian American attorneys and their colleagues, and to address the legal interests of the Colombian American community in South Florida and at large.
COLBAR meets 10-12 times a year for network lunches, professional presentations and CLE’s, happy hour socials, a yearly picnic, and at other times for special events, such to welcome visiting Colombian dignitaries or to celebrate occasions important to the Colombian community. COLBAR also participates actively in charitable events—its annual Thanksgiving Turkey Drive is an established tradition—and its members often coordinate to provide the public with reliable no-cost legal information.
Executive Officer Profiles
Adriana P. Santiesteban, Esq.
Adriana P. Santiesteban, Esq., is an experienced civil litigation trial attorney with over twenty years of experience in the legal field. She was born in Urrao, Colombia, S.A., and with the help and sacrifices of her maternal grandmother, her family immigrated to the United States when she was two years old. Ms. Santiesteban was raised in Brooklyn, NY and lived in East Stroudsburg, PA, for a few years before permanently moving to sunny Miami, FL in 1989.
Juan C. Diaz Avila, Esq.
Juan C. Diaz Avila was born in Bogota, Colombia, and moved to Florida at age 21. He earned his undergraduate degree cum laude from Florida International University, majoring in international relations. He went on to earn his Juris Doctor from Florida International University College of Law, where he excelled in his legal writing and advocacy classes.
Frederick Woodbridge, Jr., Esq.
Frederick Woodbridge, Jr. practices with his own firm, Frederick Woodbridge, Jr., P.A. in Coral Gables. He is active in the areas of international commercial and corporate law and real estate.
Mr. Woodbridge earned his undergraduate degree at Yale University, magna cum laude. He earned a Master’s Degree at Middlebury College and the Sorbonne and holds a Spanish Law Degree (Licenciatura en Derecho) from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid.
Maria del Pilar Rubio, Esq.
Maria del Pilar Rubio, a highly experienced international tax attorney, is the principal of Rubio International Law PLLC, a boutique international tax and private client services firm headquartered in Coral Gables, Florida.
Pilar has a great deal of experience which includes advising on international and domestic trust and estate planning, pre-immigration planning, expatriation planning, international reporting and compliance, offshore voluntary compliance, and acquisition, maintenance, and sale of U.S. real estate by foreigners.
Alexander Lian, Esq.
Immediate Past President
Originally from Barranquilla, Colombia, Alexander Lian has lived most of his life in the United States, many of those years in South Florida.
Noted for his legal acumen and ability to handle intricate and complex issues, Alexander Lian represents clients in a variety of contested matters ranging from high dollar contract disputes and real property disputes to the prosecution and collection of large judgments totaling in the millions.
In 2011, readers of the Daily Business Review nominated Alexander Lian as one of three finalists for the Daily Business Review’s Most Effective Lawyer in South Florida Award in the area of Real Estate Litigation on the strength of his innovative approach to handling the recovery of pre-construction condominium deposits.