In the dynamic legal landscape of Miami, Florida, Adriana P. Santiesteban, Esq. stands out as an accomplished litigator specializing in civil litigation. Her story, woven with resilience and the dreams of immigrants, resonates as a living testimony to the transformative power of hard work and dedication.
Adriana first saw the light in the picturesque town of Urrao, Colombia, a corner of South America that marked the beginning of her journey toward success. At the age of two, with the collaboration and sacrifices of her maternal grandmother, Elvia, she embarked on a journey to the United States with her family. Brooklyn, New York, and East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, were stages in her development before settling permanently in Miami, Florida, in 1989.
From humble beginnings, Adriana attributes much of her success to her grandmother, who, in the 1970s, ventured into the United States in search of opportunities, leaving her children in the care of her sister for five years. This courageous act laid the foundation for the journey that Adriana would later undertake in her life.
The significance of her roots is reflected in the connection she maintains with her Colombian culture, thanks to her mother Patricia’s insistence that she learn and preserve the Spanish language. This profound connection to her identity has played a crucial role in her legal practice, enabling her to establish authentic bonds with the Latino community and narrate their stories impactfully in the courts.
“One of my key success factors is being able to connect with people on a personal and genuine level,” emphasizes Mrs. Santiesteban. “If I couldn’t speak Spanish, I wouldn’t be able to establish that trust effectively and narrate my client’s story in a compelling manner.”
Since her childhood, Dr. Santiesteban felt the calling to the legal profession, encouraged by her mother to stand up for others and speak out when something was not right. Raised by strong and generous women, she internalized fundamental values of honesty, hard work, and service to others. Her educational journey, though unconventional, exemplifies her determination.
She left high school in the tenth grade, facing personal challenges, but remained focused on education. She managed to obtain her high school equivalent, enrolling in Miami Dade Community College on a part-time basis while working full-time. Graduating with an associate degree, she continued her education at the Carlos Albizu University, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Business and Organizational Management with honors in 2003.
She entered the legal realm at the early age of twenty-one, commencing her career as a legal secretary in an insurance defense law firm specializing in workers’ compensation. Her academic journey culminated at the Benjamin L. Crump Law School of St. Thomas University, where she graduated in 2008.
Moved by the struggles of injured workers, Adriana decided to leverage her experience as an insurance defense attorney to represent those affected by the negligence of others. As the founder of Adriana P. Santiesteban, P.A., her firm is dedicated to guiding the injured through complex litigation in all phases, from mediation to trial in state and federal courts.
Beyond her distinguished legal career, Adriana has played a crucial role in the legal community. As the immediate past president of the Colombian American Bar Association (COLBAR), she contributed to establishing student chapters at the Benjamin L. Crump Law School of St. Thomas University and the University of Miami.
Recently, Dra. Santiesteban accepted the position of adjunct professor at her alma mater, the Benjamin L. Crump Law School of St. Thomas University, marking a new chapter in her academic journey that will commence in January of the upcoming year.
Beyond her professional achievements, Dra. Santiesteban finds fulfillment in serving her community. She provides free legal services to low-income individuals through legal clinics at the Consulate of Colombia in Miami. For her, pro bono work is an opportunity to sow generosity and service, building a legacy of blessings for future generations.
In summary, Adriana P. Santiesteban, Esq., has not only conquered the legal world with her expertise and dedication but has also woven a strong network of service and generosity into the fabric of her community. Her inspiring story reminds us that success, when combined with a profound commitment to others, creates a lasting legacy that transcends borders and leaves an indelible mark on the path of those who follow.