Jamie Billotte Moses, President
Jamie Billotte Moses is Senior Counsel with Holland & Knight LLP and is a Board Certified Appellate Specialist. Jamie is rated AV-Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell and has been recognized as one of Florida’s Legal Elite and Orlando’s Top Lawyers. Jamie practices in both state and federal trial courts as well as state and federal appellate courts. She is very active in The Florida Bar, having served as President of the Young Lawyers Division of The Florida Bar, on the Board of Governors of The Florida Bar, as Chair of the Appellate Court Rules Committee, and as past Chair of the Statewide Advertising Grievance Committee. Jamie is the Immediate Past Chair of the Appellate Board Certification Committee. She is a Past President of the Orange County Bar Association, a past President of the OCBA Legal Aid Society, and was the Founding Chair of the OCBA Appellate Practice Committee. In June of 2015, Jamie received The Florida Bar Appellate Practice Section’s Pro Bono Award. Jamie is a proud graduate of the University of California at Los Angeles and the University of Notre Dame Law School. Jamie and her husband compete in triathlons and she completed her first Ironman in 2017. She has two adult children.
Mary Walter, President-Elect
Mary Walter is an senior associate at Liebler, Gonzalez & Portuondo, focusing on appellate practice and litigation support. In this role, she has advocated on behalf of her clients throughout the state in a variety of practice areas, including financial institution litigation, commercial transactions, real estate law, and general civil litigation. Mary is a Board Certified Appellate Specialist. Prior to joining Liebler, Gonzalez, Mary represented national and statewide insurance companies in liability and coverage disputes involving personal injury, product liability, and contract issues. She is a member of the Florida Bar and has been admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court. Mary is a native of Winter Park, Florida. She earned both her undergraduate degree and juris doctorate degree from Florida State University. While in law school, she served as Co-Editor in Chief of the FSU Business Review and was a member of the Phi Delta Phi Honor Society and the Order of the Coif. Mary was also a proud member of the World Renowned Florida State University Marching Chiefs, and remains active in the alumni association.
Lauren Millcarek, Treasurer
Lauren Millcarek is an associate in Shutts & Bowen’s Orlando office focusing on business and federal court litigation. Lauren is experienced in the areas of complex civil litigation, False Claims Act investigation and litigation, white collar criminal defense, healthcare litigation, disputes involving debt collection and consumer solicitation practices, and financial services and business litigation. Lauren is active in the Orlando community and serves on the boards of the Central Florida Association for Women Lawyers, the Orlando Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, and the homelessness nonprofit IDignity, as well as the Grievance Committee for the Orlando Division of the Middle District of Florida. Prior to joining Shutts, Lauren was with Holland & Knight. Before that, she served for two years as a federal judicial law clerk to the Honorable Roy B. “Skip” Dalton, Jr., of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, where she drafted hundreds of orders on dispositive motions and assisted the judge with more than a dozen civil and criminal trials. A proud double Gator, Lauren served during law school as a law clerk for the Federal Communications Commission in Washington, D.C., a certified legal intern trying cases with the State Attorney’s Office in Gainesville, the Executive Managing Editor of the Florida Law Review, and the President of the Law Association for Women.
Amanda Sampaio Bova, Treasurer-Elect
Amanda Sampaio Bova is a Board Certified Criminal Trial lawyer. She currently serves as Director of Conviction Integrity and Accountability at the Office of the State Attorney, Ninth Judicial Circuit. Prior to joining the State Attorney, Amanda ran her own firm practicing criminal defense and family law. Amanda graduated with honors from Eckerd college and obtained her Juris Doctorate from Florida State College of Law. She is the first in her family to graduate from college and was born and raised in Central Florida. Amanda has held leadership positions in several organizations including the OCBA YLS, CFAWL, was president of CFACDL (Central Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers) and served as chapter representative for FACDL (Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. She currently serves as Chairperson of the Florida Bar Grievance Committee D, volunteers for Orange County Legal Aid, and received FAWL’s “Leader in the Law award” for 2019. One of Amanda’s proudest accomplishments is her ability to balance her professional career with her family life. When she is not working on her career, Amanda enjoys outings with her family, gardening, and playing volleyball. She also enjoys participating in local professional mom groups and learning from others as well as sharing what she has learned.
Wynne McFarlin, Secretary
Wynne McFarlin is a graduate of Stetson University College of Law, cum laude, and holds a B.S. from Florida State University. After graduation Wynne clerked for a Federal Bankruptcy Judge in Orlando before working for two Orlando law firms where she practiced primarily in the field of bankruptcy for nearly a decade. For over 15 years Wynne has been in the business of attorney placement and has owned and operated Legal Talent, LLC, since 2006. Throughout her career, whether practicing law, working as a recruiter or running a business, Wynne has continuously served as guardian ad litem (on pro bono basis) for children who are victims of abuse, abandonment, or neglect. She is the immediate past president of the Legal Aid Society of the Orange County Bar Association, Inc. She has served in numerous leadership roles in Young Lawyers, CFAWL and the Orange County Bar Association. In her spare time, Wynne enjoys spending time with her family, church related activities, and participating in triathlons.
Erica Cipparone, Membership
Erica Cipparone is a partner with Beusse Wolter Sanks & Maire, PLLC, an intellectual property firm. Erica focuses her practice on patents, trademarks, and copyrights, with a particular emphasis on the preparation and prosecution of patent applications and trademark applications. Erica concentrates her patent practice in the technical areas of biomedicine, medical devices, and pharmaceuticals. She completed her capstone defense and graduated with a Master’s in Biomedical Science in December of 2016. Erica’s capstone defense centered around cancer treatment therapies, and specifically, her research focused on immunotherapy as a chemotherapy and radiation alternative. In particular, Erica’s research included immune checkpoint inhibitors, cancer-based vaccines, and cytokines as immunotherapy-based treatment methods for cancer therapy. Prior to joining Beusse Wolter Sanks & Maire, PLLC, Erica attended Barry University School of Law with a focus on patent law and other intellectual property matters where she received a book award in Patents. Before attending law school, Erica worked as a Certified Pharmacy Technician for several years in outpatient and inpatient hospital pharmacies as well as compounding and retail pharmacies throughout both Central Florida and Utah. Erica is well versed in the Spanish language.
Kathleen Shea, Co- Director, Programs
Kathleen Shea is an associate at Moore Ingram Johnson & Steele, where she focuses on commercial litigation, business litigation, and insurance and liability defense. Prior to entering private practice, Kathleen gained extensive courtroom and trial experience while working at the Office of the Public Defender for the Ninth Judicial Circuit. Kathleen has tried nearly 70 cases to verdict, ranging from misdemeanor Possession of Cannabis to Second Degree Murder. She has been a member of CFAWL since 2013 and has served as Young Lawyers Chair, Judicial Reception Chair, and has hosted a Table for Eight. In addition to CFAWL, Kathleen is also active in the Young Lawyers Section of the Orange County Bar Association, acts as a Guardian ad Litem in dependency cases, and volunteers with the Adult Literacy League.
Marina Ellis, Co-Director, Programs
Since 2016, Marina Ellis has served as a licensed financial services representative with Principal Securities. Her specialization is retirement and insurance planning, and helping individuals and businesses set goals and implement strategies for financial success. Marina came to the United States from Russia, where she worked as an attorney. She has a Master’s Degree in Law from Southern Federal University (formerly Rostov State University, Russia), and is fluent in both English and Russian. Marina loves spending time with her family and friends, international travel, going to the beach, and bowling. She has been an active member of CFAWL for several years and is proud to be serving on this year’s board.
Jessica Thomas, Co-Director, Public Relations (social media)
Attorney Jessica D. Thomas graduated from Barry University School of Law, sat for and passed the Florida Bar Exam and was sworn into the Florida Bar in 2011. In this time period, she has made a difference in the legal profession. She has been a Pro Bono Guardian Ad Litem, speaking for the best interest of children who have been abused, abandoned or neglected, the entire time she has been practicing. In 2018 she received the Elizabeth Susan Khoury Guardian Ad Litem Award of Excellence from the Orange County Legal Aid Society for her contributions. Jessica goes further in her support of fair access to the law for her community by dedicating 100s of hours to the Orange County Self Help Center since its opening. Her private boutique law firm has been in operation since 2015 servicing family law clients across several counties. In 2019, Jessica was recognized by Super Lawyers for her family law practice. She was recently appointed to the Florida Supreme Court’s Mediator Qualifications Discipline and Review Board with a special appointment to the Qualifications Inquiry Commission. Jessica received a FAWL Leader in the Law Award in 2018. She has been an active member in CFAWL since beginning her legal career; first on the Board of Directors as the Young Lawyer’s Chair. On a state level, Jessica was appointed as the Awards Chair for the FAWL. Her service to women stretches beyond the legal community. She is the President of the Central Florida Women’s Resource Center. Jessica lives by one of her favorite mantras “To Whom Much is Given, Much is Required.”
Lisa Smith Bedwell, Co-Director, Public Relations (web/print)
Lisa Smith Bedwell was admitted to the Florida Bar in 2005 and has been a family law focused attorney since 2007. She is also a member of the Washington D.C. Bar, and has been trained as a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator and in Collaborative Divorce Practice. Lisa has a Master’s Degree in English Literature worked as a professional writer in communications and legislative affairs in Washington D.C. before moving back to Florida for a staff counsel position with the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit. She next worked as an associate attorney at Rechel & Associates in Tampa, where she continued her work in family law advocacy, mediation, and appeals. After marrying and moving back to Orlando, Lisa opened her own firm in February 2015, simultaneously serving as “Of Counsel” with Stenstrom, McIntosh, Colbert & Whigham in Lake Mary. In June 2016, Lisa was appointed to serve as a Magistrate for the domestic relations and mental health divisions for the Ninth Judicial Circuit. She continues to be a diversely published writer and editor, with her work appearing in the Florida Bar Journal, Lawyer Magazine, FAWL Journal, Lexis/Nexis online, Development Magazine, and PT Magazine, among others. Lisa is a Bencher member of the Central Florida Family Law Inn of Court, a member of the Orange County Bar Association, is co-chair of the OCBA Health and Wellness Committee, and a member of both the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals and the Collaborative Family Law Group of Central Florida. She has been a member of CFAWL since 2015. Lisa previously served on the Hillsborough Association of Women Lawyers Board as Chair of the Legislative Committee, and on the Mentorship Committee. In 2015 and 2018, she was a contributing author to FAWL Journal (and member of the Journal Committee) and in 2019 will begin service to FAWL on the Legislative Committee. Lisa is married, has two children, and loves cooking, yoga, music, reading, and scifi.
Heather Meglino, FAWL Representative
Heather M. Meglino is the owner of Meglino Law, LLC. Her practice focuses on business owners and employers in various business and employment law matters. This includes making sure businesses are protected and in compliance with business and labor & employment laws. Heather also litigates cases including employment discrimination, sexual harassment, retaliation, overtime and unpaid wages, FMLA leave and disability issues, employment contracts, and other employment law claims under various state and federal laws. She also provides training to businesses and serves as in-house counsel for multiple companies. In addition to serving as CFAWL’s Secretary, Heather currently serves on the Harbor HouseYoung Professionals Board. She is also the Rollins College Chi Omega Chapter Advisor, and the Communications Coordinator on the OCBA Young Lawyers Board. Heather volunteers as a Wish Granter for the Make-A-Wish Central and Northern Florida Chapter, and is this year’s Recruitment Chair on the Executive Committee for the annual Walk for Wishes event.
Tina Leger, OCBA Representative
Tina Leger is a Staff Attorney at Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida focusing on the needs of low income clients. She advocates in a variety of practice areas and develops resources that address the need for accessible, limited-scope legal materials for pro se litigants. Tina is a native of Orlando, Florida. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Florida and juris doctorate degree from Florida Coastal School of Law. She is a member of the Florida Bar. In 2013, Tina joined CFAWL while in her third year of law school. She has had the privilege of serving on various committees and the Board of Directors throughout the years, such as serving as Young Lawyers Director, CLE Coordinator, and participating in FAWL Lobby Days, Corks for a Cause, Members Reception, Judicial Reception, Covenant House Project, Runway for Justice, and the Mentor/Mentee Program. In addition to her involvement with CFAWL, Tina is an active member of the community as a member of the Orange County Bar Association, member of Grace Church Orlando, member of J4 Leaders for Christian women in the workplace, and volunteer of IDignity Orlando. Tina is a practicing golfer of Ladies Links at Dubsdread Golf Course, an active member of the Downtown YMCA, and fellow paddleboarder of Paddle Buddies Orlando. In her spare time, Tina enjoys cooking, reading, traveling, and running road races for charity.
Jessica de la Cruz, Young Lawyers Representative
Jessica L. De La Cruz is an attorney and works for Barbara Leach Law in the primary area of Family Law. Jessica earned her Juris Doctorate from Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University in 2016. She received her undergraduate at Keiser University. Jessica enjoys giving back to the Central Florida community, and is active in community work through memberships in the Orange County Bar Association and CFAWL. In her spare time, Jessica loves to go to the beach, read, and spend time with her husband and four children.
Traci Deen, Director at Large
Traci Deen is Executive Director of Conservation Florida (CFL). A 6th generation Floridian born in Homestead, Traci is passionate about protecting Florida’s wild and working lands for the generations of Floridians to come. As Executive Director, Traci oversees statewide land conservation efforts. Her work with CFL includes fostering strategic partnerships, engaging the community and community leaders, and facilitating large-scale land transactions. Traci is an environmental lawyer and an active member in the legal community. She was appointed to the Florida Bar’s Governmental and Public Policy Advocacy Committee for 2017-2018. She’s also a member of the Environmental & Land Use Law, Public Interest Law, and City, County & Local Government Law sections, and a member of the Orange County Bar Association & Legal Aid Society. Traci is currently serving as Legislative Director for FAWL. In the community, Traci is an active member of the Junior League of Orlando and serves as the Chair of the Junior Leagues of Florida State Public Affairs committee. She also serves on the Board of Directors of AMIKids Orlando. Traci enjoys a good book, horseback riding, exploring trails with her dog Maggie Sue, and spending time with her husband Michael and daughter Molly.
Lorraine Pitre, Director at Large
Lorraine Pitre is an attorney and works for Florida Hospital as an Employee Relations Consultant in their Human Resources Department. Lorraine earned her Juris Doctorate from Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University in 2011. She received her undergraduate at the University of Phoenix. Lorraine enjoys giving back to the Central Florida community, and is active in community work through memberships in the Orange County Bar Association and CFAWL. In her spare time, Lorraine loves to cook and experiment new recipes on family and friends. She also loves doing yoga and Bar Method. Lorraine is also a big Yankees fan – Go Yankees!
The Honorable Tayna Wilson, Judicial Liaison
Circuit Judge Tanya Davis Wilson has been a member of the Florida Bar since October 1996. She began her legal career with the 9thJudicial Circuit Public Defender’s Office. After her employment there, she was an Assistant Federal Defender. Judge Wilson is a former federal prosecutor in the Middle District of Florida, serving in the Department of Justice for more than 10 years prior to her appointment in 2014 as a county judge in Orange County. In 2017, Gov. Rick Scott appointed Judge Wilson to serve on the circuit bench where she is assigned to Domestic Relations in Orange County. Judge Wilson is actively involved in the legal community, educating the public on legal issues. She has been a part of a judges’ panel for the Inside the Courts Program, a community program offered by the 9thCircuit where participants learn about the judge’s role, the process of a case, the challenges local courts face and how the court system operates. Judge Wilson has also taught at OCBA presentations and CLE programs. Since 2012, Judge Wilson has served as an officer of For The Kidz, Inc., a charitable organization connecting children and teens in poverty to educational, health, and social resources. She has received awards and recognition for her work in the community. Judge Wilson is also an active member of The Links Inc., one of the nation’s oldest and largest volunteer service organizations of extraordinary women who are committed to enriching, sustaining and ensuring the culture and economic survival of African Americans and other persons of African ancestry. Judge Wilson received her undergraduate degree in Journalism from the University of Florida and her law degree from the University of Florida Levin College of Law.
Arti Ajit Hirani, Past President
Arti is a licensed attorney in the State of Florida and the State of New York. She scored in the top 14 percent of bar takers on the MBE section of the NY Bar and has been an instructor for bar review courses. Arti has counseled a diverse range of clientele: from people who sleep in their cars, to a client whose story was told via a major motion picture that grossed over $86 million at the box office! Arti has also worked on felonies, misdemeanors, contract disputes, and large scale insurance coverage issues. Arti is Vice President and Founder of Daaminee, Inc, a value-added resource business dealing with the U.S. Department of Defense. In its first year of business, Daaminee showed significant growth. With over one million dollars in revenue, Daaminee shows very little sign of slowing down. An Orlando native and proud Gator, Arti enjoys helping others and spends a significant amount of time doing pro bono work with charities. She is an active member in the Young Lawyer Section of the Orange County Bar, as well as the Inns of Court. As a “CFAWL Legacy,” Arti was the first President to have had a familial connection to CFAWL – her mother was also president. Arti has enjoyed her many roles over her years of service to CFAWL and its committees. Her many board roles include Secretary, Treasurer-Elect, and Chair of the Judicial Reception Committee. Arti is presently studying at the University of Chicago Booth Graduate School of Business. In her spare time, Arti loves salsa dancing, traveling, practicing hot yoga, and singing!