Board of Directors
Arti Ajit Hirani
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. She has been first chair at trials, handled multiple mediations, been in numerous hearings, and has negotiated several settlements. Arti routinely manages large caseloads, with one complex case having almost 90 claimants.
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 is the first President to have had a familial connection to CFAWL – her mother was also president. Arti has literally grown up in the organization.
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 excited to be the President of CFAWL for 2018-2019. Her theme this year is #CFAWLConnects, and in that spirit, she has committed to never missing the opportunity to represent CFAWL at other local volunteer bar events.
In her spare time, Arti loves salsa dancing, traveling, practicing hot yoga, and singing!
Jamie Billotte Moses
Jamie 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. Jamie 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, Chair of the Appellate Court Rules Committee, and is a past Chair of the Statewide Advertising Grievance Committee. Presently, Jamie is the Chair on the Appellate Board Certification Committee. Jamie is a Past President of the Orange County Bar Association and is a past President of the Orange County Bar Association Legal Aid Society. Jamie 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. Jamie also has two children, ages 20 and 17.
To learn more about Jamie, please visit: www.hklaw.com/jamie-moses/
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. Ms. Meglino 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, Ms. Meglino currently serves on the Harbor HouseYoung Professionals Board, she is a Rollins College Chi Omega Chapter Advisor, and the Communications Coordinator on the OCBA Young Lawyers Board. She also 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. For more on Heather visit https://meglinolaw.com/attorney/
Mary Walter Ingram
Mary Walter Ingram 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.
To learn more about Mary, please visit http://www.lgplaw.com/attorneys/mary-j-walter/
Celeste is a proud seventh generation central Floridian and is passionate about the State of Florida. She received Bachelor of Arts from Vanderbilt University in 2011 and her Juris Doctorate from the university of Florida, following in the footsteps of her great grandfather, grandfather, mother, and sister who are also UF Law graduates. While at UF, Celeste was honored to serve as the President of The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division Law Student Division, Commencement Speaker, and the Student Representative for the Dean Search Committee. Celeste was inducted into the Hall of Fame for the University and Florida Blue Key.
Celeste is now an Associate at Shutts & Bowen LLP. She practices land use and commercial real estate and has the pleasure of representing developers with all matters from rezoning to acquisition and leasing. While in law school Celeste externed for the late Honorable Scott Polodna. Celeste is an active member of the community, participating as a Mentor for Support Our Scholars, Member of the Silver Spurs, graduate of the Mayor’s City Academy, member of the Osceola and Orange County Bar Associations, member of First United Methodist Church, and member of the Central Florida Gator Club. During her time in CFAWL, Celeste has served as Mentoring Committee Co-Chair and Co-Director of Membership. While only in her second year of law practice, Celeste began her CFAWL membership during law school and lead the UF FAWL Chapter.
To learn more about Celeste, please visit https://shutts.com/lawyer/celeste-a-thacker/
Heather practices appellate law with the Law Office of Chad A. Barr, P.A. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Stetson University in 1990, her Juris Doctor degree and an Honors Certificate in Foreign and International Law from Rutgers University School of Law in 1993, and an LL.M. in Vulnerability and the Human Condition from Emory University School of Law in 2015. She has published several articles on family, employment, immigration, and gender law issues.
Heather spent several years working as a Trial Court Staff Attorney for the Ninth Judicial Circuit in Orlando and practiced employment and commercial litigation before becoming a law school professor. As a professor, she taught legal research and writing, appellate advocacy, and professional responsibility and coached moot court. She returned to full-time private practice in 2015.
Heather has been involved with CFAWL for several years, working primarily with the Public Relations and Programs Committee and overseeing CFAWL’s Table for Eight program. She has also been an active mentor in CFAWL. Heather serves on the Pro Bono Committee for the Florida Bar’s Appellate Practice Section and is an active member of the Orange County Bar Association’s Appellate Practice Committee. Heather was recognized as one of FAWL’s Leaders in the Law for 2016 and as one of Florida Trend’s Legal Elite for 2017.
In her spare time, Heather loves to travel and volunteer with her two children. She also runs triathlons and road races for fun.
To learn more about Heather, please visit www.chadbarrlaw.com
Camy B. Schwam-Wilcox
Camy has been a member of CFAWL since 2002, she has held various board positions, worked on many committees throughout the years, and she is very excited to continue to be on the board this year as the OCBA Representative and the Judicial Relations Committee Representative. Camy owns her own law firm, she has been a practicing attorney since 2000, (starting her career as a State Prosecutor for the 9th Judicial Circuit) and has experience in the legal field as a legal assistant, legal secretary and paralegal since 1994 (prior to her attendance at law school). Camy primarily practices in the area of Family Law; however, she is also licensed to practice Bankruptcy in the Middle and Southern Districts of Florida. Camy also practices in the areas of criminal defense, wills/trusts, adoption and dependency. Camy is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator and is an active Guadian Ad Litem for both domestic and dependency cases. Camy is on several legal and non-legal boards and holds an annual food drive each year to fill the Pearlman Pantry for members of our community who are less fortunate, and need some assistance with feeding their families.
In her spare time Camy enjoys boating, the theater, tap dancing, cruising, and spending as much time with her family as possible, the achievement she is most proud of is earning the title of “mommy”.
To learn more about Camy, please visit https://www.cbswlaw.com/orlando-attorney-camy-schwam-wilcox
Director, Public Relations
Lauren Millcarek is an associate in Holland & Knight’s Orlando office focusing on federal court litigation, particularly 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. Ms. Millcarek 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 Holland & Knight, Ms. Millcarek 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, Ms. Millcarek 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.
To learn more about Lauren, please visit https://www.hklaw.com/lauren-millcarek/
Lisa Smith Bedwell
Co-Director, Public Relations
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, is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator, and is trained in Collaborative Divorce Practice. In 2019, she will sit for the Marital and Family Law Board Certification Exam. Ms. Bedwell worked in communications and legislative affairs in Washington D.C. before moving back to Florida for a position with the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit. Ms. Bedwell next worked as an associate attorney at the firm Rechel & Associates, P.A. in Tampa, Florida, where she continued her work in family law advocacy, family law mediation, and family law appeals before opening her own firm in February 2015. In June 2016, Ms. Bedwell was appointed by the Ninth Judicial Circuit to serve as a Magistrate for domestic relations and mental health divisions. 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.
Ms. Bedwell is a Bencher member of the Central Florida Family Law Inn of Court, a member of the Orange County Bar Association (family law and appellate sections) 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 Central Florida Association of Women Lawyers since 2015. She has previously volunteered time in coordinating committee events such as the CFAWL annual Judicial Reception (Board member and co-chair 2016-17) and hosted the largest attended “Table for 8” in CFAWL’s recent history. Ms. Bedwell previously served on the HAWL Board as Chair of the Legislative Committee, and on the Mentorship committee. Currently she is a member of the FAWL Journal Committee. For more about Ms. Bedwell visit https://www.ninthcircuit.org/about/judges/magistrate/lisa-smith-bedwell
Director, Young Lawyers
Co-Director, Young Lawyers
Erica M. Cipparone is a registered patent attorney licensed to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Erica provides representation in areas of intellectual property including patents, trademarks, 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.
Erica 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.
For more on Erica, visit http://www.bwsmiplaw.com/attorney-profile/erica-m-cipparone
Lorraine Pitre is an attorney and works for Florida Hospital as an Employee Relations Consultant in their Human Resources Department. Ms. Pitre earned her Juris Doctorate from Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University in 2011. She received her undergraduate at the University of Phoenix. Ms. Pitre enjoys giving back to the Central Florida community, and is active in community work through memberships in the Orange County Bar Association and Central Florida Association for Women Lawyers. 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!
Charity Tonelli focuses her practice exclusively in the area of Criminal Defense at her firm, Tonelli Law. Prior to entering private practice, Charity was a prosecutor in the Ninth Judicial Circuit working to ensure justice for felony, juvenile, domestic violence, and misdemeanor cases.Charity attended Barry School of Law where she booked multiple classes and graduated with Honors in Trial Advocacy and Honors in Children & Family Law. Charity has always been passionate about defending the rights of others, especially those of children and people with special needs. Charity now uses her experience as a trial attorney to fight for the individual’s personal rights and liberties.
Charity attended Barry School of Law where she booked multiple classes and graduated with Honors in Trial Advocacy and Honors in Children & Family Law. Charity has always been passionate about defending the rights of others, especially those of children and people with special needs. Charity now uses her experience as a trial attorney to fight for the individual’s personal rights and liberties.
In addition to her litigation practice, Charity enjoys giving back to her legal community as an active Board Member of the Orange County Bar Association Young Lawyers Section and as Director of Programs for the Central Florida Association for Women. In addition to chairing multiple CFAWL committees, Charity previously served as CFAWL’s Membership Co-Director and CFAWL’s Young Lawyers Co-Director.
Charity met and married her law school sweetheart, William (Bill) Tonelli, and they now call Orlando home. In their free time they enjoy spending time together and traveling whenever their schedules will allow it. Charity is looking forward to a great CFAWL year!
To learn more about Charity, please visit http://tonellilaw.com/firm-overview/
To learn more about Suzanne, please visit https://www.hklaw.com/suzanne-gilbert/
Immediate Past President
Kimberly Hosley received her Bachelor of Arts Degree cum laude from Stetson University in 2001, majoring in Economics, Political Science, and International Studies with a minor in Spanish. During college, Kimberly studied abroad in Mexico and Spain, went to the Middle East to study the Israeli-Palestinian conflict via an American University program, and interned with the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Center for Human Rights in Washington DC. Prior to starting law school, she interned with the city government in Villaguay, Argentina. She received her Doctor of Law Degree from Emory University School of Law in 2005. While at Emory, Kimberly became a certified mediator in the State of Georgia. She also clerked for Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Law Judge Marcy Louza. Kimberly currently practices business law, civil litigation, and real estate at The Orlando Law Group, PL and is an owner of The Orlando Title Group, LLC. She is an active member of the community and she consistently serves as a pro bono guardian ad litem for children who have been adjudicated dependent due to abandonment, abuse, or neglect. She has been a member of the American Legion Auxiliary for over 20 years and is the proud daughter and granddaughter of veterans.
During her time in CFAWL, Kimberly has served on countless committees, chaired the Professional Women’s Exchange, created a new event called Fall into Fashion that broke CFAWL charity fundraising records at the time, and is currently serving her sixth year on the CFAWL Board. Aside from her service to CFAWL, Kimberly also serves as Treasurer on the Florida Association for Women Lawyers Board and as President-Elect of the Board of Trustees for the Legal Aid Society of the Orange County Bar Association. She serves as Vice Chair on the Florida Bar Committee on the Legal Needs of Children. She received the OCBA Presidential Service Award in 2016 for her work as chair of the OCBA Professionalism Committee on matters of diversity in the profession. Kimberly has been named by Florida Super Lawyers as a Rising Star in 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018, has received the Florida Association for Women Lawyers Leaders in the Law award, and was awarded the New Attorney Award of Excellence in 2009 for her pro bono service to the poor and to children. She is a member of the George C. Young First Central Florida Inn of Court.
To learn more about Kimberly, please visit http://theorlandolawgroup.com/?team=kimberly-hosley/
Honorable Bob LeBlanc
Judicial Liaison to the Board
Judge Bob LeBlanc has been a member of the Florida Bar since September 1989. After two years at the Public Defender’s Office in Orlando, he worked for 5 years at Bogin, Munns & Munns in Criminal Defense and Personal Injury law.
In 1996, Judge LeBlanc was general partner of his own law firm. He was elected to the Circuit Court bench in September 2006, and has served in Circuit Criminal, Domestic Relations, and in Circuit Civil (where he currently presides).
Judge LeBlanc’s civic work is diverse. He is a founding member of the Teen Court fundraising arm, Teen Alternatives, Inc., and has a long history volunteering for Teen Court. He is a member of various state and local bar groups (including past Chair of the Unlicensed Practice of Law Committee). In the community, Judge LeBlanc has served three terms a president of the Lake Eola Heights Neighborhood Association, was a founding member of the bi-annual Historic Gardens of Downtown Orlando garden tour, and was a member of the Friends Board and Executive Committee of the Mennello Museum of American Art from 2002 to 2014.
Currently, Judge LeBlanc sits on the Advisory Board for Barry University School of Law in Orlando and on the Advisory Board for the Peace and Justice Institute, through the Valencia Foundation. He is a longtime member of the Central Florida American Inns of Court.
Judge LeBlanc has taught at Florida Judicial College, Rollins College, Valencia College and at dozens of OCBA & Florida Bar presentations and CLE programs over the years, including Leadership Law and Practicing with Professionalism. He has mentored new lawyers and law students through both judicial internships/clerkships and through Inns of Courts.
Judge LeBlanc’s Judicial Awards include: The 2012 Barry University School of Law Champion of Justice, the 2013 Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division Outstanding Jurist of the Year, the 2015 OCBA Glazebrook Memorial Bar Service Award (presented to a Jurist for professionalism both in and out of the courtroom in service to the legal profession), and the 2017 William Hoeveler Judicial Professionalism Award by the Florida Bar Standing Committee on Professionalism.
For More on Judge LeBlanc, visit https://www.ninthcircuit.org/about/judges/circuit/bob-leblanc