John W. Kozyak
Foundation Founder and Managing Director
Founding Partner of Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton, LLP
John W. Kozyak is a founding partner of Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton and co-chairs the firm’s bankruptcy practice. John regularly plays a major role in bankruptcy courts across the nation, representing business owners, lenders, creditors’ committees, and major creditors, and he has been appointed a trustee and receiver in major cases. John grew up in southern Illinois outside of St. Louis and moved to Miami in 1977. His wife, Barbara Silverman, is also a lawyer and Director of the foundation. In 2015, John received the Tobias Simon Award from the Florida Bar in recognition of his diversity and mentoring work with the Foundation.
Foundation Managing Director
Partner, Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton, LLP
Detra Shaw-Wilder is a litigation partner at Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton. She concentrates her practice in business law, complex commercial litigation, and borrowers in matters related to commercial financing transactions. Ms. Shaw-Wilder represents a diverse range of clients in matters brought in state and federal courts, including contract disputes, commercial foreclosures, and employment law disputes.
Ramon A. Abadin, PA
Ramón “Ray” Abadin is an active trial lawyer who has tried more than 35 cases to verdict. His practice is limited to complex commercial and tort matters, including class actions that frequently involve significant insurance components. He has tried cases in both state and federal courts in Florida, where he has represented some of the world’s largest multinational corporations and insurance companies. Ray is the immediate past president of the Florida Bar Association, the third-largest mandatory bar association in the United States, with more than 100,000 members. He is also among the less than one percent of Florida attorneys invited to be a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and is a member of the Florida Chapters of the American Board of Trial Advocates. Ray has received numerous awards, including the prestigious G. Kirk Haas Award from the Florida Bar, which is awarded annually to just one attorney in Florida. He is a native of Cuba.
Cesar L. Alvarez
Former Chairman and Chief Exective Officer, Greenberg Traurig
Cesar has been recognized nationally and in his community for his professional, business and charitable leadership. As the only Hispanic head of an American Lawyer 100 Top 20 firm, Cesar uniquely understands both the critical need to diversify the legal profession and the challenges that businesses face in attempting to foster a new generation of minority leaders. Cesar’s personal, hands-on approach to overcoming diversity hurdles within the profession has produced results. Cesar’s efforts to promote a more racially and ethnically diverse legal community have been recognized by several groups, including the American Bar Association, The National Law Journal and The Florida Bar.
Cesar believes that education provided him with the tools he has used to succeed in the business world. In order to help others achieve their American dream through education, Cesar has accepted leadership positions with numerous educational institutions. His current and recent positions include: Trustee, Florida International University; Trustee, University of Florida Levin College of Law; Chair, Florida International University College of Law, Advisory Board; Director, Take Stock in Children; Trustee, Miami-Dade College, 2005-2007; Board of Directors, Florida International University Foundation, 1998-2008; and Trustee, Manhattanville College, New York, 2002-2007.
Erica Bartimmo is a Senior Vice President, Assistant General Counsel, at Citibank, NA. In her role, she handles a wide variety of commercial cases in state and federal courts throughout the United States. She is also an adjunct professor at Florida State University School of law, teaching two legal courses. Prior to joining Citi, Erica provided litigation support to Jabil Inc. as Senior Counsel, and previously Erica was a member of Holland & Knight’s Litigation Section, where she practiced complex business litigation. Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Erica served as a federal law clerk to the Honorable Mary S. Scriven, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida.
In the community, Erica serves as a board member of the Tampa Bay Chapter of the Federal Bar Association and previously served as a board member of the South Tampa Y.M.C.A. In 2017, she was recognized as a “Rising Star” by Florida Super Lawyers Magazine and “Up & Comer” by Florida Trend Magazine. Erica received her Bachelor of Arts from University of Miami with honors and her Juris Doctor from University of Miami School of Law with honors.
Erica has been involved in the KMMF mentoring program since law school.
Marcy Cox is the Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at Skadden Arps. Prior to joining Skadden is Fall 2021, Marcy served as the Assistant Dean of Career Development at the University of Miami School of Law and was a member of the law school community for nearly 25 years. While at UM, she joined the Board of Directors of the Kozyak Minority Mentoring Foundation and has supported the Foundation’s work since its inception. Before transitioning to law firm administration, Marcy practiced law in both Los Angeles and Miami.
Marcy is active in the legal career professionals’ network and has held numerous leadership positions within the National Association for Law Placement (NALP). She is a former President of NALP and also served as Treasurer; Chair of the Audit, Investment and Nominating Committees; Chair of the Diversity Section; member of the Commission on Legal Recruiting in the Profession; and Liaison to the ABA Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession. Marcy was a member of the Florida Supreme Court Standing Committee of Fairness and Diversity from 2016-2021.
Of Counsel, Weiss Serota Helfman Cole & Bierman, P.L.
Marlon A. Hill is of counsel with the law firm of Weiss Serota Helfman Cole & Bierman practicing in the areas of general corporate, intellectual property, government, and immigration transactions representing the interests of entrepreneurs, corporations, and non-profit organizations. Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Marlon is a graduate of the Florida State University Colleges of Business & Law. Marlon is an Inaugural Fellow of the Miami Foundation’s Miami Fellows Initiative leadership program and has served as a past president of the Caribbean Bar Association (2001-2003). He currently serves as a member of the board of directors for the Miami Parking Authority and a past board member of The Miami Foundation, he is an active member of the Orange Bowl Committee. Marlon is currently the advisor/mentor to the Florida Caribbean Students Association. Marlon is a weekly civic commentator, “The Peoples Politics”, on Caribbean Riddims, WNMA 1210AM, every Saturday at 4pm covering issues of civic interest, legal concern, and social or cultural impact, a guest opinion pages columnist with The Miami Herald, and a Roundtable Contributor on WPLG Local 10 news program, “This Week in South Florida.”
Partner, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
Mark is a litigation partner at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP. He has a wealth of trial, arbitration and mediation experience in state and federal courts nationally. He successfully defends clients in commercial disputes, including class actions, business divorces, high exposure products liability, and professional malpractice actions. He also defends corporations and individuals in criminal and quasi-criminal investigations. Because of his substantial jury trial experience, he is routinely asked to present and test case themes and strategies before mock juries to assess viability at trial.
Throughout his career he has provided pro bono services, including litigating and trying the longest pro bono Federal Torts Claims Act case in the U.S. Southern District of Florida, and most recently trying the first transgender rights case in the country. He is a Roundtable Contributor on WPLG Local 10 news’ “This Week in South Florida” and has been a guest columnist at the Miami Herald and the Saint Louis Post-Dispatch.
Dejannae “Dee” Lang
Human Capital Consultant
Dejannae “Dee” Lang has a degree in Psychology and is working on her Ph.D. in Industrial Organizational Psychology. She also has a certification in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Workplace and considerable experience in talent optimization. She was introduced to KMMF by Board member Marcelyn Cox and will help KMMF with its summer fellowship, mentoring pairing, and volunteer maximization efforts as an intern. KMMF is proud to have Dee Lang offer to assist the Board, volunteer mentors, and minority law students.
Bernice C. Lee
Past President of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of South Florida
Of Counsel, Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton, LLP
Bernice Lee focuses her practice on bankruptcy, creditors’ rights and commercial matters. She works closely with clients to assess their options and manage expectations when considering insolvency as debtors, or pursuing their rights as creditors, equity holders or other parties in interest. She has successfully addressed numerous complex issues involving financially distressed companies and individuals, including chapter 11 reorganizations, claim allowance, debtor-in-possession financing, bankruptcy sales, appeals, and fraudulent and preference transfers. Bernice is a Past President of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of South Florida, and a committee member of the Coalition of Florida Asian and Pacific Islander American Affiliates. She is also a member of the 2019 Class of the National Pacific American Bar Association Leadership Advancement Program, 2016 NextGeneration Class of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, and Class IV of the Florida Bar, Wm. Reece Smith, Jr. Leadership Academy.
Former President of the Cuban-American Bar Association
Partner, Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton, LLP
Corali Lopez-Castro concentrates her practice on bankruptcy and commercial litigation matters. Mrs. Lopez-Castro’s practice reflects her extensive experience and expertise in a wide range of bankruptcy and insolvency matters, including bankruptcy reorganizations and liquidations under the United States Bankruptcy Code, receiverships, workouts, debt restructuring, and creditors’ rights. Her practice also involves commercial litigation matters that arise from receiverships and liquidations. She litigates before federal and state courts locally and around the United States.
James Calvin Moon
Former President of the Bankruptcy Bar Association for the Southern District of Florida
Partner at Meland Russin & Budwick, P.A
James (“Jim”) Moon focuses his practice on commercial litigation, creditors’ rights, workouts, commercial loan transactions and corporate bankruptcy representations. James handles a broad variety of international, complex civil litigation and commercial disputes, representing trustees, receivers, official committees and individual creditors and corporate debtors in complex Chapter 11 proceedings, adversary proceedings in bankruptcy courts and out-of-court restructurings.
James is Vice Chair of a A WIDER BRIDGE, an organization dedicated to the advancement of equality for the LGBTQ community within Israel and equality for Israel on the world stage. James is also a board member of SAVE, an organization dedicated to protecting members of the LGBTQ community from discrimination. James has also served on the board of the Outshine Gay and Lesbian Film Festival and chaired the Inclusion Mentoring and Fellowship Committee of the Business Law Section of the Florida Bar, which is tasked with diversity outreach to and for the Florida legal community.
Prior to his legal career, James served for approximately 10 years in the United States Navy aboard both ballistic missile and fast attack submarines as a communications and cryptographic specialist and is a Gulf War veteran.
Founding partner of McCabe Rabin, PA
Adam Rabin is Florida Bar Board Certified in Business Litigation and focuses his practice on business litigation, securities arbitration, and whistleblower actions. He practices with McCabe Rabin, P.A. in West Palm Beach. Mr. Rabin is the Immediate Past President of the Palm Beach County Bar Association (“PBCBA”) and co-founded and co-chaired PBCBA’s Committee for Diversity and Inclusion (“CDI”) when it was reformed in 2009. Since then, Mr. Rabin has collaborated with a great team to make PBCBA’s programs for diversity and inclusion some of the most innovative and progressive in Florida.
Lisa Trueba Roberts
Attorney Advisor with the Miami Regional Office of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, Adjunct Professor, FIU College of Law.
Lisa Trueba Roberts has been an attorney with the Miami Regional Office of the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission for over 20 years and currently serves as the Chief, Attorney Adviser to the Regional Director. She works closely with the agency’s Office of Minority and Women Inclusion Group as well as the Latino Opportunity, Leadership and Advocacy Committee. Lisa is in charge of the intern program at the Miami Regional Office. She has served as an Adjunct Faculty member at Florida International School of Law since 2009 where she teaches a Securities Law Enforcement course.
Barbara A. Silverman
Former Shareholder, Colson Hicks Eidson
Barbara Silverman is a retired attorney who handled appeals in both state and federal court, as well as providing assistance to trial counsel with numerous complex legal issues arising during the course of pretrial, trial and post-trial proceedings. Those matters involve a wide range of areas of practice, including personal injury and wrongful death, products liability, commercial litigation, medical, legal and accounting malpractice, fraud, insurance, employment discrimination and admiralty.
Nikki Lewis Simon
Shareholder and Chief Diversity Officer, Greenberg Traurig
As part of her current role with Greenberg Traurig, Nikki works to strategically align the firm’s diversity and inclusion initiatives with client needs as part of an integral component of the firm’s global business development efforts. At the same time, she works to expand the firm’s diversity initiatives and programming in collaboration with cross-firm stakeholders. Simon, who practiced litigation at the firm for more than a decade, is involved in various diversity and women-focused initiatives at the firm and in the community, including serving as a member of the Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyers Association board.
Trial Advocacy Program Director, FIU College of Law
H.T.’s passion for a cause and effective advocacy skills were evidenced early on when he persuaded the University of Miami School of Law to admit him before even taking the Law School Admission Test. His argument: that it was unfair to punish him for not being able to take a test that was not administered in the jungles of Vietnam, while he fought for his country.
His legal career blazed new trails from the start — as Miami-Dade County’s first African American assistant public defender, and then as the County’s first African American assistant county attorney.
H.T. has practiced law in the private sector as a trial lawyer, specializing in criminal defense, civil rights and personal injury. In 2017, the Dade County Bar Association voted him the Top Trial Lawyer of the year. He has been inducted into the “Legal Legends” of Miami-Dade County and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America. The National Law Journal recognized him as one of America’s top 10 trial lawyers of the year.
In 2003, H.T. was tapped to become the inaugural Director of FIU College of Law’s Trial Advocacy Program, and FIU has honored him with the prestigious “Top Scholar Award”.
H.T. currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the University of Miami and has served as its Vice Chairman.
Partner, Wahid Vizcaino LLP
Khurrum Wahid has litigated hundreds of state and federal criminal and civil matters in numerous jurisdictions. He has focused his practice on defending those accused of white collar crimes including national security related matters. Khurrum is currently actively licensed in Florida and New York State as well as four federal District Courts and two federal appellate courts and holds a top secret (TS) security clearance. Khurrum is also a partner at Barreiro, Geller and Wahid, which provides lobbying and strategic advice to clients while incorporating social media and graphic design solutions. Khurrum is also founder and CEO of Inov8r LLC, working to increase public-private partnerships in the area of innovation research with a focus on aligning university graduate programs with government needs.
Khurrum has been a leader in educating the public about the details of the domestic and foreign policy that infringes on the rights of the individual. He has commented on policies that have damaged America’s ability to combat terrorism under the guise of national security. Khurrum has testified on civil rights issues several times before various government organizations, including twice before the United States Commission on Civil Rights. He frequently is invited to speak at conferences, community meetings, and professional forums. He has appeared as a guest commentator on CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, National Public Radio, and various other television and radio shows across the nation.
Khurrum is a founding member and current national Co-Chair of EMERGE USA, a national non-profit civic engagement organization with chapters in five states. He also serves as Past President of the Florida Muslim Bar Association; sits on the board of the Miami Coalition of Christians and Jews, MCCJ; is a board member and past Vice Chair of the Florida Bar Committee on Diversity and Inclusion; sits on the Supreme Court Standing Committee on Fairness and Diversity; and is a member of the ADL Civil Rights Committee for Miami.