Board of Directors (OLD)


Altanese Phenelus


Altanese Phenelus is an Assistant County Attorney in the Miami-Dade County Attorney’s Office. Altanese has practiced in the Zoning, Land Use and Environmental Section as well as the Tort Liability and Medical Malpractice Section. During that time, she successfully argued two appeals before the Third District Court of Appeal, one concerning a constitutional challenge to Miami-Dade County’s environmental regulations, and the other involving issues of notice and sovereign immunity.

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Francesse Lucius

President Elect

Francesse Lucius was born and raised in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. She is a graduate of the University of Miami School of Law and received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Women’s Studies from the University of Florida in 2009. She currently works as Attorney Advisor for Social Security Administration. Previously she worked as senior attorney for Children’s Legal Services. She is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.[Read More…]

Pedro Gasssant

Immediate Past President
Pedro Gassant is an associate in Holland & Knight’s Miami office and a member of the firm’s Litigation Group. He focuses his practice on land use, zoning and procurement matters. Mr. Gassant also has significant litigation experience.As a first year associate, Mr. Gassant won his first case in Federal Court, in the Middle District of Florida, reuniting a father with his son under the Hague Convention on the International Civil Aspects of Child Abduction.
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Vladimir St Louis

 Vice President

Vladimir R. St. Louis is a shareholder at St. Louis Morris, P.A. He tailors his practice in the areas of real estate transactions and civil litigation. He is also a licensed Realtor and Title Agent. Mr. St. Louis graduated from Georgetown University Law Center, Dean’s List designation, with an Executive Master of Laws in Taxation and Certificate of Study in State and Local Taxation. He obtained his Juris Doctor from Florida International University College of Law and a Bachelor’s of Science in Accounting from Palm Beach Atlantic University.[Read More…]


Deborah Saint-Vil 


My name is Michael’s Deborah Saint-Vil I am a staff attorney at Catholic Legal Services (CLS). I attended Oakwood University in Huntsville AL. where I received my bachelor’s degree in Pre-Law  a concentration in Political Science and minor in History. I received my Juris Doctor from Saint Thomas University School of Law during which time i was the 2014 recipient of the Haitian Lawyers Association Scholarship. My legal training prior to working at CLS includes volunteering at Nadine Gedeon, P.A. [Read More…]

Alexandra Audate


Alexandra Stephanie Audate is a partner at Audate & Flemmings, PA. Prior to going into private practice, she was a staff attorney at Catholic Legal Services for three (3) years. During the course of her career, she has been the lead attorney on hundreds of cases. She has with over four years of experience representing immigrant clients in Federal and State Court. Prior to practicing law, she was a victim rights advocate for eight years.

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Nadine Gedeon


Born and raised in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Mrs. Gedeon obtained her first law degree from Université Quisqueya in Haiti. Mrs. Gedeon worked for the Haitian Red Cross for six years, where she developed  valuable leadership and managerial skills. She then went on to work as a legal officer at the Haitian Red Cross before she came to the United States.

Mrs. Gedeon earned a Master’s degree in Intercultural Human Rights from St. Thomas University School of Law, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude in May 2012.  In May 2014, she earned her Juris Doctor degree from St. Thomas University School of Law, where she also graduated Magna Cum Laude. [Read More…]

Veronique Malbranche



Veronique Malebranche was born and raised in Haiti. After 15 years, Ms. Malebranche moved to Miami with her family. She is a graduate of Florida International University where she earned a Bachelor in International Business, followed by a Juris Doctor from St. Thomas University School of Law.

While in law school, Ms. Malebranche served on the board of the Public Interest Law Society as the Liaison between her law school and the several organizations on campus. She served as a Student Attorney with the Public Interest Law Society to receive a favorable decision on behalf of her client at the San Antonio Immigration Court. She was a member of the Moot Court Team and argued at the U.S. District Court in Atlanta Georgia.
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Frantz Destin


Frantz Destin Jr. is a trial attorney in Gass Weber Mullins’ Miami office.  He represents individuals and companies in a wide array of complex litigation matters in both state and federal court.  Currently, he focuses his practice on cases involving premises liability, products liability, medical malpractice, and wrongful death claims.  Mr. Destin has significant litigation and trial experience.  For example, in September 2018, he obtained a defense verdict in a medical malpractice trial where the plaintiff sought over $535,000 in damages. [Read More]

Kevin Pierre


Kevin Pierre represents individuals and families in matters in a wide range of personal injury and automobile related legal issues. Specifically, Kevin handles personal injury cases including, but not limited to: slip and falls, negligence and automobile accidents. He was born in North Miami Beach, Florida. Kevin graduated Cum laude from The Florida State University with a degree in Criminology and Sociology. During his senior year, Kevin earned graduate level credit towards his graduate degree…[Read More]

Steve Charles


Steve Charles, Esq. is an attorney and managing partner of the law firm Charles Legal, PLLC. Mr. Charles earned a Juris Doctor degree from the Appalachian School of Law located in Virginia, Master of Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Barry University. Mr. Charles is admitted to the Florida Bar, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida and the Executive Office of Immigration Review. [Read More…]