Attorney Profiles

 

Victoria Méndez, City Attorney
Ms. Méndez is Board Certified in City, County and Local Government by The Florida Bar.  She joined the Office of the City Attorney in 2004 as the municipal prosecutor.  She rose up the ranks as a Supervisor and then Deputy City Attorney.  She primarily focused her practice in land use, zoning, platting, building, code enforcement, eminent domain, utilities and election law and related litigation.  Ms. Méndez was also the Recruitment & Internship Coordinator for the Office for several years.  Prior to joining the Office, Ms. Méndez was a Prosecutor with the Miami-Dade County State Attorney's Office for over three years.  She prosecuted misdemeanors to life felonies. 

Ms. Méndez is an American Bar Foundation and Florida Bar Foundation Fellow.  She is a Trustee for the Miami-Dade County Law Library.  She is the Government Relations Co-Chair for the Dade County Bar Association and a founding committee member of The Florida Bar Leadership Academy.  Ms. Méndez is a Past President of the Cuban American Bar Foundation and a Past President of the Cuban American Bar Association, the largest minority voluntary bar association in Florida.  She is also a former Board Member of the League of Prosecutors and the CABA ProBono Project.  Ms. Méndez is also a past CABA Delegate to The Florida Bar in 2011 and to the American Bar Association in 2013.  She has been named a Top Government Attorney in Florida Trend's Legal Elite every year since 2008 and in South Florida Legal Guide 2010 through 2012.  She has been named one of the Daily Business Review's Top 20 South Florida Women for Legal Achievement, recognized by the University of Miami as a Distinguished Alumni, named an Achiever and listed in the Book of Leader's by Miami Today, and named to Leadership Florida Class XXXV. 

Ms. Méndez graduated from the University of Miami School of Law and has a Master of Public Administration from the University of Miami.  She also graduated from the University of Miami as an English and Political Science Double Major with General Honors.  Ms. Méndez enjoys municipal law and being a public servant.


Education: Juris Doctorate (1999), University of Miami School of Law; 
Master of Public Administration (1999), University of Miami;
Bachelor of Arts (1995), University of Miami.




John A. Greco, Deputy City Attorney
Mr. Greco is the Deputy City Attorney over the General Litigation and Labor & Employment Divisions.  He is also Chief Appellate Counsel responsible for all state and federal appellate court proceedings and he litigates actions in the areas of constitutional, municipal, and labor law.  Previously, Mr. Greco worked in private practice in the areas of insurance defense, insurance coverage, commercial and business litigation, and appeals.  He also worked as an Assistant Attorney for the Miami-Dade County School Board and clerked at the Florida Second District Court of Appeal and the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida. He is the author of the articles titled "The Fourth Amendment and Mass Demonstrations: Does the Dispersal of Protestors by Law Enforcement Constitute a 'Seizure'?"; "Zoning and Internet Adult Businesses: The Cases of Voyeur Dorm & Flava Works"; "Mootness and Federal Claims: Amending or Repealing City Ordinances in Response to Litigation"; and "Excessive Force and Electric Stun Devices-Recent Jurisprudence on the Use of Tasers by Law Enforcement" published in the Municipal Lawyer Magazine. He has lectured in the areas of constitutional law, zoning and land use, and labor law.  Mr. Greco is also Board Certified in Appellate Practice by The Florida Bar.

Education: Juris Doctorate (1993), cum laude, University of Miami School of Law,
Associate Editor, Inter-American Law Review;
Bachelor of Arts (1989), Baruch College.





 
Barnaby L. Min, Deputy City Attorney
Mr. Min is the Deputy City Attorney in charge of Land Use, Transactional, and General Government matters as well as the administration of the Office of the City Attorney.  Mr. Min rejoined the Office of the City Attorney after serving as an executive in the administrations of the City of Miami and Jackson Health System.  Mr. Min has previously handled appellate, litigation, land use, zoning, labor, employment, transactional, and administrative matters and has previously served as Bar Counsel with The Florida Bar and as an Assistant State Attorney with the Miami-Dade County State Attorney's Office.  Mr. Min also currently serves as an attorney with the Guardian ad Litem Program. Mr. Min recently was awarded a certificate for the Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program from Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government and has also received awards from Voices for Children, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Miami Today, Florida Trend's Florida Legal Elite, and the Dade County Bar Association.

Education: Juris Doctorate (2000), University of Connecticut School of Law,
Editor, Connecticut Law Review;
Bachelor of Arts (1997), Washington University.




Xavier E. Albán, Assistant City Attorney
Mr. Albán joined the Office of the City Attorney as an Assistant City Attorney in November 2015.  He is presently assigned to the Land Use/Transactional Division responsible for public finance, compliance issues, and ethics.  Prior to becoming an Assistant City Attorney, he served as the Public Records Coordinator where he assisted in developing the Public Records Division within the Office of the City Attorney.  He also served as a Legal Consultant working on foreclosures, tax deed sales, and collections.  

Education: Master of Arts (2014), American University School of International Service;
Juris Doctorate (2013), American University Washington College of Law,
Article Editor, American University International Law Review;
Bachelor of Science (2009), University of Florida.




 
Forrest L. Andrews, Assistant City Attorney
Mr. Andrews joined the Office of the City Attorney in February 2014 and is presently assigned to the General Litigation and Appeals Division.  Before joining the Office of the City Attorney, Mr. Andrews defended corporations against tort claims in state and federal court.  Mr. Andrews also served as an Assistant Attorney General for the Florida Office of the Attorney General where he handled numerous criminal appeals on behalf of the State of Florida.  Further, Mr. Andrews served as an Assistant State Attorney for Miami-Dade County prosecuting all levels of crimes and was a designated prosecutor in the Narcotics Unit.

Education: Juris Doctorate (2005), Albany Law School;
Bachelor of Arts (2002), University of Delaware.




 
Richard F. Appleton, Assistant City Attorney
Mr. Appleton joined the Office of the City Attorney in June 2017 and is presently assigned to the Land Use/Transactional Division where he handles community development, real estate, economic development, and grant related matters. Prior to joining the Office of the City Attorney, Mr. Appleton served as a Client Advisor for PNC Wealth Management. He previously worked for the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, the Court of Common Pleas of Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania, and the United States Senator Arlene Specter.

Education: Juris Doctorate (2014), Duquesne University School of Law;
Bachelor of Science (2003), Pennsylvania State University.




Barbara Diaz, Assistant City Attorney
Ms. Diaz joined the Office of the City Attorney in June 2016 and is presently assigned to the Labor & Employment Division.  Prior to joining the Office of the City Attorney, Ms. Diaz was a Division Chief for Children's Legal Services, a section with the Department of Children and Families, where she practiced dependency law and advocated on behalf of children who have been found to have been abused, abandoned, and/or neglected.  Ms. Diaz has also practiced in the private sector handling complex commercial litigation and labor and employment matters.  Upon completion of her law studies, Ms. Diaz clerked with the Honorable James Lawrence King in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Education: Juris Doctorate (2007), St. Thomas University School of Law;
Bachelor of Business Administration (2003), magna cum laude,
Florida International University.





 
Daniel D. Diaz, Assistant City Attorney
Mr. Diaz joined the Office of the City Attorney as an Assistant City Attorney in April 2015.  He is presently assigned to the Land Use/Transactional Division where he handles complex commercial transactions for the City including construction and development, public-private partnerships, leases, licenses, and other general business matters.  Mr. Diaz is also assigned as counsel to several City boards.  Prior to becoming an Assistant City Attorney, Mr. Diaz worked as a Legislative Aide for the City Attorney where he facilitated all legislative matters being presented at the Miami City Commission.

Education: Juris Doctorate (2010), St. Thomas University School of Law;
Bachelor of Arts (2006), Florida International University.





Rachel S. Glorioso Dooley, Assistant City Attorney
Ms. Dooley joined the Office of the City Attorney in January 2015 and is assigned to the General Government Division where she handles code enforcement, unsafe structures, and other quality of life issues.  Prior to joining the Office, Ms. Dooley was in private practice working in the areas of appellate, surety, and family law as well as handling criminal law case work in both State and Federal Court since 2001.  She was previously an Assistant State Attorney with the Miami-Dade County State Attorney's Office.  Ms. Dooley has been an Attorney ad Litem since 2001 for matters in criminal court.

Education: Juris Doctorate (1996), St. Thomas University School of Law;
Bachelor of Arts (1991), American University.





Adanna Ferguson, Assistant City Attorney
Ms. Ferguson joined the Office of the City Attorney in June 2014. She is currently assigned to the General Litigation Division where she assists in handling General Litigation, Tort, Garnishments, and Subrogation matters.  Prior to becoming an Assistant City Attorney, Ms. Ferguson served as Legislative Aide and also served as an Assistant Public Defender with the Law Offices of Carlos J. Martinez, Public Defender for Miami-Dade County.  As an Assistant Public Defender, Ms. Ferguson defended indigent persons charged with crimes in Juvenile, County, and Felony courts.

Education: Juris Doctorate (2010), Northwestern University School of Law;
Master of Business Administration (2002), Florida A&M University;
Bachelor of Science (1999), Florida A&M University.





Carlos H. Gamez, Assistant City Attorney
Mr. Gamez joined the Office of the City Attorney in July 2015 and is assigned to the General Litigation Division. Mr. Gamez' responsibilities primarily focus on tort, commercial, and civil litigation matters.  Before joining the Office of the City Attorney, Mr. Gamez practiced at an insurance defense firm handling a broad range of cases including construction litigation, torts, FINRA arbitration, and civil trial.

Education: Juris Doctorate (2008), University of Miami School of Law;
Bachelor of Science (1994), The Ohio State University.



Christopher A. Green, Division Chief for General Litigation
Mr. Green joined the Office of the City Attorney in October 2000. His practice area is in Civil Litigation and he handles litigation in State and Federal Courts in the areas of Torts, Civil Rights, Commercial, Government, and Land Use. Before joining the Office of the City Attorney, Mr. Green was an associate at Cole, White & Billbrough. He has also served as an Assistant Public Defender in Miami-Dade County from 1993 to 1999. He has been Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Civil Trial law since 2010, and is the former Chair of The Florida Bar's Eleventh Circuit Grievance Committee "J". Mr. Green has been recognized as a Top Government Attorney by the South Florida Legal Guide in 2011 and 2012.

Education: Juris Doctorate (1992), Nova Southeastern University;
Bachelor of Arts (1989), Maryville University.




Deanna Gross-Rasco, Assistant City Attorney
Ms. Gross-Rasco joined the Office of the City Attorney in 1994 to handle commercial litigation matters for the City including foreclosures, code enforcement, quiet title actions and lien litigation. Ms. Gross-Rasco commenced her legal career as an associate at Blackwell & Walker, P.A. where she specialized in real estate and commercial litigation and transactions.

Education: Juris Doctorate (1988), University of Miami School of Law;
Bachelor of Business Administration (1985), Florida International University.





 
Douglas A. Harrison, Assistant City Attorney
Mr. Harrison joined the Office of the City Attorney in March 2015 after serving as Senior Litigation Counsel for the City of Hollywood.  Mr. Harrison is an Assistant City Attorney in the General Litigation Division handling litigation in State and Federal Courts in the areas of Government, Commercial, Civil Rights, and Negligence.  Prior to practicing in the municipal arena, Mr. Harrison was in private practice handling both civil and criminal cases in State and Federal courts.  Mr. Harrison also served as an Assistant State Attorney for the Miami-Dade County State Attorney's Office as a member of the Career Criminal/Robbery Unit and the Environmental Crimes Unit.
Education: Juris Doctorate (1995), University of Florida College of Law,
Policy Director Editor, Journal of Law and Public Policy;
Bachelor of Arts (1992), University of Florida.




Henry J. Hunnefeld, Senior Assistant City Attorney
Mr. Hunnefeld is a Senior Assistant City Attorney in the General Litigation Division handling litigation in State and Federal Courts in the areas of Government, Commercial, Civil Rights, and Negligence. He has had an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell since 1990 and is Board Certified by The Florida Bar in both Civil Trial and City, County and Local Government Law. Mr. Hunnefeld was Associate Editor of the International Law Journal at the University of Miami School of Law and was selected for membership in the Law School's Bar and Gavel honorary society. He has also been an adjunct professor of International Business Law at the University of Miami Graduate School of Business.

Education: Juris Doctorate (1982), cum laude, University of Miami School of Law;
Bachelor of Arts (1979), Dartmouth College.




 
Robin Jones Jackson, Senior Assistant City Attorney
Ms. Jackson joined the Office of the City Attorney in July 2004. Ms. Jackson was an associate with the law firm of Willkie, Farr & Gallagher in New York City immediately after law school and moved to Miami in 1990 to work with the law firm of Squire, Sanders & Dempsey. Ms. Jackson assisted as Bond Counsel, Disclosure Counsel, Underwriter's Counsel, Credit-Enhancer's Counsel, and Borrower's Counsel for financings of government and not-for-profit projects in 35 states and one foreign country before joining the Office of the City Attorney.

Education: Juris Doctorate (1984) Washington & Lee University School of Law;
Member, Washington and Lee Law Review;
Bachelor of Arts (1977), University of Mississippi.




Kevin R. Jones, Division Chief for Labor & Employment
Mr. Jones joined the Office of the City Attorney in June 2006. He is the Division Chief for the Labor & Employment Division where he handles litigation in State and Federal courts in the areas of employment law.  Mr. Jones also represents the City in arbitrations and in collective bargaining matters.  Before joining the Office of the City Attorney, Mr. Jones was in private practice and handled both civil and criminal cases in State and Federal courts. Prior to private practice, Mr. Jones was an Assistant State Attorney for the Miami-Dade County State Attorney's Office where he served as a member of the Violent Career Criminal Unit specializing in the prosecution of violent repeat offenders.

Education: Juris Doctorate (1997), University of Florida College of Law;
Bachelor of Arts (1994), University of Florida.




 
William A. Juliachs, Senior Assistant City Attorney
Mr. Juliachs joined the Office of the City Attorney in January 2007.  He is currently responsible for defending the City in workers' compensation matters.  He also serves as the Recruitment & Internship Coordinator for the Office of the City Attorney.  Prior to being hired as an Assistant City Attorney, Mr. Juliachs handled worker's compensation cases for 15 years in private practice.

Education: Juris Doctorate (1990), with honors, University of Florida College of Law;
Bachelor of Arts (1988), with honors, Florida International University.




Amber L. Ketterer, Assistant City Attorney
Ms. Ketterer joined the Office of the City Attorney in June 2017 and is presently assigned to the Land Use/Transactional Division where she handles land use related matters.  Prior to joining the Office of the City Attorney, Ms. Ketterer was in private practice handling various creditor litigation, commercial law, and collections matters on behalf of financial institutions and other clients.  She is also co-author of the published article entitled "The Bert J. Harris, Jr. Private Property Rights Protection Act: An Overview, Recent Developments, and What the Future May Hold."

Education: Juris Doctorate (2012), cum laude, University of Miami School of Law;
Bachelor of Arts (2009), magna cum laude, Temple University.




Kerri L. McNulty, Assistant City Attorney
Ms. McNulty joined the Office of the City Attorney in November 2014.  She is assigned to the General Litigation and Appeals Division where she handles trial and appellate litigation in both state and federal courts.  Before joining the Office of the City Attorney, Ms. McNulty represented a wide range of corporate clients in the private firm setting, with her practice focusing exclusively on appeals and trial support.  Ms. McNulty has also clerked at the Florida Supreme Court and the Florida Third District Court of Appeal.

Education: Juris Doctorate (2005), cum laude, Boston University School of Law;
Member, Boston University Law Review;
Bachelor of Arts (2002), summa cum laude, University of Miami.




Joseph T. Murray III, Assistant City Attorney
Mr. Murray joined the Office of the City Attorney in August 2016 and is currently assigned to the General Litigation Division.  Prior to becoming an Assistant City Attorney, Mr. Murray served as an Assistant State Attorney in Pinellas County for over seven years where he prosecuted crimes ranging from traffic offenses to homicides.  Additionally, Mr. Murray was an Adjunct Professor of Law and Advocacy Skills Trainer at Stetson University College of Law where he taught Trial Advocacy and coached the mock trial team.

Education: Juris Doctorate (2008), Stetson University College of Law;
Bachelor of Arts (2005), Florida Atlantic University.




Richard S. Otruba, Senior Assistant City Attorney
Mr. Otruba joined the Office of the City Attorney in 1999. He is presently assigned to the General Litigation Division where he handles litigation in State and Federal Courts in the areas of Negligence, Civil Rights, and Commercial law. He also assist with the litigation defense of Workers' Compensation claims. In private practice prior to joining the City, Mr. Otruba represented plaintiffs and claimants in personal injury and Workers' Compensation litigation and represented a broad range of clients in commercial litigation and corporate and transactional matters.

Education: Juris Doctorate (1988), St. Thomas University School of Law;
Bachelor of Arts (1984), New College.




Juan "J.C." Perez
Juan "J.C." Perez, Assistant City Attorney
Mr. Perez joined the Office of the City Attorney in October 2013 and serves as a Police Legal Advisor for the City of Miami Police Department.  In that capacity, Mr. Perez handles matters that involve the police department, provides counsel and advice to the Chief of Police, litigates contraband forfeiture cases, prepares legal bulletins for police officers, and provides guidance to the City's Emergency Operations Center in times of emergency.  Prior to joining the Office of the City Attorney, Mr. Perez defended corporations against tort claims in state court.  Mr. Perez also served as an Assistant State Attorney for Miami-Dade County prosecuting all levels of crimes and was a designated prosecutor in the Narcotics Unit and Traffic Homicide Unit.
Education: Juris Doctorate (2003), St. Thomas University School of Law;
Bachelor of Science (2000), Florida State University.




Stephanie K. Panoff, Assistant City Attorney
Ms. Panoff joined the Office of the City Attorney in October 2014 and is presently assigned to the Labor & Employment Division handling civil service matters, labor grievances, and collective bargaining matters.  Prior to joining the Office, Ms. Panoff served as an Assistant Public Defender with the Law Offices of Carlos J. Martinez, Public Defender for Miami-Dade County.  As an Assistant Public Defender, Ms. Panoff was assigned to the juvenile, county, and felony court divisions.
Education: Juris Doctorate (2009), University of Miami School of Law;
Bachelor of Science (2005), University of Florida.




 
Joseph A. Ruiz, Assistant City Attorney
Mr. Ruiz joined the Office of the City Attorney in May 2015 and is assigned to the Land Use/Transactional Division where his practice includes real estate, taxation and general municipal law.  Prior to joining the Office of the City Attorney, Mr. Ruiz served as General Counsel to the Miami-Dade County Property Appraiser where he provided counsel and legal advice to the Property Appraiser and administration on a wide variety of legal issues including, but not limited to, real estate, legislation, labor relations, and public records, with an emphasis on ad valorem taxation.
Education: Juris Doctorate (2007), Florida International University College of Law;
Bachelor of Arts (2003), Florida State University.




Rafael Suarez-Rivas, Division Chief for Land Use/Transactional
Mr. Suarez-Rivas rejoined the Office of the City Attorney in 2002 after having served as Miramar City Attorney, Assistant Broward County Attorney, General Counsel for the Broward Performing Arts Center Authority, and Senior Assistant City Attorney for the City of Hollywood.  He is Board Certified in City, County and Local Government Law by The Florida Bar.  He serves as the Division Chief of the Land Use/Transactional Division. His practice includes general municipal law, public procurement, public works and contracts, land use, historic preservation, public facilities, grants, and bid protests for the City of Miami.  He has lectured on Sunshine Law, Public Records, and procurement matters and has served as a Broward County and municipal Hearing Officer deciding bid protests and code enforcement cases. He is additionally a co-author of "The Bert J. Harris, Jr. Private Property Rights Protection Act. An Overview, Recent Developments, and What the Future May Hold" published in The Florida Bar Journal. He has twice served as a member of The Florida Bar City, County and Local Government Law Certification Committee and is a past recipient of the Deborah M. Smoot Memorial Editors Award from The Florida Bar Journal Editorial Board.

Education: Juris Doctorate (1979), Nova Southeastern Law School;
Bachelor of Arts (1976), University of Miami.




Pablo R. Velez, Assistant City Attorney
Mr. Velez joined the Office of the City Attorney in July 2014 and is presently assigned to the Land Use/Transactional Division where he handles all procurement and construction related matters.  Just prior to joining the Office of the City Attorney, Mr. Velez served as Interim Procurement Director in the City of Miami's Procurement Department.  Mr. Velez initially started with the City of Miami in April 2008 as a Procurement Supervisor and is a Certified Public Procurement Buyer (CPPB).  Previous to joining the City of Miami, Mr. Velez handled corporate, business and condominium law matters while in private practice.
Education: Juris Doctorate (1998), University of Florida College of Law;
Bachelor of Arts (1994), cum laude, Florida International University.




George K. Wysong, Division Chief for General Government
Mr. Wysong serves as the Police Legal Advisor for the City of Miami Police Department. In that capacity, he handles matters which affect the Police Department and provides counsel and advice to the Chief of Police and his staff, litigates contraband forfeiture cases, prepares legal bulletins for dissemination to the sworn police officers, and provides advice and counsel to the City's Emergency Operations Center in times of emergency. In addition to those duties, Mr. Wysong also reviews contracts and agreements relating to the Police Department and drafts legislation relating to quality of life issues.  Mr. Wysong also supervises the General Government Division of the Office.

Education: Juris Doctorate (1993), St. Thomas University School of Law;
Bachelor of Arts (1988), St. Thomas University.