Born in Boston, Massachusetts and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, I am an attorney with a diverse world view and a demonstrated ability to interact successfully with people from immensely varied backgrounds. A persuasive advocate with strong negotiating skills, hardened to the demands of a heavy workload with inflexible deadlines, I am dedicated to the cause of the unjustly injured.
University of Florida, Levin College of Law, Juris Doctor, December 2000, with Certificates in International Law and County Court Mediation. Performed the Law School’s first-ever Brazilian Externship, with the State Environmental Prosecutor’s Office in Paraná.
University of Massachusetts – Boston, Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, May 1997, majoring in Philosophy, minoring in Linguistic Anthropology; Student Government President.
Civil Litigator: Los Angeles, California: Carpenter & Zuckerman, 2003 to 2006; Law Office of Jacob Emrani, 2006 to Present Handled cases of personal injury, civil rights and employment discrimination, from start to finish, including: marketing; new client interviews and sign-up; claim investigation and processing; drafting and filing of lawsuits; written discovery; depositions—taking and defending; motions, including opposition to summary judgment; all phases of trial as lead counsel; and post-trial procedures.
Public Defender: Riverside County, California; Hillsborough County, Florida 2001 to 2003. Handled cases of defense against criminal charges, from juvenile court, through misdemeanor court, and up to the felony level. Responsible for investigation, depositions (Florida law allows liberal discovery in criminal cases), motions, and all phases of trial both as second chair and as lead counsel.