CORAL GABLES, Fla. (Jan.2, 2019) – The law firm of Colson Hicks Eidson announced today that attorney Latoya C. Brown seeks to represent the 11th Judicial Circuit on The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division Board of Governors. Brown, a litigation attorney and associate at Colson Hicks Eidson, is running for Seat 1 in the 11th Judicial Circuit.
The Young Lawyers Division (YLD) Board of Governors has general management and control of the affairs of the YLD. Service on the board carries with it the responsibility of speaking on behalf of the members of the YLD. The YLD assists The Florida Bar in its purposes, provides a full and complete program of activities and projects designed to be of interest and assistance to members, and is engaged in numerous programs that benefit The Florida Bar, young lawyers, and the general public.
Passionate about serving the community and legal profession, Brown is a member of the Florida Association of Women Lawyers and currently serves on Dade County Bar Association Board of Directors. As a director, she spearheaded the creation of the Dade County Bar Association’s Inaugural Black History Month Celebration and chaired the event the following year. She also created the Dade County Bar Association’s Annual Back to School Drive, collecting school supplies from various law firms, benefitting hundreds of underprivileged children in Miami-Dade County. In the two years since she initiated the program, she has raised more than $20,000 in school supplies and monetary donations and coordinated a distribution event at Big Brothers, Big Sisters for DCBA volunteers to provide supplies directly to the children. Additionally, Brown has served on various committees, including the Executive Committee and Bylaws Committee, and participated in countless other programs including Over the Rainbow, Navigating the JNC, and the Annual Bench and Bar Conference. Recognizing the issue of diversity affecting the legal profession, Brown has also organized a community outreach initiative aimed at exposing underprivileged students to the practice of law through presentations at local high schools in Miami-Dade County.
“I feel very fortunate to work in the field of law and have taken an active role in the legal community and community-at-large, particularly through the programs and initiatives I have spearheaded during my tenure as a director for the Dade County Bar Association,” said Brown. “I want to bring this same passion and drive to the YLD Board of Governors and would be honored to serve the members of the YLD. I will support the YLD in its mission and work tirelessly to address important priorities for our young lawyers.”
With extensive experience handling commercial and federal matters, Brown practices in the areas of commercial litigation, mass torts, class action lawsuits, and general civil litigation. She graduated magna cum laude from Florida International University College of Law, is a member of the Florida Bar, and a published author. Brown previously worked as an intern with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. She was recognized by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation for its prestigious “40 Under 40” award, recognizing 40 outstanding lawyers in South Florida under the age of 40, and received the Dade County Bar Association’s Legal Luminaries Award for Top Attorney under the age of 40 in 2017.
Ballots will be mailed to young lawyers on or about March 1st. Voted ballots must be received prior to midnight EST, March 21. Elected board members will take office at the 2019 Florida Bar Annual Meeting in Boca Raton and will serve a two-year term.
ABOUT COLSON HICKS EIDSON
The Law Firm of Colson Hicks Eidson is a trial firm with 50 years of experience handling local, national and international litigation, and arbitration. Members of the firm have been involved in some of the country’s most high-profile and landmark cases resulting in impactful and precedential rulings. A mid-size firm with a diverse staff comprised of more than 50 percent women and minorities, Colson Hicks Eidson prides itself on a track record of developing future leaders within the legal profession and its civic and community involvement. Members of the firm have held notable positions serving on the boards of prominent institutions, such as the State University System of Florida and the Florida State Board of Education, and holding high-ranking offices, including President of the 60,000-member American Association for Justice; President of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers; President of the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers; President of the Dade County Bar Association; President of the Miami-Dade Florida Association of Women Lawyers; United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida; and Chairman of the Florida Federal Judicial Nominating Commission.