Our Team

Program Directors

Monica Vigues-Pitan

Executive Director

mviguespitan@legalservicesmiami.org 

Marcia K. Cypen
Executive Director Emeritus

mcypen@legalservicesmiami.org

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Margaret Z. Moores
Deputy Director of Advocacy & Programs
mmoores@legalservicesmiami.org 
Vivian Chavez
Deputy Director of Operations

vchavez@legalservicesmiami.org

A career Legal Services attorney and administrator, Margaret first forged her deep commitment to the law, justice and social activism as a student at the University of Wisconsin during the 1970s. After graduating from law school she practiced in Minnesota, Arizona, Wisconsin and South Florida, defending the rights of children, farm workers, tenants and the disabled as well as advocating for education equality.  

Born and raised in Miami, Vivian always knew she wanted to be a lawyer.  Her mother was a legal secretary at Legal Services of Greater Miami so she had been exposed to public interest work at a very young age.  Giving back to the community was something that Vivian observed growing up and was taught by her immigrant parents. While attending law school at Loyola University –New Orleans, Vivian took law and poverty, street law and was a student intern in the legal clinic handling various cases for  vulnerable clients. Her time at Loyola solidified her desire to be a public interest lawyer at a legal aid agency. For the past 20 years Vivian has been a Staff Attorney and Manager at Legal Services. Vivian currently serves as the Deputy Director of Operations.

Jeffery M. Hearne
Director of Litigation

jhearne@legalservicesmiami.org

Marcia Rabinowitz
Director of Development

mrabinowitz@legalservicesmiami.org

Jeff serves as the Director of Litigation where he oversees the firm's significant litigation and appeals, and provides a strategic focus to the firm's advocacy in all of its practice areas. Jeff found his calling during his first summer of law school when he helped defend evictions while clerking at the AIDS Legal Referral Project in San Francisco. After graduating from the University of Texas School of Law in 2001, Jeff moved to Miami and immediately started working as a housing attorney at Legal Services. He is also the Director of the Tenants' Rights Clinic at the University of Miami School of Law which is based at Legal Services. In 2015, he received the Housing Justice Award from the National Housing Law Project for his “successful and dynamic pursuit of housing justice for people most in need.”  

​Marcia is deeply concerned about the prevalence of injustice in our world - whether it is the suffering of a human being or animal. Working within the Legal Services environment gives her he opportunity to be a minuscule grain of sand in helping to make a difference for those lesser served. She feels honored to be able to participate in this organization and is proud of the admirable work that is done here.

Ilenia Sanchez-Bryson
Chief Information Officer

isanchezbryson@legalservicesmiami.org

Claudia Welsh
Major Gifts Officer

cwelsh@legalservicesmiami.org

Ilenia is the daughter of Cuban parents who came to Miami in the early 1980's as exiles. Her parents instilled in her the importance to help those less fortunate. While in law school Ilenia learned about Legal Services and volunteered for the Summer. She has been with Legal Services ever since. 

Ilenia is a mom of 2 amazing boys who inspire her every day to try and make our community better for everyone.  

Claudia has used her fundraising skills to reflect her passion for making a difference for those who have no voice.   From the time she was a student at George Washington University, her work has been dedicated to helping provide resources for the betterment of society, whether through science research, human services or providing equal access to justice for the most vulnerable in our community. Claudia considers it a privilege to work alongside the amazing staff at Legal Services.

Advocacy Directors
Shahrzad Emami
Community Economic Development 

semami@legalservicesmiami.org

Jose Fons
Monroe County

jfons@legalservicesmiami.org

Originally an Ohio native, by way of Nashville, Tennessee where Shahrzad earned her B.A. degree from Vanderbilt University, Shahrzad has been a Miami resident since 2003 and a member of the Legal Services team since 2007. Excited to marry her love for real estate and public interest law, Shahrzad is Legal Services’ Advocacy Director of Affordable Housing and Community Development. Shahrzad often comments that Affordable Housing Law is the most rewarding and complicated section of real estate law, but she wouldn’t be happy doing anything else! “My work is challenging, frustrating, and at the same time extremely rewarding.” Considered an expert in the Affordable Housing field, Shahrzad also now leads Florida Community Development Legal, a collaboration of several legal aid providers in Florida all providing representation on affordable housing, small business development, and other community development transactional legal matters. In her spare time, which is very little as a mom to an active toddler, Shahrzad is adjunct professor of Affordable Housing Law at the University of Miami Law School of Law.

Born to Cuban-American exiles, Jose developed a sense of hard work and fairness from his parents early on.  In his last year of law school, Jose clerked at Legal Services of Greater Miami, where he found others willing to work hard to ensure fairness in the application of justice to low-income families.  Inspired by the staff and one attorney in particular, Robert Hornstein, Jose found his calling and joined the team full time after graduating in 1994.  Working to level the playing field for program clients, Jose has grown from law clerk to staff attorney to Advocacy Director, and has enjoyed providing guidance, mentoring, and instruction to law students and new attorneys to ensure the sense of fairness marches on.

Jocelyn Jauregui
Health & Income Maintenance

jarmand@legalservicesmiami.org

Carolina Lombardi
Home-ownership Consumer

clombardi@legalservicesmiami.org

Jocelyn Armand is the advocacy director of the health and income unit. As an advocacy director Jocelyn leads her unit in developing strategies for the delivery of creative, effective advocacy in the areas of education, health, public benefits, immigration and tax. She works with unit staff attorneys on unit projects such as the LGBT Justice Project, Children’s Legal Services Project, Veteran’s Advocacy Project, Low Income Tax Clinic, Resident Re-Entry Project, Homeless Legal Advocacy Project, and the Ryan White Project. Jocelyn joined Legal Services as a staff attorney in 2007 immediately after earning her J.D. from DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois. 

Born and raised in Miami Beach, Carolina’s parents were always volunteering their time or donating to those less fortunate and it really made an impression on her. She gravitated toward public interest law because it seemed to her that she could follow their example and with a law practice, she could effectuate change. Throughout her legal career, Carolina has volunteered  at Lotus House  and has been a Long Term Care Ombudsman volunteered at Switchboard of Miami as a suicide counselor.

Sean Rowley
Tenants' Rights

srowley@legalservicesmiami.org

Sean went to law school knowing he wanted to work at a non-profit firm. While in college, Sean became active in fighting for a number of causes at his university. His work, which made him more passionate about social justice issues, caused him to work closely with civil liberties attorneys in his community. This experience steered him in the direction of public interest law.

Senior Attorneys 
Mary Ann David
Health & Income Maintenance

mdavid@legalservicesmiami.org

Mandy Mills
Homeownership & Consumer

mmills@legalservicesmiami.org

Mary Ann was introduced to the nonprofit world relatively late in her career and she's never looked back.  After a short stint volunteering on a legal advice line here at Legal Services, Mary Ann was asked to put her CPA and legal skills to work temporarily managing our Low Income Taxpayer Clinic.  It was a perfect match! Now Mary Ann advocates on behalf of low income taxpayers, helps  resolve their disputes with the IRS, such as recovering their refunds, and educates them about their tax rights and responsibilities.

After deciding to switch careers from finance to law, Mandy attended Florida International University College of Law where she became inspired by the work of Legal Services after participating in a community development clinic taught by a veteran attorney working for Legal Services.  Mandy has spent the more than 10 years of her legal career at Legal Services where she's helped the disabled, working poor and elderly defend against foreclosure, deed fraud, auto fraud, student loan collection, and debt collection, as well as helped clients obtain and maintain public benefits, all through administrative, state, federal and appellate advocacy. She’s also had the opportunity to serve as a member of the Florida Bar’s 11th Circuit Grievance Committee “J,” to serve as a director of the Dade County Bar Association Young Lawyers Section, to sit on the board of the HIV/AIDS Partnership board for Miami-Dade County, and to spearhead Legal Services’ Small Claims Court Clinic.

Senior Staff Attorneys
Lissie Salazar
Tenants' Rights

lsalazar@legalservicesmiami.org

Lissie was born and raised in Miami and has a deep connection to its people and places.  She studied acting and worked as a drama teacher in the New York City Public Schools before going to law school at Duke University.  While there, she worked in various legal clinics providing free representation to low income individuals in cases involving healthcare and education.  She returned to Miami in 2004 and joined Legal Services where she has spent her entire legal career devoted to defending the rights of the most vulnerable in her community.  Although she has worked in many Legal Services  practice areas, Lissie is currently the Senior Staff Attorney of the Tenants’ Rights Unit and litigates extensively in county court to ensure that poor families, the elderly, and the disabled are not wrongfully evicted from their homes. 

Staff Attorneys
Maria Alvarez
Homeownership & Consumer
malvarez@legalservicesmiami.org 
Matthew Bayard
Homeownership & Consumer

mbayard@legalservicesmiami.org

In 2008, Maria Alvarez began her legal career as a staff attorney in the organization’s Tenants' Rights Unit. During that time she represented individuals and families facing eviction from public housing and in risk of being terminated from subsidized housing programs. After leaving the organization in 2011, Maria returned in December 2017 after realizing her success and happiness were directly tied to helping those who truly needed and valued her services.

Originally from Virginia, Matt Bayard was first introduced to public interest law while interning one summer many years ago at Neighborhood Legal Services Association in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  After graduating law school, Matt was lucky enough to find a job in sunny Miami and has been working at Legal Services ever since. He is currently part of the Homeownership and Consumer Unit where he practices foreclosure defense, bankruptcy, and consumer rights litigation.  When not at work you might see Matt hanging out at the park with his family, walking his dog Ringo around Coconut Grove, or riding around town on his comfortably slow beach cruiser.

Chiara Brandstaetter
Community Economic Development

cbrandstaetter@legalservicesmiami.org

Chiara began her legal career as a social justice fellow witnessing the effects of poverty and the extreme lack of resources and supportive services for those most in need. Firmly believing that safe, decent, and sanitary housing is one of the pillars of a safe and vibrant community, Chiara is dedicated to assist nonprofit organizations that provide much needed affordable housing and other community based services to low income residents of Miami-Dade County.

Christopher Brochyus
Tenants' Rights

cbrochyus@legalservicesmiami.org

Chris is a strong advocate for the underserved in Miami and has spent his entire legal career representing the disadvantaged. Inspired by his six years of indigent criminal defense as an Assistant Public Defender, Chris grew to love Miami and its people. As a ten year Miami resident, it was apparent that Miami has a housing crisis and he wanted to use his breadth of knowledge, passion and skills to better our community.

Chris is passionate about civil rights, fair housing and representing individuals who are treated unfairly. He practices in a variety of fields related to Housing and is known for working tirelessly for his clients.

Nejla Calvo
Tenants' Rights 

ncalvo@legalservicesmiami.org 

Jordan Chisolm
Community Economic Development

Jchisolm@legalservicesmiami.org

Born in Bolivia to a Turkish mother and a Bolivian father, Nejla came to the United States at a young age. After growing up in Rhode Island, Nejla attended Middlebury College, where she was chosen by members of the faculty as a Student Advisory Board Member of the Center for Comparative Studies of Race and Ethnicity. Due to her multicultural background, Nejla had dedicated herself to promoting diversity and racial and social justice. During law school, Nejla was selected as a Miami Public Interest Scholar and HOPE Public Interest Fellow, interned at Florida Justice Institute and the Community Justice Project, and served as the Articles & Comments Editor for the UM Law Race & Social Justice Law Review - all experiences which solidified her passion for civil rights and social justice. Following law school, Nejla was selected as an Equal Justice Works Fellow hosted by Legal Services of Greater Miami, where she helped residents in Miami and Monroe County mobile home parks protect their rights to affordable, safe, sanitary, and habitable housing. Nejla continues to work as a Staff Attorney at Legal Services, where she leads the Mobile Home Park Advocacy Project. 

Jordan Chisolm is a recently adopted son of Miami and a New Yorker by birth. He is passionate about strengthening neighborhoods by supporting the business owners who live and work within them. Drawing upon his business education, experience working in finance, and training as a corporate lawyer advising large enterprises, Jordan represents owners of small, skills-based businesses in Miami-Dade County. Jordan believes that sweat equity is just as important as private equity, and works to make sure that neighborhood entrepreneurs get the same high-quality legal representation as large businesses.

Anna-Bo Emmanuel
Homeownership & Consumer

aemmanuel@legalservicesmiami.org

Pamela Flores
Health & Income Maintenance

pflores@legalservicesmiami.org

Anna-Bo Emmanuel's passion for serving the public welfare began with her work as a Family Services Counselor at the Florida Department of Children and Families. After law school, she served as a prosecutor for several years before joining the team here at Legal Services. Anna-Bo works in the Homeowner and Consumer Rights Unit, where she practices mortgage foreclosure defense, bankruptcy, and consumer law. She also works in the Community and Economic Development Unit where she provides small businesses and non-profit entities with a full range of transactional services and on affordable housing matters. Although her work has changed over the years, her reason for doing it has not. Anna-Bo's commitment is to removing barriers to justice and creating access to empowerment opportunities for her clients.

Pamela Flores is a staff attorney at Legal Services primarily advocating for the rights of people with disabilities and the LGBT community. Previously, she assisted with the representation of non-profits developing or preserving affordable housing and community based facilities. Pamela's interest in public service began at a young age doing service work with her church. Through her volunteer work with low income communities, Pamela became aware of the systemic issues that plagued them. She learned that the law is a valuable tool in addressing these systemic issues and making meaningful changes in these communities. These experiences laid the foundation for her passion in public interest law. During law school, Pamela volunteered and worked for Legal Services as a clerk. This experience cemented her desire to become a public interest attorney. While she was in law school, Pamela earned awards from NSU Law and Legal Services for her dedication and commitment to public service. Pamela also volunteers as a Guardian at Litem for Florida's abused and neglected dependent children.

Miriam Haskell
Health & Income Maintenance

mhaskell@legalservicesmiami.org

Brittney Horton
Health & Income Maintenance

bhorton@legalservicesmiami.org

Miriam began her professional career as a journalist, but soon realized she wanted to be in the business of actively helping members of her community, not just writing about them. As a public defender and a civil rights lawyer representing incarcerated youth, Miriam worked with people at various stages of the criminal justice system before coming to Legal Services. At Legal Services, she focuses on public benefits and special education. Her hope is that her current work helping our community members maintain their benefits, income and other much-needed services will keep people from ever entering the criminal justice system.

Brittney’s grandfather is a WWII Army veteran. She first started working with veterans in 2013 while still in law school and has worked with them ever since. While not a veteran herself, Brittney shows her passion for these individuals through her dedication and care in her representation. Brittney believes that without veterans and their service to our country, she would not be able to do what she does as an attorney. This is why she is so passionate about assisting veterans and working on our United Way Mission United Legal Advocacy Project.

Terry-Ann Howell
Health & Income Maintenance

thowell@legalservicesmiami.org

Jacqueline Ledon
Homeownership & Consumer

jledon@legalservicesmiami.org

Growing up on the beautiful island of Jamaica, TerryAnn has witnessed the struggles of the underprivileged and underrepresented. As a first generation college student and lawyer, TerryAnn promised to use her education to help those who need it most. During her time at Skidmore College and Florida International University College of Law, she organized service trips to Haiti and Colombia. TerryAnn stayed true to her promise to help low income individuals when she interned at the Miami-Dade County Public Defender’s Office during law school and after, as an Assistant Public Defender for almost 3 years. During that time, TerryAnn realized that a lot of her clients also had collateral civil issues that were just as important, and so she joined the Legal Services family. TerryAnn provides support to our Health and Income Maintenance Unit where she is primarily assisting young adults who’ve had contact with the criminal justice system, overcome barriers to employment. When not in the office, TerryAnn is assisting and supporting incarcerated individuals about to re-enter society through her presentations at the federal prisons or through her work on the Riverside House Young Professionals Board.

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Guerby Noel
Tenants' Rights

gnoel@legalservicesmiami.org

Kevin Probst
Health & Income Maintenance

kprobst@legalservicesmiami.org

Guerby has been with Legal Services since his budding law school days and never left. Not only is Guerby committed to public service, he is committed to the city of Miami. He is a product of Miami Dade County and advocates for the rights of the low income community. Guerby is a member of the Tenant's Rights Unit, tackling issues such as housing discrimination, self help evictions, and subsidy terminations.

Outside of being an attorney, Guerby is an avid runner. He now runs half marathons with the goal of running a full marathon in the future without huffing and puffing from the fatigue. In addition, Guerby is an amateur Nak Muay, participating in national and international tournaments and shows. Guerby also has a gentle side. He paints when he has time and takes lots of pictures with his Boston Terrier, Chief.

Kevin’s commitment to civic engagement dates back to his youth, when his mother and teachers inspired an awareness of social justice causes and a passion for community service.  From volunteering with a race relations club and coaching Special Olympics while in high school to leading his college’s community activism program and creating a mentoring program for inner-city youth, Kevin has consistently sought out opportunities to serve, and learn from, others. After working as an AmeriCorps member with Public Allies, Kevin served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Namibia and, upon his return, taught middle school students with disabilities. It was ultimately this experience that fueled Kevin’s decision to attend law school and pursue a career in advocating on behalf of children and adults with disabilities.  Since 2009, Kevin has represented hundreds of clients in administrative proceedings involving special education rights, reemployment assistance, Medicaid, Social Security disability, and other public benefits.

Daniel Rowinsky Quintian
Health & Income Maintenance

drowinsky@legalservicesmiami.org

Daniela Cimo
Community Economic Development

dcimo@legalservicesmiami.org

Daniel’s work at the University of Maryland King Carey School of Law clinic assisting low-income immigrants with complex immigration proceedings made him appreciate the challenges underserved populations face when asserting their rights and the life-changing impact that being represented by counsel can make. Inspired by his experience in Maryland, Daniel joined Legal Services when he returned to Miami, his adopted hometown, in 2013 to make a difference in his community.

Daniel currently works on several projects at Legal Services assisting vulnerable populations living in our community.  He heads the Lazarus Project, which helps chronically homeless individuals living on the streets of Miami resolve the legal issues that prevent them from accessing affordable housing. He also directs two reentry projects that help ex-offenders to remove the legal barriers that hinder them from obtaining or maintaining gainful employment.

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Rebecca Schram
Tenants' Rights

rschram@legalservicesmiami.org

Kristen Tellis
Tenants' Rights

ktellis@legalservicesmiami.org

Rebecca Parsons Schram has always been an advocate for change, with an eye towards representing the interest of  the less fortunate.  Before coming to LSGMI, she organized a living wage campaign in Virginia, secured access to family planning resources for an indigenous community in Panama, and worked with adolescents at a drug treatment program in Dallas, Texas.  Law school originally brought her to Miami, and, after living here for over 10 years, she now considers it her home. She is grateful to be able to represent her clients and strives to ensure justice for Miami-Dade and Monroe County's low income residents.  

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Administration
Rochelle Hampton
Grants and Outreach Officer

rhampton@legalservicesmiami.org

Karen Williams
Senior Accountant

kwilliams@legalservicesmiami.org

Rochelle was born and raised in Miami and came to Legal Services more than 24 years ago looking for a job as a clerk.  After constantly seeing former neighbors and classmates from her childhood neighborhood in the lobby needing assistance, she soon realized that her job was just a small part of providing assistance to those who had nowhere else to turn. Her job here soon turned to a career and she now supports Legal Services by monitoring contract reporting and compliance, and facilitating Legal Services' community outreach.  She is also the staff liaison for the Client Board and works with various committees of the Board. In her spare time you will find her spending time with her sons Jordan and Deion or running races, of which she has completed 5 half marathons.

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Paralegals
Michaelle Boursiquot
Tenants' Rigts

mborsiquot@legalsevicesmiami.org

Nicole Leal
Health & Income Maintenance

nleal@legalservicesmiami.org

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After several years at a private firm, Nicole was witness to several injustices to those who were unable to retain private counsel. This sparked a passion to seek an opportunity to do what she loved and help others in need. This passion is evident as Nicole combines her years of legal experience and the desire to be a light in the midst of darkness, to create a support system for our clients.  As someone who has experienced many roadblocks in her own life, Nicole strives to simplify the details of complex legal matters. 

Melissa Jantaworn
Community Economic Development 

mjantaworn@legalservicesmiami.org

Jacqueline Michel
Health & Income Maintenance

jmichel@legalservicesmiami.org

Melissa supports the Community Economic and Development Unit in their fight to assist affordable housing developers in Miami-Dade County. As a resident of Miami for over a decade, she has witnessed the turbulence of the real estate market and the affordable housing crisis effects on the low-income populace. She firmly believes that everyone should have safe and affordable living conditions and is committed to ensuring the growth and development of affordable housing for the community that she loves and calls home.

Jackie is as a Haitian woman, who came to the United States in the early 70's. She was facing a custody issue and was desperate for help. She learned about Legal Services from a neighbor. She met with attorney who assured her that they will find out where her children are and helped her obtain custody of them.This experience inspired her to want to be a part of the Legal Services team.  She feels great helping others who are less fortunate than her.

Sebastian Rodriguez
Health & Income Maintenance

srodriguez@legalservicesmiami.org

As a native Colombian from Bogota, Sebastian worked with the  United Nations to reduce of level of poverty in Colombia.  Having worked with this program, he saw first hand important and valuable it is to be able to help those most in need. Every day at Legal Services Sebastian is able to help clients address their pressing legal needs. He feels a great satisfaction in contributing to improving their lives. 

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