Chanel defends Fortune 500 companies in product liability actions related to pharmaceutical drugs and medical devices. Chanel prepares and drafts interrogatories, requests for production, dispositive motions and other pre-trial motions, including motions for removal to federal court, motions in limine and Daubert motions. She has also contributed to appellate briefs filed in state and federal courts and assisted with deposition preparations. As a member of the national trial team representing Boston Scientific Corp. in multidistrict litigation involving pelvic mesh products, Chanel has helped prepare pre- and post-trial motions, collaborated on trial strategy, written cross-examination outlines and drafted jury instructions.
Due to her undergraduate background in economics, Chanel has extensive analytical skills that allow her to thoroughly research and analyze her clients' products and industries to better understand and provide counsel on their legal risks. Using that knowledge, she has prepared presentations to educate courts on clients' products and related scientific information, created memos to help her team defend expert witnesses and prepared Daubert motions to attack opposing expert witnesses. She also regularly prepares charts and matrices to aid her team in evaluating complex information.
Chanel has experience working for the court and private companies as well. During law school, she served as a judicial intern to Chief Judge Melanie G. May of the Florida Fourth District Court of Appeal. In that position, she analyzed appellate briefs submitted in civil and criminal actions and summarized the parties’ positions for the court, providing an independent analysis of the governing law and developing recommendations for the court’s decisions. Before attending law school, Chanel was a retail management intern at Nordstrom, where she performed managerial duties, helped coordinate the semiannual fashion show, and learned about Nordstrom’s business model and other aspects of the retail industry. Chanel is also a licensed Florida real estate agent and worked as a realtor at Coldwell Banker Real Estate. She has experience in residential sales, foreclosure issues, short sales and REO title processing.
Throughout her career, Chanel has consistently proved herself to be ambitious and dedicated. In 2015, she was selected as a Fellow in the Florida Bar's Wm. Reece Smith, Jr. Leadership Academy, an exclusive group that seeks to identify and nurture effective leadership in the Florida Bar among diverse attorneys. Chanel has always sought out and excelled at new challenges. In law school, she served as the executive business editor of the FIU Law Review and won her school's moot court competition in addition to graduating as valedictorian of her class. While pursuing her undergraduate degree, Chanel worked with a private company to tutor students in upper-level economics, calculus and other qualitative business courses.
Chanel ranks mentorship and diversity among her highest priorities. In addition to her private tutoring during college, Chanel also provided tutoring through her university's learning center, helping at-risk students with math and business classes. She currently serves as co-chair of the Mentoring Committee of the Florida Association of Women Lawyers’ Miami-Dade Chapter in addition to mentoring college and law school students at various schools throughout the state. She also participates in Shook's mentorship program by mentoring a summer associate. Increasing diversity in the legal field and higher education is another passion of Chanel's. She advocates through presentations and other media about issues related to diversity and education, and she is a member of Shook’s Diversity Recruitment Committee.
Presentation on Civic Engagement, First Amendment, Voting and Education, Miami Edison High, Miami-Dade Commission on Ethics and Public Trust, October 2016.