Alicia currently focuses her practice on international disputes and complex litigation. Her experience includes representation of clients across multiple industries, such as hospitality, tobacco, agricultural chemical, insurance, shipping, telecommunication, media, government and health maintenance organizations. She has experience in the multiple phases of litigation with an emphasis on discovery and pre-trial work-up of cases and coordinating and managing certain aspects of large-scale litigation.
Currently Alicia is working on the representation of European, South American and Canadian hospitality investors in a complex international arbitration matter against Mexico concerning violations of a trade agreement and bilateral treaties. A representative sample of other matters she has worked on in the past includes:
- Representation of an agricultural chemical company in defense of product liability actions brought by multiple Costa Rican growers alleging crop damage
- Representation of a consumer product manufacturer in defense of product liability actions involving tangential matters in Canada, Greece and Cuba
- Representation of international insurer in defense of complex claim by insured relating to loss of electronics cargo shipped to Africa
- Representation of international insurer in defense of complex claim by insured relating to total damage to a vessel in St. Kitts
- Representation of a Panamanian cargo shipping company against an officer/director for breaches of fiduciary duties, involving matters in Panama and other countries
- Representation of Finnish shipping company in defense of allegations of fraudulent inducement and breach of an oral joint venture agreement
- Representation of officer and director in case filed by owner and operator of cellular telephone service in Guyana, dismissed on forum non conveniens
- Analysis of the Helms-Burton Act which provides a cause of action in the United States against traffickers of property in Cuba
- Analysis of obtaining discovery abroad from Latin American countries
In addition, she has been on a team defending a consumer product manufacturer in thousands of product liability cases filed across Florida. She also coordinates certain aspects of the defense of these cases statewide, developing systems to do so effectively.
Giving back to the community, Alicia actively participates in bar associations, having earned awards for her service. She currently serves on the Steering Committee of the Florida Bar’s International Law Section’s International Commercial Arbitration Vis Pre-Moot Competition and other bar committees. She previously served as vice chair of the Florida Bar’s Grievance Committee, chair of The Florida Bar’s Code & Rules of Evidence Committee, chair of its Educational Subcommittee, and program chair and moderator of its annual evidence-related seminars. In addition, she has been a volunteer judge of mock trial and negotiations competitions and a volunteer arbitrator of a moot arbitration.
Alicia is a member of the Cuban American Bar Association and the Cuba Committee of The Florida Bar’s International Law Section, and studies issues relating to Cuba. Paying homage to her Hispanic heritage, in her free time she conducts research into the pre-1960 Cuban television industry. She is fluent in Spanish.
Program Chair and Moderator, Topics in Evidence Seminars, The Florida Bar, 2011.
Program Chair and Moderator, Topics in Evidence Seminars, The Florida Bar, 2010.
Contributor, Case Summary Outline, Admissibility of Electronic Evidence portion of Topics in Evidence Seminar, The Florida Bar, 2008.