ALICIA WHITING-BOZICH – President
Sivyer, Barlow & Watson, P.A.
SunTrust Financial Centre
401 E. Jackson Street, Suite 2225
Tampa, FL 33602
Practice Area(s): Commnercial & Property Disputes, Business Tort
About Alicia: Alicia Whiting-Bozich’s litigation practice includes commercial disputes,
business torts, restrictive covenants and trade secrets, contracts, creditor’s rights matters, and disputes relating to real property. Ms. Whiting-Bozich also has extensive trial court experience representing investors, lenders, and loan servicers in contested mortgage foreclosures and consumer finance litigation. She has represented loan servicers in both state and federal court on claims involving the Florida Consumer Collection Practices Act, Fair Debt Collections Practice Act, Truth in Lending Act, and Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act.
HANNAH CHOI – President-Elect
iQor US, Inc.
One Progress Plaza 200 Central Ave.
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Practice Area(s): Labor and Employment
About Hannah: Hannah Choi serves as the Senior Employment
Counsel and Chief Diversity Officer for iQor.
ZARRA ELIAS – Immediate Past President
401 East Jackson Street
Suite 1700 Tampa, FL 33602
Practice Areas: Labor & Employment, Commercial Litigation
Language(s): Chinese (Cantonese), Chinese (Mandarin), Tagalog
Telephone: (813) 209-5042
About Zarra: Zarra Elias is a Partner at Akerman LLP. She focuses
her practice on labor and employment and commercial litigation. She
represents employers and businesses in employment law cases before
the federal and state courts and administrative agencies. She also
advises employers on day-to-day human resources matters and
employment issues; conducts supervisor training, investigations, and
audits; and drafts employment agreements, handbooks, policies, and
procedures. Additionally, Zarra has experience litigating commercial
disputes, including those related to non-competition agreements,
breach of contract, and unfair business practices. Zarra is an active
member of the Florida Bar’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee,
a Fellow of the L&E Committee of the American Bar Association,
and a board member of the Tampa Bay International Business Council.
MAI VU – Vice President of Membership
Vu Legal, P.A.
4326 Park Blvd N Ste G
Pinellas Park, FL 33781-3538
Practice Area(s): Wills, Power of Attorney, family law, Auto Accidents, Personal Injury
Telephone: (813) 344.5828
LINDA J.Z. YOUNG – Secretary
Raymond James Financial, Inc.
880 Carillon Pkwy, St. Petersburg, FL 33716
Practice Area(s): Bankruptcy, Business Disputes, Contract
Disputes, Real Estate Litigation, Banking Litigation
Telephone: (727) 567 6156
JEANINE KANG – Treasurer
Edison, Edison, & Brandt, PLLC
11268 Winthrop Main St Ste 102
Riverview, FL 33578-4266
Practice Area(s): Commercial Litigation, Landlord and Tenant Litigation, Real Estate Litigation, and Contract Drafting
About Jeanine: Jeanie Kang is an Associate Attorney with Edison, Edison, & Brandt. She serves as a counselor and advisor to business owners helping them resolve complex legal matters and disputes. She focuses her practice in the areas of commercial litigation, landlord and tenant litigation, real estate litigation, and contract drafting. In addition, Jeanie also handles various types of immigration work, including, but not limited to, family-based immigrant visas, renewal and replacement of green cards, and application for citizenship through spouse and/or parents.
THE HONORABLE STEVE BERLIN – APABA Tampa Bay’s Judicial Liaison
The Sixth Judicial Circuit
14250 49th Street
North Clearwater, FL 33762
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
DEBBIE SINES CROCKETT – Director
Debbie Sines Crockett, Esq.
Cheffy Passidomo, P.A.
4100 W. Kennedy Blvd.
Suite 335, Tampa, FL 33609
Practice Area(s): Construction, Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith,
Real Estate Disputes, Commercial Civil Litigation
Telephone: (813) 225-2684
About Debbie: Debbie S. Crockett is a shareholder with Cheffy
Passidomo, P.A. in Tampa, FL. She concentrates in handling disputes
involving construction, insurance coverage, bad faith, and commercial
civil matters from the trial through appeal, in state and federal courts,
and represents policyholders against insurers, with an emphasis in
complex insurance disputes. Her bar activities include being a current
Co-Chair of the Nat’l Asian American Bar Assoc. Insurance Law
Committee and an active member of the FL Bar Insurance & Surety
Law and Construction Law committees, the Hillsborough Co. Bar
Assoc. Construction Law section, ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice
section, and ABA Forum on Construction Law. She serves on the FL
Bar Standing Committee on the FL Civil Procedure Rules.
JIN LIU – Director
Carlton Fields Jorden Burt
777 S. Harbour Island Blvd., #4, Tampa, FL 33602
Practice Area(s): Real Estate, Finance, Corporate.
Language(s): Mandarin Chinese
Telephone: (813) 229-4209
About Jin: Jin Liu is a Board Member and Founding Member of
APABA Tampa Bay. Jin represents note holders, servicers, and other
financial institutions in workouts, loan transactions, loan sales, and
disposition of real estate. Jin also represents resort developers and
other developers of large commercial and residential projects in
purchase and sale of both improved and unimproved property,
business planning and implementation, transaction structuring,
partnerships, limited liability companies, joint ventures, and a variety
of loan transactions. Jin has experience advising developers and
financial institutions with respect to Florida condominium filings and
condominium related due diligence issues. As a bi-cultural and
bilingual attorney who received legal education in both the United
States and China, Jin has represented international, in particular,
Chinese, clients in a variety of commercial transactions. Jin currently
chairs the International Investment in Real Estate Committee of the
American Bar Association’s Real Property, Trust & Estate Law Section.
ANGELINA LIM – Director
Johnson Pope Bokor Ruppel & Burns, LLP
SunTrust Financial Centre
401 East Jackson Street, Suite 3100
Tampa, FL 33602
Practice Areas: Bankruptcy and Commercial Litigation; Creditors’
and Debtors’ Rights; Workouts; Banking and Transaction
Language(s): Malay, Hokkien, Fujanese
About Angelina: Angelina Lim started the practice of law, in New
York, in the bankruptcy departments of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver
& Jacobson in 1993 and subsequently at Dewey Ballantine (now
Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP). She clerked with the Honorable Cornelius
Blackshear, Bankruptcy Judge (now retired) in the United States
Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of New York. In 1998, Angelina
moved from New York to Florida. In 2000, she was the first Law Clerk
to the Honorable Michael G. Williamson, bankruptcy judge in the
United States Bankruptcy Court, Middle District of Florida, Tampa
Division. In 2005, she joined the firm of Johnson, Pope, Bokor,
Ruppel & Burns, LLP, in the firm’s bankruptcy, creditor’s rights and
insolvency related practice group. At Johnson, Pope, Angelina has
successfully represented both corporate and individual debtors
(primarily in Chapter 11 reorganization cases), secured creditors,
landlords, creditor’s committees, trustees and receivers in state court
JUDSON CABATANA – Law Student Liaison