ZARRA ELIAS – President
Akerman LLP
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.


BEEJAL P. THAKORE – Vice President
Thakore Law, PLLC
3030 N. Rocky Point Dr.
Suite 150 Tampa, FL 33607
Practice Area(s): Real Estate and Commercial Litigation, Real
Estate Transactions, Condo and HOA Law
Language(s): Gujarati
Telephone: (813) 598-1303

About Beejal: Beejal Thakore practices in the areas of real estate,
contracts and business transactions and litigation.  After nearly a
decade of practicing at other law firms, Beejal started Thakore Law,
PLLC to assist individual and corporate clients throughout
Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco counties.   Thakore Law’s mission
statement is to provide every client with precise, practical and
personalized legal representation.  Beejal has lived in Florida for over
30 years and is a proud triple graduate of the University of Florida,
where she earned Bachelor’s degrees in Criminology and Psychology
and her Juris Doctorate degree in 2007.  She is also fluent in Gujarati.

Stephen Lee

Lee Law Group, PLLC
3804 W. North B St. Tampa, FL 33609

Practice Area(s): Civil Practice Law, Bankruptcy, Business
Language(s): Korean
Telephone: (813) 606-4533

About Haksoo: Haksoo Stephen Lee is a Korean-American attorney
practicing in the areas of creditors’ rights, civil litigation, and business
litigation. Some of Stephen’s current clients include large institutional
lenders, high net-worth individuals, and local residents.


LINDA J.Z. YOUNG – Treasurer
Raymond James Financial, Inc.
880 Carillon Pkwy, St. Petersburg, FL 33716

Practice Area(s): Bankruptcy, Business Disputes, Contract
Disputes, Real Estate Litigation, Banking Litigation
Language(s): Mandarin
Telephone: (727) 567 6156


HANNAH CHOI – Director of Social Programs
iQor US, Inc.
One Progress Plaza 200 Central Ave.
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Practice Area(s): Labor and Employment
Language(s): Korean

About Hannah: Hannah Choi serves as the Senior Employment
Counsel and Chief Diversity Officer for iQor.


The Sixth Judicial Circuit
Chamber 23,
14250 49th Street
North Clearwater, FL 33762

Sarah Lahoe - Amine

Banker Lopez Gassler, P.A.
501 E. Kennedy Boulevard, Suite 1700
Tampa, Florida 33602
Practice Area(s): Appellate and Insurance litigation
Telephone: 813.384.3994

About Sarah: 
Board Certified in Appellate Practice, Sarah Lahlou-
Amine practices in all areas of state and federal appellate and
insurance litigation, and provides litigation advice and strategy on
insurance coverage, defense, and extra-contractual matters. In her
appellate practice, Sarah helps clients and litigators seeking to protect
their appellate record or properly prepare a case for appeal. In the
event of an appeal, Sarah partners with trial counsel to protect a
favorable ruling, seek a reversal, or obtain other appellate relief. Sarah
handles a variety of insurance matters, including advising on coverage
issues, bad faith exposure, best practices, and litigation and appellate
strategy. She litigates and advises on issues involving commercial
liability, commercial property, homeowners, automobile, directors and
officers, errors and omissions, professional liability, and excess
policies, among others.


ALICIA WHITING-BOZICH – Liaison to the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit’s
Committee on Professionalism

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
Telephone: 813.221.4242

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.



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
Language(s): Korean
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.