Susana is an associate attorney for the civil litigation department. She focuses her practice primarily on insurance coverage disputes, bad faith actions, construction, and commercial litigation.
Prior to joining Alvarez, Feltman, Da Silva & Costa, Susana worked in the Professional Liability Department of a national defense firm encompassing a broad spectrum of litigation matters. She represented carriers with coverage disputes and bad faith actions and automobile manufacturers in matters involving beach of express and implied warranties. Susana’s experience as a defense attorney has allowed her to gain the skills and knowledge to advocate on behalf of policy holders and effectively pursue claims against their insurance carriers.
Susana gained valuable insight into the legal industry while serving as Judicial Intern to Judge James Lawrence King of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court of Florida. In addition, as part of the ABA Judicial Intern Opportunity Program (JIOP) she interned for Judge Ellen Sue Venzer, of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court, Criminal Division.
Susana graduated from Florida International University in 2012 with a degree in Political Science and received her juris doctor from St. Thomas University School of Law in 2015. During law school, Susana earned multiple Commendation Certificates for outstanding pro bono service and a Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI) “Excellence for the Future Award” in Florida Criminal Procedure. During her final semester of law school, Susana successfully argued a State appeal before the Third District Court of Appeal. Susana served as Editor of the St. Thomas Law Review and Alumni Chair of the St. Thomas Moot Court Board.
St. Thomas University School of Law, Miami Gardens, FL (J.D., cum laude, 2015)
Law Review: Editor, St. Thomas Law Review
Honors: Moot Court Board, Alumni Chair board; Dean’s List (Spring & Fall 2014); CALI Book Award, Florida Criminal Procedure; Pro Bono Commendation Certificate
Activities: Student Bar Association, Ambassador; The Hon. Peter T. Fay American Inn of Court; Federal Bar Association, Student Division; Cuban American Student Bar Association; ABA Section of Litigation; Phi Alpha Delta Mentschikoff Chapter; The Florida Bar YLD Student Division
Florida International University, Miami, FL (B.A., magna cum laude, 2012)
Honors: magna cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa; Kiwanis of Little Havana, Academic Scholarship
Recipient; Dean’s List (all semesters)
Activities: Phi Alpha Delta Mentschikoff Chapter
· Florida, 2015
· U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida
Associations & Memberships
· The Florida Bar, Young Lawyers Division
· Windstorm Insurance Network
Pro Bono Activities
· Lawyers to the Rescue, Miami, FL – Volunteer, 2014-present