Vanessa Vasquez de Lara, Esq. is the founder and owner of Vasquez de Lara Law Group, a law firm dedicated to assisting families with the legal issues affecting them, and their loved ones in family and probate court. Ms. Vasquez de Lara graduated cum laude from the University of Miami School of Law in 2002. She has been named to the 2015 Super Lawyers Rising Stars list and is an experienced family, probate, and guardianship litigator. Cases handled in family and probate court include divorce, child custody, child support, relocation matters, preparation of wills, probating of assets with and without wills, and guardianships of incapacitated persons and minors.
Mrs. Vasquez de Lara has been featured multiple times on Univision’s Despierta America, a national television show, for her family law knowledge. She has been extensively involved in her community including as an elected member of the board of the Young Lawyers Section of the Dade County Bar Association. She is also active in the Family Court Committee and the Probate Committee of the Dade County Bar Association, as well as the Family Law Section and the Real Estate, Probate, and Trust Law Section of the Florida Bar. She is also an active member of the Dominican American Bar Association.
Mrs. Vasquez de Lara is involved with all cases handled by the firm. She knows every matter and every client from the beginning of their case to the conclusion of representation. All of the clients’ needs are considered and discussed prior to the acceptance of any and every case to ensure that all matters are adequately handled to the best of the firm’s abilities. Emergency matters are handled expeditiously and every client can communicate directly with the attorney and her staff. Ms. Vasquez de Lara is fluent in English and Spanish.
If you have any questions regarding family, probate, or guardianship law, please do not hesitate to contact the Vasquez de Lara Law Group for an appointment.
Samah (“Sam”) Abukhodeir was born and raised in Lake Wales, Florida. Following high school, Ms. Abukhodeir moved to Tallahassee, Florida, to pursue a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology with a Minor in Arabic and Child Development at Florida State University. Ms. Abukhodeir obtained her Juris Doctor from Florida International University College of Law, where she was on the Dean’s List and earned two CALI Excellence for the Future Awards in Islamic/Sharia Law and Judicial Externship. While in law school, Ms. Abukhodeir worked as a Graduate Assistant to Law Professor Cyra Choudhury – recipient of the Santander & Institute for Global Law & Policy Doha Collaborative Research Grant from Harvard Law School – and was a judicial intern for the Honorable Marisa Tinkler Mendez, Circuit Court Judge in the Criminal Division of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit in Miami-Dade, Florida, and the Honorable Maria M. Korvick, Circuit Court Judge in the Probate Division of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit in Miami-Dade, Florida. After law school, Ms. Abukhodeir returned to the 11th Judicial Circuit Court of Florida as a staff attorney/case manager for the Honorable Maria M. Korvick, the Administrative Probate Judge. Ms. Abukhodeir practices in the areas of Estates, Trusts, Guardianships, Estate Planning, Elder Law, and Family Law. Ms.Abukhodeir is fluent in English and Arabic.
Jacqueline (Jacquie) Brown is an associate in the firm. Jacquie will focus on cases involving dissolution of marriage, equitable property division, spousal and child support, timesharing, paternity and paternity disestablishment, in Broward, Miami-Dade, and the Palm Beaches.
Originally from Seattle, Washington, Jacquie moved to Florida to attend college and enjoyed the year-round sunshine so much that she decided to make Florida her home. Jacquie Brown started her legal career as a Prosecutor in both the criminal and child support enforcement divisions of the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office. She went on to work as an appellate attorney for the Attorney General’s Office in West Palm Beach, and in that position, Jacquie argued briefs before Florida’s Fourth District Court of Appeals, drafted a brief to be reviewed before the Florida Supreme Court, and did a little post-conviction and writ practice in Federal Court.
She is an experienced litigator who has learned how to handle numerous cases and issues, while never losing focus on the important details and clauses. Jacquie encourages her clients to first participate in mediation to focus on finding resolutions to the issues that they are closest to reaching an agreement on — never letting her clients forget that they have a strong, experienced attorney on their side that is ready to litigate in front of the judge on their behalf. Jacquie is excited to be here starting a new adventure in this next chapter of her legal career.
Annette Sanchez is a talented trial attorney with considerable successful litigation experience in multiple areas of the law, including family law, juvenile law, real estate law, and general civil litigation. She is also a trained family court mediator serving the South Florida community.
A Miami native, Annette received her Bachelor’s of Science in Business Management and Organization from the University of Miami in December 2007 earning various accolades, including President’s Honor Roll, Provost’s Honor Roll, and Dean’s List.
Annette subsequently attended Florida State University College of Law where, during her internship with the Department of Children and Families Children Legal Services, she drafted the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children in Spanish for Puerto Rico to adopt into law. She also participated in drafting the Spanish translation of the Florida Constitution, which was presented to Attorney General Pam Bondi.
Annette began her career as an attorney at Children Legal Services, where she prosecuted cases of abuse, abandonment, and neglect against the children of Miami-Dade County. She subsequently entered private practice primarily representing banks and businesses in commercial litigation matters in both state and federal court. During her time in private practice, Annette handled a variety of case types, including divorces, mortgage foreclosures, breach of contracts, and fraud.
In 2013, desirous of serving the public again, she returned to Children Legal Services as a senior prosecutor. Annette won 13 termination of parental rights trial and 7 dependency trials, receiving only one unfavorable verdict in her entire career as a prosecutor.
Annette entered private practice again in 2016 in the field of family law. Annette is Of Counsel for Vasquez de Lara Law Group as well as principal attorney for her own firm and handles a variety of cases including, but not limited to, domestic violence, dependency, child support, paternity, dissolution of marriage, and adoption.
Having come from a family with lawyers, Ms. Brown has been involved with law firms since the age of 16. Starting her full-time career as a Paralegal at the age of 20, Ms. Brown began her journey working for a worker’s compensation firm, quickly rising in rank to Senior Paralegal within 1 year. Wanting to diversify into other areas of law, she began her next adventure in a real estate litigation firm as a Senior Paralegal and Office Manager where Heather was assisting with and overseeing multi-million dollar condominium disputes. Later down the road, and thirsty for more knowledge, she took on being her own boss as a Contract Paralegal, working with several Attorneys in the areas of immigration, criminal defense, personal injury, criminal appeals, probate, and her absolute favorite, family law. In fact, that is how she met Attorney Vasquez de Lara and found her professional home as a Senior Paralegal and Office Manager. Now, after more than 11 years of experience and with quite a few stories to tell, Ms. Brown continues to achieve great goals and loves to know that her work, and this firm’s work, is helping families better their lives with the justice they so rightfully deserve.
Carolina possesses over nine (9) years of experience working in law offices. Carolina is involved in many aspects of the firm’s practice, including Family, Probate and Guardianship Law. Carolina organizes and manages client files, discovery, and the firm’s financial matters. Carolina enjoys children, cooking, and traveling.