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We are pleased to announce that Bozorgi Law PLLC has been re-certified by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council. WBENC certification validates that a business is at least 51 percent owned, controlled, operated and managed by a woman or women. Our world-class certification standard is accepted by more than 1,000 corporations representing America’s most prestigious brands, in addition to many states, cities and government entities. WBENC is the largest certifier of women-owned businesses in the U.S. and a leading advocate for women business owners and entrepreneurs.

Susan K. Bozorgi, the Global Vice Chair of the Women’s White Collar Defense Association (WWCDA), and Cristina Laramee Souto, will be attending the association’s Annual Attorney Meeting in New Orleans next month. Susan will also be participating in the association’s Executive Committee Retreat during the conference, March 5-6, 2019. 

The WWCDA promotes the common business and professional interests of women attorneys who specialize in the representation of corporations, other organizations and individuals facing government enforcement actions (criminal, civil, regulatory, and administrative), and in internal investigations, compliance and ethics matters. It was founded in 1999 with the establishment of the Washington D.C. chapter.

Today, membership consists of more than 1,400 women in the practice of white collar defense. Many of its members have served in government positions and in corporate roles. Notable members have included former corporate General Counsels and Chief Compliance Officers, as well as former prosecutors and high ranking government officials. 

Cristina Laramee Souto is serving on a panel at Cornell Law School, “Voices for the Defense – Seeking Justice in Trying Times” during the annual Frank H. T. Rhodes Public Interest Career Symposium, being held on Jan. 25 in Ithaca, NY. Upon her graduation from Cornell Law School, Cristina was selected as the Frank H. T. Rhodes Fellow for her graduating class, and returns regularly to Cornell Law to speak regarding her work as a criminal defense attorney.

— Susan W. Van Dusen has been selected as one of America’s Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorneys® for 2018.  Selection is by invitation only and is reserved to identify the nation’s most exceptional White-Collar and General Criminal Defense Attorneys.Candidates are carefully screened through comprehensive Qualitative Comparative Analysis based on a broad array of criteria, including the candidate’s professional experience, litigation experience, significant case results, representative high stakes matters, peer reputation, and community impact in order to rank the candidates throughout the state.

Only the top 100 qualifying attorneys in each state receive this honor and are selected for membership among America’s Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorneys®.  With these extremely high standards for selection to America’s Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorneys®, less than one-half percent (0.5%) of active attorneys in the United States receive this honor.

— Susan K. Bozorgi served on a panel discussing “Attorney Client Privilege” during the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers’ (NACDL) 14th Annual White Collar Seminar, held Nov. 7-9 in Washington, DC.
— Once again The Best Lawyers in America has tapped firm partners Susan K. Bozorgi and Susan W. Van Dusen for inclusion in its new 2019 edition for their White Collar Criminal Defense work.
— We’re thrilled to announce that our co-founding partner, Yery Marrero, has been elected as a Circuit Court judge in Miami-Dade County. She takes her seat after the first of the year. The firm will continue providing outstanding criminal and white collar defense under the leadership of Susan Bozorgi, Susan Van Dusen and Cristina Laramee Soto.
— We are pleased to announce that Cristina Laramee Souto has joined Bozorgi Law PLLC as an Associate. Cristina will focus on the representation and defense of individuals in criminal, white collar, and SEC matters. She brings extensive courtroom experience to the Bozorgi Law PLLC team and is also Spanish-speaking.
Before joining Bozorgi Law PLLC, Cristina was a trial attorney at The Bronx Defenders in New York City. She represented clients charged with misdemeanor and felony offenses, from arraignment through trial. She also worked to effectuate change in the criminal justice system by testifying on behalf of The Bronx Defenders before the New York City Council Committees.
— Chambers USA, one of the oldest and most prestigious legal guides in the world, has recognized Bozorgi Law PLLC in the area of Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations – Florida. We are honored to be included in Chambers USA for the first time after in-depth interviews of law firm clients and colleagues. Chambers USA annually ranks U.S. law firms and individual attorneys based on in-depth telephone interviews with law firm clients and other attorneys. For more than 20 years Chamber has published independent and objective research-based directories of the legal profession. Inclusion in the guide is based solely on the research team’s findings.
— Washington, DC attorney Justin Dillon interviewed Susan Bozorgi during the ABA’s 32nd Annual National Institute on White Collar Crime in San Diego. They talked about mentoring, networking and succeeding as a female attorney. Read it here.
Susan Bozorgi will be moderating a panel March 1 at 4:30 p.m. at the ABA White Collar Conference entitled, “Women in the First Chair in High Profile White Collar Cases” with panelists Cris Arguedas, Susan Brune, Jamila Hall, and Beth Wilkinson.

Susan Bozorgi will participate as a panelist providing valuable updates on new developments and strategies in while collar law during the American Bar Association’s 2018 White Collar Crime National Institute, February 28-March 2 in San Diego. More than 1,100 people are expected at the 32nd consecutive annual gathering of the national white collar bar.

The Institute is attended by leading federal and state judges and prosecutors, law enforcement officials, defense attorneys, corporate in-house counsel and members of the academic community.

— We are pleased to announce that Bozorgi Law PLLC has become certified by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council. WBENC certification validates that a business is at least 51 percent owned, controlled, operated and managed by a woman or women. Our world-class certification standard is accepted by more than 1,000 corporations representing America’s most prestigious brands, in addition to many states, cities and government entities. WBENC is the largest certifier of women-owned businesses in the U.S. and a leading advocate for women business owners and entrepreneurs.

— U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers has announced its “Best Law Firms” rankings. Bozorgi Law PLLC is pleased to announce that it has been included in the 2018 Edition of Best Law Firms.

The firm was ranked in Regional Tier 2 – Miami in the area of “Criminal Defense: White-Collar.”

The magazine’s annual list highlights firms who are recognized by their clients and peers for consistent professional excellence. According to U.S. News & World Report/Best Lawyers, achieving a tiered ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise.

For the 2018 “Best Law Firms” list, the methodology for the initiative remained the same as in previous years. Clients were asked to provide feedback on firm practice groups, addressing expertise, responsiveness, understanding of a business and its needs, cost-effectiveness, civility, and whether they would refer another client to the firm.

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers lists are compiled based on an exhaustive peer-review evaluation. Worldwide, 83,000 industry leading attorneys are eligible to vote. For the 2018 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©, 7.4 million votes were analyzed, which resulted in more than 58,000 leading lawyers being included in the new edition.

Lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed; therefore inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”

— We are pleased to announce that two of our partners have been included in the 2018 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America. We would like to congratulate the following attorneys: Susan K. Bozorgi –  Criminal Defense: White-Collar and Susan W. Van Dusen – Criminal Defense: White-Collar, Criminal Defense: General Practice.


— We are pleased to announce that Susan W. Van Dusen, who has practiced as a criminal defense attorney since 1980, has become a Partner at Bozorgi Law PLLC. She and her former law partner, Albert J. Krieger (now retired), gained a national reputation representing individuals and corporations in complex federal conspiracy, money laundering, and racketeering prosecutions, and other government enforcement matters.  She has extensive jury trial experience and has litigated matters throughout the United States and in multiple foreign jurisdictions. Susan is a long-time Fellow of the American Board of Criminal Lawyers; serves as the co-chair of the Lawyers’ Assistance Strike Force for the NACDL and is a faculty member of the Trial Skills Academy of Institue for Criminal Defense Advocacy. She has published and lectured extensively throughout the country on issues of ethics and trial advocacy.

Susan Bozorgi will be moderating a panel at the ABA Annual White Collar Crime National Institute, February 28 – March 2, 2018, entitled “Women in the First Chair in High Profile White Collar Cases.” The panel, whose members include Cris Arguedas, San Francisco; Susan Brune, New York; Jamila Hall, Atlanta; and Beth Wilkinson, Washington, D.C., will be held March 1 at the Marriott Marquis Marina Hotel, San Diego.The panel will highlight recent high-profile white collar cases in which women lawyers serve as lead counsel in the first chair role. The women panelists will discuss management of client relationships and expectations, including dealing with boards and executives, leading a large team, developing a litigation strategy when working with a team, and navigating media attention, and will provide practical tips on how to gain first chair experience in white collar cases.

Susan Bozorgi was reappointed as Co-Chair, Defense Function Committee, Criminal Justice Section of the ABA.

Susan Bozorgi taught at the White Collar Criminal Defense College at Stetson, March 16-19, 2017.

Bozorgi Law PLLC co-sponsored a breakfast for the Women White Collar Defense Association Annual event in Ft. Lauderdale on March 8, 2017. Joining Susan Bozorgi in the photo below are Jackie Arango, Katie Phang, AP Capaldo, Rebekah Poston, Cory Shade, Niza Motola, Susan Bozorgi, and Lilly Ann Sanchez.

— Yery Marrero was a panelist speaker on February 26, 2017 at the 5th Annual Bench and Bar conference. She spoke on the topic of “Dynamic Depositions” along with other judges and prominent partners and colleagues of other firms.

Susan Bozorgi, Co-chair of the Florida Chapter of the Women White Collar Defense Association, helped organize a luncheon by the Association for the legal community with a female General Counsel Panel sponsored by Greenberg Traurig on December 6, 2016.

From left to right: Jill Granat, General Counsel, Burger King; Cory Shade, General Counsel, Perry Ellis International, Inc.; Lin Cherry, General Counsel, HBO Latin America Group; Susan Bozorgi; Grace Mora, Vice President and General Counsel, Fontainebleau Miami Beach; and Jackie Becerra, Partner, Greenberg Traurig.

Susan Bozorgi, Co-Chair of the Florida Chapter of the Women White Collar Defense Association helped organize a breakfast by the Association for members sponsored and hosted by Akerman, LLP on November 11th, 2016.

Susan Bozorgi was appointed co-chair of the Defense Function Committee under the Criminal Justice Section of the American Bar Association for the term of August 2016 through August 2017.

Susan Bozorgi, Co-Chair of the Florida Chapter of the Women White Collar Defense Association, helped organize a breakfast by the Association for members, sponsored and hosted by Morgan Lewis on June 7, 2016

— We are pleased to announce that Susan W. Van Dusen has become Of Counsel to the firm. Ms. Van Dusen has practiced as a criminal defense attorney since 1980. Read More

Susan Bozorgi had an acquittal on a drug case which happened to be the first acquittal in the southern district of Florida pertaining to this particular drug called Flakka. Read More

Susan Bozorgi was named in Best Lawyers for White Collar Defense 2017, for the second consecutive year. Bozorgi Law PLLC named Best Law Firm 2017 by Best Lawyers-U.S. News.

Susan Bozorgi was named Co-Chair of Defense Function 2015-2016, August 2015.

Susan Bozorgi was quoted in American Bar Association (ABA), Litigation Journal Summer 2015 edition. Dealing with the Press in High-Profile Cases; How to Neutralize the 13th Juror

Susan Bozorgi presented guarantee of counsel First Appearance Resolution before ABA Criminal Justice Council, April 2015 American Bar Association Criminal Justice Leadership and Council Meetings in St. Petersburg, FL.

Susan Bozorgi was speaker at UM Steve Chaykin Ethics Conference, May 2015. Speaker on panel at University of Miami Ethics Conference on Legal Ethics & Social Media.

Susan Bozorgi and her blog were highlighted in “Above the Law,” March 2015

Susan Bozorgi attended the Women’s White Collar Defense Association, March 2015, New Orleans, LA and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) Board Meeting, February 2015, New Orleans, LA.

— NACDL organizes Women’s Initiative Event White Collar Conference, Washington, DC.

Susan Bozorgi and Norman Reimer presented preview to resolution to CJS Council Defense Function Committee Meeting, ABA, Criminal Justice Section Fall meeting, Washington, DC.

News Prior to 2015

Susan Bozorgi panelist at University of Miami on White Collar Crime, September 2014. Speaker on panel on white collar crime at the University of Miami, School of Law.

Susan Bozorgi serves as co-chair of ABA Defense Function Committee, October 2014. Appointed as co-chair of ABA, Criminal Justice Section, Defense Function Committee with Jon Sands, Federal Public Defender for the District of Arizona.

Bozorgi Law Marrero highlighted in Impact National Journal, October 2, 2014. Bozorgi Law was highlighted in a segment called “Impact on the Front Lines in Lambda Legal Defense Fund,” Impact National Journal, Special Edition 2014.

NACDL Annual Board Meeting in Philadelphia, October 2014. Susan Bozorgi attended the NACDL board meeting in Philadelphia and NACDL’s new president Ted Simon was installed.

Foundation for Criminal Justice Awards Dinner, October 2014. Bozorgi Law PLLC is a sponsor at Foundation for Criminal Justice 2014 Awards Dinner at National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, where Cynthia Orr and Rick Jones were honored.

Susan Bozorgi Moderates Panel at NACDL 2014 Spring Conference and Board meeting, May 2014. Susan Bozorgi served as a panel moderator at the event in Las Vegas. The panel addressed the importance of mentoring for a successful career in the legal field. Bozorgi Law PLLC was a sponsor of the luncheon event. Read more in her blog.

Corporate Counsel Conference, Bozorgi Law Marrero attended the Hispanic National Bar Association’s 2014 Corporate Counsel conference in Orlando, Florida.

NACDL Board Meeting, March 2014, The NACDL Women’s Initiative, which Susan Bozorgi co-chaired, organized a women’s panel during the Collateral Consequences Conference in New Orleans, titled “Career Paths for Women in Criminal Defense.”

ABA White Collar Conference, March 2014, Susan Bozorgi spoke at the annual ABA White Collar Conference on the panel titled “Women in White Collar in Today’s Global Corporate Community.” The program was held at the Eden Roc Miami Beach.

Welcome Reception, March 2014, Bozorgi Law PLLC sponsored the welcome reception at the annual Women’s White Collar Defense Association’s Spa Day event at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables.

Bozorgi Law PLLC Event Sponsor, February 2014, Bozorgi Law PLLC sponsored Miami Lambda’s Annual Legal Event. Bozorgi Law Marrero gave the closing remarks.

Speaker at PBI’s White Collar Seminar, February 2014, Susan Bozorgi spoke at the Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s Defending the White Collar Case Seminar on the panel titled “Health Care Fraud.”

AV Rating, January 2014, Susan Bozorgi earned the AV Rating from Martindale Hubbell.

Women in Criminal Defense, July 2013, Susan authored the forward remarks in the “Women in Criminal Defense” edition of The Champion.

President’s Commendation by NACDL, July 2013, Susan Bozorgi was honored with an NACDL President’s Commendation by immediate past president Steven Benjamin.

Parents and Students, 2013, Susan Bozorgi lectured at both Palmer Trinity and Ransom Everglades schools to parents and students about criminal offenses and records.

Board of Trustees, August 2013, Bozorgi Law Marrero was appointed to the Board of Trustees of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Day School, Coconut Grove.

National Association, October 2012, Susan Bozorgi was elected to the Board of National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys.
Blog Authored by Susan Bozorgi, October 2012, Bozorgi Law PLLC debuted the Women Criminal Defense Attorneys blog, authored by Susan Bozorgi.

Women Criminal Defense Event, November 2012, Bozorgi Law PLLC sponsored a Miami Women Criminal Defense event in its Brickell Avenue office.

Law Firm of the Month, 2011, Bozorgi Law PLLC honored as Boutique Law Firm of the Month in the first edition of Attorneys at Law magazine.

Women in Law Panel, 2011, Susan Bozorgi was a panelist for the Women in Law panel at the University of Miami School of Law.

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