Attorney Bio's

Jennifer C. Ruz, Esq.

Jennifer C. Ruz, Esq.

 

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Jennifer is a business and tax attorney, who has practiced in this area since 2007, beginning her career in-house at Deloitte Tax LLP.  She has represented a broad range of clients and matters throughout her career, from large publicly traded companies in the optimization of their corporate structures, to wealthy individuals in the preservation of their wealth across generations and jurisdictional borders.  She has specialized in international and cross-border transactions, with a focus in recent years on Latin America.

Jennifer graduated magna cum laude in 2003 from the University of Florida’s Fisher School of Accounting, with a bachelor in accounting.  She graduated in 2007 from the Georgetown University Law Center.  Jennifer began her career at Deloitte Tax LLP, specializing in reorganizations of transnational publicly traded corporations and closely-help businesses, with a focus on European and Latin American jurisdictions.  Jennifer entered private practice in 2011, and shifted her focus to high-net worth individuals with cross-border family and business structures, as well as IRS disputes and voluntary disclosure.  She began integrating her experience with cross-border tax efficient restructurings with overall estate planning for high-net worth multi-jurisdictional families, to provide a unique expertise for overall global tax planning.  Jennifer’s accounting and business background provides her with the ability to address and resolve operational challenges for her business clients.

Jennifer has extensive knowledge of the Foreign Accounting and Tax Compliance Act (“FATCA”), and disclosure and reporting requirements for U.S. and non-U.S. entities and individuals under such regulations.  She prepared training materials on the subject while at Berkowitz Pollack Brant, Accountants and Advisors.  Jennifer also authored an article for Berkowitz Pollack Brant on the subject of pre-immigration planning.

Jennifer joined the firm in 2014, as a partner in the business and tax practice areas.

Jennifer Ruz is admitted to the Florida Bar and the U.S. District Courts for the Southern District of Florida. She is fluent in Spanish.


Education


Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, D.C.
Juris Doctor, 2007

University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida
Bachelor of Science in Accounting, 2003
Honors:  Magna Cum Laude

Bar Admissions

Florida, 2008
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida, 2008

Professional Affiliations

Florida Bar Tax Section: Member
Carrollton Alumnae Legal Association: Executive Committee Member

Languages

Spanish (Fluent)


Francis John Ciaramella, Esq.

Francis John Ciaramella, Esq.

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Mr. Ciaramella’s practice of law is primarily dedicated to intellectual property law, including copyrights, patents, and trademarks.

In 2011, Francis J. Ciaramella, Esq., graduated from the University of Miami with a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Political Science and History, as well as a minor in Biology.

In 2014, he obtained his Juris Doctor from the Saint Thomas University School of Law, where he was a member of the Intellectual Property student association.  While attending law school, Mr. Ciaramella worked as a law clerk for this firm and assisted in the firm’s intellectual property practice, as well as its business law practice.  As a law student, he made regular appearances on the Dean’s List, and received Book Awards for Practical Legal Research, Real Estate Transactions, and Intellectual Property.

Mr. Ciaramella is admitted to the Florida Bar.

 



Education
Saint Thomas University School of Law, Miami, Florida
Juris Doctor, 2014
Honors: Intellectual Property Society, Dean’s List, Book Awards in Practical Legal Research, Real Estate Transactions, and Intellectual Property
University of Miami College of Arts and Sciences, Coral Gables, Florida
Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History, Minor in Biology, 2011
Honors: Dean’s List
Bar Admissions
Florida, 2014
Education

Saint Thomas University School of Law, Miami, Florida
Juris Doctor, 2014
Honors: Intellectual Property Society, Dean’s List, Book Awards in Practical Legal Research, Real Estate Transactions, and Intellectual Property

University of Miami College of Arts and Sciences, Coral Gables, Florida
Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History, Minor in Biology, 2011
Honors: Dean’s List

Bar Admissions

Florida, 2014

 

Grisel Morales, Esq

Grisel Morales, Esq.
(Of Counsel)

Grisel MoralesGrisel specializes in FDA regulatory compliance, taxation, and business law.

Before starting her law firm, Grisel was a tax associate in the Miami office of a leading corporate and M&A law firm where she was involved in providing general corporate tax and transaction structuring advice with respect to sophisticated domestic and cross-border taxable and tax-free mergers, acquisitions and restructurings, involving both public and private companies, and with the drafting, reviewing and negotiating of agreements in connection therewith. Grisel also assisted with the handling of trust and estate matters, representing clients before the Internal Revenue Service, and the drafting, reviewing and negotiating of tax-related provisions of partnership and limited liability company agreements.

Grisel has a Bachelors in Science from Florida International University.  She received her law degree from the University of Florida, cum laude, in 2006 and has a Masters of Law in Taxation (LL.M.) from the University of Florida.





Education

LL.M. in Taxation, University of Florida, 2007

J.D., University of Florida; cum laude, 2006

B.S., Biological Sciences, Florida International University, 2002

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Bar Admissions & Professional Affiliations
  • The Florida Bar
  • United States Tax Court
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • Tax Section, the Florida Bar
  • Real Property, Trust, and Probate Law Section, the Florida Bar

Languages

  • Spanish (native fluency)
  • French (conversational)

Henry Rodriguez, Esq

Henry Rodriguez, Esq. 
(Of Counsel)

Henry RodriguezHenry Rodriguez is a 2004 cum laude graduate of the University of Florida's Levin College of Law, where he earned Book Awards in Contract Law and Trademark Law. Mr. Rodriguez was Professor Mark A. Thurmon's research assistant and aided in the preparation of the article The Rise and Fall of Trademark Law's Functionality Doctrine.

Mr. Rodriguez graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in History and an International Relations Minor from Florida International University in 1997. He also earned a Master of Arts in Political Science from the University of Florida in 2000. Mr. Rodriguez is a member of The Florida Bar.

Mr. Rodriguez is a member of the Dade County Bar Association, Intellectual Property Law Association of Florida (IPLAF), and American Bar Association (ABA). He concentrates his practice in ex parte and inter partes proceedings before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. He is fluent in Spanish.

Education

University of Florida College of Law, Gainesville, Florida, 2004
Honors: Cum Laude
Honors: Book Awards, Contract Law and Trademark Law


University of Florida, 2000
Master of Arts
Major: Political Science


Florida International University, 1997
Bachelor of Arts
Major: History
Minor: International Relations
Bar Admissions
Florida Bar
U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida

Professional Associations and Memberships

•The Florida Bar

•Dade County Bar Association

•Intellectual Property Law Association of Florida (IPLAF)

•American Bar Association (ABA)

Languages

Spanish (Fluent)

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FDA Compliance

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Ruz & Ruz, PL
300 Sevilla Avenue, Suite 301
Coral Gables, Florida 33134
(P) 1 (305) 921-9326
(F) 1 (888) 506-2833