Attorneys with Andreu, Palma, Lavin & Solis, PLLC
JUAN G. ANDREU, ESQ.
Mr. Andreu is the founding member of Andreu, Palma, Lavin & Solis. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Criminology Cum Laude from Florida State University (GO NOLES!) in 1996. Mr. Andreu then attended St. Thomas University School of Law where he was an active member of the Moot Court Board and graduated with his Juris Doctor with Honors in 1999. He has been a member of the Florida Bar for almost 20 years and has represented creditors in all manner of consumer and commercial claims throughout the State of Florida for over 16 years. Prior to his current role as Managing Member of Andreu, Palma, Lavin & Solis, Mr. Andreu was the litigation partner at a personal injury law firm and developed extensive experience in litigating bodily injury and personal injury protection claims throughout South Florida. Mr. Andreu is licensed to practice law in Florida before both the state courts of Florida and the United States District Court for the Southern District. He is a member of the National Creditors Bar Association (NCBA), the Receivables Management Association (RMA), and the Florida Creditor Bar Association (FLCBA).
JORGE L. PALMA, ESQ.
Andreu, Plama, Lavin & Solis was co-founded by attorney, Jorge L. Palma 16 years ago on the foundation of creditor’s rights. Having represented a wide range of financial institutions, from the largest banks to small debt purchasers, Mr. Palma brings a high level of professionalism to the litigation and asset recovery industry. Mr. Palma earned his undergraduate degree in International Relations from Florida International University in 1999 and his Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School (Go Blue!) in 2002. Mr. Palma is licensed to practice law in Florida before both the state courts of Florida and the United States District Court for the Southern District. Mr. Palma is a member of the National Creditors Bar Association (NCBA), the Receivables Management Association (RMA), and the Florida Creditor Bar Association (FLCBA).
DESIREE LAVIN, ESQ.
Mrs. Lavin earned her undergraduate degree in Criminology/Criminal Justice with a minor in Psychology Cum Laude from Florida State University in 1997. She then attended Stetson Law School in St. Petersburg Florida and graduated with her Juris Doctor in 2001. While attending law school at Stetson, she was a member of the Stetson Law Review. After graduating and passing the Florida bar exam, she worked at an insurance defense law firm for eight years handling complex litigation cases, including but not limited to, nursing home cases as well as wrongful death cases. She became a Senior Associate at that law firm, and in 2008, Ms. Lavin became a partner at this firm which was originally founded by Mr. Palma and Mr. Andreu, and which is dedicated to representing a wide range of financial institution from the largest banks to small debt purchasers. Ms. Lavin is licensed to practice law in Florida before both the state courts of Florida and the United States District Court for the Southern and Middle Districts. Ms. Lavin is a member of the National Creditors Bar Association (NCBA), the Receivables Management Association (RMA), and the Florida Creditor Bar Association (FLCBA).
CARLOS CRUANES, ESQ.
Mr. Cruanes is Of Counsel to the law firm of Andreu, Palma, Lavin & Solis. He graduated from the University of Florida College of Law with Honors in 1997. With over twenty years experience as a Litigation Attorney, Mr. Cruanes has handled all aspects of Litigation from case inception through its trial, and any subsequent Appeals. Mr. Cruanes has conducted numerous jury trials in both state and Federal courts, achieving favorable results in complex, often difficult to win cases. Mr. Cruanes has also practiced extensively in Florida State and Federal Appellate Courts, to include the Florida District Courts of Appeal, and the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Prior to becoming an attorney, Mr. Cruanes served as an Infantry Officer in the United States Marine Corps, achieving the rank of Major, and having commanded Marine Units of up to 450 Marines, in peacetime and war.
YULEXY SOLIS, ESQ.
Mr. Solis earned his first law degree from the University of Havana, School of Law in 2004. Mr. Solis moved to the US in 2005. In 2007 started working in collection litigation as a clerk, later promoted to paralegal within Andreu & Palma. In 2009, Mr. Solis started a Master’s Degree program in U.S. and Transnational Law for Foreign Lawyers at the University of Miami, School of Law. In 2011, he earned his Juris Doctor degree from University of Miami, School of Law. After graduating and passing the Florida bar exam, Mr. Solis joined Andreu & Palma again as an associate. In 2015, Mr. Solis became partner at Andreu, Palma, Lavin & Solis, PLLC.
GIANCARLO OLANO-LAVERGNE, ESQ.
Giancarlo Olano-Lavergne oversees firm compliance and governance. As former General Counsel and Compliance Officer for the Puerto Rico Housing Finance Authority, Mr. Olano-Lavergne has garnered extensive legal and executive experience in the housing finance industry, including loan origination and servicing, government compliance, loss mitigation and asset recovery. With over 7 years’ experience in the low-income housing financing industry in PR, Mr. Olano-Lavergne also provides a unique insight to the Puerto Rican consumer, particularly those facing economic hardship given the island’s current unstable economic environment. Mr. Olano-Lavergne received his undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice and Juris Doctor from the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico in 2003 and 2006 respectively, and is licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the State of Florida.
MELANIE WESEMAN, ESQ.
Melanie Weseman earned her undergraduate degree in Political Science Cum Laude from Kent State University in 1998. While at college, she spent the second semester of her senior year in Washington D.C. interning at the Pentagon for the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Russian, Ukraine, and Eurasia Affairs. She went on to earn her Juris Doctorate Cum Laude from Creighton University in 2001. In law school, she was the Articles Editor for Law Review, and was on both the Moot Court and Trial Competition Traveling Teams. Upon graduating from law school, Melanie moved to Florida and began her career at the Palm Beach County Public Defender’s Office. While there, she argued in front of the Fourth District Court of Appeals and handled first, second, and third degree felonies. She left the Public Defender’s Office to pursue her career in the field of collections. Melanie is licensed to practice law in Florida before both the state courts of Florida and the United States District Court for the Southern and Middle Districts. In her free time, Melanie spends time with her husband and daughter.
KRISTINA MOEHLE, ESQ.
Kristina Moehle was born and raised in East Brunswick, NJ. She graduated from Lehigh University in 2012 Cum Laude. She received her Bachelor’s of Science in Finance and Marketing, and minored in Psychology and German. During her college career, Ms. Moehle was the President of the Lehigh Marketing Club, President and Founder of the German Club, and a member of the Club Tennis team. She also held various board positions in her sorority, Alpha Phi. Ms. Moehle then received her Juris Doctorate in 2015 from New York Law School, where she was a member of the Business and Financial Law Center, and the Italian Law Society. During her law school career and the three years following graduation, she worked in both New Jersey and New York practicing divorce law. She specialized in high net worth divorce cases dealing with heavily contested equitable distribution issues. Ms. Moehle is admitted to practice law in the States of Florida, New Jersey, and New York. She is a member of the Young Lawyers’ Division of the Florida Bar and is admitted to the United States District Court of New Jersey. In her spare time, she is an avid tennis player and enjoys traveling throughout the world.
KYLE L. SCHMITT, ESQ.
Kyle Schmitt received her undergraduate degree in Sociology from Northeastern University in 2008. She went on to earn her Juris Doctor from the University of Miami School of Law in 2013 where she was a member of the Honors Society, an Ambassador to the Law School and a leader of the Books and Buddies project. While in school, she clerked for the Honorable Judge Mark E. Polen of the Florida Fourth District Court of Appeal. Prior to joining Andreu & Palma, she served as in-house counsel for HOA Financial Services, LLC, specializing in real estate acquisitions and homeowner’s/condominium association law. Ms. Schmitt is licensed to practice in Florida and is a member of the Martin County Young Lawyers Division. In her spare time, she travels the world judging all-star cheerleading competitions for Varsity Allstar Brands.
MONIQUE PARDO, ESQ.
Ms. Pardo received her undergraduate degree in History from the University of Florida, graduating summa cum laude in 2003. She later received her Juris Doctor from UCLA School of Law in 2009, earning an ‘Entertainment, Sports & Media’ Designation. Upon graduation, she completed a legal externship with the Los Angeles Lakers. Ms. Pardo spent the next eight years working in New York’s financial services’ industry, first as a trading and research analyst, and later as an institutional equities’ trader, where she was responsible for the account management of several major institutional investors, specifically hedge funds. Ms. Pardo’s most recent role was at private equity firm KKR, working in their Client Partner Group. She has earned licenses in both the NASD/FINRA Series 7 and Series 63. Ms. Pardo joined Andreu, Palma, Lavin & Solis in 2018 as an associate attorney, where she now specializes in creditors’ rights litigation. Ms. Pardo is admitted to practice law in Florida before both the state courts of Florida and the United States District Court for the Southern District. Her professional memberships include the National Creditor Bar Association (NCBA), the Florida Creditor Bar Association (FLCBA), the Dade County Bar Association, the Cuban-American Bar Association (CABA), and the Florida Association for Women Lawyers (FAWL). Ms. Pardo serves as an active committee member with the Nicklaus Children’s Young Ambassadors (NCYA), the Women’s Cancer Association, Heidi Hewes Chapter, and as a committee chair for the Junior League of Miami (JLM).
RICHARD RUSSELL, ESQ.
Richard Russell is a graduate of Brigham Young University’s law school. In addition, Mr. Russell is licensed to practice law in Florida, Georgia, Nevada, and Utah. Nearly half of his 30 years as an attorney has been in collection litigation and business development, opening numerous branch offices for multi-state law firms. Mr. Russell previously worked on South Florida environmental issues emphasizing Sunshine Law, public records, and FOIA litigation, and served in Oman as an Air Force JAG during the Gulf War. Richard Russell’s area of concentration at Andreu & Palma is overseeing creditors rights litigation in multiple jurisdictions.
CONNELL LOFTUS, ESQ.
Mr. Loftus obtained an undergraduate degree in History and Political Science in 1991 and later his Juris Doctor from George Mason University School of Law in 1994. Mr. Loftus served as the managing partner of the largest creditors’ rights and collection law firms in the country, Mann Bracken LLP, the Successor by Merger to Wolpoff & Abramson LLP and Eskanos & Adler (MB). In that role, Mr. Loftus focused primarily on managing the operation and managing risk in a high volume legal practice. Mr. Loftus’ areas of expertise are Creditor and Collection Consultation, Consumer Collection Litigation, Commercial Collection Litigation, and Bankruptcy Litigation.