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.
SHARON WALKER, ESQ.
Mrs. Walker earned her Juris Doctor degree from Nova Southeastern School of Law. She went on to earn an LL.M from St. Thomas University School of Law in 2012, where she graduated with the distinction of Summa Cum Laude and an LL.M from the University of Fribourg, Switzerland in 2016 with the distinction of Magna Cum Laude. While in Switzerland, she earned a Certificate in Compliance and attended the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Summer School. Her Thesis was written on data transfer & security, privacy and the GDPR. She has published articles in the Florida Bar Environmental Law Journal (ELULS) and served as editor of the Environmental Law Blog while at St. Thomas University. Ms. Walker worked as an Assistant State Attorney in Brevard County, Florida and spent many years thereafter as a sole- practitioner specializing in Bankruptcy, Immigration, Family, Real Estate and Criminal law. She has worked in the international arena as Corporate Counsel for a Norwegian App developer and with the French National Railway System (SNCF). She speaks English, French and Norwegian. She is licensed to practice law in Florida, Georgia and the United States Southern District of Florida. Ms. Walker is a member of the International Bar Association (IBA), the Caribbean Bar Association (CBA), the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys (NACBA) and Soroptimist International – Norwegian chapter.
ANDRES MONTERO, Esq.
Andres Montero is a Colombian attorney who received his Juris Doctor from St. Thomas University School of Law in 2018 and is licensed to practice law in Florida. During law school he was president of St. Thomas More Catholic Law Student Society and was actively engaged in service projects benefiting the undeserved and homeless population of Miami-Dade and Broward Counties. Prior to joining RAS LAVRAR, he worked as litigation attorney at a creditor law firm. Andres is currently and active member of the Broward County Bar Association and continues helping the homeless community. He is also an avid wing-foiler chasing wind and waves in his hydrofoil surfboard.
BRYAN MANNO, Esq.
Mr. Manno was born and raised in New York on Long Island. He graduated from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business with a Bachelors of Science in Finance in 1997. During his college career, Mr. Manno was featured in Sports Illustrated as the number one amateur bowler in the country and wrote, composed and sang an original song with the Indiana University Choir. Mr. Manno then received his Juris Doctorate in 2000 from St. Thomas University Law School, where he was a member of Phi Alpha Delta and The Moot Court Board. Since graduating law school, Mr. Manno has represented some of the biggest debt buyers and banks worldwide, as well as the number one property insurance company in the State of Florida. Mr. Manno is admitted to practice law in the State of Florida as well as the United States Southern District of Florida. Mr. Manno is also a member of the Florida Creditors Bar Association. In his spare time, he is a published poet and author, an avid bowler and golfer, and enjoys traveling.
ILIANA HERNANDEZ, Esq.
Ms. Hernandez earned her undergraduate degree in Communication Arts from Florida International University Cum Laude in 2017. She then attended Florida International University College of Law and graduated with her Juris Doctor in May 2020. While attending the College of Law Ms. Hernandez was a member of the FIU College of Law Negotiation Team and the FIU College of Law Moot Court team and participated in several competitions including an international arbitration competition conducted in Spanish in Madrid. During her law school career, she worked as a legal intern in the fields of family law and immigration law. Ms. Hernandez was admitted to the Florida Bar in November 2020 and is a member of the Young Lawyers’ Division of the Florida Bar. She joined Andreu, Palma, Lavin & Solis, PPLC as an associate in January 2021. In her spare time, Ms. Hernandez enjoys traveling and spending time with her family.