2022 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Julie Nethersole, President
Julie Nethersole is an Associate General Counsel for Universal Property & Casualty Insurance in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Ms. Nethersole is an experienced litigator in the areas of complex civil litigation, first party property insurance defense, personal injury, foreclosure, and auto insurance defense.
Ms. Nethersole is the current President of the Palm Beach County Hispanic Association and along with her husband, she is a proud parent to two beautiful little girls, Luna and Maxine.
Lourdes Casanova - President-elect
Lourdes Casanova is the President-Elect of the Palm Beach County Hispanic Bar Association and will assume office as President in 2023. She has been involved with the PBCHBA since 2015, having previously served as Corresponding Secretary and board member at large. Casanova is the Founding Attorney of Casanova Law, a Wellington law firm excelling in the areas of Criminal Defense, DUI, Fish & Wildlife, Sealing & Expunging, Juvenile Court, Traffic Tickets, and Immigration. Prior to opening her firm in 2015, Casanova was a prosecutor for the State Attorney's Office of the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit.
As a Cuban-American raised in Royal Palm Beach and the daughter of immigrants, Attorney Casanova is an active participant in various organizations that advocate for the local Hispanic Community, including the Florida Hispanic American Chamber of Commerce and Latinos in Action. Casanova has also served as co-chair of the Immigration session of the Palm Beach County Bar Association Bench Bar Conference and is a recurring guest speaker at community immigration forums.
Lizza Constantine - Immediate Past President
Lizza Constantine is an Attorney at the Law Firm of Cole, Scott & Kissane in West Palm Beach. Ms. Constantine is an experienced litigator in the areas of complex civil litigation, intellectual property and legal malpracticePrior to joining Cole, Scott & Kissane, Ms. Constantine worked for a boutique commercial litigation firm handling cases in intellectual property, complex and general litigation. Prior to that, she was an Honor’s Legal Intern for the Securities and Exchange Commission in the Miami Regional Office. Ms. Constantine has a strong commitment to the legal community and community at large. She is the Immediate Past President of the Palm Beach County Hispanic Bar Association. She is also an active member of the 15th Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee and an involved member of the Palm Beach County Bar Association.
Ethel Velasquez, Corresponding Secretary
Ethel Velasquez is a civil litigator with LaBovick Law Group. Attorney Velasquez focuses on Personal Injury Protection, Personal Injury, and Workers’ Compensation. Outside of the courtroom, you could find Ethel spending time with her husband and their two children.
Samantha Bowen Myers, Recording Secretary
Samantha Bowen Myers is an attorney with Hall Booth Smith, PC where she focuses her practice on Medical Malpractice and General Liability defense claims. She studied at Carnegie Mellon University for undergrad and received her Juris Doctorate Degree from Nova Southeastern University where she graduated cum laude. Samantha is fluent in both Spanish and English.
Olga Patterson, ACP, FCP, FRP, Treasurer
Olga Patterson has been a paralegal since 1989 and earned her ACP in Discovery, Estate Planning and Trial Practice as well as the FCP and FRP designations. She is a NALA Advanced Certified Paralegal with more than 30 years of legal experience in the fields of Mass Torts, Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury Litigation. For almost 17 years, she has been a member of the Mass Torts Department at Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley in West Palm Beach. She is active on several committees for the PBC Chapter of the Paralegal Association of Florida and is a past president. She currently serves on the board of the FL Bar Registered Paralegal Committee, Certifying Chair of the FCP Examining for the Paralegal Association of Florida, Chair of the Paralegal Committee of the Palm Beach County Bar Association and Past Chair of the FJA Paralegal/Legal Assistance Section. Olga is also a member of the paralegal section of the American Bar Association. She devotes her free time in helping fellow paralegals grow and become part of the legal community. She is a frequent speaker at the paralegal sections of local colleges.
Marisel E. Cruz, Member-at-Large
Marisel is a Senior Staff Attorney with the Fourth District Court of Appeal. Prior to joining the court, Marisel acquired experience in the public and private sectors. Marisel served as a Central Staff Attorney at the Florida Supreme Court. After serving the Court, Marisel was an associate at a large defense firm where she handled malpractice and general liability cases.
Gina Fraga, Member-at-Large
Mrs. Fraga has devoted her entire legal career to defending the rights of our immigrants by focusing her practice in the complex and ever-changing field of Immigration and Nationality Law. She is a Partner at Acosta & Fraga Law, P.L.L.C., where she handles a heavy case load in areas such as deportation defense, family immigration, business immigration, equestrian-related immigration visas, self-petitions on behalf of victims and children, among others. She is a proud “double Gator” who received both her bachelor’s degree with honors and law degree from the University of Florida.
In addition to serving as a Board member of the Palm Beach Hispanic Bar Association since 2019, she has also been an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association where she chairs the AILA South Florida Chapter DMV Committee, serves as a member-at-large of the USCIS West Palm Beach Committee and previously served in the Unlicensed Practice of Law Committee. She is passionate about providing pro bono legal representation to children and women who are the victims of abuse or neglect and serves her community by providing outreach, education and assistance to charitable organizations such as Americans for Immigrant Justice, the Legal Aid Society of PBC and the Guatemalan-Maya Center in Lake Worth, Florida. Due to her outstanding work in the community she was awarded the 2019 Public Citizen Award from the National Association of Social Workers Palm Beach Chapter. She enjoys going back “home” to recharge at the beach in her little island of Puerto Rico where she was born and raised.
Sean Ingram, Member-at-large
Sean Ingram is an attorney at the law firm of Ingram IP Law, P.A. in Jupiter. Mr. Ingram is experienced in all areas of intellectual property law and is a patent attorney registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
Prior to founding Ingram IP Law, P.A., Mr. Ingram was a managing partner in the West Palm Beach office of a nationally recognized intellectual property law firm. Mr. Ingram has extensive experience creating, managing and enforcing patent and trademark portfolios for start-up companies through Fortune 500 companies. Mr. Ingram’s practice includes prosecution, post-grant proceedings, and licensing. Mr. Ingram holds bachelor and master degrees in electrical engineering from Virginia Tech and was previously employed as a patent examiner with the USPTO.
Elaine Martin, Member-at-Large
Elaine Martin is a Corporate Counsel at Olympusat, a media production company located in West Palm Beach. Ms. Martin practices in the areas of Intellectual Property, Contract Law, and Entertainment Law. Ms. Martin is a Licensed Attorney from Cuba. In 2020, she earned her Juris Doctor from Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law. In her free time, Ms. Martin enjoys traveling around the world and reading self-development books.
Angela Pagán, Member-at-Large
Angela Pagán, Esq. is a criminal defense attorney in Palm Beach County. She graduated from the University of Florida with Honors and obtained two degrees, a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology. As an undergraduate student, Ms. Pagán became a Founding Sister of the Chi Chapter of Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc., the first Latina/Hispanic sorority in the country, in Florida and at UF. Ms. Pagán started her legal career at the Office of the Public Defender in Palm Beach County, where she worked as an Investigator and Assistant Public Defender for over nine years. She left that office in 2012 to go into private practice and in 2014 she founded her firm, the Angie Pagán Law, PLLC, located in downtown West Palm Beach. Ms. Pagán is a Past President of the President of the Palm Beach County Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Ms. Pagan sits as Co-Chair of the MacArthur’s Foundation Palm Beach County Racial and Ethnic Disparity Team and is a past member of the 15th Judicial Circuit’s Pro Bono Committee. Additionally, Ms. Pagan has also served as a volunteer Guardian Advocate for Baker Act cases in the 15th Judicial Circuit since 2012.
Karen Velez, Member-at-Large
Karen Velez is the founder of The Velez Law Firm, P.A., located in Boca Raton, which focuses on Family Law, Criminal Law and some civil matters. Prior to starting the firm, she began her 16-year legal career in public service as an Assistant Public Defender. She has extensive courtroom experience and has litigated over 30 jury trials and dozens of bench trials.
As a resident of Palm Beach County for over 20 years she is committed to serving in the community and has served on numerous local boards. Attorney Velez has served on the Board of Directors of The Craig S. Barnard Inn of Court, for the past two years, and is currently the Education Chair. She served on the Palm Beach Bar Association Law Related Education Committee, and co-chaired the Florida Supreme Court Mock Trial competition. She serves on the Board of The Women’s Foundation of Florida, where she has co-chaired Women On The Run with former West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muiou. She was recently a finalist for the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Palm Beach County, “Esperanza” Award. Esperanza means hope in Spanish. The Esperanza Awards recognize and honor Hispanic business women with exceptional achievement in business and in the public or private sectors in Palm Beach County.
Board Advisor: Dan Zuniga