Delmarie Alicea, Secretary
Delmarie Alicea -Ms. Alicea has 10 years of experience in the housing and financial industries, which she acquired working for Fortune 500 companies. Lured by issues of justice, she made a career change and began working as a litigation paralegal for a large national firm. She later obtained a BA in Legal Studies from UCF with a certificate in litigation and advocacy. In 2018 she earned a JD from Barry University Law. While at Barry she helped create the Barry Law ACLU Chapter, for which she served as the secretary, and also represented immigrants at the Barry Law Immigration Legal Clinic.
Delmarie has previously worked as a fair housing advocate for Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida. For the past year she has worked at Florida Legal Services as an Equal Justice Works disaster relief fellow assisting hurricane survivors and working on risk management policy. She is originally from Puerto Rico and speaks Spanish fluently.
Delmarie wishes to join the PR Bar to continue promoting the great abilities of Puerto Rican attorneys and assist upcoming law students in order to continue diversifying our profession. As Florida’s Puerto Rican population continues to increase and flourish, it is more imperative than ever that our community has adequate representation in both the court and through legislation. It is Delmarie’s goal to be an advocate and supporter of this cause and her involvement with the PR Bar is a key tool in that effort.
MARIE E. MASSON, IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT AND TREASURER
Marie E. Masson received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Puerto Rico in 1996. Upon completion of her undergraduate studies, Ms. Masson continued her education at the Florida State University College of Law, where she served as an intern at the Supreme Court of Florida and earned her Juris Doctorate degree in 2000. Her primary areas of practice include workers’ compensation, labor and employment, and insurance litigation. Ms. Masson handles all aspects of trial litigation and appeals. By providing aggressive and timely defense strategies, she is often able to bring matters to early closure through the effective use of alternative dispute resolution. Throughout her career, Ms. Masson has represented several Fortune 500 companies in the industries of food and beverage, entertainment, retail, hospitality, telecommunications, transportation, and health care.
Ms. Masson is a solo practitioner in Central Florida, servicing Orange, Lake, Volusia, Polk, and Marion counties. She is admitted to practice in all state courts in Florida, as well as in the Northern, Middle and Southern federal district courts in Florida. Ms. Masson is a member of the Workers’ Compensation and Labor and Employment sections of the Florida Bar. She is certified as an insurance instructor with the State of Florida and regularly conducts seminars for employers, servicing agents and carriers. Ms. Masson is also an adjunct professor at Florida A&M College of Law in Orlando, FL.
Since joining as a member in 2008, Ms. Masson has served as Secretary and Regional Vice President for the Puerto Rican Bar Association of Florida and is currently its President-Elect. She is also a member of the Hispanic National Bar Association and the American Bar Association.
Marie E. Masson, Esq.
Masson Law Firm, P.A.
15701 Highway 50, Suite 204
Clermont, FL 34711
Areas of Practice
Labor and Employment
Wills & Estate Planning
Joel A. Montilla, 5th District Regional VP
Anthony Suarez, Immediate Past President
Admitted to the Bar in 1977 in New York and in 1992 in Florida, Mr. Suarez has had a varied career, as a trial attorney, counsel to New York State Legislature, community activist, Member of the Florida state Legislature, United States Delegate to the Guatemala Peace Accords in 1996, currently adjunct Professor of Law and Radio talk show host. He has tried hundreds of jury trials and argued dozens of cases before appellate courts thus he has had a wide experience in the law over the 31 years of practice. Born in New York City of parents from Puerto Rico. Bar Admissions: New York, 1978 Florida, 1991 U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida, 1979 U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida, 1979 U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 1991 U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 1998 U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan, 1998 U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin, 1998 U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, U.S. Tax Court, 1992. Professional Associations and Memberships: New York State Bar Association, 1987 Member Conference of Bar Leader New York State Bar Association Member of Committee of Law Office Economics New York State Bar Association, 1988 - 1990 Chairman: Committee on Minorities in the Profession Puerto Rican Bar Association, 1987 President Puerto Rican Bar Association of New York, 1985 Chairman Judiciary Committee Puerto Rican Bar Association of New York, 1986 Chair Legislative Committee Reserve Officers Association, 1974 - 1985 New York State Trial Lawyers Association Bronx County Bar Association, Florida Bar, 1992 Member Tax Committee Seminole County Bar Association Orange County Bar Association The Fund for Modern Courts, New York, NY, 1987 Director Federal Bar, New York Middle & Eastern District, Florida Middle District, 2nd Circuit & 11th Circuit Court of Appeals Member 351st Psychological Operations Company United States Army Reserves, 1978 - 1986 Executive Office Tito Puente Scholarship Fund, 1983 - 1991 Counsel South Bronx Board of Trade, 1986 - 1991 Counsel P.R.O.M.E.S.A., Drug Rehabilitation Center, 1986 - 1987 Director South Bronx Community Action Theater, 1985 - 1987 Director Legal Aid Society, Seminole County, Florida, 1995 - 1996 Director N.Y. Prisoners Legal Services Corp., 1989 - 1991 Director Latinos in Action Community Development Corp., 1998 - 1999 Chairman Latino Leadership, 2000 Chairman Boys Club of Central Florida, 2001 Director.
517 West Colonial Drive
Orlando, Florida 32804
T. (407) 841-7073
F. (407) 841-7181
MARITZA I. GOMEZ, SECRETARY