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Background

After a prestigious judicial clerkship with the Honorable Eugene P. Spellman, District Court Judge, Southern District of Florida, Patricia joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida where she spent twenty-one years representing the federal government before the U.S. District Court in the Southern District of Florida. Patricia presented and prosecuted hundreds of cases and was also responsible for initiating and directing complex criminal investigations, participating in grand jury proceedings, and guiding and recommending the sentencing of offenders. She also served as a Deputy Chief in the Major Crimes Unit, supervising and training new prosecutors in criminal trial investigation and prosecution.

For a large part of her career, Patricia carried out her duties as a prosecutor assigned directly to the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Program (OCDETF), handling comprehensive, multi-level investigations of major regional, national, and international money laundering organizations. For over ten years, she was embedded as an attorney in both the Miami-Dade and Broward High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Forces (HIDTA), which are designed to provide assistance to federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies operating in areas determined to be critical drug-trafficking regions of the U.S. Patricia was the first attorney assigned to both HIDTA units and spearheaded the coordination of prosecutors and law enforcement personnel working side-by-side in the same location. During her tenure as an OCDETF attorney, Patricia coordinated the investigative and prosecution strategy for hundreds of investigations, targeting the entire infrastructure of extremely complex, criminal organizations that laundered illicit proceeds, continued their criminal activities as fugitives, and participated in alleged terrorist activities.

In 2010, Patricia left the U.S. Attorney’s Office to become Division Counsel for the Miami Field Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration, which encompasses Florida and the Bahamas. There she was involved in all legal matters and issues concerning the Division, including criminal, civil, and administrative law matters. This included substantive drug-related and money laundering statutes, investigative methods and techniques, search and seizure, electronic surveillance, interview and interrogation, evidence, discovery, drafting and reviewing legislative proposals relating to criminal law and procedure, and federal sentencing guidelines, legal training, and legal review of operational policies and procedures. It also included handling matters related to the support of civil and administrative litigation, including regulatory issues under the Controlled Substances Act (21 USC § 801 et seq.), as well as personnel and fiscal law questions.

Education

  • J.D., magna cum laude, University of Miami School of Law, Miami, Florida
  • B.A., summa cum laude, Florida International University, Miami, Florida

Admissions

  • Florida Bar

Accolades

  • Department of Justice Director’s Award
  • DEA Administrator’s Award
  • Multiple Special Achievement and Meritorious Service awards and letters of commendation from the DEA, FBI, HHS, and other agencies.

Professional Leadership

  • Commissioner, Board of Commissioners, Housing Authority of Fort Pierce, FL
  • Member, Miami-Dade Chiefs of Police Association
  • Former member of the U.S. Court Rules Committee, Southern District of Florida
  • Former member of the U.S. Court Magistrate Retention Committee, Southern District of Florida