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Lourdes Casanova

Lourdes Maria Casanova

President-Elect of the Palm Beach County Hispanic Bar Association | Past Co-Chair of the Immigration Section of the Palm Beach County Bench Bar Conference | Super Lawyers “Rising Star” | TV Legal Analyst | Former Prosecutor

Raised in Royal Palm Beach, Florida by Cuban parents, Lourdes grew up in a bilingual setting and was inspired to pursue a legal career at an early age. The product of a family that immigrated to the United States seeking refuge from the Cuban regime, Lourdes set out to protect the rights and freedoms of her community. 

Her high school years reflect her motivation to become a lawyer. In addition to the honor of having graduated Valedictorian at Royal Palm Beach High School, Lourdes was involved in different organizations, including the National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society and Student Council. Lourdes served as president of the Spanish Honor Society in 2005.

Lourdes is proud of her Alma Mater and the Florida Gators, as she earned her Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctor degrees from the University of Florida. She graduated Cum Laude on both occasions. Lourdes studied English, Spanish and Portuguese during her undergraduate studies. As a law student, she completed internships that included civil and criminal court, working both for the State Attorney’s Office and for prestigious personal injury law firms. Lourdes began her legal career as a prosecutor at the Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Office. During her time as an Assistant State Attorney, she litigated hundreds of diverse cases, including domestic violence, theft, juvenile, fish and wildlife violations, DUI, and other crimes. Lourdes conducted more than 40 trials during her time as a prosecutor.

Lourdes later worked for a prominent Coral Gables firm specializing in personal injury and medical malpractice, and then returned to Palm Beach County as an associate of a local criminal defense and immigration firm. Lourdes gained experience in a broad range of immigration matters, including deportation defense, waivers, visas, adjustment of status, and citizenship. During this period, Lourdes also strengthened her skills in criminal law that she had initially acquired during her tenure at the State Attorney’s Office.

In December 2015, Lourdes founded Casanova Law to continue her dream of serving her community through personalized legal services. Lourdes is dedicated to providing individualized, quality representation to each client in the areas of Criminal Defense, DUI, Traffic Tickets, Fish & Wildlife, Sealing & Expunging, Juvenile Court, and Immigration.

Lourdes is passionate about protecting the rights and freedoms of her community, guiding her clients during difficult times, and seeking justice in every case.

AWARDS

Super Lawyers

2019-2022 Rising Stars

Palm Beach County Hispanic Bar Association

2021 Member of the Year

The National Trial Lawyers

2018 Top 40 Under 40

American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys

2016 10 Best Female Attorneys for Client Satisfaction

MEDIA APPEARANCES

WPTV News Channel 5

Casanova on WPTV discussing DUI manslaughter
Explanation of Relevance of Blood Analysis in DUI Manslaughter Charges | March 30, 2022

Attorney Casanova as legal analyst on WPTV News Channel 5
Commentary on Competency Evaluations and Mental Health in Criminal Cases | February 10, 2022

Lourdes Casanova Media Quote
Analysis on Confessions and Admissions | December 22, 2021

Lourdes Casanova on WPTV discussing immigration policy
Interview Regarding End of ICE Prioritization Policy for Removal Enforcement | July 18, 2017

Attorney Casanova on WPTV discussing Immigration Travel Ban
Conversation about Supreme Court Ruling on Immigration Travel Ban | June 26, 2017

Casanova on WPTV discussing Muslim Registry Constitutionality
Analysis on the Legality of Proposed Muslim Registry | December 23, 2016

WPTV logo
Discussion on End of “Wet Foot, Dry Foot” Policy | January 13, 2017

 

Radio 104.1FM and 1190AM La Primera

Discussion on Proposed Congressional Immigration Reform | January 28, 2021

Community Q&A on Criminal Law | October 7, 2020

Attorney Casanova 1190 La Primera Radio
Firm Introduction and Q&A | February 6, 2016

 

Buzz TV

Casanova Interview Buzz TV
General overview of Criminal and Immigration Law | February 10, 2021

 

 

ASSOCIATIONS & MEMBERSHIPS 

Palm Beach County Hispanic Bar Association

2022 President Elect; 2021 Corresponding Secretary and social media committee; 2020 Board member at large

Palm Beach Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (PBACDL)

Member

Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (FACDL)

Member

Portuguese American Cultural Society (PACS)

Past Member

Palm Beach County Bar Association

Young Lawyers Section; 2021-2022 Co-Chair, Immigration Session, Bench Bar Conference

Florida Association for Women Lawyers (FAWL)

Member

EDUCATION

University of Florida, Levin College of Law

Juris Doctor

Cum Laude; Dean’s List; Book Award, Comprehensive Law Practice; Honors, Appellate Advocacy

University of Florida, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Bachelor of Arts in English and Spanish

Cum Laude; Dean’s List; President’s Honor Roll; College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Anderson Scholar

Royal Palm Beach Community High School

Valedictorian; Pathfinder Nominee for Academic Excellence; AP Scholar with Distinction; President, Spanish Honor Society; Member, National Honor Society; Member, Spanish Club; Member, Student Council

SEMINARS & CONTINUING EDUCATION

Campaign School and Community Leadership Training Program, Florida Institute for Political Leadership

Voluntary Bar Leaders Conference, The Florida Bar

Women on the Bench: Chat with the Experts, Women’s Foundation of FL

Women on the Run, Women’s Foundation of Florida

Pathway to the Bench: Reception and Panel Discussion, Palm Beach County Bar Association

Double your Revenue Workshop, Atticus

Seven Figure Attorney Summit

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

Palm Beach County Bench Bar Conference

2021 Co-chair & Panelist; 2022 Co-chair & Moderator

Latinos in Action

2020 Guest Speaker at John I. Leonard High School and Woodlands Middle School.

YLS Sidebar Series: The Art of Cross Examination

Panelist

Village of Royal Palm Beach Education Advisory Board Meeting

Guest Speaker

Know your rights as an immigrant, El Sol Immigrant Resource Center

Speaker

Career Day, Crestwood Middle School

Guest speaker

Immigration Reform and Civil Liberties Forum, Palm Beach State College

Panelist

Immigration New Trends, New Developments & Resources, Puerto Rican Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Guest speaker

Immigrant Rights Discussion, El Sol Immigrant Resource Center

Speaker

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

Latinos in Action

20th Anniversary Gala Representative for PBCHBA; Law Micro credential Program Co-writer

Special Olympics South Florida

Americans for Immigrant Justice

El Sol

Citizenship Clinic, Palm Beach State College

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