Florida Bar President Francisco R. Angones to Speak at UF Levin College of Law Thursday, Oct. 18

Published: October 15th, 2007

Category: Feature, News

Francisco AngonesFrancisco R. Angones, president of The Florida Bar, will speak at the University of Florida Levin College of Law at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, in the Chesterfield Smith Ceremonial Classroom (HOL 180). Angones’ speech is presented by UF’s Spanish American Law Student Association as part of its Hispanic Heritage Month celebration.

Angones will answer questions after his speech, and a reception will follow in the Faculty Dining Room.

A native of Cuba and a South Florida resident since 1961, Angones is a founding partner of the Miami law firm Angones, McClure & Garcia, P.A., where he practices personal injury defense, commercial torts and insurance defense litigation. He received a B.A. degree, Magna Cum Laude, in June 1972, and a J.D. degree in June 1976, from the University of Miami, where he was inducted into Iron Arrow Honor Society, Omicron Delta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi.

Angones has served in numerous Bar positions, including president of the Dade County Bar Association and the Cuban-American Bar Association; membership on the Board of Governors of the Florida Bar; membership in the House of Delegates of the American Bar Association; and on the board of directors of The Florida Bar Foundation. In 2005-2006, he served on The Florida Bar’s Executive Committee, as chair of the legislation committee and a member of the strategic planning committee.

He was appointed by the chief U.S. district judge for the Southern District of Florida to the grievance committee for the Southern District of Florida and to the Federal Judicial Bar and Community Liaison Committee. From 1997 to 2001, he served on the Federal Judicial Nominating Commission for the Southern District. He also served on the 11th Judicial Circuit’s comprehensive master plan and indigent services committees. In 1996, he received the Voluntary Bar Association Pro Bono Service Award, presented by the chief justice of the Florida Supreme Court, for his work on behalf of the Counsel for Cuban Detainees. In 2000, he received the University of Miami School of Law’s Lawyer of The Americas Award. He is listed in “Top Lawyers in South Florida,” South Florida Legal Guide, 2006, and is a member of the Eugene P. Spellman Inn of Court.

Angones is admitted to practice in Florida; the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida, including the trial bar; the U.S. 5th and 11th Circuit Court of Appeals; and the U.S. Supreme Court. He is rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell.

In addition to his Bar service, Angones has been long active in community and business affairs. He has served on the board of directors of First Floridian Auto and Casualty Insurance Co.; the visiting committee for the University of Miami School of Law; the Miami-Dade Community Relations Board; the executive committee of the Miami Coalition for a Safe and Drug Free Community; and the City of Miami District Boundaries Committee of Greater Miami United. He is one of the founding members and a current member of the board of directors of U.S. Century Bank. Additionally, he is a past chair of Victoria Hospital’s board of directors.