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Yolanda P. Strader

Yolanda P. Strader

Associate

Overview

Yolanda Strader handles a wide variety of complex business litigation including lender-based matters, matters related to consumer finance issues, and disputes alleging fraud, misrepresentation, civil theft, and violations of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act. Yolanda also represents a number of health care clients in a variety of business disputes. She is involved in all aspects of litigation in state and federal courts, including drafting case-dispositive motions, arguing at hearings, serving as trial counsel in bench trials, defending depositions of corporate representatives, and examining witnesses at trial and in deposition.

Yolanda is active in the South Florida legal community. She is a past president of the Wilkie D. Ferguson, Jr. Bar Association, formerly known as the Black Lawyers of Miami. As president of the Ferguson Bar, she spearheaded a number of initiatives to enhance diversity in the legal profession and to help deserving students in Miami. Yolanda is also a director on the Board of the Dade County Bar Association and recently served on the Leadership Team for the Man and Woman of the Year Campaign for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of South Florida.

Yolanda was selected as a recipient of the 2016 National Bar Associations “40 Under 40 Nation’s Best Advocates” award. She was also selected as a Rising Star by Florida Super Lawyers for four consecutive years from 2013 through 2016 and by the Daily Business Review in 2014. She was recognized as one of 40 Under 40 Black Professionals by Legacy Magazine in 2012 and as one of 40 Under 40 Outstanding Lawyers in South Florida by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in 2013.

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Experience

  • Miccosukee Tribe v. Cypress, et al., __ Fed. Appx. __, 2017 WL 1521735 (11th Cir. Apr. 28, 2017) (affirming trial court’s exercise of its inherent authority to impose sanctions on tribe’s counsel for pursuing baseless claims against defense attorneys).
  • Miccosukee Tribe v. Cypress et al., 814 F. 3d 1202 (11th Cir. 2015) (affirming dismissal with prejudice of “implausible” complaint in civil RICO case).
  • Miccosukee Tribe v. Guy Lewis et al., 23 Fla. L. Weekly Supp. 725a (Fla. 11th Jud. Cir. Dec. 12, 2015) (finding entitlement to attorneys’ fees where opposing party and opposing lawyer brought lawsuit in bad faith despite “knowing and having access to the evidence which conclusively refuted those claims”).
  • Miccosukee Tribe v. Cypress et al., 2015 WL 235433 (S.D. Fla. Jan. 16, 2015) (granting motion for sanctions; opposing lawyer and opposing party required to pay clients close to $1 million for attorney’s fees and costs).
  • Miccosukee Tribe v. Guy Lewis et al., 21 Fla. L. Weekly Supp. 323 (Fla. 11th Jud. Cir. Dec. 15, 2013) (granting summary judgment in civil RICO case and finding “no evidence” of claims against clients), summary judgment affirmed, 165 So. 3d 9 (Fla. 3d DCA 2015).
  • Miccosukee Tribe v. Cypress et al., 975 F. Supp. 2d 1298 (S.D. Fla. Sept. 30, 2013) (dismissing lawsuit against clients), rehearing denied, 2014 WL 1910626 (S.D. Fla. May 12, 2014).

Recognition

  • Recipient, Dade County Bar Association’s “Woman on the Rise Award” (2017)
  • Wilkie D. Ferguson, Jr. Bar Association’s Rising Star (2017)
  • Recipient, National Bar Association's “40 Under 40 Nation’s Best Advocates” award (2016)
  • Selected for inclusion in Florida Super Lawyers Rising Stars (2013-2018)
  • Selected for inclusion in Daily Business Review's Rising Stars (2014)
  • ICABA South Florida Legal Rising Star (2013)
  • Quarter Finalist, Legal Eagle Closing Argument Competition benefiting Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc. (2013)
  • Selected by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation as one of "40 Under 40 Outstanding Lawyers" in South Florida (2013)
  • Legacy magazine's "40 Under 40 Black Professionals" honoree (2012)

Professional & Community Involvement

  • The Florida Bar
  • Legal Council on Legal Diversity
    • Pathfinder Program (2015-2016)
  • Dade County Bar Association 
    • Director (2015)
    • "Under 30" Director (2011-2013)
  • Wilkie D. Ferguson Jr. Bar Association
    • Liaison to the Judicial Diversity Initiative (2015)
    • Immediate Past President (2014)
    • President (2013)
    • President-Elect (2012)
    • Secretary (2011)
    • Member, Scholarship & Banquet Committee (2010)
  • Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of South Florida
    • Leadership Team for the Man and Woman of the Year Campaign (2017)
  • Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of South Florida
    • Man and Woman of the Year Candidate (2016)
  • Member, University of Miami Citizens Board

Speaking Engagements

  • “Acing the Job Interview,' at the Dade County Bar Association’s Bench and Bar Conference (February 10, 2017)
  • “The Path to Success, A Conversation for Young Lawyers” at the Dade County Bar Association’s Bench and Bar Conference (February 26, 2016) 
  • “Women’s Legal Contribution” at Broward College (March 1, 2016)
  • Tracy Mourning’s Honey Shine “Aspire to Shine” Workshop (May 17, 2014) 
  • Florida Bar’s Practicing with Professionalism Young Lawyers Panel (January 10, 2014)
  • “Making Transition from Law Student to Lawyer,” at the ABA Fall Leadership Summit at the University of Miami School of Law (October 23, 2010)
  • “The Condo Crisis in South Florida: A Glimpse from All Perspectives,” at the University of Miami Business Law Review Symposium (April 10, 2010)

Credentials

Education
  • University of Miami School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 2009)
  • University of Miami (B.B.A., cum laude, 2005)
Bar Admissions
  • Florida
Court Admissions
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • Florida State Courts

Background

  • Foreclosure Fellow, Legal Services of Greater Miami, University of Miami School of Law, Coral Gables, FL  (2009-2010)

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