VIRGIL HAWKINS FLORIDA CHAPTER 

  NATIONAL BAR ASSOCIATION

2019-20 Officers

President-Elect

Kevin C. Allen-Nash, Esq. 

Kevin C. Allen-Nash, is a founding partner of the Mount & Nash Law Group, P.A., located in the Historic Town of Eatonville, Florida. Kevin leads the firms Employment and Labor and Domestic Relations practice areas.  In addition, Kevin handles Personal Injury claims and conducts mediations as a Supreme Court Certified Mediator. In addition, Kevin holds his LL.M in Labor and Employment Law. Prior to his current role, Kevin worked as an Assistant State Attorney in the Seventh Judicial Circuit and as In-House Counsel for a Seminole County private school.

Kevin is a graduate of Walsh University and Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University College of Law. While attending law school, Kevin clerked for the Honorable Reginald Whitehead of the Ninth Circuit. Throughout Kevin’s career he has remained a community and youth advocate from his time in education and organizations like Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Boys and Girls Club of America and through his service with volunteer bar associations Paul C. Perkins (Orlando), Hatchett Bar (Daytona Beach), and as a member of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee for the Florida Bar and as a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

Kevin is a devoted husband and father of two who strives to continually serve the community through mentoring and outreach efforts. 

Vice President

Michael T. Davis, Esq.

Michael Davis focuses on complex state and federal litigation at Kuehne Davis, P.A., formally known as Law Offices Benedict P. Kuehne. A graduate of Stetson University, Davis began his appellate career successfully competing in moot court competitions. A former law clerk to U.S. District Court Judge Virginia M. Hernandez Covington, Davis joined the Appellate Division of the Miami-Dade Public Defender’s Office. Davis has argued before the Third DCA, the Florida Supreme Court, and the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, securing more than 30 written opinions. He is a regular CLE presenter.

Davis serves on the Stetson University Board of Trustees, is a Board member of his church, Bread of Life Community Church. He also serves on several boards of directors, including the Virgil Hawkins Chapter of the National Bar Association, the Dade County Bar Association, and the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers-Miami Chapter.  

Treasurer

Karla T. Ellis, Esq. 

Karla D. Ellis is currently the managing attorney of the Law Office of Karla D. Ellis, PLLC.  She was formerly a Chief Attorney with the Office of Bill Drafting Services at the Florida Senate and a Career Staff Attorney and Senior Staff Attorney at the Florida Supreme Court.  Ms. Ellis also has a background in criminal appeals as a former Assistant Attorney General.  She’s been a member of The Florida Bar for 20 years and is a graduate of the Florida State University College of Law and Howard University.  Ms. Ellis is active member of the Appellate Section of The Florida Bar and received the 2014 Leaders in the Law Award by the Florida Association of Women Lawyers. Ms. Ellis has volunteered her time with various local community organizations, including the Second Judicial Circuit’s Guardian ad Litem Program, the African Caribbean Dance Theatre, and the Delta Kappa Omega Chapter of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Secretary

Allana Robinson Woods, Esq.

Allana Robinson Woods currently serves as in-house counsel for the Southeast Overtown/ Park West Community Redevelopment Agency ("SEOPW CRA") under the City of Miami. As in-house counsel,  Attorney Woods manages and supervises all legal matters affecting the SEOPW CRA, including negotiating and drafting contracts, responding to all correspondence and public inquiries on legal matters related to the SEOPW CRA and advising the SEOPW CRA staff of its duties, powers, functions and obligations. 
Prior to her position as in-house counsel,  Attorney Woods was an Associate at Butler, Weihmuller Katz & Craig, LLP. ("Butler")  where she worked in the Miami office. While at ButlerAttorney Woods litigated on behalf of individuals, public, and private companies on a nationwide basis involving complex high exposure lawsuits in the following areas: bad faith, construction defect, crane and construction equipment, environmental, medical malpractice, motorcycle litigation, premises liability, products liability, professional liability, sexual misconduct, toxic torts, and trucking cases. 
She began her legal career as an Assistant Public Defender with the Miami-Dade Public Defender’s Office. During her four-year tenure, she handled criminal trials and litigated cases ranging from criminal and traffic misdemeanors to felony cases of various degrees. 
Allana attended Georgetown University, in Washington, D.C. with a major in English and minor in Government graduating in 2005. She then attended the University of Florida Levin College of Law in Gainesville, Florida graduating with her Doctor of Jurisprudence in 2008. While in law school, she was a member of the John Marshall Bar Association, a member and secretary of the Black Law Students Association, and served as a volunteer in the mentor-mentee program. She also served as a pro bono Fellow for Florida Legal Services in Miami; where she worked alongside Miami-Dade Public Housing Agency to assist displaced families obtain affordable housing.

She is served as past Historian and current member of the TJ Reddick Bar association, Member of the Broward Bar Association, member of and past student liaison of Virgil Hawkins Florida Chapter National Bar Association, a wish granter for Make-a-Wish Foundation, a member of Georgetown Alumni Admissions Program and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc

Student Liaison

Cynthia A. Everett, Esq. 

Cynthia A. Everett, is the founder of Cynthia A. Everett, P.A.  The firm focuses on labor and employment, local government law and alternative dispute resolution.  Ms. Everett also serves a as a senior career consultant for diversity and inclusion at the University of Miami’s Career Development Office.  Ms. Everett has also served as the city attorney for the Florida cities of Fort Lauderdale, Pinecrest and Opa-locka and as an adjunct law professor at Florida International University College of Law and as both an Assistant United States Attorney and an Assistant State Attorney.  Ms. Everett is board certified by the Florida Bar in labor and employment law and she is a Florida Supreme Court certified civil and appellate mediator.  Ms. Everett received her Bachelor of Arts degree from The Florida State University and her juris Doctor degree from The George Washington University.  Ms. Everett is a member of the Florida and District of Columbia Bars. Ms. Everett has repeatedly been recognized as a top lawyer by Florida Trend Legal Elite, Florida Super Lawyers and the South Florida Legal Guide.

Immediate-Past President

LaShawnda K. Jackson, Esq. 


LaShawnda Jackson is a double Gator having graduated from the  University of Florida with a BA degree in 1999 and a JD degree in 2002.  While in undergrad, she was a hammer thrower and shot putter on the Lady Gator Track & Field team.  After graduation from law school, LaShawnda joined the Orlando Office of Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell, P.A., where she currently defends companies against premises liability, product defect, and motor vehicle accident liability claims. As part of her product liability practice, LaShawnda defends manufacturers and distributors of a variety of products including automobiles, forklift trucks, refuse trucks escalators and personal watercraft against product liability claims.  She also advises and represents public entities such as housing authorities and various governmental agencies and municipalities with regard to civil rights claims, public record laws and compliance with Section 119 of the Florida Statutes.  In 2013, LaShawnda was designated as one of the Orland Business Journal’s (OBJ’s) “40 Under 40.”  In 2014, she was recognized again by the OBJ as one of the “2014 Women to Watch” and was awarded the Orange County Bar Association (OCBA) Professionalism Award.  She is a past president of the Paul C. Perkins Bar Association and the OCBA Young Lawyers Section.  Also, LaShawnda currently holds leadership roles/board positions with the OCBA and the George C. Young Central Florida Inns of Court.  She is also active with the National Bar Association where she has served on the Constitution & Bylaws Committee for a number of years and currently serves as Vice Chair of the Corporate Law Section.






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