Law Office of Julia Kefalinos, P.A.

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Firm Overview

Satisfied clients are the focus of this firm. It is my goal to provide representation that gives financially and otherwise burdened people the ability to go about their daily lives, awaiting only necessary instructions from me regarding their cases. In other words, when they hire me, their problem becomes mine.

My firm distinguishes itself by staying in close contact with our clients. They don't have to hunt me or my exceptional assistants down for answers. They don't just meet me for a minute then see me again only in court. We are here for them.
In furtherance of my firm's high standards of representation, I stay up to the minute on case law and technologies that will streamline the client's experience.

My firm was established in 2006. After 16 years of service to the community as an Assistant Public Defender in Miami-Dade County and my kids finally getting to a more independent age, I hung out my shingle. It has always been my dream to own my business like my dad.

Example cases

1. Every bankruptcy case I have filed so far has received a discharge.

2. Very recently, I had a conviction removed for a kid who was stuck in Krome Detention Center for 8 months. Immigration was going to deport him to Haiti because of a five year old conviction on a non-violent offense that happened when he was 17. The family asked for my help and I filed a Motion to Vacate the conviction based on violations of his constitutional rights and prepared a mitigation package which convinced the judge and prosecutor to reverse the conviction. He was released and the family was able to stay together.

Main Office

Main
2121 SW 3rd Ave., Suite 600
Miami  FL  33129

Phone
  • (305) 856-2713
Fax
  • (305) 445-0994

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

I will offer a free consultation if clients mention they found me on Nolo.

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

I have fixed fees which depend on the complexity of a client's case.

Hourly Rates

In situations which involve litigation.

Office Information

Office Hours

Monday through Friday, flexible appointment hours except Saturday and Sunday. Call to schedule. For emergency after hours, please call (786) 351-3954.

Office Manager

Theresia and Luis.

Emergency After Hours

Yes

Languages Spoken

Spanish and Greek.

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

There is a tremendous need in this community for Bankruptcy attorneys who are committed and instrumental in helping clients deal with difficult financial situations.

I selected Criminal Defense during law school because I loved the idea of fighting to protect the constitutional rights of my clients. I especially loved the idea of doing jury trials.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

If I needed a lawyer for something you can bet your life I would educate myself, so I would highly recommend that any client do the same.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

I am willing to help in any way I can.

Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

I am willing to help in any way I can, though I don't recommend self-representation.

Julia Kefalinos

As an Assistant Public Defender for the Miami-Dade County office from 1991 to 2006, I handled thousands of criminal cases from investigation to depositions to numerous trials in almost every area of criminal law.

These areas included Felonies, Traffic Cases, Juvenile Delinquencies and Domestic Violence. Eventually, I trained new attorneys and became a lead attorney in particular division.

I feel privileged to have worked for such a prestigious office. It is an office that dedicates all of its resources to protecting the constitutional rights of indigent citizens and I believe very strongly in their cause.

My work at the Public Defender's Office made me a better lawyer because I learned how to connect with people in every aspect of the court system, including judges, prosecutors, victims, witnesses, court personnel, and those accused of crimes and their families. I came out of that office unafraid to enter any courtroom or face any judge.

Growing up working in my father's bakery, as in "My Big Fat Greek Wedding," also contributed to my abilities as an attorney in private practice from a business perspective because I learned how important it is to provide a service to clients that will make them want to come back for more if they need to.

A strong personality and leadership skills, as I mentioned above, are helpful in court. I also have the ability to make my clients feel secure. Additionally, I am a good listener and keep extra boxes of tissues in my office because most of my cases carry great emotional weight, in addition to financial. In fact, I take it as a compliment when a client feels they can "unload" at least some of this weight in my office. Finally, I have a biting sense of humor. It is important to keep that in my business. Sometimes people even laugh at my jokes.

Personal interests:

I love to cook, travel, hang out at the beach and go to the movies. I especially love to do these things with my family.

License
  • Bar Number: 877832
    Florida , 1991
Education
  • American University Washington College of Law
    Juris Doctor , 1990
    Washington, DC
    Focused on Constitutional Law, interned for the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, represented veterans before the Board of Veterans Appeals in their quests for benefits. Represented government employees fighting unfair demotions and terminations. Interned with the Copyright Royalty Tribunal where my purpose was to rewrite legislation into plain English.
  • New York University
    Bachelor of Science in Journalism with a Minor in Spanish Literature , 1986
    New York, NY

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