James A. Cueva is a local lawyer, having grown up in and graduated from high school in Miami, Florida. Following high school, Mr. Cueva attended the University of Florida where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with minor degrees in Criminal Justice and Latin American Studies. In 2003, Mr. Cueva graduated cum laude with a J.D. from the University of Miami where he was a recipient of James Weldon Johnson fellowship. While attending the University of Miami School of Law, Mr. Cueva received the CALI book award in Environmental Law and Dean's Certificates of Achievement in Environmental Law and in a Seminar on Races, Ethnicities, and the Law.
Mr. Cueva served as a law clerk in the Florida office of Mintzer Sarowitz Zeris Ledva & Meyers during his second summer and third year of law school. After graduating from law school, Mr. Cueva joined a leading Spanish language broadcasting company as in house counsel where he gained experience in the areas of Communications Law, Labor and Employment Law, and Entertainment Law. As part of his commitment to public service, Mr. Cueva has been an active member of the Miami-Dade County Unsafe Structures Board since 2000 and has served as Chairman of the Board since 2002. The Unsafe Structures Board is a quasi-judicial Board that meets once a month to hear appeals filed by property owners and interested persons challenging municipal building official's findings that a structure is unsafe. The Board's thirteen members are appointed by the Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners. The Board exercises its jurisdiction throughout all of Miami-Dade County. The Board also has authority to order repairs or demolition of a structure and issue subpoenas in connection with carrying out its functions.
In 2008, Mr. Cueva re-joined Mintzer Sarowitz Zeris Ledva & Meyers, LLP, a Philadelphia-based regional insurance defense firm with offices in Miami, Tampa, and the northeast United States as an associate in its litigation practice. While at the firm, Mr. Cueva handled a diverse caseload of casualty and commercial litigation while practicing in the firm's Construction Defect Litigation, Premises Liability Defense, and General Liability Defense practice groups.
In 2013, Mr. Cueva launched The Law Office of James A. Cueva. Mr. Cueva is currently assisting clients in the areas of Commercial and Residential Real Estate transactions, Small Business Law, Family Law, including divorce and child custody issues, Foreclosure Defense, including short sales and mortgage modifications, Bankruptcy and Immigration for business professionals, including EB-5 investors and L-1 intra-company transferees. Mr. Cueva continues to represent clients in a variety of civil and commercial litigation matters, including Personal Injury, Copyright and Trademark Infringement, Labor and Employment Law, Construction Litigation, Animal Law, and Probate.
Mr. Cueva is presently admitted to practice in the state courts of Florida, in the United States District Courts for the Southern, Middle, and Northern Districts of Florida, as well as the Bankruptcy courts for the Northern, Southern, and Middle Districts of Florida. Mr. Cueva is a member of the Dade Real Estate Investor's Association ('DREIA'), Dade County Bar Association, the Labor & Employment Section of the Florida Bar, the Business Law Section of the Florida Bar, the Real Property Probate and Trust Law Section of the Florida Bar, the Miami-Dade Justice Association, the American Immigration Lawyer's Association, and the Young Lawyer's Division of the Florida Bar. Mr. Cueva is fully bilingual in English and Spanish, and speaks conversational Portuguese.