Lopez-Castro was selected to join the national group of 500 fellows based on her proven skill and ability in jury trials, trials before bankruptcy courts, and appellate practice. She was selected through a comprehensive screening process that identifies the most distinguished members of the trial bar by means of peer and judicial review. She was nominated by fellows Michael DeMarco, partner of K&L Gates in Boston, and Robert Josefsberg, partner of Podhurst Orseck in Miami. Her induction is considered particularly notable because of her representation of clients in bankruptcy courts around the country and as a Hispanic woman in trial litigation.
“I’m honored to be a member of the academy. I believe my induction is a testament to the quality of litigation by practitioners in bankruptcy courts,” said Lopez-Castro, who concentrates her legal practice on bankruptcy, receiverships, and commercial litigation matters. She recently led the legal team representing the City of Coral Gables in its litigation against Florida Power & Light, which will proceed to trial. “The academy’s authentic commitment to inclusivity and representation of practitioners who litigate in all courts is evidenced by the induction of several outstanding women in litigation this year. I’m very proud to enter the academy with them and continue to bring our unique perspective and influence upon the legal profession.”
Lopez-Castro, a partner of the firm since 1998, is currently serving a one-year term as its managing partner. Her community and professional contributions include serving from 2006-2007 as the second woman president of the Cuban-American Bar Association, a non-profit organization with which she has been actively involved for over 20 years.
Lopez-Castro credits her success in great measure to firm President Harley Tropin, who has served as her mentor and adviser: “I began my career at the firm where I’m now serving my second term as managing partner. Harley has long instilled a culture of cultivating talent and bringing people up, and my induction into the academy further evidences that philosophy.”
Chartered in 1954, the academy’s general purpose includes cultivating the science of jurisprudence, promoting reforms in the law, facilitating the administration of Justice, and elevating the standards of integrity, honor and courtesy in the legal profession.
About Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton
Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton is a complex commercial and health care litigation firm founded in 1982 that focuses its practice on bet-the-company commercial cases, bankruptcy matters and class actions. For more information, visit www.kttlaw.com.