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December 16, 2022
CONTACT: Jennifer Krell Davis, [email protected]

TALLAHASSEE – Miami attorney Roland Sanchez-Medina, Jr., a veteran Board of Governors member and past Cuban American Bar Association (CABA) president, has become president-elect designate of The Florida Bar after being elected without opposition.

Sanchez-Medina will be sworn in as president-elect at the Annual Florida Bar Convention on June 23, when current President-elect F. Scott Westheimer, of Sarasota, becomes president. Westheimer will serve as president for the 2023-24 Bar year.

A transactional lawyer and managing partner of SMGQ Law, Sanchez-Medina assumed the title December 15 when the qualifying period ended and no other candidate stepped forward. Three contested Board of Governors races involving seven candidates will be on the Bar’s March Board of Governors election ballot. Nineteen seats, all but three held by incumbents, were settled without a contested race when the December 15 filing deadline expired. Ballots for the contested races will be sent March 1, 2023.

A Cuba native, Sanchez-Medina was two when his parents were assigned to the Belgian Congo and later granted political asylum in South Africa. His physician father moved the family to Philadelphia before eventually establishing an orthopedic surgery practice in Miami.

Sanchez-Medina graduated from Boston College Law School graduate in 1991, then earned an L.L.M. in taxation from the New York University School of Law in 1992. He received a B.B.A. from the University of Miami in 1988.

Sanchez-Medina is a member of the Business Law Section, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section, and the International Law Section. Bilingual, he served as CABA president in 2009. Since his election to the Board of Governors more than eight years ago, Sanchez-Medina has served on many board committees, and recently chaired the influential Program Evaluation Committee.

His extensive history of community and professional service includes stints as chairman of the Miami-Dade County School Board’s Budget & Audit Committee, chairman of the board of directors and general counsel of South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and as a member of the Orange Bowl Committee.

Sanchez-Medina is married to attorney Johanna Armengol. They have three children, Mariana, 23, Alessandra, 22, and Christian, 15.


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