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Women lawyers fill all Orange County Bar officer slots

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Karen Persis

Karen Persis

For the first time in its 89-year history, four women officers have been elected to serve the Orange County Bar Association for the June 2022 – May 2023 term.

Karen Persis will lead the organization as president; Amber Davis will serve as president-elect; Arti Ajit Hirani will serve as treasurer; and Keshara D. Cowans will serve as secretary.

“Though more and more women are joining the practice of law, we still have had a disproportionate number of female presidents for the OCBA, and have never elected four female officers serving concurrently on the executive council,” said Persis, owner of Karen Persis, P.A. where she specializes in matters involving family formation, specifically, surrogacy, gamete donation, and adoption. “I am grateful for the opportunity to be elected to serve with them, and am ecstatic to work with these dynamic women, and our entire executive council, on advancing the mission of the Orange County Bar Association.”

Davis is managing partner of Wolter Van Dyke Davis and is board certified in intellectual property law and handles IP litigation matters and trademark filing and prosecution.

Hirani is an attorney at Meenakshi A. Hirani, P.A. She is a dual licensed attorney in Florida and New York, and practices estate planning, business law and civil litigation, and family law.

Cowans is staff attorney for the Office of Legal Services for Orange County Public Schools. Her primary practice areas include employment discrimination and Title IX compliance. She also serves as the legal advisor for the OCPS District Police.

Other executive council members include Alisia Adamson Profit, Stephanie Alcalde, Michael D. Barber, Christopher Carmody, Jr., Euribiades “Euri” Cerrud II, Lisa Gong Guerrero, Kate T. Hollis, Kristopher Kest, Bruce Mount, Eric Reed, Rafael O. Rodriguez, Andrew Roy, Brandon Sapp, and Jessica A. Travis.

Jay Small of Mateer & Harbert will be instated as president of the Legal Aid Society of the Orange County Bar Association, Inc. Onchantho Am of IMPOWER Inc. will be instated as president of the OCBA Foundation, Inc. Stephanie Alcalde of Alcalde Legal, will be instated as president of the OCBA Young Lawyers Section. Finally, Marisol Gomez of Colling Gilbert Wright & Carter will be instated as president of the OCBA Paralegal Section.

All officers and executive council members will be celebrated at the OCBA Installation Ceremony & Dinner taking place on May 18 at the Embassy Suites Downtown Orlando.

The Orange County Bar Association, established in 1933, is comprised of more than 3,000 judges, attorneys, and other legal professionals whose mission is to serve the profession and the public.

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