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Iva is an experienced trial attorney who has tried nearly thirty jury trials, represented corporations at a large law firm, and clerked for a federal judge. Prior to joining Weil Quaranta, Iva was an assistant public defender in Miami, where she handled drug trafficking, sexual battery, aggravated battery, and robbery cases. Her jury trial successes include a full acquittal for her client on two counts that each carried a twenty-year mandatory minimum sentence and three full acquittals in one month for three separate clients facing second and third-degree felonies.
Iva began her career as an associate at a large law firm in New York City, focusing on civil litigation in the bankruptcy context. She then clerked for the Honorable Robert E. Gerber of the Southern District of New York Bankruptcy Court during the General Motors bankruptcy cases. After moving to North Carolina, where her husband was stationed with the Marine Corps, she joined the New Hanover County Public Defender’s Office as an assistant public defender. There Iva found her passion for trial work and for fighting for individuals in dire situations.
Iva graduated with Honors from the Emory University School of Law, where she was a Managing Editor of the Bankruptcy Developments Journal. Iva received her undergraduate degree in International Affairs with Highest Honors from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Iva has been recognized for her public service with an award for Outstanding Contributions to the Carter Center presented by President Jimmy Carter and with the Dean’s Public Service Award while at Emory.
Iva is admitted to the State Bars of Florida, New York, and North Carolina (inactive) and is a member of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Florida Association of Women Lawyers.
Georgia Institute of Technology, with highest honors (B.S. 2003)
Emory University School of Law, with honors (J.D. 2007)
Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Florida Association of Women Lawyers
North Carolina (inactive)