CHRISTINE SMALLWOOD MIRANDA
Christine Smallwood Miranda joined the firm of Greg Wilson Law in 2017 after serving four years in the Office of the State Attorney for the 14th Judicial Circuit of Florida. She brings to our firm a vast experience, following her service in the State Attorney's office, overseeing a felony docket of approximately 150 cases. Her position required handling all case aspects from original review and analysis, charging decisions, completion of pre-trial motions and discovery through trial proceedings, including jury selection and trial, as well as any related post-resolution proceedings. She effectively communicated with law enforcement, victims, witnesses and other providers attached to the cases ensuring any concerns and questions were handled in a relevant and professional manner.
Prior to her service with the State Attorney's office Christine maintained her own Law Firm in Panama City with a practice of over 100 clients in a one-woman office, and a staff of two. Fields of practice included representation of clients in the areas of contracts, real estate, landlord tenant disputes, probate, estate planning, forfeitures, discrimination suits, and arbitration and mediation of claims relative to those fields. Her client base consisted of construction companies and subcontractors, developers, lenders, real estate agents, towing companies, flooring companies, HVAC companies, restaurant and bar owners, and numerous other small businesses within the 14th judicial circuit.
From 2009 to 2012 Christine was a Litigation Partner/Proprietor with the firm of Bonney & Smallwood, P.A., where she acquired and handled all civil litigation clients for the firm and represented them in all stages of their disputes as both plaintiff or defendant in State and Federal courts in Northwest Florida. She provided direct supervision and management of staff and employees within the firm and shared equal responsibility for the firm's obligations, associations and participation within the community through various community organizations.
Prior to private practice and service with the SAO, she was a Litigation Associate for ten years; most recently with John L. Gioiello, P.A., in Panama City, Florida. Before returning to the U.S., she was selected as a Law Clerk, and was later promoted to Litigation Associate in San Juan, Puerto Rico, with the firms of McConnell Valdes, and Woods & Woods, P.A. As a Law Clerk, Christine assisted all attorneys in those firms with statute research for litigation and defenses in criminal court and constitutional cases. Specifically, she held an equal responsibility for drafting legal memoranda summarizing applicable law to issues in dispute of ongoing litigation.
Along with her B.A. degree in Philosophy and Politics and minor in Economics granted from Randolph-Macon Woman's College in Lynchburg, Virginia, Christine earned her Juris Doctor, Cum Laude from Inter-American University of Puerto Rico School of Law in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico, and in 2003 received an L.L.M., (Master of Law) from the University of Cadiz School of Law, Jerez de la Frotera, Spain.
Christine spent her high school and college undergraduate years involved in athletics, including Softball, Basketball and Soccer as well as academic organizations, serving as her High School Senior Class President, a member of Omicron Delta Kappa in college and was named to the Dean's List throughout college. From 1997 to 1999 she was a member of the Puerto Rico National Soccer Team, a passionate pursuit she continues locally as a Head Soccer Coach. She has stayed involved in her community through service with the Kiwanis Club, various Board and volunteer positions with BASIC of NWFL, and Justice Teaching. She is also fluent in Spanish, an asset both in the legal field and her other interests.
Christine holds bar memberships in the United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico and is licensed in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. She is also licensed and a member of The Florida Bar, and the United States District Court for the Northwest District of Florida. Her educational credentials and prior service in both private and public law practice complement her expertise as a litigator and essential attorney with our law firm.