Frances Guasch De La Guardia is a partner in the Appellate Practice Group in the Holland & Knight Miami office.  She practices in the areas of commercial and insurance appellate litigation and trial support in both state and federal courts. Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Ms. Guasch was lead appellate in-house counsel for State Farm Insurance Company's Miami office from 1998 to 2006. Prior to that, she handled appeals in the private sector with the Law Office of Barnett, Clark and Barnard from 1990-1994. Overall, she has argued hundreds of appeals in Florida's District Courts of Appeal; Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals and the Miami-Dade and Broward Circuit Court Appeals Division.

Ms. Guasch served as Senior Law Clerk to the Honorable Melvia Green, at Florida's Third District Court of Appeal from January 1997 to June 1999. She was also a law clerk at the 17th Judicial Circuit Court in Broward County from 1988 through 1990. Ms. Guasch clerked for Circuit Court Judges; Judges Robert Tyson, James Reasbeck, Robert Carney and Richard Eade.

In a pro bono capacity, Ms. Guasch has worked with the Charity Hurricane Legal Relief Clinics for Legal Services of Greater Miami and the Cuban American Bar Association (CABA). She has also assisted with pro bono appeal work for the Catholic Charities from 2015-2017. In 2017, she also assisted the victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico with pro bono legal work.


  • St. Thomas University School of Law, J.D.
  • University of Miami, B.A.
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • Florida
Court Admissions
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Mentoring Coordinator, Holland & Knight, 2016-2018
  • Cuban American Bar Association (CABA)
    • Vice President, 2017-2018
    • Secretary, 2016
    • Editor in Chief, 2015-2018
  • CABA Gala Committee, 2016-2018
  • CABA Cuba Committee, Chair, 2015-2017
  • CABA Mentoring Committee, Chair, 2018
  • Spellman Hoveler Inns of Court, 2014-present
  • St. Thomas Law School Advisory Board, Board of Directors, 2016-2018
  • St. Thomas University, Board of Directors, 2012-2016
  • St. Thomas University School of Law Alumni Association, President
  • Florida Supreme Court Certified Mediator, Civil and Appellate, 2014-2016
Honors & Awards
  • Amicus Service Award, International Municipal Lawyers Association, Legal Advocacy, 2018
  • Holland & Knight Living the Commitment Award Recipient, 2018
  • Florida Super Lawyers magazine, 2016-2019  
  • Most Effective Lawyer Finalist, Appellate, Daily Business Review, 2015
  • Most Effective Lawyer Finalist, Daily Business Review, 2010
  • Florida Legal Elite, Florida Trend magazine, Appellate Law, 2007-2009


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