Rebecca M. Plasencia

Partner
Rebecca M. Plasencia

Overview

Rebecca M. Plasencia is a partner in Holland & Knight's Appellate and Litigation Practice Groups. Her practice areas include appeals, complex commercial litigation, product liability and creditor's rights. Since joining Holland & Knight's Appellate Team, Ms. Plasencia has argued appeals in the Florida District Courts of Appeal and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Ms. Plasencia has also worked on numerous cases and appeals before the Florida Circuit Courts, the Florida District Courts of Appeals, the Florida Supreme Court, the U.S. District Court in the Southern District of Florida, the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Ninth and Eleventh Circuits and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Ms. Plasencia routinely assists trial lawyers from the inception of a case, using her appellate knowledge to ensure that legal issues arising during the course of litigation are well-positioned for a favorable outcome, both at the trial and appellate levels. She also assists in litigation matters that arise post-appeal, including post-judgment execution and enforcement of creditor's rights.

Before entering private practice, Ms. Plasencia served as a law clerk to the Honorable Paul C. Huck, United States District Judge, Southern District of Florida, from August 2004 to September 2005. While at the University of Miami School of Law, Ms. Plasencia was a member of the University of Miami Law Review and the Moot Court Board. As a Moot Court Board member, Ms. Plasencia participated in numerous competitions and received the Best Oral Advocate Award for her participation in the Advanced Moot Court Competition in 2002. Ms. Plasencia interned for the Honorable Rodolfo Sorondo, Jr., at the Florida Third District Court of Appeal and served as a Constitutional Law Dean's fellow to Professor Keith Rosenn at the University of Miami School of Law. She also interned at the Florida Office of the Attorney General, Criminal Appeals Division, during which time she argued several cases before the Florida Third District Court of Appeal.

Credentials

Education
  • University of Notre Dame, B.A., History and Government, magna cum laude
  • University of Miami School of Law, J.D., summa cum laude
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • Florida
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • All State Courts in Florida
Memberships
  • The Florida Bar
  • Cuban-American Bar Association
  • Dade County Bar Association
  • Dade County Defense Bar Association
  • Third District Court of Appeal Historical Society
  • Federal Bar Association
Honors & Awards
  • University of Notre Dame: Rev. Marvin R. O'Connell History Award 
  • University of Miami Law Review
  • Order of the Coif
  • Best Oral Advocate, University of Miami School of Law, Advanced Moot Court Competition, 2002
Spoken Languages
  • English
  • Spanish

Publications

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