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The professional staff of the Placement Office at Florida State Law is eager to assist you in all stages of your career development and planning. Please contact us with any career-related questions you may have.

Rosanna Catalano – Associate Dean for Placement & Director of the Business Law Certificate Program

As a longtime member of the Tallahassee legal community, Rosanna previously served as the executive director of the Florida Elections Commission, a statewide agency that regulates political committees along with all candidates running for public office. Prior to becoming executive director of the Florida Elections Commission, she was assistant dean for administration (2007-2010) and Placement Office director (2005-2007) at the Florida State University College of Law. In 2011 and 2012, she also served as a part-time J.D. Advisor, counseling Florida State law students interested in government positions and/or the Tallahassee market. Prior to her management career, Rosanna spent significant time in courtrooms and television newsrooms. She served as board counsel to the Florida Board of Nursing and Florida Board of Medicine Credentials Committee while working at the attorney general’s office. She was a prosecutor at the Florida Department of Health and Office of the State Attorney, in both the 17th and 2nd Judicial Circuits. She was a freelance producer for WTVJ-TV in Miami and a producer and host at Florida's News Channel. Rosanna earned her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Florida College of Law, where she was one of the founding editors of the Journal of Technology, Law & Policy, which was one of the first online student law journals at the time. She is licensed to practice law in Florida and the District of Columbia.


Nathan Moon joined the Florida State University College of Law after serving as a senior attorney with Florida’s Office of the State Courts Administrator, the administrative arm of The Florida Supreme Court.  In that role, he staffed the Supreme Court Steering Committee on Families and Children in the Court, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Task Force.  He regularly contributed to judicial bench books on topics including family law, dependency, delinquency, and domestic violence.  In the courtroom, Nathan served as an assistant state attorney in Florida’s 20th and 6th Judicial Circuits.  He also served as an assistant public defender in the 10th Judicial Circuit.  While living in Washington, D.C., he helped the District of Columbia Public Schools comply with federal consent decrees related to serving students with special needs, and drafted a manual to promote compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act.  Nathan graduated from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1998, and is an active member of The Florida Bar.

 

 

Jennifer Dixon practices at Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, P.A., in Orlando. She has a broad background in business litigation, real estate litigation, employment law, and family & marital law. Her primary practice focuses on litigation, with a significant portion of her practice devoted to appellate matters. Jennifer litigates cases and handles appeals in both state and federal courts. Her litigation experience includes complex real estate and commercial disputes, shareholder disputes, copyright, trademark and trade dress infringement claims, workplace injury claims, and wrongful termination claims. In the family law arena, Jennifer frequently represents high net worth individuals and families concerning prenuptial agreements, marital dissolutions, post-dissolution modifications, and adoption proceedings. She also counsels clients in the entertainment industry, specifically in music, television and film. Jennifer is a 2004 graduate of the Florida State University College of Law and an active member of the Alumni Board of Directors, currently serving as president-elect.

 

Jeremy Cloud is a Division Counsel at Georgia-Pacific in Atlanta, Georgia. Previously, he was a senior associate at Jones Day where his practice focused on complex commercial real estate transactions, including all aspects of the acquisition, disposition, development, financing, and leasing of commercial real estate located throughout the United States. Jeremy's finance practice included experience representing financial institutions, CMBS loan originators, and borrowers in connection with acquisition, construction and permanent loans, as well as loan restructurings, workouts, and other transactions involving nonperforming loans. He has represented a range of clients, including AIG, Bank of America, Chevron, General Electric Capital Corporation, Georgia-Pacific, Regions Bank, TD Securities and Wells Fargo Bank. Jeremy is a member of the State Bar of Georgia and the Atlanta Bar Association and is 2008 honors graduate of the Florida State University College of Law.

 

 

Gregory Bel, a senior associate at Piedra & Associates, P.A. in Miami, practices in the area of business litigation. Bel is fluent in both English and Spanish and is a member of the Florida Bar Young Lawyer’s Division and the Cuban-American Bar Association. A 2007 graduate of Florida State University College of Law, he was awarded the Distinguished Pro Bono Service Award as a law student for his legal service to the Tallahassee community. He also served as a legal intern at the Children’s Advocacy Center during his time at Florida State.

 

A native of Madrid, Spain, Bernal-Dixon is a 2000 graduate of the Florida State University College of Law, where she served as the law school's Student Bar Association president and was a member and officer of the Mock Trial Team. Bernal-Dixon focuses her practice on litigation and administrative matters. She has handled matters ranging from consumer disputes to complex medical malpractice matters in both state and Federal courts. An active member of the Florida State University College of Law Alumni Association, she previously served as its president. She also assisted in forming the Tampa Bay Hispanic Bar Association. Additionally, Bernal-Dixon provides pro bono services to pro se litigants in Hillsborough County through the Bay Area Legal Services Family Forms Clinic in Spanish. She has been repeatedly recognized as a Rising Star by Florida Super Lawyers (2009-2011). In 2009, she was selected by Florida Trend as a Florida Legal Elite Up and Comer as recognized by her peers. She is managing partner at Bernal-Dixon Law, P.A.

 

Jacqueline Davison – J.D. Project Advisor

Jacqueline Davison is a 2011 graduate of the Florida State University College of Law, where she was a member of Law Review and served as an executive editor for the Journal of Land Use and Environmental Law. She has served as an attorney with the Florida Legislature since January 2013. Previously, Jacqueline was an assistant general counsel for the Florida Elections Commission. Outside of work, she serves as a member of The Florida Bar Journal/News Editorial Board and Annual Convention committees. She is also a member of the board of directors for Girls on the Run of the Big Bend.

 

 

Vinette Godelia practices at Hopping Green & Sams in Tallahassee. Vinette’s practice focuses on the negotiation of approvals under the state’s growth management laws and local government land development regulations. She represents clients before state, regional and local government bodies on an array of land use and real estate development issues in order to secure entitlements to allow the development of projects. Vinette also represents clients in formal hearings before the Division of Administrative Hearings and circuit and appellate courts. Vinette is listed as a “Florida Super Lawyers” Rising Star, in the annual publication of the Florida Super Lawyers 2010-2012 Edition. She has authored many articles on land use and presented at many workshops and seminars. She is also a member of Leadership Florida (Class of XXIX), Zonta International, and Big Bend Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors. Vinette is a 2002 honors graduate of the Florida State University College of Law.

 

  Nicole Scialabba was the Assistant Director of our Placement Office from 2012 to 2014.  She is currently living in upstate New York and continues to work with our office on a part-time basis. She obtained her Juris Doctor degree from Duquesne University School of Law in Pittsburgh in 2006. After law school, she served as a staff attorney at Neighborhood Legal Services Association in Pittsburgh, focusing on employment, disability and family law before moving to Florida in 2010. Prior to joining the law school administration, Nicole worked for the Office of the State Courts Administrator, an agency within the Florida Supreme Court. She remains an active member of the Pennsylvania Bar.

 

 

Paula Sparkman is an attorney at Messer Caparello, P.A. and an appointed Civil Infraction Hearing Officer/Magistrate for Leon County. Paula’s private practice focuses on real property, probate and estate planning, banking, family law, and government law. She began her career as an Assistant State Attorney for the Second Judicial Circuit and has worked for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Agency for Healthcare Administration and Hopping Green and Sams, PA. She is a Master Lawyer in the William Stafford Inns of Court and an active member of the Jefferson County Bar Association, Tallahassee Women Lawyers, and Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce. She is a current member of the Florida Association of County Attorneys and Healthways, Inc. She has also served on the Florida Bar Traffic Rules Committee and Florida Association of Police Attorneys.

 

Tracy Sumner is an attorney in the Committee on Criminal Justice with the Florida Senate. Tracy has also worked as chief attorney with the Committees on Judiciary and Regulated Industries. She has been a practicing attorney in Tallahassee for 22 years and has worked with the General Counsel’s office with the Department of Agriculture doing complex litigation for the Division of Consumer Services and the Division of Licensing and as a prosecutor for the Department of Business and Professional Regulation and the Department of Health. In between working for the State of Florida, she also owned her own law firm for several years practicing in the areas of administrative, construction, real property and family law.


Placement Office
Florida State University College of Law
425 West Jefferson Street
Advocacy Center Room A214
Tallahassee, Florida 32306-1601
Phone: 850.644.4495
Fax: 850.644.2109

The office is open from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. We will do our best to accommodate requests for appointments outside of office hours as needed.