LL.M. Student Profiles
Freynaldo Adrian is originally from Venezuela where he earned his Bachelor of Law degree from the University Catholic Andres Bello. He studied administrative law at the Central University of Venezuela and holds paralegal and immigration specialist certificates from the University of Miami. Following an extensive and successful career as an attorney and law professor in Venezuela, Adrian emigrated to the United States in 2016 as a result of the political turmoil facing his home country and is currently seeking asylum status in order to become a U.S. citizen and continue his career as a lawyer in in the immigration and international human rights law fields. His accomplishments in consulting include work as legal consultant in the executive, judicial and legislative powers of the federal government in Caracas, Venezuela.
After graduating in spring 2021 from the LL.M. in American Law for Foreign Lawyers program, Adrian would like to work in the field of immigration law. If you are interested in hiring Adrian, please visit his LinkedIn profile.
Hind Albashir is from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia where she earned her Bachelor of Law degree from King AbdulAziz University. During her time there, Albashir studied general law. After completing her education, Albashir entered the legal work force as a trainee lawyer where she gained experience as an office manager, personal assistant and legal consultant at several law firms. Her decision to apply for the LL.M. in Business Law program derived from her time working for the Abdul Latif Jameel Technology company when she decided to pursue a career in business law as an in-house lawyer.
If you are interested in hiring Albashir, please visit her LinkedIn profile.
Afnan Alghamdi is from Saudi Arabia. She completed a Bachelor of Science in Law at King Abdulaziz University in 2016. After graduation, she worked at a law firm as a legal intern, and it was not long until she realized the importance of gaining more knowledge in international business law. In 2019, she enrolled in an English program at the University of South Florida to sharpen her language skills and in 2021, she enrolled in the LL.M. in Business Law at Florida State University College of Law.
Alghamdi is particularly interested in contracts and arbitration. Her goal is to pursue a legal career at an international arbitration institution. If you are interested in hiring Alghamdi, please visit her LinkedIn profile.
Saad Mohammed Alqahtahi
Saad Mohammed Alqahtahi is from Saudi Arabia, and he earned his law degree from Shaqra University in 2018. After graduation, he worked for eight months as a law clerk, in a major office that works in many areas of law. During his time as a law clerk, he practiced pleading in various courts such as commercial, public, criminal and administrative courts. Because of this, he has a strong understanding of various fields of law. Alqahtahi also has a special interest in mediation.
Alqahtahi is currently completing his LL.M Business in Law. His goal is to become an international business lawyer and contribute to the development of the business law field, with the goal of sitting for the New York Bar in 2022. If you are interested in hiring Alqahtahi, please visit his LinkedIn profile.
Ottelia Ameyaw is originally from Ghana, where she graduated from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology with a Bachelor of Law degree as well as a Barrister at Law degree from the Ghana School of Law. Ottelia’s interest in Transactional Practice where she was previously involved mostly with drafting contracts and assisting clients with the legal aspects of complex transactions, drove her passion for business law. Ameyaw, after being admitted to the Ghana Bar in 2011, began her barrister career as a litigator in criminal, family, land and corporate law cases before transitioning to the banking and investment banking sector as in-house counsel. Before relocating to the United States, Ottelia worked as credit control within the Risk Management Department for United Bank for Africa Ltd. Through the LL.M. in Business Law, Ameyaw hopes to gain perspective and deeper knowledge of international transactions and business law with an ever-changing global economy.
After completing the LL.M in Business Law, Ameyaw intends to practice law in the United States in the areas of international business, risk management and regulatory compliance. If you are interested in hiring Ameyaw, please visit her LinkedIn profile.
Jyothi Bandi is originally from India and earned her Bachelor of Law degree at the Osmania University. She was the coordinator of the moot court association at Osmania University, and she occasionally worked as a student recruiter for moot court. Following her law education, Bandi worked as a junior lawyer at Radha Krishna Murthy Law Office. She focused on civil and criminal matters as a junior lawyer. She has drafted and reviewed compliances with respect to business law, land law, family law, immigration law and corporations law. She has six years of experience as a junior lawyer.
Bandi is continuing her legal education at FSU in the LL.M. Business Law program. After finishing her LL.M degree, she wants to become an international business attorney with an emphasis on India and U.S legal relations. If you are interested in hiring Bandi, please visit her LinkedIn profile.
E. Marion Brummal
E. Marion Brummal is originally from Montgomery, Alabama. He earned his law degree from Louisiana State University in 2020, graduating cum laude. During his time at LSU, he completed an externship at the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana, where he was exposed to the Clean Air Act. Afterwards, he turned his attention to environmental law, eventually earning a Graduate Certificate in Energy Law and Policy as well as a Graduate Diploma in Comparative Law.
Brummal’s career ambition is to counsel businesses through the complexities of compliance with environmental regulations, which he believes will be aided through his experience in the Environmental Law and Policy LL.M. program at FSU. By furthering his understanding in environmental law, he aspires to impart not only the substantive requirements of the relevant laws and regulations to his clients, but to educate them on the impact of their existing and proposed activities, and to ultimately inspire prophylactic measures such as minimization and mitigation of potential environmental harms. If you are interested in hiring Brummal, please visit his LinkedIn profile.
Allan Charles earned his J.D. from the University of Mississippi and was admitted to the Florida Bar in 2016. Following law school, Charles began his legal career as a negotiator for TopBuild Corp., where he reviewed, drafted and negotiated single service contracts, master supply agreements, national service agreements and NDAs. In 2018, he left the private sector to accept a position with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, where he currently serves as a senior attorney with the Office of General Counsel. His clients include the Division of Food Safety, the Division of Plant Industry, and the Division of Fruit and Vegetables. Along with his previously mentioned responsibilities, Charles is also involved in a multimillion-dollar lawsuit concerning Florida Renewable Energy Technology Investment Tax Credits and the Florida Amendment 1 litigation. He participated in the 2019 Florida Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act (FEECA) goal-setting proceedings before the Florida Public Service Commission.
Charles is pursuing an LL.M. in Environmental Law & Policy to further his goal of shaping policies that incentivize renewable energy investment and encourage people, businesses, and governments to be more environmentally conscious. If you’d like to learn more about Charles, please visit his LinkedIn profile.
Kubra Metin is originally from Turkey where she earned her Bachelor of Law degree from Istanbul Kultur University. After completing her law degree, she worked as a legal intern at the Dogan & Dogan Law firm with two teams; one specialized in civil law and the other specialized in criminal law. She gained professional legal writing and trial experience during her internships at the first-instance courts and the Supreme Court in Turkey's capital, Ankara. She also participated in the criminal law certificate program at Ankara Bar Association. Metin is a licensed attorney in good standing with the Istanbul Bar Association. She worked at the Arslan-Turk Law Firm where she was responsible for a prominent energy company’s debt enforcement and bankruptcy cases.
After moving to the U.S., she took the opportunity to sharpen her English skills at Florida State University's Center for Intensive English Studies (CIES). Metin is currently pursuing an LL.M. in American Law in order to further her law career in the U.S. She has excellent analytical and communication skills. If you are interested in hiring Metin, please visit her LinkedIn profile.
Oksana Mykhailova is originally from Ukraine where she completed her Bachelor of Law degree, Specialist Degree in Law and Master's Degree in Law at Lugansk State University of Internal Affairs, and a Ph.D. in Juridical Sciences. Mykhailova completed extensive legal research on the legal regulation of migrant workers in the Ukraine, and has authored a monographic study and fourteen scientific articles in the field. After gaining work experience in Florida as a legal assistant with Elizaveta V. Samorukova, PA, Mykhailova applied for the LL.M. in American Law with an interest in studying jurisprudence in the U.S. legal system.
After completing the LL.M. in American Law for Foreign Lawyers in spring 2021, her priority is pursuing a legal career in immigration law, civil rights law or constitutional law, along with the concentration in international and human rights law. If you are interested in hiring Mykhailova, please visit her LinkedIn profile.
Suyoung Park is from Seoul, South Korea. With a background in electrical engineering, Park began his career as a telecommunications protocol engineer for Samsung Electronics. He transitioned to a patent engineer in the Mobile Communication Division and began studying to receive his first law degree. During his legal studies, Park found an interest in the U.S. legal system. Through the LL.M. in the American Law program, he has gained a deep understanding of American Law.
After graduation from the LL.M. in American Law for Foreign Lawyers program, Park intends to return to South Korea to continue working for Samsung Electronics as a patent engineer. If you want to learn more about him, please visit his LinkedIn profile.
Lara Schmertmann Costa
Lara Schmertmann Costa is a dual United States/Brazil citizen. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Florida before moving to Brazil, where she earned her Bachelor of Law degree from the Universidade Católica do Salvador. Prior to commencing her law studies, Schmertmann Costa was a program assistant for the Council on International Education, where she improved her fluency in Portuguese and assisted U.S. college students studying abroad in Brazil; she also worked as an English teacher for several years. As a law student in Brazil, she was a member of her university's inaugural Jessup International Law Moot Court team and co-authored the top memorial in the II Brazilian Moot in Tax Law competition. She also served as a volunteer legal intern for the United Nations Volunteers.
As a native English speaker studying law in Brazil, Schmertmann Costa is joining the LL.M. in Business Law program to expand her knowledge of the U.S. legal framework and international business law. She is currently a law clerk at The Mooney Law Firm in Tallahassee. After graduation from the LL.M. program, Schmertmann Costa is interested in practicing international business law in the U.S. or Brazil. If you are interested in hiring Schmertmann Costa, visit her LinkedIn profile.
Mohammed Shaek earned his Bachelor of Law degree from King Abdulaziz University in Saudi Arabia. Shaek decided to apply to the LL.M. in Business Law program because he was interested in understanding the legal challenges and processes that entrepreneurs face. His interest in business law and commercial trading are a result of the rapidly changing business law sector and the challenges that come with modifying legal policies and procedures to make business growth more efficient. Shaek’s goal is to eventually pursue a doctorate degree that will allow him to combine the skills he's learned to author a book on business law and establish his own business or law firm.
If you are interested in hiring Shaek, please visit his LinkedIn profile.
Ankit Tejas Mukati
Ankit Tejas Mukati earned his bachelor’s degree in law and business administration from the University of Mumbai in 2019. During law school, he was involved in an array of extracurricular activities. In particular, he was the general secretary of the Moot Court Association and also co-authored a research paper titled “Anti-Competitive Agreement and Abuse of Dominant Position.” After graduation, he worked at KPMG. His focus area was global compliance, and he has drafted and reviewed compliances with respect to business law, pharmaceutical law, labor law, immigration law, environmental law, customs and excise law, and accounting and auditing laws of countries such as the United States, Canada, New-Zealand, Philippines and Spain. Ankit also conducted legal compliance review across various sectors in India by identifying applicable legal framework for Indian jurisdiction and deploying the same in MNCs for Indian operations.
Because of his passion for law, Ankit decided to pursue an LL.M. in the U.S. He is currently completing the LL.M. in Business Law and aspires to work in the field of compliance after graduation. He believes that a successful career requires dedication and continuous learning. If you are interested in hiring Mukati, please visit his LinkedIn profile.
Madison Turner earned her J.D. from Florida State University in December 2019. During her studies, Turner served as a student ambassador for the College of Law and was an executive board member of the Transfer Student Organization. She worked as a full-time legal intern for the Department of Justice U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of Mississippi and the Office of the Honorable Judge Lawton E. Stephens of the Georgia Superior Court. Turner also completed externships with the Chambers of Magistrate Judge David Sanders of the Northern District of Mississippi and the Department of Homeland Security and volunteered as a legal intern at the Department of Justice U.S. Attorney’s Office in Tallahassee. With an invested interest in pursuing a career in business, Turner founded the Ex-Girlfriend Material® lifestyle brand and international E-Commerce retail company, Ex-Girlfriend Material, LLC. She was thrilled to return to FSU Law in August 2020 to earn her LL.M. in Business Law because the program gives her the opportunity to further explore business law courses and clinics that will help her gain the transactional corporate law skills and experiences for a competitive career in Florida as both a businesswoman and business lawyer.
Turner is graduating in spring 2021. If you are interested in hiring Turner, please visit her LinkedIn profile.
Takaze Turner earned his B.A. at The Ohio State University. He earned his J.D. and a certificate in Dispute Resolution from the University of Missouri School of Law. Turner was an associate member of the Missouri Law Review and the Journal of Dispute Resolution, and participated in the American Bar Association Regional Negotiation Competition. He was a writing tutor at the University of Missouri's writing center. He is currently completing his LL.M. In Business Law at Florida State University College of Law. Turner is an aspiring law professor and intends to enroll in an SJD program in the fall of 2021.