Craig E. Leen
Deputy City Attorney
Miriam S. Ramos
Assistant City Attorney
The City Attorney: Craig E. Leen
Craig E. Leen was appointed to serve as the City Attorney for the City of Coral Gables in 2011. Mr. Leen is the chief legal officer and general counsel for the City, serving as counsel to the City Commission, City Officials, and City Departments, providing legal opinions and interpretations on behalf of the City, and supervising the City Attorney’s Office and outside counsel.
Mr. Leen is Board Certified by the Florida Bar in City, County, and Local Government Law. He serves as a volunteer adjunct professor for the University of Miami School of Law, where he has taught State & Local Government Law and Real Property & Government. In addition, Mr. Leen is an adjunct professor at the Florida International University College of Law, where he has taught Local Government, Evidence, and Legal Skills and Values III.
Prior to being City Attorney, Mr. Leen worked for the Miami-Dade County Attorney’s Office as an Assistant County Attorney, where he served as Chief of the Federal Litigation Section and previously as Chief of the Appeals Section. Mr. Leen also has worked in the private sector for such notable firms as Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, LLP (Miami), Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP (Boston), and Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton LLP (N.Y.). Mr. Leen also served as a Law Clerk to the Honorable Robert E. Keeton, United States District Judge for the District of Massachusetts.
Mr. Leen is active in professional committees and associations. He serves as an Executive Council Member of the City, County & Local Government Section of the Florida Bar, as a member of the Rules of Judicial Administration Committee for Florida (including as Chair of its Drafting and Internal Operating Procedures Subcommittee) and on the Steering Committee for the Florida Municipal Attorneys Association. Mr. Leen is also a member of the Local Rules Committee for the Southern District of Florida. Mr. Leen previously served as Vice Chair of the Florida Appellate Court Rules Committee.
Mr. Leen received his Juris Doctor degree from Columbia Law School in 2000, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, an Articles Editor for the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law, a Teaching Fellow and Research Assistant for Professor E. Allan Farnsworth in Contracts, and a Research Assistant for Professor Subha Narasimhan in Torts. Mr. Leen received his Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, from Georgetown University in 1997, where he double majored in Government and Economics, and completed the Honors Program for the Department of Government.
The Deputy City Attorney: Miriam S. Ramos
Ms. Ramos was named Deputy City Attorney for the City of Coral Gables in March 2015. Her duties include serving as the advisor to the City Clerk and the City Attorney. Ms. Ramos also advises the Code Enforcement division of the Development Services Department and the Historical Resources Departments, among others. She also advises the City Commission on agenda items, along with the City Attorney. Ms. Ramos is responsible for Ethics Training programs for elected officials, board members and employees. She serves as the City Prosecutor for the Code Enforcement Board and as counsel for the Historic Preservation Board. She also oversees outside counsel along with the City Attorney and issues legal opinions interpreting the City Code.
Ms. Ramos has 13 years of government experience including 9 in the area of local government ethics. Most recently, Ms. Ramos served as Deputy General Counsel for the Miami-Dade Commission on Ethics and Public Trust (COE). She worked for the COE since 2005 and formerly served as Deputy Advocate. During her time at the COE, Ms. Ramos participated in numerous panel discussions, provided training and appeared on radio and television discussing ethics in government. Notably, she was invited by the U.S. Department of State to speak on corruption-fighting initiatives. Ms. Ramos was responsible for the drafting and issuing of many ethics inquiries and opinions and spent much of her time at the COE leading prosecutions for violations of the Miami-Dade County Ethics Code and other ordinances under the COE's jurisdiction.
Prior to joining the COE, Ms. Ramos was an Assistant State Attorney in Miami-Dade County. During her time as a prosecutor, she served in the Career Criminal Unit as well as the Domestic Crimes Unit. Her time at the Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office allowed her to gain invaluable trial experience while proudly representing the citizens of the State of Florida.
Ms. Ramos earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Miami in Communications and Political Science in 1999 and her Juris Doctor from the University of Miami in 2002. While in law school, Ms. Ramos was a founding member of the Citizens' Health Rights Education Project at the Center for Ethics and Public Service.
Ms. Ramos is a Director of the Cuban American Bar Association. She is a member of the Florida Association of Women Lawyers and sits on their Events Committee and their MAP Committee She is also a member of the League of Prosecutors, the Dade County Bar Association and the Coral Gables Bar Association. She has been a mentor with the Take Stock in Children Program and is a member of the Educational Excellence School Advisory Council. Ms. Ramos also served two terms on the Professional Ethics Committee of the Florida Bar and currently serves on the Florida Bar’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee. She also sits on the board of the Children’s Home Society, Miami Chapter. She was also the recipient of the ''40 Under 40 Outstanding Lawyers of Miami-Dade County'' award for 2013.
The Assistant City Attorney: Yaneris Figueroa
Yaneris Figueroa serves as Assistant City Attorney for the City of Coral Gables. Ms. Figueroa joined the City in February 2013. As the Assistant City Attorney, Ms. Figueroa advises various City Departments, including Code Enforcement and Procurement, among others, and also serves as advisor to the City’s Board of Adjustment, Construction Regulation and Unsafe Structures Board, and the City’s Special Masters. Additionally, Ms. Figueroa is responsible for ensuring the City’s compliance with Florida Public Records Laws. Prior to becoming the Assistant City Attorney, Ms. Figueroa served as a Legal Fellow through the University of Miami’s Legal Fellow Program.
Ms. Figueroa earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Florida International University in English and International Relations in 2008 and her Juris Doctor from the University of Miami in 2012. While in law school, Ms. Figueroa served as an Articles and Comments Editor for the International and Comparative Law Review and served as a member of the Immigration Clinic, where she advocated on behalf of immigrants in a variety of complex immigration proceedings. Ms. Figueroa is a member of the Florida State Bar and the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida Bar.
About The City Attorney's Office:
Coral Gables is one of the most historic Cities in Miami-Dade County. Responsibility for governing the City falls upon the Coral Gables Commissioners. The City Commission appoints three officials –the City Manager, City Clerk and City Attorney, which are responsible for distinct functions of municipal government. The City Attorney is the chief legal officer of the City. The office of the City Attorney is instrumental in guiding the City Commission and Administration in the development and implementation of policies and procedures.
The Office of the City Attorney provides legal counsel and representation to the City Commission, City Boards and Committees, the City Clerk and City Manager as well as the various City departments and agencies.
The office presents continuous educational courses to its boards, committees, officers and employees and has developed and implemented numerous preventive law programs. The City Attorney represents the City in all litigation matters affecting the city including zoning disputes, contract and bid disputes, tort claims, workers compensation matters, commercial litigation and constitutional challenges to the City Charter and Codes. The City Attorney is also responsible for the investigation and handling of all claims served on the City. The office drafts city contracts, ordinances, resolutions and the various legal documents required by the Charter, Code or City Commission, such as restrictive covenants and liens.
City Attorney’s Office
405 Biltmore Way, 2nd Floor
Coral Gables, FL 33134
Office: (305) 460-5218
Facsimile: (305) 476-7795
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