|Miriam Soler Ramos|
Miriam Soler Ramos was appointed to serve as City Attorney in 2017. Ms. Ramos 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. Ms. Ramos is Board Certified by the Florida Bar in City, County, and Local Government Law.
Ms. Ramos served as the Deputy City Attorney and City Prosecutor for the City from March 2015 through November 2017. Her duties included advising the City Clerk and the City Attorney. She also advised the City Departments as well as the Forfeiture Asset Fund Committee. She further advised the City Commission on agenda items, along with the City Attorney. Ms. Ramos was responsible for Ethics Training programs for elected officials, board members and employees. As the City Prosecutor, Ms. Ramos prosecuted cases before the Code Enforcement Board, oversaw the City’s Police Legal Advisors and supervised the Justice Advocate Program. She also served as counsel to the Historic Preservation Board, oversaw outside counsel along with the City Attorney and issued legal opinions interpreting the City Code.
Ms. Ramos has 16 years of government experience including 9 in the area of local government ethics. Previously, 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 serves on the City, County and Local Government Law Certification Grade Review Panel, the Government Relations Committee of the Dade County Bar Association and is a member of the Florida Association of Women Lawyers, the League of Prosecutors, Coral Gables Bar Association, and the City Attorney Committee for the Miami-Dade League of Cities. She has been a mentor with the Take Stock in Children Program and a member of the Educational Excellence School Advisory Council. Ms. Ramos also served two terms on the Professional Ethics Committee of the Florida Bar. Currently serves on the Florida Bar’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee (Vice Chair for 2017-18) and served on the Bar's Special Committee on Parental Leave. She also served on the board of the Children’s Home Society, Miami Chapter for 6 years. Ms. Ramos was the recipient of the ''40 Under 40 Outstanding Lawyers of Miami-Dade County'' Award for 2013, the Law Alumni Leadership Award from the University of Miami in 2017, and Legal Elite-Government & Non-Profit Attorneys for 2018.