Carolina M. Suazo
Carolina Melinda Suazo is an associate at the Tampa office of Garrison, Yount, Forte & Mulcahy, LLC. Carolina received her B.A. in Psychology and Minor Degree in Law & Social Issues from the University of West Florida in 2012. Carolina obtained her J.D. and Certificate of Concentration in Social Justice Advocacy in 2017 and L.L.M. in Advocacy with Distinction of High Honors in 2018 from Stetson University College of Law. Carolina is a member of the Florida Bar and is admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court for the Middle and Southern District and Florida.
While attending law school, Carolina participated in two legal externships and two Certified Legal Internships to include the Florida Attorney General’s Office – Children’s Legal Services, 6th Judicial Appellate Circuit Court, 6th Judicial Circuit Court Public Defender’s Office, and the 13th Judicial Circuit Court Office of the State Attorney. Along with leadership positions in numerous student organizations as well as diversity and inclusion initiatives, Carolina gained invaluable enlightenment and mentorship through membership and competition on both Stetson Law’s nationally award-winning Dispute Resolution Board and Trial Team. In 2016, Carolina studied abroad at the University of Oxford, St. Hugh’s College. Having exhibited excellence and attained high honors through the art of courtroom advocacy, Carolina was selected as a national member of The Order of Barristers in 2017.
Prior to joining Garrison, Yount, Forte & Mulcahy, LLC, Carolina served as an assistant attorney general with Children’s Legal Services, handling a high-volume of cases involving abuse, abandonment, and neglect of children in Hillsborough County. Thereafter, Carolina acquired experience in defending long-term care and assisted living facilities against a wide variety of claims to include negligence, abuse, medical and professional malpractice, negligent security, breach of contract, wrongful death, premises liability, general liability, and COVID-19 related lawsuits on behalf of insurers and self-insureds while working at a nationwide law firm.
Carolina’s current practice areas include insurance defense, premises liability, personal injury, property insurance disputes, and general civil litigation. Likewise, she continues to provide pro bono advocacy for vulnerable children in dependency proceedings and serving as an Attorney ad Litem for children with delinquency charges and/or young adults in extended foster care through a non-profit organization, Crossroads for Florida Kids, Inc.
Carolina and her wife became long term residents of Saint Petersburg after meeting at and attending Stetson Law. In her spare time, Carolina delights in practicing and teaching beach yoga and enjoys the company of her Siamese cats.