One might think that cats and the legal field are as far apart as can be but all three of our founders are legal professionals with as much passion for their practice as for the welfare of felines. The same commitment to social responsibility and helping others that drives their legal work is what is at the heart of Cattorneys At Paw.
Romy B. Jurado – President
Born in Peru, Romy moved to the United States to fulfill a dream of becoming an attorney with her own practice. She graduated class of 2011 with a Juris Doctor degree from Florida International University College of Law, one of the best law schools in the state. As founder of the reputable full-service law firm Jurado & Farshchian, P.L., Romy specializes in domestic and international business transactions, corporate formation, contract law, business immigration and more. Her fluency in Spanish and English facilitates her work with clients from all over the world.
As a law student, Romy earned several distinctions for academic performance, including a secondary scholarship from the Florida Association for Women Lawyers and the esteemed Stearns Weaver Miller Fellowship. In addition to her studies, she interned with the Honorable William M. Hoeveler of the U.S. District Court in Miami, Florida. Prior to founding her own law firm, Romy worked in the transactional business department of Marko & Magolnick, then moved on to real estate litigation for McCalla Raymer.
In addition to her extensive legal work, Romy is actively involved in her community. She is a SCORE certified mentor, speaks regularly at conferences for small business owners, and has authorized several success e-books including “Starting a Business in the US as a Foreigner”, which serves as a guide to entrepreneurs worldwide. As President of Cattorneys At Paw, she is fulfilling yet another passion for giving back to the world.
Diana L. Collazos – Vice President
Diana works with Romy as an associate at Jurado & Farshchian, P.L. She graduated summa cum laude from Florida State University in Tallahassee with a double major in History and International Affairs. She moved to Miami to pursue her Juris Doctor at Florida International University College of Law, where she met her fellow co-founders and volunteered at the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
After graduating, Diana worked in the fields of employment law, first party insurance defense, family law, and commercial litigation, a valuable skill set she now brings to Jurado & Farshchian, P.L. She is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida and all other Florida courts, and is proficient in English, French, and Spanish, making her an ideal fit for the firm’s international outlook.
Diana brings all this expertise and experience to Cattorneys At Paw, whether its helping to raise funds or making sure our resources go to the best cat rescue programs.
Meranda Reifschneider – Vice President
After receiving her B.A. in Political Science from Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas, Meranda went on to earn her J.D. at Florida International University College of Law. As a law student she volunteered at Krome Detention Center to help educate immigrant detainees about their legal rights, and earned the prestigious Florida Bar Foundation Fellowship for her work with the Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center’s Workplace Justice Project.
Meranda joined Rubenstein Law in 2011, where she focuses on personal injury law and wrongful death. As an active and enthusiastic practitioner in law, Meranda is a member of several professional organizations, including the Florida Justice Association and the Florida Association for Women Lawyers, and in 2015 was appointed to the Florida Bar Animal Law Committee.
Meranda’s passion for the law is exceeded only by her love of animals and she has applied all her energy and talent towards making Cattorneys At Paw the leading non-profit for community cat welfare.