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City Attorney
Craig E. Leen

Deputy City Attorney
Miriam S. Ramos

Assistant City Attorney
Cristina M. Suárez

Assistant City Attorney
Stephanie M. Throckmorton

Brigette Chen

Legal Assistant
Enga Paulk

Office Assistant
Carol Smith 

The City Attorney: Craig E. Leen

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/City Prosecutor: Miriam S. Ramos

City Attorney

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: Cristina M. Suárez

Cristina M. Suárez

Ms. Suárez has served as Assistant City Attorney since July 2016.  Ms. Suárez was previously an attorney at Astigarraga Davis, a commercial litigation and arbitration boutique law firm.  Her practice was focused on international commercial disputes and financial services litigation.  In addition, she represented creditors in commercial loan enforcement cases, including actions for foreclosure of commercial real property and replevin, and represented lenders in the negotiation and documentation of workout agreements, including restructuring of loans and forbearance agreements.  Ms. Suárez also served as a Law Clerk to the Honorable G. Kendall Sharp, Senior District Judge in the Middle District of Florida.

Ms. Suárez graduated magna cum laude from Florida International University with a Bachelor of Science in English Education in 2002 and earned her Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, from Florida International University College of Law, graduating first in her class, in 2006.  While in law school, she was a recipient of the Dean’s Scholar Scholarship and served as president of the Board of Advocates and as comments editor for the FIU Law Review.

Ms. Suárez was awarded the Up and Comer Award at the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce International Business Leadership Awards in 2016.  She was selected to the Top Up and Comer list by South Florida Legal Guide in 2016 and the Florida Rising Stars list by Super Lawyers each year from 2013 to 2016.  Ms. Suárez has served as Chair of the Nominations Committee for the South Florida Chapter of Women in International Trade previously served on the FIU College of Law Alumni Board.  Ms. Suárez is a member of the Dade County Bar Association and is admitted to practice in all Florida state courts as well as the United States District Court for the Southern and Middle Districts of Florida.

The Assistant City Attorney: Stephanie M. Throckmorton

 Stephanie M. Throckmorton

Ms. Throckmorton began as an Assistant City Attorney for the City of Coral Gables in August 2016. Prior to joining the City of Coral Gables, Ms. Throckmorton was a staff attorney at Disability Rights Florida. During her time at Disability Rights Florida she represented and advocated for individuals with disabilities. Ms. Throckmorton also worked as a public service fellow at the Florida Justice Institute.

Ms. Throckmorton earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Berkeley in History in 2007 and her Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia in 2012. While in law school she was a member of the editorial board of the Virginia Environmental Law Journal, and a participant in the Child Advocacy Clinic.

Ms. Throckmorton is an active member in the Junior League of Miami, and is admitted to the bar in both Florida and California.



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. 


 Contact Information:

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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Please note that because the City Attorney's Office represents and advises the City of Coral Gables (including its Commissioners, Directors, Employees, and the various City Boards and City Board Members) the City Attorney's Office cannot provide legal advice or recommend an attorney to anyone. Moreover, the content on this site is offered only as a public service and does not constitute solicitation or provision of legal advice. As such, this site should not be used as a substitute for obtaining legal advice from an attorney licensed or authorized to practice in your jurisdiction. 


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