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Susan Meisel Levin, Esq.


After serving as in-house legal counsel for a local adoption agency and working with hundreds of adoptive and birth parents, Attorney Susan Meisel Levin opened a boutique adoption practice in Miami, Florida. She is experienced in representing birth parents, adoptive parents, and adoption agencies in matters related to domestic and intercountry adoptions, including associated immigration issues, as well as appeals stemming from the same.

Attorney Levin is Board Certified in Adoption Law and sits on the Adoption Law Board Certification Committee. She provides compassionate and professional representation. Most of her referrals come from colleagues and former clients, as she handles each matter with impeccable attention to detail and keeps her clients fully informed. Attorney Levin is a life-long learner and keeps current by attending local and national adoption, dependency and immigration conferences.

Bar Admission


The Florida Bar – Admitted Nov. 2010 (original admission, May 1993)
Board Certified, Adoption Law – June, 2017

Experience


Law Offices of Susan Meisel Levin, PA – July 2016- present

In House Adoption Agency Counsel, ACF Adoptions – November 2011- July 2016

Appellate Practice Assistant, Law Offices of Robert S. Glazier – October 2007- May 2010

Visiting Assistant, The Florida State University College of Law – August 1995 – May 1996

Judicial Law Clerk for the Honorable Gary M. Farmer – May 1993- August 1995

Education


  • St. Thomas University School of Law, LLM Candidate, Intercultural Human Rights – -2019
  • The University of Florida College of Law, Juris Doctor with Honors December – 1992
  • Florida Atlantic University, Bachelor of Arts with Honors, Communications – April 1989

Specialized Training


  • Human Trafficking Academy, St. Thomas University School of Law – August 2016
  • Immigrant Pathways, Immigrant Hope, Immigrant Legal Resource Center curriculum – July 2016
  • Intercountry Adoption Issues, Irene Steffas, Attorney at Law & Approved Lady – May 2015

Committees


  • Dade County Bar Association Juvenile Court Committee, Member
  • Unregulated Transfers of Adopted Children Committee, Observer
  • The Legal Needs of Children Subcommittee on Parent Guidelines, Participant

Awards and Honors


  • Executive Editor Intercultural Human Rights Law Review, St. Thomas University School of Law
  • Member, Order of the Coif (top 6% of graduating class), University of Florida College of Law
  • Recipient, Alumni Council Scholarship Achievement Award, University of Florida College of Law
  • CALI Book Awards: Ethical Moorings: Philosophical and Religious Foundations of Human Rights; Human Rights and Religion; The Justiciability of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights; Human Rights and the Environment; Women’s Rights and Rights of the Child

Community Involvement / Interests


  • Member, Adoption Law Certification Committee, Florida Bar Association
  • Conference Participant: Silent Victims: Foster Care and Foster Care Adoption in America, sponsored by Duke Law School and the Center for Adoption Policy – 2018
  • DACA/DAPA Panel Moderator, St. Thomas University College of Law – 2017
  • Conference Participant: The Rights of the Child in a Globalized World, sponsored by Duke Law School and the Center for Adoption Policy – 2017
  • Intermediate fluency in French

Diana Boni, Esq.


Diana Boni has worked in international adoption since 2003, during which time she has been awarded for her advocacy efforts on behalf of vulnerable children. She has extensive experience with Haitian adoptions. To further her ability to fiercely advocate for children, immigrants, and those in need, she attended law school at Mitchell Hamline. She graduated summa cum laude in 2018. She became a member of the South Dakota bar in 2019. Diana is employed by Boni Enterprises, LLC, of South Dakota, and serves as co-counsel with Susan on cases involving federal law.

Attorney Boni is the parent of five internationally adopted children. She is known by her colleagues and clients for her determined advocacy for vulnerable children.

Bar Admission


The South Dakota Bar – Admitted May, 2019

Experience


Law Offices of Susan Meisel Levin, PA – August 2018-present

All Blessings International, Inc., regulatory compliance coordinator, – August 2018-May 2019

All Blessings International, Inc., Haiti program coordinator, – 2009-August 2018

Alliance for Children, Inc., Haiti program coordinator – 2008-2009

Lighthouse Adoptions, Founder, 2006-2008

Squarei Technologies, Applications Developer – 1999-2003

Education


  • Micthell Hamline School of Law, Juris Doctor with Honors August, 2018
  • Colorado State University, Bachelor of Science with Honors, 1995

Awards and Honors


  • Recipient of the Joint Council of International Children’s Services Maureen Evans Award – 2008
  • Recipient of the Joint Council of International Children’s Services Maureen Evans Award – 2009

Specialized Training


  • IRLC 40-Hour Basic Immigration Training – 2014
  • Intercountry Adoption Issues, Irene Steffas, Attorney at Law & Approved Lady – May 2015

Community Involvement / Interests


  • Chairperson of the Haiti Caucus, Joint Council of International Children’s Services – 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013
  • Co-presenter, Joint Council of International Children’s Services annual convention: “Policing Ourselves: What the Adoption Community Can and Should Do About Corrupt Adoption Service Providers.” – 2013
  • Haiti representative, International Adoption Summit, University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada – 2013
  • Co-presenter, Joint Council of International Children’s Services annual convention: “Ethical Adoption Program Development and Management.” – 2010
  • Adoption Round Table Discussion Panel presenter, U.S. Consulate, Port-au-Prince, Haiti – 2009
  • Intermediate fluency in Spanish and Kreyol

Nicole Bergert, Office Manager


Nicole’s organization skills and commitment to our firm are valuable assets to the firm’s management. She ensures that the daily operations run smoothly. In addition to extensive experience in office management, Nicole has worked for school boards in both public and private schools. She was a director of a non-profit organization for Survivors of Traumatic Brain Injury in Southwest Ranches, Florida for ten years.

Nicole’s love for children continues beyond her own. She is currently a Cubmaster with the Boy Scouts of America and enjoys working with the children on everyday life skills and taking them camping, canoeing, hiking and on other adventures. Nicole has been an advisor for both Youth Crime Watch and the Police Explorer programs. She served as PTA President in each of her children’s schools over the years. Her dedication and commitment never ends.

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Eliza Eshet, Assistant


Eliza graduated Indiana University in 2017 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Cognitive Science. Her studies involve a background in computer science, math, psychology, and cognition. Eliza’s skills in computers has made her an instrumental part in building and maintaining the firms’ website. Outside the office Eliza has an enthusiasm for the arts, and has previously spent time working in museums. Now at age 23, she has begun the process of studying to become an actuary.

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