Director, Class of 2018
Mr. de la Cabada graduated from undergraduate with a B.A. in English - Creative Writing and a minor in finance in 1988 and law school in 1991 both from Florida State University. He was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1991 and is licensed to practice in state and federal courts throughout Florida. Mr. de la Cabada has had his own practice since 1999. His areas of specialty are criminal defense, compliance law and strategy for corporations, and licensing/regulatory cases against some professionals.
He is a life member for both the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He has served on the Florida Supreme Court Committee on Standard Jury Instructions for Criminal Cases; and in the Juvenile Justice Board for the 11th Circuit of Florida. He was selected as vice-chair and chair of a grievance committee of the Florida Bar. He has been asked to be a part of a Blue Ribbon Panel chosen by the Florida Department of Financial Services (DFS)(formerly named the Florida Department of Insurance) to review and rewrite laws regarding bondsmen. He has also been used as an expert in financial crimes by the U.S. Department of Treasury in order to help the Dominican Republic rewrite its money laundering laws.
He has provided expert commentary on criminal issues for Telemundo, Univision and BBC International.
He started his legal career as a prosecutor for the State of Florida first at the Office of the State Attorney in Lee County where he prosecuted all kind of misdemeanor and felony crimes. He later worked for the Office of Statewide Prosecution in Tallahassee where he prosecuted multi-circuit fraud crimes, lectured and trained agents from multiple law enforcement agencies, served as a legal adviser to the Statewide Grand Jury and obtained indictments under that capacity, and as a lobbyist for Department of Legal Affairs and the Attorney General’s Office.
He has had the privilege of teaching criminal law at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida; hospitality law at Edison Community College in Fort Myers, Florida; and paralegal studies at Keiser College in Tallahassee, Florida. Most recently he has taught trial advocacy to public defenders in Chile and prosecutors and private defense attorneys in Uruguay.
He is married to Dianne and has a son named Kyle and a daughter named Gianna.