Alumni Board of Directors
Through its commitment to furthering the mission and goals of Florida Coastal School of Law, your Alumni Board of Directors is continually working to enhance alumni opportunities to socialize and network.
Their work also helps the educational experience and reputation of your alma mater.
The continuing success of Florida Coastal depends largely on the support of its alumni. The positive impression created by the improvements in our curriculum, facility, faculty, and staff are resulting in a more competitive pool of applicants. Our alumni remain its most valuable resource in terms of referring potential students and providing potential internships, clerkships and jobs for its graduates.
President – Sumeet Shah ’08 – Alpharetta, Georgia
Sumeet is a solo practitioner, Shah Legal Group, LLC, practicing in Atlanta, Georgia. His clients range from small to medium-sized businesses that are in a wide variety of industries such as IT, hospitality, and retail and his role of general counsel to many of these companies has brought great value to each company. During his years of practice, Sumeet has worked for business law firms preparing corporate and real estate documents for closings. He has spent time as a public defender honing his trial skills and worked as a commercial litigator helping to resolve business disputes. After Sumeet obtained his undergraduate degrees in Finance, Marketing and Management he went on to work for Fortune 500 companies such as NCR, Hewlett-Packard, and AT&T in various finance and accounting roles. These experiences have provided Sumeet with a broad business background complimenting his legal skills and providing each client with a valuable business consultant as well as a legal counsel. Sumeet fluently speaks Gujarati and is novice in Hindi, Kuchi & Spanish.
Vice President – Coral Messina ’08 – Jacksonville, Florida
Coral Messina is a criminal defense attorney in Jacksonville in the Office of the Public Defender, 4th Judicial Circuit. She has tried more than two dozen jury trials and also specializes in mitigation and motion practice. She began her career practicing civil litigation. Coral is the Vice President of Coastal’s Alumni Board of Directors. She is also an active member of the Judicial Relations Committee for the Jacksonville Bar Association. Coral graduated, with honors, from Florida Coastal School of Law in 2008. She earned a Pro Bono Honors award for volunteering more than 400 hours. While in law school, Coral was the Director and Founding Member of the Student Ambassador Program. She was also a member of the nationally-recognized Moot Court Honor Board. Her 2008 team won the Southeast Regional for the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. She was a member of the Faculty Appointments Committee and clerked at the First District Court of Appeals. Prior to law school, Coral graduated, magna cum laude, from the University of Florida where she served as a Florida Cicerone and Presidential Personal Host. The Jacksonville Beach native loves boating, biking and dancing. She is a lifetime member of the Girl Scouts of America and continues to volunteer with them in her free time.
Past President – Renee J. Maxey ’08 – Spartanburg, South Carolina
Renee Maxey is currently with Johnson Development Associates, Inc. in Spartanburg, South Carolina. She previously worked at Deutsche Bank. Prior to working at Deutsche Bank, Renee practiced at Holland & Knight primarily in the areas of commercial law and transportation law. She is experienced in motor carrier, broker, truckload, less than truckload, and intermodal (multimodal) agreements, as well as complex commercial litigation, with a focus on the areas of antitrust, breach of contract and tort law. While in law school, Renee was an active member of the moot court and mock trial teams arguing in both national and international competitions including the ABA Labor & Employment Law Trial Advocacy Competition (Regional Finalist), Chicago Bar Association Constitutional Law Moot (Octo-finalist), the Jerome Prince Evidence Moot Court Competition (Octo-finalist) and the 15th Annual Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot held in Vienna, Austria. Prior to starting law school, Renee worked in public schools as a music educator where she taught junior high and high school students.
Members At Large
Iana D. Benjamin ’13 – Jacksonville, Florida
Adam Edgecombe ’09 – Jacksonville, Florida
Ashlea Edwards ’15 – Jacksonville, Florida
Eugene Fuller ’10 – Jonesboro, Georgia
Chuck Griffith ’12 – Jacksonville, Florida
Ian Hollingsworth ’13 – Jacksonville, Florida
Ryan Hyde ’08 – Jacksonville, Florida
Barry Johnson ’08 – Orlando, Florida
Kelly Karstaedt ’08 – Jacksonville, Florida
Kyle Kelley ’12 – Jacksonville, Florida
Eldred ‘Ron’ Loftin ’01 – Fayetteville, North Carolina
Erin Martin ’10 – Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Mark Moss ’15 – Jacksonville, Florida
George Odom ’12 – Pompano Beach, Florida
Edward Phipps ’01 – Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
Kameisha Presley ’12 – Jacksonville , Florida
John Price ’06 – Houston, Texas
Edward Sarnowski ’08 – Jacksonville, Florida
Brian Strickland ’09 – McDonough, Georgia
Travis Sumter ’11 – Research Triangle Park, North Carolina
Rachel Rall ’02 – Jacksonville, Florida
Chelsea Winicki Harris ’06 – Jacksonville, Florida