Attorney Profiles

Meet Our South Florida AttorneysErick Santana

Attorney Erick Santana has been evaluating personal injury cases for over 20 years, and has successfully settled thousands of cases for his clients, in some instances collecting in excess of $1 million.

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Prior to becoming an attorney, he was employed for seven years as an insurance adjuster for State Farm Insurance Co. As a result of his previous employment within State Farm, Mr. Santana knows first-hand what challenges clients face when dealing with insurance companies, which differentiates him from most personal injury attorneys in the area. Mr. Santana uses his expertise and knowledge to work on his client’s behalf. Currently, his responsibilities include meeting with clients and explaining the legal issues associated with their cases, negotiation of settlements, trial preparation, and serving the firm’s growing Hispanic client base in the areas of personal injury law.

Mr. Santana’s experience has made him an expert in the field of personal injury law and has been called upon by the local media for legal advice. Mr. Santana has been a guest on television and radio shows in South Florida as an expert in personal injury law, and has taken part in live question and answer sessions, helping the audience better understand their case and legal rights.

Mr. Santana received his Juris Doctorate degree Cum Laude from the Shepard Broad Law Center at Nova Southeastern University. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Florida International University. He has lived in South Florida for more than 20 years and speaks Spanish fluently.

Michael Cecere

Attorney Michael Cecere is a Board Certified Civil Trial lawyer and cofounder of the personal injury firm Cecere Santana, PA.

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Mr. Cecere specializes in civil trial litigation and has over 14 years of experience in the court room trying over 65 cases to verdict. Mr. Cecere became a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer in 2008 and was recertified in 2013.

Mr. Cecere gained extensive trial experience while working as a defense attorney earlier in his career. Mr. Cecere has litigated claims in the areas of automobile accidents, slip and falls, premises liability, negligent security, faulty products, professional negligence, traumatic brain injury, homeowner’s property damage and wrongful death. Mr. Cecere is a member of the Florida Bar and is admitted to practice in the United States District Courts for the Southern District and the Middle District of Florida.

Mr. Cecere attended Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree. Mr. Cecere received his Juris Doctorate degree Summa Cum Laude from Shepard Broad Law Center at Nova Southeastern University.

Diana I. Castrillon

Diana I. Castrillon is a leading workers’ compensation, medical malpractice and personal injury attorney.

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Mrs. Castrillon, who was named Outstanding Female Lawyer by the Woman’s Lawyers Journal in 2004, is also a member of the Board of the Florida Workers’ Advocates, sits on the Executive Council for the Florida Bar Workers’ Compensation Division and serves on the board of the Broward County Bar Workers’ Compensation Section.

Mrs. Castrillon is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell, which is the highest rating available for her legal abilities and professional ethics.

During her career, Mrs. Castrillon has fought to ensure the right to benefits of undocumented workers who are injured while working. In 2007, she won a precedent setting case in which she successfully argued that the employer cannot use a person’s immigration status as both a shield and a sword; by using his illegal status to be able to pay him reduced wages without tax consequences, but then use this same fact to deny him benefits.

Throughout her years as an attorney, Ms. Castrillon has been able to use her knowledge and experience to obtain significant economic results for individuals who have suffered as a result of the negligence of others.

Recently, Mrs. Castrillon was able to obtain a $350,000.00 settlement for a client who was struck in the face by a sheet of metal at the mechanic shop he worked at, injuring his face, neck and back. She was able to get him much-needed medical care which saved him from future disfigurement and disability. In the end, he and his family were delighted with the results which helped them pay off their debt and purchase a home to get back on their feet.

At Cecere Santana, Mrs. Castrillon leads the firm’s efforts on workers’ compensation cases, along with contributing her knowledge and expertise to the areas of personal injury and medical malpractice.

Contact the attorneys of Cecere Santana today at (800) 75 FL LAW or complete our web form. We have helped numerous clients in South Florida including in Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood, Sunrise, Coral Springs, Pembroke Pines, Miami, Palm Beach, Fort Myers, Naples and surrounding areas.

Anika G. Milian

Attorney Anika G. Milian

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Anika G. Milian is a graduate of St. Thomas University School of Law. At Cecere Santana, PA she will be handling cases relating to personal injury, automobile accidents, Workers' Compensation and PIP.

At St. Thomas University she was senior articles editor of the St. Thomas Law Review. Most recently, she was recognized with the Exemplary Law Review Editor Award.

A South Florida native, Ms. Guevara is also a graduate of Florida International University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.

Asheley Figueroa-Santana

Asheley Figueroa-Santana, Associate Attorney

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Asheley Figueroa-Santana has joined Cecere Santana, PA as an associate attorney. Mrs. Figueroa-Santana will be handling cases relating to Workers’ Compensation and Personal Injury Protection.

She joins Cecere Santana after earning legal experience handling Workers’ Compensation cases on behalf of the insurance companies. At Cecere Santana, Mrs. Figueroa-Santana will put her expertise to work towards the benefit of our clients.

Mrs. Figueroa-Santana is a graduate of St. Thomas University School of Law. She was part of the editorial staff of the St. Thomas Law Review, a member of the Cuban American Bar Association and president of the Tax Law Society.

A graduate of Florida International University, she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English.

Carlos E. Sandoval

Carlos E. Sandoval
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Carlos Sandoval is an immigration attorney handling cases relating to family based immigration, removal and deportation defense, business visas and other immigration related matters.

Born in Colombia, Mr. Sandoval moved to the United States in 1996. He received a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Florida International University and later received his law degree with honors from the University of Florida, along with a certificate in International Law. Mr. Sandoval has practiced immigration law for over eight years.

Mr. Sandoval is a member of the Florida Bar, the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the Broward County Hispanic Bar Association and is licensed to practice law by the Florida Supreme Court and the Federal Court for the Southern District of Florida. He speaks Spanish fluently.