Esperanza Diaz Briscoe
Esperanza “Espy” Diaz Briscoe is a founding partner of BOZ Legal and leads the firm’s insurance defense practice group. She began her career in New Orleans, Louisiana where she initially practiced as a plaintiffs’ attorney handling a wide variety of matters in trials, appeals and international arbitration until she was recruited by a prestigious defense firm where she specialized in the defense of asbestos claims against shipyards and product manufacturers as well as insurers and commercial entities in first and third party disputes. In 1997, Ms. Briscoe moved back to her home town of Miami where she has remained an ardent trial attorney successfully defending domestic and international insurers and commercial entities in lawsuits throughout the State of Florida.
Ms. Briscoe has over 30 years of trial experience in State, Federal and Administrative courts involving a wide variety of matters, including complex first and third party insurance defense, coverage, commercial litigation, product liability, premises liability and construction defect litigation.
Michelle G. Ortiz
Michelle G. Ortiz is one of BOZ Legal’s founders and serves as a Managing Partner. Her practice primarily includes Property and Casualty claims, focusing on First-Party Insurance claims (Residential and Commercial), Coverage Recommendations for Insurers, Bad Faith Litigation, Third-Party Liability claims, and Family Law matters. Michelle has successfully argued and defended Motions for Summary Judgment and obtained dismissals with prejudice for her clients. As an experienced litigator, Michelle develops case strategies that result in favorable resolutions of complex cases.
Prior to co-founding BOZ Legal, she was a Business Unit Leader and Managing Partner of a large First Party Property and General Insurance defense Department located in Miami at a statewide, full-service law firm, where she focused on insurance defense, general liability, and family law matters. Michelle has extensive experience litigating property insurance claims and representing property insurance companies.
In the area of Family Law, Michelle has lectured in several forums discussing domestic violence, stalking, and sexual violence. She has participated as lead counsel in over 150 bench trials in the area of family law with specific focus on matters involving domestic violence and timesharing disputes. She has provided training on the issues regarding family law to various community agencies and attorneys.
Michelle received her J.D. from St. Thomas University School of Law in 2004 where she graduated top 5% of her class (Cum Laude). She has been practicing law for 16 years.
Bianca Zuluaga is one of the founders of BOZ Legal and she serves as a Managing Partner. Bianca primarily focuses her practice on First Party Property Insurance Defense, which she has developed an expertise in through her defense of property insurance carriers in a variety of residential and commercial cases both pre-suit and during litigation.
During her career, Bianca has successfully handled numerous cases through trial and has successfully argued Motions for Fraud Upon the Court, Motions for Summary Judgement and 57.105 Motions for Sanctions. She has also been selected as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers for the years of 2017 – 2020.
Bianca previously defended cruise lines in personal injury actions involving crewmembers and passengers, as well as large cargo companies in shipping disputes. She also has experience with transactional and employment issues, which she gained through an internship she completed at Royal Caribbean International.
Bianca earned her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Central Florida, where she graduated cum laude. She then went on to earn her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Miami School of Law, where she graduated cum laude. During law school, she interned with the Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida and she was a fellow in the University of Miami’s Professional Responsibility and Ethics Program, where she conducted presentations to bar associations and law firms on various ethical issues.
Alisha Marano is a Junior Partner at BOZ Legal who focuses her practice on First Party Property Insurance Defense. Alisha also assists with the handling of matters related to Family Law and Criminal Defense.
Alisha has experience representing insurance carriers throughout the state of Florida in first party property insurance cases.
Before practicing insurance defense, Alisha worked at the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office where she was a deputy attorney general for the Division of Criminal Justice, Office of the Insurance Fraud Prosecutor. In addition, Alisha worked as an attorney representing clients in their cases involving divorce, child custody and support modifications, paternity, and other family related matters in Florida.
Alisha is licensed to practice in both Florida and New Jersey and earned her Juris Doctor from St. Thomas University School of Law where she was a Staff Editor for the St. Thomas Law Review.Alisha earned her Bachelor and Master’s Degree, cum laude, in Criminal Justice from West Chester University of Pennsylvania.
Cristina J. Bianchi is a Junior Partner at BOZ Legal where she focuses her practice on First Party Property Insurance Defense, General Liability, and Criminal Defense.
Prior to joining the firm, Cristina was an attorney at one of the top law firms in South Florida where she gained extensive experience litigating insurance defense claims. Cristina began her career as an Assistant Public Defender at the Miami-Dade Public Defender’s Office where she represented indigent clients in juvenile, misdemeanor, and felony cases from client intake to disposition. Throughout her career as an Assistant Public Defender, Cristina litigated numerous bench trials, jury trials, and evidentiary motions in criminal court.
Cristina earned her Bachelor of Business Administration in Business Management from Florida International University. She then went on to earn her Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, from St. Thomas University School of Law. While in school, Cristina was a member of the St. Thomas Law Review and Trial Team. She also received the CALI Book Award for Legal Writing and Research and Advanced Legal Writing and Research.
Chelsea Pietrzak is an Attorney at BOZ Legal where she assists in handling all matters related to First Party Property Insurance Defense.
Prior to joining the firm, Chelsea was an attorney at a large law firm in South Florida where she gained extensive experience litigating insurance defense claims.
Chelsea received her Bachelor’s degree, cum laude, from Florida Gulf Coast University. She then went on to earn her Juris Doctor degree from Florida International University College of Law. While enrolled in law school, Chelsea served as an intern for the Broward County Public Defender’s Office. She was also a Research Assistant for Dr. Stanley Fish where she assisted with publishing various literary works.