Casey Amaya is an associate attorney in the firm’s Community Association Practice Group. Casey graduated Magna Cum Laude from St. Thomas University Benjamin L. Crump College of Law, making Dean’s List every semester.
Casey is a Phi Beta Kappa alumna with a shining academic background. Selected as 1 of 47 students in the nation for the prestigious Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship, Casey graduated from both Miami Dade Honors College and Florida International University Honors College Summa Cum Laude. She served as a Peer Mentor and Student Bar Association President (“SBA”) during her 3L year of law school, a role through which she best learned lobbying and the art of negotiation. In law school, Casey further became a two-time published author by the St. Thomas Law Review. Moreover, she served as Presidential Justice of the STU Law Chapter of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International and Magister to the Spellman Inn of Phi Delta Phi, the oldest legal honor society across the globe. Casey has been a member of the Phi Alpha Delta Society of Scholars since her undergraduate schooling at the FIU Honors College, an honor she maintained throughout her law school career given her high marks.
Previously, Casey interned for the Division of General Litigation and Appeals of the City of Miami Office of the City Attorney working on high profile cases. Simultaneously, she worked as a Research Assistant to her Property Professor, peer-reviewing drafts and advising on potential solutions for an article aimed at alerting to the legal loopholes of Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers that continue to perpetrate renters and families of low socioeconomic status. Casey also spent an entire semester interning for the Honorable 11th Circuit Judge Antonio Arzola.
Some of Casey’s most notable accomplishments include: (1) her commitment to the community at large; (2) her research and writing skills; and (3) graduating from a leadership academy while in law school. In 2022, Casey was recognized for completing over 100 hours of legal volunteer work. Similarly in 2022, Casey revised and updated the law of a Maritime Manual covering the Merchant Marine Act of 1920 (“Jones Act”) and its application to crew claims. Casey has earned a large volume of certificates of excellence to this end, particularly in the areas of Condominium Law, Construction Law, Jurisprudence Seminar, and Legal Writing. June of 2023 marked Casey’s graduation from the Growing Our Leadership Diversity Program (“G.O.L.D.”), a competitive academy that furthers leadership skills and transforms young lawyers into solution seekers as they undertake projects that assess and gap-fill needs that arise in their communities.
Casey’s love of law makes her a proud graduate, surpassing credit expectations. She holds her J.D. and two additional certifications. Her concentration certifications are issued in Real Estate Law as well as Admiralty and Maritime Law. In April and May of 2023, she interned at Becker & Poliakoff where she analyzed relevant local, state, and federal housing laws. In this position, Casey learned to interpret the language parameters of Florida Statutes Chapter 718 and Chapter 720, specifically when the Chapters become silent on a particular issue. An active intern, she voluntarily attended HOA and Condominium Association lectures and meetings to further her legal career upon becoming a licensed attorney.
Aside from pursuing her legal career, Casey is a cultivator of civility and professionalism. She not only leads the STU Law Young Alumni Association as the organization’s second President but is also a supporting attorney of the Honorable Peter T. Fay Inn of the American Inns of Court.