Juan Carlos Arias

Juan Carlos Arias practices in the areas of commercial litigation, personal injury and lawyer regulation defense. Juan Carlos was born in Puerto Rico and is the son of Cuban immigrants. He was admitted to The Florida Bar in 1996. Juan Carlos holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from Dickinson College and a Juris Doctor degree from Stetson University College of Law.

Juan Carlos became a commissioned officer in the United States Army in 1993 and upon graduating from law school served in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps (JAGC). He completed the Judge Advocate Officer Basic Course and the Judge Advocate Criminal Law Advocacy Course in 1996. During his military service, Juan Carlos attained the rank of Captain and served as a Legal Assistance attorney, Administrative Law attorney, and Trial Counsel (military prosecutor). In addition to his military prosecutorial duties, he also served as the Special Assistant United States Attorney responsible for the prosecution of civilians accused of committing crimes within the military installation. Juan Carlos’ awards and decorations include the Airborne Parachutist Badge, the Air Assault Badge, the Army Service Ribbon, the Army Achievement Medal, and the Army Commendation Medal.

In 2002, Juan Carlos joined the State Attorney’s Office for the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit in Broward County and prosecuted cases in the Misdemeanor Trial Unit, Domestic Violence Unit, the Felony Trial Unit, and the Economic Crimes Unit. He was recognized Trial Convictor of Habitual Offenders in February and May 2004.

Juan Carlos became a bar counsel for The Florida Bar in December 2005. As bar counsel, he was one of six attorneys responsible for the investigation and prosecution of attorneys who violated the Rules of Professional Conduct in the counties of Broward and Palm Beach. He has handled over 95 disciplinary cases filed at the Florida Supreme Court level and has successfully argued before the Supreme Court of Florida.  

Juan Carlos is a member of the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers (APRL) and has served in the board of directors of three outstanding non-profit organizations: Legal Aid Services of Broward County/Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida, Inc. (www.LegalAid.org); Hispanic Unity of Florida, Inc. (www.HispanicUnity.org); and as Chairman of the Sheriff's Foundation of Broward County, Inc. (www.Sheriffsfoundationofbroward.org). He also served on the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit Professionalism Panel. He is a past-president of the Broward County Hispanic Bar Association and is the proud recipient of the Broward County Young Lawyers' Association 2009 Paul May Young Lawyers Section Professionalism Award. Juan Carlos frequently lectures in the area of lawyer regulation at CLE programs sponsored by voluntary bar associations and private law firms.

Education

  • JD Stetson College Of Law 1995
  • BA Political Science Dickinson College 1993

Bar Memberships

  • The Florida Bar 1996
  • United States District Court of the Southern District of Florida

Professional Associations

  • Member, Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers (APRL)
  • Broward County Bar Association 

Other Education

  • Criminal Law Advocacy Course, The Judge Advocate General’s School United States Army, Charlottesville, Virginia (October 1996) 
  • Judge Advocate Officer Basic Course, The Judge Advocate General’s School United States Army, Charlottesville, Virginia (June 96-September 96) 
  • Tulane University International Law Program, Paris, France (Summer 1995)
  • Dickinson College for European Studies, Bologna, Italy (August 91 - May 92) 
  • U.S. Army Air Assault School, Fort Rucker, Alabama (May 1991)
  • U.S. Army Airborne School, Fort Benning, Georgia (June 1990)

Memberships and Community Involvement

  • Chairman, Inaugural Broward Mental Health Summit (September 2018)
  • Master of Ceremonies, Prestige Club Gala (January 2017)
  • Master of Ceremonies, Legal Aid/Coast to Coast Warriors For Justice Gala (October 2016)
  • Chairman, Board of Directors, Sheriff’s Foundation of Broward County (July 2015-2017) 
  • Board Member, Legal Aid Service of Broward County/Coast to Coast Legal Aid  (January 2015-2017) 
  • Member, Seventeenth Judicial Circuit Professionalism Panel (January 2014 - 2017)
  • Committee Member, Nominating Committee 2014 Bar President's Pro Bono Service Awards
  • Board Member, Hispanic Unity of Florida (Board Member Emeritus)
  • Member, The American Legion 
  • Mentor, Take Stock In Children (2007-2010) 
  • Contestant, The Pantry of Broward’s 2009 Dancing With The Stars Of Broward
  • Chairman, Hispanic Unity of Florida’s 27th Annual Gala (September 2009)
  • Chairman, Broward County Hispanic Bar Association’s 20th Anniversary Gala (June 2009) 
  • Co-Chairman, Jewish Federation’s 2009 Law Day Celebration (May 2009) 
  • President, Broward County Hispanic Bar Association (2008-2009)

Honors & Awards

  • Honor Roll Regognition, InWeston Magazine (December 2018/January 2019 Edition)
  • Recipient, Sheriff's Foundation of Broward County's Circle of Merit Award (January 2017)
  • 2009 Hispanic Leadership Recognition, Cleveland Clinic 
  • 2009 Hispanic Heritage Award, Broward County Hispanic Bar Association. 
  • 2009 Paul May Young Lawyers Section Professionalism Award, Broward County Bar 
  • 2008 Outstanding Hispanic Man of the Year, Puerto Rican/Hispanic Chamber of Commerce 
  • 2008 VIP Award, Multi-Cultural Organizations Celebration & Awards (MOCA) 
  • U.S. Army Commendation Medal 
  • U.S. Army Achievement Medal

Lectures/Presentations

  • Young Lawyers Section South Palm Beach County Bar, Lawyers' Responsibilities Regarding Legal Assistants (October 2018)
  • Kanner & Pintaluga, Ethical Challenges in Personal Injury Cases (July 2018)
  • Young Lawyers Section South Palm Beach County Bar, 8 Rules of Ethics You Probably Don't Know (October 2017)
  • Landau & Associates, Non-Lawyer's Advertising Ethical Responsibilities (July 2017)
  • Kanner & Pintaluga, 8 Rules of Ethics You Probably Don't Know (July 2016)
  • Broward County Bar Association, The Cuban Enigma (Moderator, October 2015)
  • Broward Bar Foundation, Ethics in Real Property Practice (September 2015)
  • Choice Legal Group, The Lawyer's Responsibilities Regarding Legal Assistants (July 2015)
  • Kanner & Pintaluga, 8 Rules of Ethics You Probably Don't Know (July 2015)
  • Kanner & Pintaluga, P.A., Conflicts of Interest in Auto Cases (Feb 2014)
  • Broward Hispanic Bar Association, 8 Rules of Ethics You Probably Don't Know (Feb 2014)
  • BCBA Bench and Bar Convention, Panel Discussion on New Advertising Rules (Oct 2013)
  • Choice Legal Group, The Lawyer's Responsibilities Regarding Legal Assistants (June 2013)
  • Broward County Women Lawyers' Association, Decoding New Advertising Rules (May 2013) 
  • RAM Charter School, Keynote Speaker, 2012 Graduation Ceremony (June 2012)
  • Broward County Bar Association YLS, Inside Lawyer Disciplinary Process (March 2012)
  • Legal Aid Services Broward, To Pay or not To Pay? LOP's and Other Headaches (May 2011)
  • NOVA Law School, Ethics Workshop (June 2010) 
  • Broward County Justice Association, Lawyer Regulation Update (March 2010)
  • NOVA Law School, Ethics Workshop (February 2010)
  • NOVA Law School, Ethics Workshop (June 2009) 
  • NOVA Law School, Ethics Workshop (April 2009)
  • Indian River College, Keynote Speaker, Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration (Oct 2008) 
  • McFatter Technical High School, Ethics Workshop (October 2008)
  • Broward County Women Lawyers' Association, Ethics Update (September 2008) 
  • Palm Beach County Bar Association, Criminal Law Practitioners’ Ethics (May 2008) 
  • The Florida Bar, Practicing with Professionalism (March 2008) 
  • The Florida Bar, Practicing with Professionalism (February 2008) 
  • Broward County Women Lawyers' Association, Financial Ethics (June 2007)
  • Palm Beach Bar Association, Ethics in Criminal Law Litigation ( May 2007)
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Juan Carlos Arias

Email: JArias@vdatriallawyers.com

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FEATURED VIDEO: 

Mr. Arias' argument before the Supreme Court of Florida in the case The Florida Bar v. Alan S. Glueck 

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HONOR ROLL, InWESTON Magazine