Industry: Law/ Immigration & Criminal Defense
Born and raised in Haiti, Lody Jean is of Lebanese descent. She received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Miami and her Juris Doctorate from St. Thomas University, School of Law, where she was a recipient of the Haitian Lawyers Association (HLA) scholarship. She served with the State Attorney in Miami-Dade County, first as an Assistant State Attorney, and then as a Felony Division Chief. She is the owner of Lody Jean, PA, specializing in immigration and criminal defense with a focus on deportation-related matters. She has spoken at many forums and community gatherings regarding immigration law and deportation. She volunteers her time through many organizations, including the Judicial Diversity Initiative, dedicated to the election and appointment of qualified black jurists to the bench. During her term as President of HLA, Lody led the organization’s response to the current Administration’s decision to rescind Haitian Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and partnered with the Haitian Ambassador’s Office in Washington D.C. to address TPS-related questions from the Haitian community. Ms. Jean is active in the League of Prosecutors; she also serves on the board of directors of at Sant La Haitian Neighborhood Center and Miami Children Corp. She is a past director of the Haitian American Chamber of Commerce of Florida.