Marlene has dedicated her entire legal career to representing Miami-Dade County and the Public Health Trust. Marlene initially served as a transactional attorney and in-house counselor at the Public Health Trust from 1990 through 2001. Since 2001, Marlene has managed an active litigation practice in the workers' compensation practice area.
While serving at the Public Health Trust, Marlene was primarily responsible for advising the Jackson Memorial Hospital Medical Staff and Public Health Trust Board of Trustees with regard to such issues as credentialing, physician contracting, physician discipline, medical staff regulation and by-laws, graduate medical education and training issues, and bioethics. Marlene's extensive knowledge in these areas, particularly bioethics, led her to be a frequent lecturer at continuing medical and legal education seminars.
In addition to her work with the medical staff, Marlene provided legal guidance in contexts as varied as labor negotiations and personnel appeals, collections and contracting, and probate and guardianship. Notably, her experience with probate matters allowed her to serve as the lead attorney for the Miami-Dade County Medical Examiner, assisting the families affected by the tragic crash of ValuJet Flight 592 in 1996. Marlene currently handles an active full-time litigation practice in the workers' compensation practice area representing the interests of both Miami-Dade County and the Public Health Trust.