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Abigail Price-Williams

County Attorney's Office
111 NW 1st Street, Suite 2810
Miami, Florida 33128

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Tomeka Ladson

Phone
305.375.5151

Fax
305.375.5634

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Attorney Profile

Altanese Phenelus

Practice Areas

  • Commercial & Construction Litigation
  • Transportation
  • Governmental Affairs

Education

  • Florida International University, Cum Laude, 2014, J.D.,
  • Florida International University, B.A. in Political Science, Cum Laude, 2010

Court Admissions

  • The Florida Bar, 2014
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, 2017

Altanese Phenelus

Joined the Office in 2014
Assistant County Attorney

[email protected] 305-876-7040

Altanese Phenelus joined the Miami-Dade County Attorney's Office in 2014. Altanese practices in the Aviation Division and is stationed at the Miami International Airport. She litigates commercial and construction disputes on behalf of Miami International Airport and the County's general aviation airports. She also provides counsel on transportation, security, and property-related matters, and works with the Board of County Commissioners and staff to provide legal advice and to prepare and review legislation on behalf of the Board.

Prior to practicing in the Aviation Division, Altanese practiced in the Zoning, Land Use & Environmental Section as well as the Tort Liability & Medical Malpractice Section.  During that time, she successfully argued two appeals before the Third District Court of Appeal, one concerning a constitutional challenge to Miami-Dade County's environmental regulations, and the other involving issues of notice and sovereign immunity in a tort action.

Selected Cases & Matters

  • Kendall Properties & Investments v. Miami-Dade County, 246 So. 3d 1226 (Fla. 3d DCA 2018)
  • Miami-Dade County v. Wanda Jones, 232 So. 3d 1127 (Fla. 3d DCA 2017)

Articles, Publications, & Lectures

  • Panelist, "Professionalism When Stress Spills into Communications", Dade County Bar Association, April 17, 2019
  • Panelist, "Topics in Construction & Premises Litigation", Spellman-Hoeveler Inns of Court Bench & Bar Conference, March 1, 2019
  • Panelist, "Brand You: Dressing for Professional Success", Kozyack Minority Mentoring Picnic, February 3, 2018 
  • Panelist, FIU Law Orientation, 2015, 2016, 2018

Community Involvement, Awards, & Recognition

  • President, Haitian Lawyers Association
  • Member, Federal Bar Association
  • Member, Haitian-American Chamber of Commerce