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Altanese Phenelus

Practice Areas

  • Commercial, Procurement & Construction
  • Transit & Mobility


  • 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, "Litigating for and against the Government", Florida Bar Board of Governors Young Lawyers Division, 2023
  • Panelist, "Winning Procedurally", Spellman-Hoeveler Inns of Court Bench & Bar Conference, February 18, 2022
  • SuperStars in Trial, Spellman-Hoeveler Inns of Court Bench & Bar Conference, February 18, 2022
  • Guest Lecturer, "Introduction to Federal & State Court System", FIU Law Path, 2019, 2021, 2022
  • 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, 2019

Community Involvement, Awards, & Recognition

  • Governor, Florida Bar Board of Governors Young Lawyers Division
  • Chair, Eleventh Circuit Grievance Committee 'F'
  • Former Liaison, Florida Bar Board of Governors
  • Past President, Haitian Lawyers Association
  • Judge, Miami-Dade County Teen Court