VIRGIL HAWKINS FLORIDA CHAPTER 

  NATIONAL BAR ASSOCIATION


President

Michael T. Davis, Esq. 

Michael T. Davis is a board-certified appellate specialist with Kuehne Davis Law, P.A. Davis’ practice areas include appellate and trial support, criminal defense, and civil rights law. A graduate of Stetson University's College of Law and College of Arts & Sciences, Davis holds the unique distinction of serving as student body president of both schools and being the first black President of the undergraduate student body.

After graduation from law school, Davis clerked for U.S. District Judge Virginia M. Hernandez Covington. He then served in the Appellate Division of the Miami-Dade Public Defender's Office, representing indigent criminal defendants on appeal to the Third District Court of Appeal and the Florida Supreme Court.

Davis is a member of the Stetson University Board of Trustees, where he serves as Secretary. He is also President-Elect of the Miami-Dade Chapter of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and Member of the Board of Directors for the Dade-County Bar Association and the Bread of Life Community Church. Davis is barred in both the State of Florida and New York. 

Davis has served as Secretary, Treasurer, Vice President, and President-Elect of the Virgil Hawkins Florida Chapter of the National Bar Association.


President-Elect


Valeria Obi, Esq. 

Valeria Obi currently serves as Staff Counsel for Midland Credit Management, Inc. where she is responsible for providing legal advice in connection with the business’s operations and supporting corporate compliance with laws and regulations governing debt collection and related activities. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from The Florida State University and her Juris Doctor from Stetson University College of Law. Outside of the office, Valeria is heavily involved in various community activities. She is the Immediate Past President of the George Edgecomb Bar Association and currently serves as the Program Chair for the Hillsborough County Bar Association. Valeria also serves as Co-Chair of the Pipeline Subcommittee for The Florida Bar’s Standing Committee on Diversity & Inclusion and serves on The Florida Bar’s Small Claims Rules Committee. She is a member of the Ferguson White American Inn of Court and is a member of the St. Petersburg Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated. Previously, Valeria was selected as a fellow for The Florida Bar’s William Reece Smith, Jr. Leadership Academy, Class VI and graduated in 2019. From 2017-2019 she served on the Board of Director’s for a non-profit organization called Solita’s House and also served as a Big Sister through Big Brother Big Sister of Tampa Bay.  She previously served as Co-Chair of the Hillsborough County Bar Association’s Leadership Institute from 2017-2018, after graduating from the class in 2016.

Valeria has also received special recognition including the George Edgecomb Bar Association’s Outstanding Young Lawyer’s Award in 2015 and their President’s Award in 2017. She was also selected as a 2017 Notable Nole, a recognition program honoring young FSU alumni. She was also recognized by receiving the Tampa Bay Business Journal’s 2017 40 Under 40 Award.


Vice President


Roger Johnson, Esq.

Roger Johnson is currently employed as Staff Counsel with Allstate Insurance Company where he practices in the insurance defense department. Prior to employment at Allstate, he was employed with GEICO Insurance as Staff Counsel.  He has also served as an Assistant Public Defender at the Ninth Judicial Circuit Office of the Public Defender as an advocate for indigent men, women and children charged with various criminal offenses.  During his tenure at the Public Defender’s Office, he tried over 30 jury and bench trials and handled thousands of felony and misdemeanor criminal cases. He has been recognized by the National Bar Association as one of the Nation’s Best Advocates: 40 Lawyers Under 40.

Roger is a native of Tampa, Florida. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies with a minor in Psychology from the University of Central Florida in 2010. He went on to attend Florida A&M University College of Law where he received a Juris Doctorate degree in 2013.

He is an active member of the Paul C. Perkins Bar Association, the Orlando, Florida affiliate of the Virgil Hawkins Florida Chapter National Bar Association, in which he currently serves on the Executive Board as Immediate Past President. He has previously served in the positions of President, President-Elect, Secretary, Scholarship Luncheon Chair and Judicial Reception Chair. He was a vital member of a leadership team in Perkins Bar that was responsible for a substantial increase in membership, activity, and visibility within the community. He is also an active member of the National Bar Association, Virgil Hawkins Florida Chapter National Bar Association, and the Orange County Bar Association.


Treasurer

Christine Michel, Esq. 

Christine A. Michel currently owns and operates her firm, The Law Offices of Christine Michel in Jacksonville, FL. Christine graduated from the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law in 2013 and was admitted to practice law in the State of Colorado. From there she began working with the United Nations Assistance to the Khmer Rouge Trials as a Trial Chamber Clerk Intern conducting research and analyzing evidence before the Trial Chamber before relocating to Phnom Penh, Cambodia where she clerked for the Honorable Rowan Downing of Australia and the Honorable Chang-ho Chung of South Korea. In 2015, Attorney Michel returned the United States and after being admitted to practice in the State of Florida, worked as a Personal Injury Attorney for the Law Offices of Reginald Estell. In 2017, Attorney Michel opened her own firm and has been in private practice serving clients in the areas of Criminal, Family, Immigration, and Personal Injury Law. Christine is passionate about pro bono work and serves regularly with Three Rivers Legal Services and Jacksonville Area Legal Aid. She has been appointed to serve on the Special Committee for Professionalism for the 2021-2022 term by the current Florida Bar President, Michael Tanner and most recently served as President of the D.W. Perkins Bar Association. Christine has been married to her loving husband, Billy, for eight years and they share two children, Chase and Charli.


Secretary

Hershley Ogé, Esq. 

Hershley Ogé is currently a litigation attorney with the Law Office of Jeffery R. Hickman, where she serves as In-House Counsel to GEICO General Insurance Company. She is of Haitian descent and was raised in Pompano Beach, Florida. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies with a Minor in Political Science at the University of Central Florida. She went on to attend Florida’s First Law School, Stetson University, College of Law. While in law school Hershley worked as a Certified Legal Intern with the Office of the Public Defender in the 6th Judicial Circuit where she represented children within the Crossover Dependency and Delinquency court. After being admitted to the Florida Bar in 2013, she then worked at the Office of the Public Defender in the 9th Judicial Circuit where she was able to assist thousands of indigent clients. She assisted and handled a large variety of cases ranging from Petty thief, battery, DUIs, and attempted murder.  Hershley  tried approximately 20 criminal jury trials to verdict and represented children within the Felony Delinquency Court division where she tried many bench trials. Currently at Geico she has tried three civil jury trials to verdict.

She’s also very committed to her community. She currently serves on the Florida Bar’s 15th Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee. She has been selected by Legacy Magazine as one of South Florida’s 40 Under 40: Black Leaders of Today and Tomorrow.  She is the 2021 Palm Beach Bar Association Bench Bar Co-Chair of the Personal Injury/Wrongful Death Sessions. Currently she serves as Legal Advisor to the Zeta Tau Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.  She is a mentor to the Precious Pearl Middle School Youth Group, and the Big Sister of a 13-year-old for Big Brothers Big Sisters program. She is also a member of the Florida Association of Female Lawyers and received their 2020 most Outstanding Young Lawyer Award. And she is the immediate past president of F. Malcolm Cunningham Sr. Bar Association.


Student Liaison


Jasmyne Henderson, Esq.  

JASMYNE N. HENDERSON serves Pittman Law Group, P.L. as an Associate and Director of Government Affairs. Jasmyne received her Jurist Doctorate from the Florida State University College of Law. Her legal education and extensive experience in public administration and community sciences brings tremendous value to the government affairs team.

Jasmyne leads Pittman Law Group’s substantive legislation efforts and works within the firm’s government funding and appropriations practices. Jasmyne is proficient in statutory interpretation, well versed in public policy, and has strong relationships with key Legislative members and staff.

In her time as an Attorney, Jasmyne has been recognized as a Rising Star of Florida Politics by INFLUENCE magazine and was included in the National Bar Association’s class of 40 under 40: Nation’s Best Advocates. Currently, Jasmyne is a member of the seventh class of the Florida Bar Association’s William Reece Smith Leadership Academy, and is a member of the thirty-seventh class of Leadership Tallahassee. Jasmyne also serves on the FSU College of Law Alumni Association’s Board of Directors and was appointed by Florida Bar President John M. Stewart, to serve on the Governmental and Public Policy Advocacy Committee for the third consecutive year. Jasmyne is the Immediate Past President of the Tallahassee Barristers Association.

Jasmyne is a rising star in Florida with an enduring commitment to the community. She serves as Chairwoman of the Annual Pearls of Perfection Day at the Capitol. This program brings minority female teenagers from the Tallahassee community to receive training and an opportunity to advocate on behalf of important issues to members of the Florida Legislature. Her passion for community and politics inspired her to charter Biscuits and Ballots: An early voting initiative. Biscuits and Ballots, held in the 2018 primary and general elections, increased voter engagement and turnout for college students and young professionals. Going forward, Biscuits and Ballots will continue to encourage voter engagement in young and minority voters.

Jasmyne began her academic career in public administration at the University of Florida, earning a degree in Family, Youth, and Community Sciences. Jasmyne continued her education, earning a Master’s Degree as a James H. Ammons’ Fellow at the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU).


Immediate-Past President

Kevin Allen Nash, Esq. 

Kevin C. Allen-Nash is originally from McKeesport, Pennsylvania, right outside of Pittsburgh.  Kevin graduated from Walsh University in Canton, Ohio, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science.

After earning his Bachelor’s degree Kevin worked for the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Greater Western Reserve in Akron, Ohio, where he served as a Director until relocating to Florida in 2006. Kevin worked full-time in education and government while pursuing his Juris Doctor from Florida A&M University College of Law. As a law student, Kevin clerked for the Honorable Reginald Whitehead and was an active member of the Student American Bar Association and Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity.

After graduating from Florida A&M University College of Law, Kevin began his legal career in private practice before going on to the Office of the State Attorney for Florida’s 7th Judicial Circuit. He has experience in family law, family mediation, labor and employment law, criminal defense.

Kevin currently serves on the Florida Bar’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee, a Fellowship of Christian Athletes board member in Volusia County, and member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.  He is also a member of Macedonia Church of the Living God where he serves as a licensed minister.  Kevin is a devoted husband and father of two who strives to continually serve the community through ministry, fellowship, mentoring, and outreach efforts.


General Counsel


Kamilah Perry, Esq.

Kamilah Perry graduated with both her law and MBA degrees from Stetson University and Stetson University College of Law, with honors, in 2002.  She began her career as a business litigation associate with two top-rated Florida law firms, Carlton Fields, PA and Phelps Dunbar, LLP, in Tampa, Florida.  Her legal experience includes labor and employment, insurance coverage, insurance defense, commercial litigation and business torts, products liability, white collar criminal defense and public utility matters. In June 2014, she joined Jaimon H. Perry as a partner of the Perry Law Group, LLC, representing employers and employees in commercial litigation and employment matters out of the firm’s Tampa and Orlando offices.  In January 2018, Kamilah assumed the role of Executive Director and General Counsel for the 9th Circuit State Attorneys’ Office, under the Honorable Aramis D. Ayala. In her role, she serves as the office’s legal counsel and head administrator of office operations, including fiscal management, human resources, legal compliance, public records and information systems and administrative policy formulation. She is also a member of the faculty at Florida A&M College of Law as an adjunct professor, where she has taught classes in Law Office Management and Contract Drafting.

During her 16 years of law practice, Kamilah has become known for her proficiency in the area of employment law, and routinely provides complex legal training to employers in seminars, conferences and employment panel discussions.  She has authored several nationally published articles, including the “Employment Law Manual Articles / Florida Requirements, XpertHR”  in partnership with LexisNexis, among other academic writings.  For seven consecutive years from 2013-2019, Kamilah was named a “Super Lawyer” by Florida Super Lawyers Magazine for Employment and Labor Law, an honor given to no more than 5% of all attorneys in the State of Florida annually. 

Throughout her career, Kamilah has also distinguished herself as a leader, including serving as past president of the Virgil Hawkins Florida Chapter of the National Bar Association, past president of the George Edgecomb Bar Association, Chair of the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee, Board Member of the Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers, and past member of the Stetson University Lawyers Association Advisory Council.  She currently serves on the Florida Bar’s Judicial Nominating Procedures Committee to assist with achieving diversity and inclusion on the bench.  Kamilah has been listed among the “100 Most influential African-Americans in Tampa Bay,” was as a finalist for the Tampa Bay Business Journal “2008 Business Woman of the Year Award,” and a recipient of the Tampa Bay Business Journal’s “Up & Comers” honor in 2012.  In 2008, she received the "Volunteer Leadership of the Year Award” from the Tampa Bay Academy of Hope and the 2005 “President’s Award” from the George Edgecomb Bar Association, in recognition of her outstanding community work and civic engagement.  Passionate about community service and minority advancement, Kamilah says that one of her most rewarding experiences was being appointed by the Mayor to the Mayor’s African-American Advisory Council, and serving as Community Development Chairperson for that Council in Tampa.  She is also a founding member of the Tampa Bay Black MBA Association, and served on the Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections African-American Advisory Board, and a host of other civil and legal organizations dedicated to the improvement of conditions in the community.  

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