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City Attorney 
Miriam Soler Ramos 

Deputy City Attorney/City Prosecutor
Cristina M. Suárez

Assistant City Attorney
Stephanie M. Throckmorton

Assistant City Attorney

Gustavo J. Ceballos

Brigette Chen

Legal Assistant
Enga Paulk

Office Assistant
Carol Smith 

The City Attorney: Miriam Soler Ramos

 City Attorney

Miriam Soler Ramos was appointed to serve as City Attorney in 2017. Ms. Ramos is the chief legal officer and general counsel for the City, serving as counsel to the City Commission, City Officials, and City Departments, providing legal opinions and interpretations on behalf of the City, and supervising the City Attorney’s Office and outside counsel. Ms. Ramos is Board Certified by the Florida Bar in City, County, and Local Government Law.

Ms. Ramos served as the Deputy City Attorney and City Prosecutor for the City from March 2015 through November 2017. Her duties included advising the City Clerk and the City Attorney. She also advised the City Departments as well as the Forfeiture Asset Fund Committee. She further advised the City Commission on agenda items, along with the City Attorney. Ms. Ramos was responsible for Ethics Training programs for elected officials, board members and employees. As the City Prosecutor, Ms. Ramos prosecuted cases before the Code Enforcement Board, oversaw the City’s Police Legal Advisors and supervised the Justice Advocate Program. She also served as counsel to the Historic Preservation Board, oversaw outside counsel along with the City Attorney and issued legal opinions interpreting the City Code.

Ms. Ramos has 15 years of government experience including 9 in the area of local government ethics. Previously, Ms. Ramos served as Deputy General Counsel for the Miami-Dade Commission on Ethics and Public Trust (COE). She worked for the COE since 2005 and formerly served as Deputy Advocate. During her time at the COE, Ms. Ramos participated in numerous panel discussions, provided training and appeared on radio and television discussing ethics in government. Notably, she was invited by the U.S. Department of State to speak on corruption-fighting initiatives. Ms. Ramos was responsible for the drafting and issuing of many ethics inquiries and opinions and spent much of her time at the COE leading prosecutions for violations of the Miami-Dade County Ethics Code and other ordinances under the COE's jurisdiction.

Prior to joining the COE, Ms. Ramos was an Assistant State Attorney in Miami-Dade County. During her time as a prosecutor, she served in the Career Criminal Unit as well as the Domestic Crimes Unit. Her time at the Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office allowed her to gain invaluable trial experience while proudly representing the citizens of the State of Florida.

Ms. Ramos earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Miami in Communications and Political Science in 1999 and her Juris Doctor from the University of Miami in 2002. While in law school, Ms. Ramos was a founding member of the Citizens' Health Rights Education Project at the Center for Ethics and Public Service.

Ms. Ramos is a Director of the Cuban American Bar Association. She serves on the Government Relations Committee of the Dade County Bar Association and is a member of the Florida Association of Women Lawyers, the League of Prosecutors, Coral Gables Bar Association, and the City Attorney Committee for the Miami-Dade League of Cities. She has been a mentor with the Take Stock in Children Program and a member of the Educational Excellence School Advisory Council. Ms. Ramos also served two terms on the Professional Ethics Committee of the Florida Bar. Currently serves on the Florida Bar’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee (Vice Chair for 2017-18) and served on the Bar's Special Committee on Parental Leave. She also served on the board of the Children’s Home Society, Miami Chapter for 6 years. Ms. Ramos was the recipient of the ''40 Under 40 Outstanding Lawyers of Miami-Dade County'' Award for 2013, the Law Alumni Leadership Award from the University of Miami in 2017, and Legal Elite Government & Non-Profit Attorneys for 2018. 

The Deputy City Attorney/City Prosecutor: Cristina M. Suárez

 Cristina M. Suárez

Cristina M. Suárez was named Deputy City Attorney and City Prosecutor in November 2017.  Her duties include advising the City Attorney, the Assistant City Manager/Building Official, and various City Departments such as Public Works, Development Services, Finance, Economic Development, and Information Technology.  She also serves as counsel to the Construction Regulation Board, prosecutes code enforcement citation appeals before a Special Master.  Ms. Suárez also drafts legal opinions, resolutions, and ordinances and presents items before the City Commission.

Ms. Suárez served as Assistant City Attorney from July 2016 through November 2017.  She was previously an attorney at Astigarraga Davis, a commercial litigation and arbitration boutique law firm and her practice focused on international commercial disputes and financial services litigation.  Ms. Suárez also served as a Law Clerk to the Honorable G. Kendall Sharp, Senior District Judge in the Middle District of Florida.

Ms. Suárez graduated magna cum laude from Florida International University with a Bachelor of Science in English Education in 2002 and earned her Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, from Florida International University College of Law, graduating first in her class, in 2006.  While in law school, she was a recipient of the Dean’s Scholar Scholarship and served as president of the Board of Advocates and as comments editor for the FIU Law Review.

Ms. Suárez was awarded the Up and Comer Award at the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce International Business Leadership Awards in 2016.  She was selected to the Top Up and Comer list by South Florida Legal Guide in 2016 and the Florida Rising Stars list by Super Lawyers each year from 2013 to 2016.  Ms. Suárez has served as Chair of the Nominations Committee for the South Florida Chapter of Women in International Trade previously served on the FIU College of Law Alumni Board.  Ms. Suárez is a member of the Dade County Bar Association and is admitted to practice in all Florida state courts as well as the United States District Court for the Southern and Middle Districts of Florida.

The Assistant City Attorney: Stephanie M. Throckmorton

  Stephanie M. Throckmorton

Ms. Throckmorton began as an Assistant City Attorney for the City of Coral Gables in August 2016. Prior to joining the City of Coral Gables, Ms. Throckmorton was a staff attorney at Disability Rights Florida. During her time at Disability Rights Florida she represented and advocated for individuals with disabilities. Ms. Throckmorton also worked as a public service fellow at the Florida Justice Institute.

Ms. Throckmorton earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Berkeley in History in 2007 and her Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia in 2012. While in law school she was a member of the editorial board of the Virginia Environmental Law Journal, and a participant in the Child Advocacy Clinic.

Ms. Throckmorton is an active member in the Junior League of Miami, and is admitted to the bar in both Florida and California.





The Assistant City Attorney: Gustavo J. Ceballos

Gustavo J. Ceballos

Mr. Ceballos began as an Assistant City Attorney for the City of Coral Gables in February 2018. Prior to joining the City of Coral Gables, Mr. Ceballos served as Assistant City Attorney for the City of Fort Lauderdale from December 2016 through January 2018.

During his time as Assistant City Attorney for the City of Fort Lauderdale, Mr. Ceballos was the lead attorney for all land use and zoning matters, as well as counsel for the Planning and Zoning Board and the Historic Preservation Board. Prior to Mr. Ceballos’ transition to the public sector, he worked for Greenberg Traurig as part of the Land Use and Zoning group in the Miami office. Mr. Ceballos also has prior experience as a hearing officer and special magistrate in other South Florida municipalities.

Mr. Ceballos earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Florida International University in Psychology in 2009 and his Juris Doctor from St. Thomas University School of Law in 2012. Mr. Ceballos is a member of the Dade County Bar Association, Cuban American Bar Association, and the Belen Alumni Lawyers Section.


About The City Attorney's Office:

Coral Gables is one of the most historic Cities in Miami-Dade County. Responsibility for governing the City falls upon the Coral Gables Commissioners. The City Commission appoints three officials –the City Manager, City Clerk and City Attorney, which are responsible for distinct functions of municipal government. The City Attorney is the chief legal officer of the City. The office of the City Attorney is instrumental in guiding the City Commission and Administration in the development and implementation of policies and procedures.

The Office of the City Attorney provides legal counsel and representation to the City Commission, City Boards and Committees, the City Clerk and City Manager as well as the various City departments and agencies.

The office presents continuous educational courses to its boards, committees, officers and employees and has developed and implemented numerous preventive law programs. The City Attorney represents the City in all litigation matters affecting the city including zoning disputes, contract and bid disputes, tort claims, workers compensation matters, commercial litigation and constitutional challenges to the City Charter and Codes. The City Attorney is also responsible for the investigation and handling of all claims served on the City. The office drafts city contracts, ordinances, resolutions and the various legal documents required by the Charter, Code or City Commission, such as restrictive covenants and liens. 


 Contact Information:

City Attorney’s Office
405 Biltmore Way, 2nd Floor 
Coral Gables, FL 33134 

Office: (305) 460-5218
Facsimile: (305) 476-7795

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Please note that because the City Attorney's Office represents and advises the City of Coral Gables (including its Commissioners, Directors, Employees, and the various City Boards and City Board Members) the City Attorney's Office cannot provide legal advice or recommend an attorney to anyone. Moreover, the content on this site is offered only as a public service and does not constitute solicitation or provision of legal advice. As such, this site should not be used as a substitute for obtaining legal advice from an attorney licensed or authorized to practice in your jurisdiction. 


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