Charise A. Morgan Sworn in as President of the Miami-Dade Bar

Charise A. Morgan Sworn in as President of the Miami-Dade Bar
Charise A. Morgan

MIAMI – Charise A. Morgan was sworn in as president of the Miami-Dade Bar at the organization’s annual gala held at Mana Wynwood on Saturday, June 15, 2024. She is the first Black woman to hold the position in the 108th year history of the Bar.

“Service is the rent we pay for living on this earth,’ and it certainly is a privilege to live and work in the Miami legal community,” said Morgan, quoting activist and trailblazer, Shirley Chisholm. “However, it’s obviously not perfect. We who labor here owe that service and giving back should be our commitment to making this city, this Bar, and this practice better.”

“Miami-Dade Bar has a rich history of providing assistance to greater community, but there are more areas and industries where our lawyers are needed. Lawyers should be the conduit of progress; I want to facilitate that via the Bar,” Morgan added.

At the Miami-Dade Bar gala on Saturday, Morgan’s remarks highlighted the history of the Bar, and focusing her upcoming year on growing membership and significantly increasing the organization’s community service. “We’re going outside. I want the community to see and know the Miami-Dade Bar, and I want the Bar to see and know the community.”

Morgan, a graduate of Mercer University School of Law, brings a wealth of knowledge and dedication to her new role. An accomplished trial attorney, she currently serves as Staff Legal Counsel for Zurich North America and previously served as an Administrative Law Judge for the Georgia Department of Labor.

Her roles as Vice Chair of the Florida Bar Rules of Civil Procedure Committee, Vice Chair of the Florida Bar Standing Committee on Professionalism, and liaison on the Florida Bar Board of Governors highlight her commitment to legal ethics and professionalism.

Stuart Weissman - Charise A. Morgan - Roger Slade
Stuart Weissman – Charise A. Morgan – Roger Slade


Morgan’s accolades include the Miami-Dade Bar Circle of Excellence for Insurance Litigation. In addition, Miami-Dade Bar Top 40 Under 40 Award, Broward County Women Lawyers Community “Trial-Blazers” Award, and the Black Professionals Network Women of Excellence Award. Her leadership was recognized with the 2022 President’s Award from the Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division.

Charise A. Morgan - Mayor Daniella Levine Cava
Charise A. Morgan – Mayor Daniella Levine Cava

Community Involvement

Beyond her legal practice, Morgan is deeply involved in community initiatives. She serves as an Ambassador for Black Art at the Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM). Plus, she is a member of the Association of Corporate Counsel. In 2018, she was elected President of the Caribbean Bar Association. She continues to volunteer with Caribbean Bar, often speaking proudly of her Jamaican and Trinidadian heritage.

“Charise embodies the spirit of resilience and integrity. Her presidency marks a new era of innovation, advocacy, and progress for the Miami-Dade Bar and the broader legal community,” said Miami-Dade Bar Executive Director, Bret Berlin.

The executive directors of the Bar also sworn in were Stuart Weissman of Ratzan Weissman & Boldt as President-Elect; Melissa V. Jordan of Hamilton, Miller & Birthisel as Vice President; Adam Finkel of The Haggard Law Firm as Secretary; and Beau Blumberg of Deutsch Blumberg & Caballero, P.A. as Treasurer.

Founded in the early 1900s, the Miami-Dade Bar (formerly the Dade County Bar Association) is one of the largest lawyer networks in Florida. The organization serves nearly 20,000 attorneys in the county. In addition, it continues its mission to support and inform the county’s lawyers and the community at large.


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