Lourdes is usually the first you will hear when you call CAVA Law. In charge of phone calls, office gusts, and ensuring the best client experience possible under each specific circumstance, she is our legal intake specialist and legal secretary. Lourdes has been with the Firm since 2023.

Zashary has been Of Counsel to the Firm since 2022. Holding both Juris Doctor and a Master in Business Administration, Zashary handles a variety of corporate legal matters: from business purchase agreements, to contract formation & negotiation; from shareholder and operating agreements, to partnership disputes. Although her practice now focuses mostly on transactional matters and consulting, Zashary brings to the firm her experience in business litigation, at the state, federal, and appellate levels. Zashary has been nominated annually as a Super Lawyers, Rising Star as a top-rated civil litigation attorney from 2018-2021.

Monica is the Administrative Assistant to the Firm’s executive team. In this position, Monica works closely with the partners, providing executive assistance. She supports the firm with the technical and logistical requirements needed to keep it running in top-notch shape. Monica joined CAVA Law in 2023, bringing with her years of experience in law office human resource management and administrative expertise.

Yeni Ortega has been a Bankruptcy Paralegal with the Firm since 2020.

As a foreign attorney who has dedicated herself to learning the intricacies of the U.S. legal system as a paralegal, Yeni brings a unique and enhanced perspective to her role as bankruptcy paralegal to the Firm.

Celianna has been a Paralegal with the Firm since 2019.

Celianna graduated with a Master’s Degree in Global Affairs with a concentration in International Crime and Justice from Florida International University in 2023. She obtained a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations and a Certificate in Latin America and the Caribbean Studies from Florida International University in 2017. She also graduated Cum Laude with an Associate’s degree in Legal Studies from Florida National University in 2014.  Celianna has 10 years of experience working in the legal field as a Legal Assistant & Paralegal for various law firms in Miami and Orlando, FL. Celianna also had the opportunity of being a Program Coordinator for the School of Continuing Education in Miami Dade College-Hialeah Campus for over two years. Her interests include International Crime and Justice, Latin America and the Caribbean history and current events, Human Rights, LGBTQIA+ Rights, and Women’s Rights. Celianna is originally from Havana, Cuba, and only started learning English at the age of 19 when she first moved to the United States. She is now proficient in both English and Spanish.

Jesus brings decades of bankruptcy law experience to CAVA Law, having assisted with his family’s bankruptcy law practice in Puerto Rico since 2009. Now, he brings this value to the firm’s clients, when resolving their legal issues. Moreover, Jesus brings to the firm the dynamic attributes gained through years of military service, having been an Officer and Operations Specialist in the United States Coast Guard. Jesus acquired his Bachelor’s Degree at Florida International University, and thereafter obtained his Juris Doctorate at St. Thomas University School of Law, graduating cum laude within the top ten of his graduating class. While in law school, Jesus was the Vice President of The Federalist Society, and remains very active within the legal profession and the community.

Christina Vilaboa-Abel is a founding partner of CAVA Law. She is a “Proud Panther,” having graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, and thereafter, her Juris Doctorate from Florida International University. For over ten years, she has practiced in the areas of real estate litigation & transactions, bankruptcy, and financial advocacy, practicing in state and federal courts throughout the state of Florida. Christina is a member of the Florida Bar, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, and the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida. Aside from practicing law, she is a Faculty Fellow at the Honors College at Florida International University, where she teaches undergraduate courses for the Honors College “pre-law track.” In her free time, Christina enjoys spending time her husband and daughters, reading, and taking Zumba classes.


  • US News & World Report:  Featured in How Spending Limits Can Help Partners Avoid Money Conflicts (Oct 2023)
  • COVID Recovery Virtual Summit:  Panelist, Discover if Filing for Bankruptcy Now is the Best Choice For Your
  • Business (April 2020)
    “A Fondo with Pedro Sevcec” (AmericaTeve):  Guest Panelist, segment discussing the process of Chapter 11
  • Bankruptcy in response to the McClatchy (Miami Herald/El Nuevo Herald) chapter 11 reorganizational bankruptcy filing (Feb 2020)
  • “Consultas con Cordero” (AmericaTeve):  Regular Legal Contributor regarding topics in bankruptcy law and real estate law (2013-2015)


  • Recognition in 2017 and 2019 by the Southern District of Florida, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for Pro-Bono Contributions to the community in bankruptcy matters
  • Board Member,   The Child Care Center, Inc., Riviera Presbyterian Church (2022-present)
  • Faculty Fellow,  Florida International University, The Honors College, professor for IDH1931, pre-law track (2019-current)
  • Member,  Ms. Esquire
  • Member, Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA)
  • Member, Cuban-American Bar Association (CABA)
  • Founding Member & First Vice President of Membership of Miami Moms in Business (2017-2021)
  • President & Vice President of Business Networking International, “Celebration Chapter” (2015-2017)


Rising Star, Florida Super Lawyers:  2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023

Vanessa C. Angulo is a co-founder and partner at CAVA Law. She currently spearheads the Firm’s Creditor Rights Representation Department; however, her practice encompasses the areas of bankruptcy, debt litigation and negotiation, real estate litigation and transactions.

Vanessa is admitted to practice in federal courts throughout the entire state of Florida, specifically: the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida.

A Florida International University alumna, she completed her Bachelor of Arts and thereafter, enrolled at Nova Southeastern University, Shepard School of Law where she earned her Juris Doctorate.  During her time in law school, Vanessa acted as the Managing Editor of the Honor’s Journal, International Citator & Research Guide and made the Dean’s List on numerous occasions.

When Vanessa is not busy at the office, she enjoys spending quality time with her family.

Alessandra Dumenigo is an associate attorney at CAVA Law. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Florida International University and her Juris Doctor degree, magna cum laude, from St. Thomas University College of Law. She graduated second in her law school class and received a series of honors and distinctions including the 2020-2021 Scribes Award and the Spring 2021 Copyright Law Excellence in Intellectual Property Award.  

 While in law school, Alessandra served as an Articles Editor of the St. Thomas Law Review, where her article was published.  She also received the “Book Award” for the highest grade in seven courses: Legal Research and Writing; Appellate Advocacy; Wills & Trusts; Trial Advocacy Practice; Women and the Law Seminar; Trademark and Branding Law; and Copyright & Content Management

 An excellent problem solver, Alessandra is skilled at analyzing obstacles and eager to resolve issues on behalf of her clients. In her free time, Alessandra enjoys spending time with family, playing tennis, and traveling.

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I am truly grateful that I was pointed to CAVA and that the universe placed us together. Vanessa has always made me feel human in this process and I thank her for her patience and kindness throughout…you are very much appreciated.

- Jeff G., July 2023

“I had the privilege of working with Vanessa, Partner at CAVA Law, and I must say that her legal services were nothing short of exceptional. From the moment I contacted their office, I knew I was in capable hands. She not only possessed an in depth knowledge of the law but also demonstrated a genuine commitment to helping me navigate my real estate legal matters successfully. Thank you!”

- Robert C., September 26, 2023

“CAVA is a law firm with experience, professionalism, respect, and exemplary customer service. Every single member of the team goes above and beyond to make sure their clients are always informed of their case. CAVA is made up of human beings who respect and care for their clients.”

- Hiram, September 21, 2023

“Thank you so much for helping my mother. Attorney Christina Vilaboa was compassionate and professional. She explained Chapter 13 case completely, step by step, giving her piece of mind and a sense of renewed stability that she hadn’t had in several years. I would recommend you very highly. Sincerely, Peter.”

- Peter, October 2023

“The legal team at the CAVA LAW FIRM are the best. I was very apprehensive and scared when I was first introduced to them to handle my legal problem. They were very professional while still being very personable. They walked me through every aspect of my case. They made it very easy on me. They did all the work. I would highly recommend them to any lay person that has little knowledge of how the legal system works. Thanks again!”

- Cathy E., August 2023

“Amazing service and professionalism. They took care of my situation I recommend them without any hesitation.”

- Tania M., August 2023

Five stars!

- Leopoldo C., May 2022

Five stars!

- Rene T., April 2023

They where very professional and great me good advice I recommend very much.

- Noraima T., 2022

Mrs. Vilaboa Abel is such a dedicated soul. I dont have words to express my grattitude towards her. My case wasn’t easy, yet she was supportive from day one and in the end she figured it all out. Aim for the stars Christina, you are awesome!

- Michelle H. May 2016
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