Cava Law

Christina Vilaboa-Abel, Esq.

Founding member and partner

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

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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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