Madeline M. Acosta earned her law degree at Nova Southeastern University School of Law in 2001. She graduated with Honors for her superior trial advocacy skills and was granted a rare admittance to the National Order of Barristers.
Proceeding law school, Ms. Acosta joined the Miami-Dade County Public Defender’s Office, where she tried a myriad of cases, including violent and sexual crimes, ranging from drug possession, to DUI, to first degree murder. Rising quickly through the ranks, she became Senior Supervising Attorney of the Felony Division, a position where she would train new attorneys, teaching them the craft of criminal defense, particularly trial advocacy. During this time, Ms. Acosta also successfully spearheaded her own private family law practice. She has zealously represented individuals in contested and uncontested divorces, child support, alimony, and modifications of custody cases.
Outside of the courtroom, Ms. Acosta has conducted seminars in the legal community, lecturing lawyers regarding the various and important roles women play in the legal field. She has also taught continuing legal education courses on theories of defense, the art of discovery, cross examination, and jury selection.
Ms. Acosta has aggressively tried well over 200 trials during the course of her career, and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to every client she represents. Ms. Acosta is admitted to practice before the federal court of the Southern District of Florida, as well as all Florida state courts. She is also fluent in Spanish.
Christina Kirou Diaz received a Bachelor of Science in Communications and a Minor in Psychology from Florida International University, where she graduated Cum Laude and was on the Dean’s List all four years. She excelled in law school, where she received her Juris Doctor from St. Thomas University School of Law. During law school, among other accomplishments, Mrs. Diaz received the highest grade award in Trial Advocacy Practice, served on the Executive Board of both the Mock Trial Team and Moot Court Team, and was Justice/President of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity. Mrs. Diaz interned at the Public Defender’s Office, where she gained experience in both the trial and appellate aspects of criminal defense. She also interned for the Administrative Judge of the Domestic Violence Division for two years, the Honorable Amy Karan.
Prior to forming the partnership of Acosta & Diaz, Mrs. Diaz worked as an associate at a law firm where she practiced extensively in the fields of criminal defense and family law. While at this firm, she personally handled numerous high profile cases, to include several featured on A&E’s First 48 as well as other local news outlets.
At Acosta & Diaz, Mrs. Diaz continues to zealously represent every one of the firm’s clients. Her primary objective has always been, and continues to be, ensuring the compassionate and aggressive representation of those seeking a positive resolution in their legal dilemmas.
Mrs. Diaz is also admitted to practice before the federal court of the Southern District of Florida as well as all Florida state courts. She is also fluent in Spanish.