Eric D. Griffin, Jr.

Partner


Eric D. Griffin, Jr. Esq. is a pilot and aviation enthusiast. As an attorney, Eric has dedicated his more than 25 years of legal experience to litigating and trying complex aviation matters throughout the southeastern United States. Before establishing Griffin & Serrano, P.A. Eric was a senior partner in two prominent aviation defense firms, first practicing in Georgia and now in Florida. Eric is admitted to practice in Florida and Georgia in both State and Federal Courts.

Eric has dedicated his more than 25 years of legal experience to litigating.

Juan R. Serrano

Partner


Juan Serrano is a former airline pilot, holds an Air Transport Pilot certificate, a flight engineer certificate and a current designation as an FAA examiner for pilots and flight engineers. Juan has accumulated extensive flying experience as well as experience in flight instruction of pilots and flight crews. Juan also served as the managing vice-president of a Part 145 jet-engine repair station for numerous years, and acquired an invaluable understanding of aviation maintenance and repair issues. For a decade, Juan managed all aviation-related aspects for John Travolta and his entities, one of the most recognizable pilot/actors in the world. Juan is current and regularly flies a multitude of aircraft.

Juan has dedicated his legal career to litigating aviation-related cases and handling aviation-related transactions. His training and experience provide him with an enormous technical background in handling the complex and diverse issues surrounding aviation-related matters, and since many cases turn on highly technical issues, this background and knowledge have proven invaluable in such cases. Juan is fluent in Spanish (able to speak, read and write), a most useful asset for the practice of law in this ethnically diverse part of the United States. Juan is a Board Certified Aviation Attorney as established and recognized by the Florida Bar.

Juan is admitted to practice in all Florida State Courts. He is also admitted to practice in Federal Courts, including the Southern District of Florida, Middle District of Florida, Northern District of Florida and the United States 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. Juan is also admitted in the District of Columbia and District of Columbia Court of Appeals, where FAA, DOT and NTSB issues are often litigated.

In many respects, Aviation is like riding roller skates... You can read 100 books on it, but until you actually lace them on, you don´t really understand what it entails.

Lisa Heller

Associate Attorney


Lisa Heller is an associate attorney at Griffin & Serrano that litigates in Florida’s State and Federal Courts. In addition to litigation, Lisa is currently an active pilot and has been flying for a major international airline since 1999. Lisa is type rated on the Boeing 737, 757 and 767 aircraft, among others. She has been a commercial pilot since 1993.

Lisa earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Brown University and a Master of Science in Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. She obtained her Doctorate of Law from Florida International University. In addition to English, Lisa speaks conversational Spanish, French and Portuguese.

She obtained her Doctorate of Law from Florida International University

Peter J. Lewis

Associate Attorney


Peter J. Lewis is an associate attorney at Griffin & Serrano, PA. Mr. Lewis litigates in Florida’s State and Federal Courts and focuses his practice primarily on aviation law, insurance litigation, and general civil litigation.

Prior to joining Griffin & Serrano, Peter worked for an insurance defense firm, where he litigated on many aspects of first-party and third-party claims.

Mr. Lewis attended law school at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. While there, he was an editor for the Journal of Law & Policy. Consistent with his devotion to the publication of scholarly work, Mr. Lewis published a paper in the Campbell Law Observer on politics in North Carolina. During his third year, Mr. Lewis sharpened his litigation skills with the Litigation Externship Clinic. As part of this clinic, Mr. Lewis successfully represented indigent clients at federal sentencing hearings. He also interned for a small litigation defense firm. In his spare time, Mr. Lewis volunteered as a mock trial coach to a local high school.

Prior to attending law school, Mr. Lewis obtained a B.A. in Political Science and a Masters of Public Administration at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. Mr. Lewis was actively involved on campus as he was captain of the Clark University baseball team, chair of the student judiciary committee, and on the executive board of a number of student groups.

Currently, Mr. Lewis is actively involved in a number of professional associations including: The Spellman-Hoeveler American Inn of Court, the Defense Research Institute, and the Florida Defense Lawyers Association.

In the legal field, especially with respect to aviation matters, a relationship between clients and their counsel is particularly important. Our client’s best interest is first in all that we do.

Adriana Peña

Support team


Adriana Pena is Griffin & Serrano, PA’s Senior Paralegal. She joined the firm in March 2010 with a strong litigation and trial paralegal background. She has over 10 years of experience working in the legal field, including work as a litigation paralegal for an array of industry groups including Aviation Law, Insurance Litigation, Real Estate Litigation, General Civil Litigation, Personal Injury, Criminal Law and Trial preparation. Adriana is skilled in discovery, investigation and trial preparation, including electronic discovery, document review, database management of expert witnesses, creation of demonstrative exhibits, and trial support. Her responsibilities include but are not limited to preparing for depositions, trials, mediations, discovery, document management, and managing project staff involved in litigation. She is also well versed in many of the databases that the firm uses in discovery, document management, and trial presentation. She assists in all phases of litigation, from inception through discovery and trial, including organization and analysis of case material, large-scale document production, pre-trial preparation and in-courtroom trial support.

She assists in all phases of litigation, from inception through discovery and trial.

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