Legal Advocacy is a crucial part of the South Florida SPCA mission. It’s not enough to rescue, rehabilitate and re-home abused, abandoned and neglected horses. We must educate the public on prevention of horse cruelty. But when those efforts fail, we must do all we can to make sure that those who abuse horses are never given a second chance to hurt these beautiful creatures.

That’s why we formed a Legal Task Force. Led by Alvin Davis, the force is made up of attorneys who are offering their services, pro bono, to assist Laurie Waggoner, the police, county and state attorneys, in civil forfeiture and criminal abuse cases. South Florida SPCA is proud to introduce the wonderful members of our task force who give so generously of their talent and time. On behalf of the horses, we thank them for their service.

Attorneys wishing to join the Legal Task Force may contact Mr. Davis at .

Legal Task Force Chair

Alvin B. Davis is a partner with the law firm of Squire Patton Boggs. His legal practice focuses on high-profile complex litigation, arbitration and international dispute resolution in the areas of securities and shareholder class actions, products liability, environmental claims, regulatory proceedings and a host of sophisticated contractual disputes. He litigates regularly at the trial and appellate levels on behalf of major national and international companies including utilities, manufacturers, insurers, law firms, airlines and non-US governments and agencies.

Mr. Davis is included in Florida Super Lawyers as one of the top 100 lawyers in Miami. Alvin has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America since 1991 and has appeared in Chambers USA each year since 2004. In addition, he has been recognized as among Florida’s Legal Elite by Florida Trend magazine each year since 2004 and listed among the top lawyers in Florida by the South Florida Legal Guide each year since 2005. In 2013 he was named South Florida’s top appellate lawyer by the Daily Business Review.

Mr. Davis earned his B. A. degree in American Studies from Syracuse University and an L.LB. from the Yale Law School. Alvin previously served as the managing partner of the Steel Hector & Davis Law Firm and was managing partner from 2005 to 2010 of the Miami Office of Squire Sanders, with which Steel Hector merged in 2005.

His past philanthropic efforts include as Board Member and then Chairman of the Coconut Grove Playhouse, and as a Founding Board Member and Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the New World School of the Arts. He spends as much of his spare time as possible with his thoroughbred, Current Ruckus, who he adopted from South Florida SPCA Horse Rescue.

AJ Barranco Jr

Legal Task Force Member

A.J. Barranco, Jr. is a partner in the law firm of AJ Barranco & Associates, P.A. and has specialized in complex marital and family law and general trial practice since 1972. Mr. Barranco was included in Superlawyers from 2008-2013 and received recognition from Best Lawyers in America eight times between 2004 and 2012. He has a national reputation for his results and expertise in high profile cases.

Mr. Barranco received his B.S. from Washington and Lee University in 1964 and his J.D. from the University of Florida in 1966. He was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1967 and is a member of the Florida Bar and the Dade County Bar. He served as President of the Young Lawyer’s Section of the Florida Bar from 1977-1978, President of the Dade County Bar from 1984-1985, President of the Dade County Trial Lawyer’s Association from 1983-1984 and served two terms on the Board of Governors of the Florida Bar.


Legal Task Force Member

As Associate General Counsel, Heather Gatley heads up the Global Labor and Employment Legal Department at Ryder System, Inc., a $6 billion, Fortune 500 transportation and supply chain management solutions company. In this position, Ms. Gatley is responsible for managing all of the labor and employment law issues that arise relating to Ryder’s 26,000 employees, operating in more than seven different countries. Ms. Gatley and her team provide day-to-day counsel to human resource and business professionals, lead HR compliance initiatives and projects, and manage administrative charges and litigation matters for Ryder worldwide.

Ms. Gatley earned a Juris Doctorate with high honors from the Frederic G. Levin College of Law at the University of Florida and a Bachelor of Science in speech communications from Penn State University. She has served on the board of directors of the Florida Professional Employer Organization and the Human Resource Association of Broward County. She also currently serves on the Legal Advisory Council of the National Professional Employer Organization and is an active member of Women Executive Leadership (WEL) and the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM).


Legal Task Force Member

Pedro Hernández is a Senior Associate with the law firm of Squire Patton Boggs. He specializes in representing clients on public finance matters with particular emphasis on bond issues in the State of Florida and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Mr. Hernandez has served as bond counsel, underwriters’ counsel, disclosure counsel and borrower’s counsel in a variety of issues, for both new money and refinancing purposes, including general obligations, revenue obligations, special assessments and other tax-based financings. These transactions have financed, among others, infrastructure improvements, electric facilities, water and sewer facilities, healthcare facilities and seaports.

Mr. Hernandez earned a Juris Doctorate from Suffolk University where he graduated summa cum laude and a B.A. from Florida International University. He is a member of the National Association of Bond Lawyers, the Belen Alumni Lawyers Section, the
Cuban American Bar Association and The Florida Bar. Mr. Hernandez is also a board member of the Miami Catholic Lawyer’s Guild.

Legal Task Force Member

Rachel Minetree is the Managing Partner at Conroy Simberg’s Miami office, where she has practiced since joining the firm in 2002 as a young associate. Ms. Minetree practices in the area of general liability, specializing in personal injury protection (PIP), and in Equine Law. She has handled and tried numerous cases, including those involving PIP fraud, improper billing, and coverage. Rachel has lectured extensively on the topic of PIP law. She has handled various pro bono animal rights cases and is active in local rescue organizations.


Legal Task Force Member

Bonnie J. Riley has been a member of the Florida Bar since 1997. She joined A.J. Barranco & Associates, P.A. in 2008 and specializes in complex litigation and matters involving dissolution of marriage of high net worth individuals.

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Riley was employed as an Assistant Public Defender and Felony Division Training Attorney with the Miami-Dade Public Defender’s Office for 11 years. During her tenure, Ms. Riley tried over 100 cases as lead counsel and had the added responsibility of supervising felony attorneys in every division of the criminal courts.

In 2000, Ms. Riley obtained her LL.M. Master of Laws degree in Health Law from Loyola University of Chicago. Upon completion of her degree, she was invited to join the United States Department of Health and Human Services Office of Counsel to the Inspector General in Washington, D.C. While there, Ms. Riley was employed as an Assistant Inspector General with responsibility for the representation of the United States Government in the administrative prosecution of cases involving fraud and abuse of the U.S. Federally funded health care programs. She also investigated and prosecuted matters involving violations of the Federal False Claim Act and the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA).

Ms. Riley was the former Vice-Chair of the Florida Bar Grievance Committee and is licensed to practice before the Florida Bar as well as the Federal Bar of the United States District Court of the Southern District of Florida.


Legal Task Force Member

José Sariego is an international corporate, entertainment and securities lawyer with more than 25 years’ experience with outside law firms and as in-house general counsel.

Mr. Sariego most recently was Senior Vice President – Business & Legal Affairs, Telemundo Network Group. In this role, Mr. Sariego managed all business, legal and music affairs for this Spanish-language television group, including the negotiation and closing of unscripted and scripted programming development and production deals, program acquisitions, talent agreements, integration deals and content licensing agreements, as well as developing and supervising all programming deal structures and documentation.

Before Telemundo, Mr. Sariego was Senior Vice President – General Counsel and Secretary for the HBO Latin America Group, the distributor of the HBO, Max and Cinemax premium pay television channels as well as the basic pay television channels A&E, AXN, E! Entertainment, Sony Entertainment Television, Spin, The Biography Channel, The History Channel, and Warner Channel throughout Latin America, Brazil and the Caribbean.

Prior to joining HBO Latin America, Mr. Sariego was Senior Vice President – General Counsel and Secretary of MasTec, Inc., a publicly traded international telecommunications contractor. Mr. Sariego was also a partner at the international law firm Kelley Drye & Warren, and started his career as a litigator with the Chicago law firm of Jenner & Block.

Mr. Sariego is also an Adjunct Professor of Media Law at the University of Miami Law School and was an Adjunct Professor of Media Business Law at Miami International University. He is a frequent lecturer and author on corporate, international and entertainment law. He was a professional journalist with The Miami Herald prior to becoming a lawyer. He received his juris doctor degree, cum laude, from the University of Michigan, and his bachelor’s degree in journalism, political science and Latin American studies from the University of Florida. Born in Camaguey, Cuba, Mr. Sariego is fluent in English and Spanish, and proficient in Portuguese. He is licensed to practice law in Florida. He is a fourth-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do and likes to relax by breaking bricks and boards with his hands and feet.