Ilona Demenina Anderson

Ilona D. Anderson is a litigator whose practice focuses on wage & hour claims, wrongful termination, retaliation, discrimination and harassment.

Ms. Anderson has broad and extensive legal background. Prior to forming Saenz & Anderson, Ms. Anderson was Managing Partner of The Law Firm of Ilona Demenina Anderson, P.L. in Miami, practicing general civil litigation; Attorney at The Ferraro Law Firm in Coral Gables, practicing catastrophic personal injury and medical malpractice; Senior Legal Consultant at KPMG in Moscow, practicing international corporate law; and Associate at Akerman Senterfitt in Miami, practicing commercial litigation.

A 2006 cum laude graduate of St. Thomas University School of Law, Ms. Anderson is admitted to The Florida Bar and has litigated cases in various other states. In law school, Ms. Anderson served as Editor-in-Chief of the St. Thomas Law Review and was a member of the International Moot Court Team, receiving an oralist award at the Philip C. Jessup regional moot court competition, where she argued international maritime and piracy issues. Ms. Anderson was also a member of the Phi Delta Phi International Honors Fraternity and the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund.  In addition, she was a recipient of the Best Student Award in Trial Advocacy Practice and International Law.

While in law school, Ms. Anderson was a Research Assistant to Professor Tamara F. Lawson, a Certified Legal Intern at the Broward County Attorney’s Office, a student law clerk to the Honorable U.S. Magistrate Judge Barry S. Seltzer of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, and a law clerk at Rosen, Switkes & Entin, P.L.  Ms. Anderson’s (Demenina’s) article, entitled “Genetically Modified Foods in the International Arena: Trade Conflicts, Labeling Controversy, and the Importance of Informed Consumer Choice” was published in the Brigham Young University’s International Law and Management Review in 2006. Ms. Anderson has been involved with several non-profits aimed at helping women and children, benefitting the environment, and improving animal welfare.

EDUCATION

St .Thomas University School of Law, Miami, Florida, Cum Laude, 2006 

University of Alaska Anchorage, Anchorage, Alaska, 2002

Double-major: Political Science and Foreign Languages

L’Université Catholique de l’Ouest, Angers, France, 2000

French Studies

LITIGATION PERCENTAGE

95% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

BAR ADMISSIONS

  • Florida, 2006
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida, 2007
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida, 2007
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Florida, 2007
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, 2007
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2011

PUBLISHED WORKS

Ilona M. Demenina, Genetically Modified Foods in the International Arena: Trade Conflicts, Labeling Controversy, and the Importance of Informed Consumer Choice, 2 Int’l Law & Mgmt. Rev. 311 (2006).

HONORS AND AWARDS

  • Editor-in-Chief, St. Thomas Law Review, 2005-2006
  • Oralist award recipient, Philip C. Jessup international law moot court competition, 2006
  • Best Student Award, Trial Advocacy Practice, 2005
  • Best Student Award, International Law, 2006

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS

  • American Association for Justice
  • National Employment Lawyers Association

LANGUAGES

  • Fluent Russian
  • Conversational French
  • Intermediate Spanish

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