2019 Dancers

Mutaqee Akbar

Mutaquee Akbar is a Tallahassee native, with a passion for helping others and giving back to the community. Akbar earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Morehouse College in 2001. He then went on to graduate cum laude in 2004 from the University of Miami’s College of Law. Attorney Akbar didn’t always have an interest in law. He pursued a career in engineering but realized that was not where his passion truly lied. As the son of notable psychologist, Na’im Akbar, the attorney has always been drawn to working directly with others in need of help.

Akbar founded the Akbar Law Firm in Frenchtown, because for decades his family has sown into this community. He wanted to continue to carry that torch. Akbar has influence so many around him. He is greatly respected among his colleagues and profoundly admired by his peers, Akbar is considered as one of the best in his field in Tallahassee.

R.J. “Rocky” Bevis

Rocky Bevis was raised in Tallahassee and is a graduate of Leon High School and Miami-Dade College. Rocky worked side by side with his father, Russell Bevis, before taking over ownership of Bevis Funeral Home in 1998. He is very active in the Tallahassee community where he is a member of the Hospice Board of Directors, Tallahassee Lions Club, Capital Tiger Bay Club, Knight Foundation, the Sons of Confederate Veterans, Tallahassee Memorial Hospital Foundation, and Chairman of the Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation. He and his wife Patti are also members of Faith Presbyterian Church where he serves as an Elder.

Christian Cutillo

Christian is a shareholder in the Tallahassee office of VLP.  Christian’s practice is largely comprised of representing prime contractors on public works projects throughout Florida. In addition, Christian specializes in contract drafting and negotiation for traditional, design-build, and P-3 contracts.

Christian is the immediate Past President of the Tallahassee Women Lawyers, and has been honored with the Florida Association of Women Lawyers 2019 Leader in the Law Award.  She has been named by Florida Trend as a Legal Elite Up & Comer, and has been recently published in the 2019 Construction Law Update.

Christian originally hails from Orange City, Florida. She and her husband, Dr. Matthew Cutillo, are Florida State University alumni and enjoy cheering on the Seminoles with their son, Alexander Fox.

Jasmyne N. Henderson

Jasmyne N. Henderson leads Pittman Law Group’s Government Affairs Practice. A graduate of the Florida State University College of Law, Jasmyne brings to the Government Affairs team not only her legal education but also her experience in public administration and community sciences.

Jasmyne began her academic career in public administration at the University of Florida, earning a degree in Family, Youth, and Community Sciences. Jasmyne continued her education by earning a master’s degree from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU). Jasmyne joined Pittman Law Group in 2010, assisting the firm’s campaign efforts for State Representative Alan Williams and City of Tallahassee Mayor John Marks. Jasmyne culminated her campaign experience as Director of Field Operations for the Geraldine Thompson for Senate Campaign.

Jasmyne leads the firm’s substantive legislation efforts including amendment drafting and processing. Jasmyne is proficient in statutory interpretation, well versed in public policy, and works within the firms administrative and rulemaking practices.

Mia L McKown

Mia L. McKown is a partner in Holland & Knight‘s Tallahassee office where she practices in the firm’s Litigation Section. McKown is a member of the firm’s Healthcare & Life Sciences Team and Florida Government Advocacy Team. She practices in the area of commercial litigation, with an emphasis in the areas of health law and administrative law.

Ms. McKown has served as general counsel for a state agency in Florida, and has extensive experience representing businesses and licensed professionals that interact with the state government. In most instances, she successfully resolves the review process by providing an informative and properly drawn response to the fact-finding inquiry.

McKown has always been active in her community. She most recently helped raise money to support an early literacy initiative and homelessness-to-health project for the United Way of the Big Bend. She also serves as the Holland & Knight Women’s Initiative chairman for the Tallahassee office.

Carrie Roane

Carrie Roane is in her 20th year of practicing law as a civil litigator. She received her J.D., summa cum laude, after attending Georgetown University Law Center and University of Miami School of Law, where she served as a member of the prestigious University of Miami Law Review.

Until joining Fasig Brooks in 2016, Roane was a partner in an esteemed civil defense firm, where she gained invaluable trial experience representing defendants, corporations, and insurance companies throughout the state. Carrie now uniquely positioned as a partner at Fasig Brooks to use that experience to provide her clients the results they deserve when fighting against the very defendants and insurance carriers that she used to represent. Carrie Roane is compassionate, communicative, and treats her clients the way she would want her family treated by an attorney.

Josefina “Josie” Tamayo

Ms. Tamayo has been a practicing Lawyer and Senior Executive for over 31 years. She has dedicated her professional life and career to serving the citizens of the State of Florida. She has served as the legal advisor to Agency heads and Senior Executive Management on complex legal and policy issues.

She received her undergraduate degree in Political Science from Emory University and her law degree from Georgia State University College of Law in Atlanta. Throughout her career, Josie has served as the General Counsel for 5 state agencies.

She is a member of the Tallahassee Bar Association, the Jefferson County Bar Association and the Florida Bar Legal Needs of Children Committee. She frequently serves as the keynote speaker for the United States Naturalization Ceremony, the Florida State University College of Law Women’s Symposium and raises funds for the Girl Scouts of the Panhandle. She is a Certified Supreme Court Family Law Mediator and Arbitrator and is currently establishing a Mediation and Consulting practice to assist individuals with their disputes and how to navigate the state and local government framework.

She enjoys spending time with her family and being a role model and mentor to women in the legal profession.

Glenda Thornton

Glenda L. Thornton is an experienced executive and licensed attorney with more than 25 years of achievement in the law, business, healthcare and nonprofit environments. As assistant dean for strategic initiatives, Thornton spearheads several alumni, student and community events on behalf of the FSU College of Law.

Before joining FSU Law, Thornton served as the regional vice president, revenue cycle sales, at Accretive Health Inc. in Chicago. She previously served as general counsel at the Florida Department of Lottery, of counsel at Bateman Harden, P.A. and a partner at Foley & Lardner, LLP.

Thornton earned her J.D. at Florida State University in 1989. While in law school, she served as an articles and notes editor for the Florida State University Law Review and earned a national championship with the Moot Court Team. She has remained very engaged as an alumna of FSU Law. Thornton received the law school’s 2005 Distinguished Alumni Award and served for several years on our Board of Visitors.