Welcome to Our New Staff Members!

Tania Chico, Esq.

Staff Attorney, Family Law

Tania Chico is a recent J.D. graduate. She has a diverse background, including spending twenty-five years as a medical technologist and owning a clinical laboratory in San Germán, Puerto Rico. She considers herself an entrepreneur and has done a lot of different things throughout her career, including selling real estate administration, owning a home and auto paint store, and several other ventures.

She attended undergraduate school in San Germán, where she received a Bachelor of Science in biology and graduated Magna Cum Laude. She obtained her JD. Cum Laude from Pontifical Catholic University School of Law in Ponce, Puerto Rico. She likes to read, travel, and cook, and will experiment with recipes from around the globe. She also loves cats and has a calico named Joannie.

Tania is working on our Hispanic Outreach Center and MLP projects with the family law unit and joined our team in March of this year. She says she loves the warmth of the staff and her team and is looking forward to expanding her legal knowledge in her new career.

She is bilingual in English and Spanish and has two adult sons and one grandson.

Welcome, Tania!

Daniela Camacho, Esq.

Staff Attorney, Family Law

Daniela Camacho joins GLS with four years of experience as a practicing attorney and a J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law in Boston. Her interest in law began during an internship with Physicians for Human Rights, where she worked on a Special Immigrant Juvenile Status case and grew close with the clients. After that, she interned with the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. Both experiences deeply impacted her and encouraged her to go into legal services.

Most of her previous clients have been immigrants. She is especially proud of a pair of former clients who sought asylum when asylum approvals were at an all-time low. Their petition was approved and they went on to start the first newspaper by Venezuelans in New York City.

When she moved to Florida, she knew she wanted to continue to work in legal aid and after her first Zoom interview with GLS, she knew this was the place she wanted to be. She joined our staff in May and is working in the family law unit at the Wimauma office. She is looking forward to the day when she can begin doing outreaches!

Originally from Venezuela, Daniela now lives in Tampa and enjoys playing with her dog, cooking, baking, and is even looking at writing a book.

Welcome, Daniela!

*The sign in her picture says, “Ask me about my feminist agenda.”

Sergio Ruiz

Paralegal, Financial Stability & Housing

Sergio Ruiz is a professional dancer and has competed all around the world. He started his career teaching ballroom dance at Fred Astaire Dance Studios and danced professionally for fifteen years, winning numerous awards and even a National title!

“Dancing gives me the freedom to do whatever I want. Performing allows me to take the audience with me to another world, to another place in time.”

Why the career change? He used to think his calling was to dance and inspire others, but now he has realized that it is to help others. He hopes that a career in law will enable him to do that. It inspires and drives him just as much as his passion for dance did.

Sergio is in the process of obtaining his bachelor’s degree in legal studies from Keiser University in Sarasota. He currently has an associate’s degree in paralegal studies and has prior experience working as a legal assistant and paralegal for a litigation management agency.

Originally from Bradenton but raised in Chihuahua, Mexico, Sergio is bilingual in English and Spanish. In his free time, he likes to garden, which is a relatively new hobby for him. He will be working out of the Bradenton office as the new paralegal for housing and financial stability.

Welcome, Sergio!