Yasmin Tirado-Chiodini, Esq.
Attorney and Counselor at Law, Author, and Entrepreneur
Yasmin has her own legal practice in business and intellectual property law and is Of Counsel to Burruezo & Burruezo. She has practiced law for almost 20 years. She developed her experience by serving government contractors, non-profit organizations, and commercial businesses, including start-ups. After working in various law firms in the Washington, D.C. area, Puerto Rico, and in the U.S. Department of Justice, Yasmin opened her own private legal practice in Florida. She has extensive business and management experience. Yasmin has worked in a diversity of executive corporate business development settings and has owned and operated various businesses, including an award-winning technology start-up and her publishing business. She is also a former U.S. Space Shuttle engineer, responsible for managing large-scale shuttle mission operations involving hundreds of life science experiments and project scientists. Yasmin is a former adjunct professor of “Law, Ethics and Social Responsibility in Business” and “Negotiations” at a graduate university level. She is also an independent scholar, published author, speaker, blogger, and strategic business coach.
Recent books and publications:
- Does Your Compass Work? Practical Legal Guide for Florida Businesses, 3rd (2008-2014) (in English and Spanish).
- Antonio’s Will: A Story of Sacrifice, Love, Tragedy and Injustice (Pub. 2014). (A historical novel telling the story of the first Hispanic executed in the electric chair in 1916). Amazon Top 100 Kindle List Caribbean and Latin American Literature.
- Antonio’s Grace: An Island’s Plea for a Native Son. (Pub. 2015). (A work of non-fiction containing selected photographs, historical documents, commentary and legal analysis in the case of Antonio Pontón, the first Hispanic executed in the electric chair in the United States.)
- How the Colonel Got His Nickname, a short story.
- Yasmin also writes on her blog and her author Facebook page.
PROFESSIONAL & COMMUNITY AFFILIATIONS
Recent memberships and community organizations currently and/or formerly supported (in alphabetical order):
- Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Florida (Former contributor)
- Families in Transition (Volunteer)
- Florida Bar, Attorneys Saving Homes (Volunteer)
- Florida Bar Foundation (Contributor)
- Harvest Time (Former contributor)
- Hispanic Business Initiative Fund of Florida (Former: Board member, service provider)
- Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando (Former: Member, Board Member, Legal Advisor, Chairperson of the Board)
- HOPE community center (Former contributor)
- Kids House, Wayne Densch Children’s Advocacy Center (Former contributor and volunteer)
- Labrador Retriever Rescue of Florida, Inc. (Supporter)
- Leadership Seminole (Former Executive Board Member, current alumni)
- Meals on Wheels (volunteer)
- Orlando Shakespeare Theater (Former: board member, contributor;, advisory board member)
- Seminole County Public Schools (Current Hispanic Task Force Member, dividend)
- Seminole County Regional Chamber of Commerce (Former Member)
- The Central Florida Disability Chamber of Commerce (Former Member)
- The Florida Bar (Member)
- United Arts of Central Florida (Former contributor and volunteer)
MOST SALIENT RECOGNITIONS/HONORS
- Awardee – Hispanic Women Who Make a Difference, Professional Category, La Prensa Newspaper (2012)
- Honored – Top 25 Central Florida Hispanic Influentials, Visión Magazine, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando (2012)
- Nominee – “Women Who Mean Business” in Central Florida, Orlando Business Journal and Orlando Health (2009)
- Honored – Central Florida Triunfadores (Achievers), Orlando Sentinel (2006)
- Top-Ten Finalist “Women Who Mean Business” in Central Florida, Orlando Business Journal (2003)
- Awardee – ITFlorida award for Government Technology Leadership Excellence (2003)
- Awardee – Don Quijote award for Small Business of the Year, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando (2003)
- Recognition – Recognized by the Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation for over 1, 200 hrs in student community contributions from her class “Law, Ethics and Social Responsibility in Business, ” which she taught as part of the Rollins College Executive MBA Program, Winter Park, FL. (2003)
- Awardee – Ford Foundation Pre-Doctoral Graduate Fellowship Award, National Academy of Sciences (1985)
SUBSTANTIVE LEGAL AREAS
Attorney at Law, Tirado-Chiodini, PL, business and intellectual property law. Serves as corporate counsel for a diversity of for-profit and non-profit companies in Florida. Areas of services include (in alphabetical order):
- Business entity formation (corporations, LLCs, partnerships, non-profit)
- Business and marketing planning
- Business purchase and exit strategies
- Business turnaround/reorganization
- Certifications, Minority, Veteran and Disadvantaged Business-Owned enterprise (Federal and state and local levels)
- Commercial and government contracts and grants
- Confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements
- Corporate transactions
- Debt management strategies (in collection and other settings)
- Due diligence
- Employment agreement
- Non-profit board governance
- Intellectual property (trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets)
- Lease agreements (formation, negotiation and buy-outs)
- Legal and business research and analysis
- Legal document drafting
- Litigation strategies (including counsel sourcing, management and legal support)
- Non-compete agreements
- Policy development
- Regulatory compliance
- Risk management/asset protection strategies
SUBSTANTIVE BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT EXPERIENCE
- Founder, Black Hammock Books (an imprint of her publishing company, Black Hammock Enterprises, LLC.)
- Founder, Intelliorg, Inc, a technology company with a flagship security software used by law enforcement to perform threat and vulnerability assessments. Cited as one of the top 5% software products in the US by Federal Computer Week (2003).
- Director, Global Manufacturing, Fuld & Company, Inc. industrial corporate research, operational security.
- Manager of Market and Competitive Analysis, ANSER, nonprofit Washington, D.C. homeland security think-tank; business development, strategic planning, business intelligence system design, export compliance; program development.
- Full-time Executive Advisor to the VP of Reusable Launch Vehicles, Lockheed Martin Corporation, Apollo XIII astronaut TK Mattingly, in risk assessment, legal compliance and program management.
- S. Space Shuttle mission project engineer, Bionetics-NASA/Kennedy Space Center, managed large-scale space shuttle life science operations
- Adjunct Professor of Management at Rollins Crummer Graduate School of Business, Rollins College, in Winter Park, FL. Recognized by Edyth Bush Foundation for class community contributions.
Yasmin’s father was a medical doctor born and raised in Puerto Rico. He met Yasmin’s mother in Salamanca, Spain, where he went to study medicine. They married there after he graduated from medical school and she completed her master’s in business administration. They later relocated to Puerto Rico. Yasmin is one of seven children. She was raised among boys until her sister was born, when Yasmin was eleven. As a child, she enjoyed playing with dirt outside, collecting bugs, and firmly refused to assume the role of kidnapped victim when her brothers played the game of cowboys and thieves. Yasmin is married to Tom, the grandson of Italian immigrants to the United States. They have a daughter, Isabella, and live in a country farm setting in Oviedo, FL with their rescued Labradors.