Susan K. Pai, Attorney
Ms. Pai began her career as Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for the State of Washington. She went on to become a Public Defender where she conducted major criminal matters such as second strike life without parole cases. Later, she was recruited by former Presidential Candidate, Patricia Schroeder (D, Colorado) to become the Director of International Copyright Enforcement for the Association of American Publishers. In this capacity, she oversaw and conducted what is still believed to be the largest criminal raid in global publishing history on behalf of American and European book publishers. Attorney Pai went on to become one of the youngest corporate General Counsels in the United States, working with such DC notables as former U.S. Customs Commissioner, the Honorable Carol Hallet; former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. and Administrator of the GSA, Ambassador Gerald Carmen; and former Assistant Director of Operations for the CIA, Max Hugel.
Ms. Pai also served as Senior Investigations Manager of Microsoft’s special investigations unit, the Financial Integrity Unit, and is a former member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. Ms. Pai is highly experienced in compliance matters at the workplace and ensures her clients are well educated in all visa compliance issues.
Ms. Pai’s many years of service to the public and corporate America in conjunction with her personal experience as a first generation American citizen serve her clients well.
Ms. Pai is a member of the Washington State Bar Association and the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Ms. Pai attended the University of Southern California, the University of California at Los Angeles, the University of Louisville, and Nagoya University in Japan.
Ms. Pai has volunteered extensively in the community and has been a featured speaker at anti-fraud training conferences, local schools and law schools. Ms. Pai also provides self-defense instruction. In her spare time, Ms. Pai enjoys spending time with her family and friends, surfing, martial arts, yoga, and firearms training.
Tala Woods, Attorney
Tala Abangan Woods practices in the areas of business law, immigration law and public finance.
In 1993, Ms. Woods graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. After graduation she worked for Barnett Capital Advisors as an investment portfolio manager of personal trust accounts. As a portfolio manager, she gained experience analyzing the business and financial information of publicly-traded companies by reviewing company balance sheets, income statements and cash flow statements. She managed the investment of funds in approximately 200 trust accounts and she was responsible for providing investment recommendations to clients and other portfolio managers. During her tenure at Barnett Capital Advisors, she earned the designation of a Chartered Financial Analyst.
Ms. Woods left her position with Barnett Capital Advisors in 1997 to attend law school at the University of Florida College of Law. During law school she worked two summers as a law clerk for Rogers Towers, P.A. Ms. Woods graduated from law school in December of 2000 and began her legal career in 2001 with Rogers Towers, P.A. as an associate in its business and tax law department. In 2007, Ms. Woods left Rogers Towers and became Of Counsel with Akerman Senterfitt. She left Akerman in 2009 to open her own law practice.
Ms. Woods currently serves as the Secretary of the Jacksonville Asian American Bar Association and has previously served as its Vice President. She worships and serves at Southside United Methodist Church in Jacksonville, Florida. She also volunteers for such organizations as Team Focus Jacksonville, a mentoring program for fatherless boys, and Family Promise Jacksonville, an interfaith hospitality network which provides temporary housing for homeless families. She is the mother of two children, ages 3 and 5, and wife to husband, Benjy.
Paul Consbruck, Attorney
Paul Consbruck, a long-standing member of the Florida and Maryland Bars for over 20 years, is Of Counsel and the referral source for all U.S. adoption and guardianship issues. Mr. Consbruck is licensed to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Mr. Consbruck has extensive experience in both private practice and government service. He graduated from the University of Florida (B.S.), and the College of William & Mary (J.D.) He is a former law clerk to the Chief Judge of Maryland, and is licensed to practice before all Florida and Maryland Courts, the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals (11th Circuit), and the U.S. District Courts of Florida (Northern and Middle Districts).
Mr. Consbruck represents families who have adopted children overseas, helping them obtain recognition of their foreign adoptions (and re-adoptions) in Florida. Knowing the expenses incurred during the international adoption process, he offers his legal assistance to families at reasonable rates. When the recognition of their foreign adoption (and re-adoption) process is complete, families will receive Florida birth certificates for their children, and will have certified copies of the Final Judgment from a Florida Court (important documents for the future). He has also assisted families who have adopted children from “disrupted” adoptions, and helps his clients with wills and estate planning as well.
Since September 2005 alone, he successfully represented more than 600 families in Alachua, Bay, Brevard, Broward, Charlotte, Clay, Columbia, Dade, Duval, Escambia, Flagler, Hernando, Hillsborough, Indian River, Jackson, Lake, Lee, Leon, Manatee, Marion, Martin, Monroe, Nassau, Okaloosa, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Putnam, Santa Rosa, Sarasota, Seminole, St. Johns, St. Lucie, Sumter, and Volusia Counties, and is currently working with families in other counties throughout the State of Florida.
Countries represented include China, Colombia, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Liberia, Morocco, Peru, Russian Federation, South Korea, Suriname, Taiwan, Thailand, Ukraine, and Vietnam.
He is married to Stephanie, and they have one daughter, Casey Mei Ying, adopted from Chongqing, People’s Republic of China, in July of 2005. They have begun the process for a second adoption from China, with a log-in date for their dossier of November 13, 2006.