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About Yolanda Strader

Skilled commercial litigator with a strong business background

About Yolanda
Yolanda Strader
Co-Managing Attorney


After being a partner at a large law firm, Yolanda chose to pursue her passion of representing growing businesses who desire access to high quality legal advocacy.

Yolanda Strader is pragmatic and strives to find smart solutions consistent with the goals of the businesses and industries she represents.

Yolanda represents franchisors and franchisees in a variety of franchise disputes, including claims related to franchise disclosure documents and the Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act.

Yolanda’s practice also includes a variety of commercial litigation matters, including class actions, real property disputes, business torts, business divorces, and breach of contracts on behalf of a range of business sectors, including the health care, legal, banking, and real estate industries. Yolanda has experience litigating large-scale matters requiring a command of electronically stored information (ESI) and large databases.

Yolanda is active in the South Florida legal community. She is a past president of the Wilkie D. Ferguson Jr. Bar Association, formerly known as the Black Lawyers of Miami. As president of the Ferguson Bar, she spearheaded a number of initiatives to enhance diversity in the legal profession and to help deserving students in Miami.

Yolanda was recognized by Legacy Miami as one of “Miami’s Most Powerful and Influential Black Business Leaders.” She was selected as a recipient of the 2016 National Bar Association’s "40 Under 40 Nation’s Best Advocates” award and was named to the Florida Rising Stars list by Super Lawyers Magazine for seven consecutive years (2013–2019).

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Franchise Litigation

  • Obtained favorable arbitration award on behalf of franchisees in Caribbean restaurant system based upon franchisor’s violations of the Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act and breach of the franchise agreements.
  • Represented Florida franchisees in actions against franchisor for rescission of franchise agreements based upon violation of various franchise disclosure requirements.
  • Represented Florida franchisor in medical marijuana industry.

Banking and Creditors' Rights

  • Represented the interests of creditors in various bankruptcies filed under the Small Business Reorganization Act.
  • Represented various national banks in consumer finance matters, including residential foreclosure proceedings.
  • Obtained dismissal of suit accusing national bank of violating the Florida Consumer Collection Practices Act.
  • Obtained dismissal of suit against national bank including claims for quiet title, slander of title, and violation of Florida's Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act.
  • Represented various banks in suits seeking to enforce commercial loan documents.

Fiduciary Appointments

  • Served as court-appointed monitor of limited liability companies. Emjay Grp. LLC v. Uri Segev, No. 19-030037, Eleventh Judicial Circuit in and for Miami-Dade County.


  • Defended real estate services company in class action proceeding including claims for breach of fiduciary duty, constructive fraud, and aiding and abetting of various torts.
  • Represented provider of security services for websites in various suits seeking to enforce contractual arrangements with entities in foreign countries.
  • Defended property management companies in suits alleging housing discrimination based on income source.
  • Obtained order finding entitlement to attorneys’ fees where opposing party and opposing lawyer brought lawsuit in bad faith. Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Fla. v. Lewis, No. 12-12816, 2015 WL 8665975 (Fla. Cir. Ct. Dec. 12, 2015).
  • Obtained order dismissing tribe’s claims against its former lawyers for alleged violations of RICO. Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Fla. v. Cypress, 975 F. Supp. 2d 1298 (S.D. Fla. 2013).

Real Property Litigation

  • Represented owner of high-end condominium in a partition proceeding.
  • Obtained dismissal of suit against national bank including claims for quiet title, slander of title, and violation of Florida's Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act.

Pro Bono

  • Served as first chair of a federal civil rights jury trial concerning excessive use of force.
  • Obtained dismissal of charges against a nurse wrongly accused of domestic battery.
  • Represented mother in family proceeding in which mother sought to relocate out of state with her daughter.
  • Represented prisoner in a civil rights excessive-use-of-force case.
  • Organized community legal fair designed to assist the underserved community of Brownsville.


  • Super Lawyers, Business Litigation (2022 & 2023)
  • Included in 2023 & 2024 Editions of Best Lawyers in America for Commercial Litigation
  • Selected as Up-and-Coming Lawyer for General Litigation in Florida by Chambers and Partners (2022 & 2023)
  • Black Professionals Network, Women in Excellence Award (2022)
  • Diversity and Inclusion Award, Daily Business Review (2021)
  • Women of Impact Award, Women's History Coalition of Miami-Dade County, Inc. (2021)
  • Most Powerful and Influential Black Business Leaders, Legacy Miami (2019)
  • Woman on the Rise Award, Dade County Bar Association (2017)
  • Wilkie D. Ferguson Jr. Bar Association’s Rising Star (2017)
  • 40 Under 40 Nation’s Best Advocates Award, National Bar Association (2016)
  • Florida Rising Stars, Super Lawyers Magazine (2013–2019)
  • Rising Stars, Daily Business Review (2014)
  • ICABA South Florida Legal Rising Star (2013)
  • Quarterfinalist, Legal Eagle Closing Argument Competition benefiting Legal Services of Greater Miami Inc. (2013)
  • 40 Under 40 Outstanding Lawyers of South Florida, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (2013)
  • "40 Under 40 Black Professionals" Honoree, Legacy Magazine (2012)

Professional & Community Involvement

  • American Bar Association
    • Website/Social Media Co-Chair, Business Torts and Unfair Competition Committee (2019–2021)
    • Judicial Intern Opportunity Program, Miami Working Committee (2020–2021)
  • National Bar Association
    • Commercial Law Section
  • Leadership Council on Legal Diversity
    • Fellow (2020)
    • Pathfinder Program (2015–2016)
  • The Florida Bar
  • Dade County Bar Association
    • Director (2015–2018)
    • "Under 30" Director (2011–2013)
  • Wilkie D. Ferguson Jr. Bar Association
    • Co-Chair, Judicial Committee (2019)
    • Liaison to the Judicial Diversity Initiative (2015)
    • Immediate Past President (2014)
    • President (2013)
    • President-Elect (2012)
    • Secretary (2011)
    • Scholarship and Banquet Committee (2010)
  • Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of South Florida
    • Leadership Team for the Man and Woman of the Year Campaign (2017)
    • Man and Woman of the Year Candidate (2016)
  • University of Miami Citizens Board
  • Member, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
  • Committee Member, Florida Bar Grievance Committee 17E

Speaking Engagements

  • "Small Business Power Summit", Broward County Public Schools & Urban League of Broward County (May 2, 2023)
  • "Taste of the Caribbean", Weiss Serota (June 28, 2022)
  • “Legal Ethics in a Remote Work Environment”, American Bar Association, Section of Litigation Conference (May 5, 2022)
  • “We Have a Problem: Addressing the Widening Gap in Compensation and Promotion of Black Lawyers”, National Bar Association, Commercial Law Section Conference (February 25, 2022)
  • "2021 Carlton Fields Class Action Survey Results," Carlton Fields and the National Bar Association Commercial Law Section (September 29, 2021)
  • "Zoom Trial Advocacy - Avoiding Cat Filters," ABA Section of Litigation, Business Torts & Unfair Competition Litigation Committee (March 31, 2021)
  • "Distressed Real Estate and Receivership – The Uniform Act and More,” American Bar Association (February 17, 2021)
  • "Florida's Uniform Commercial Real Estate Receivership Act," Carlton Fields (October 21, 2020)
  • "Acing the Job Interview," Dade County Bar Association Bench and Bar Conference (February 10, 2017)
  • "The Path to Success: A Conversation for Young Lawyers," Dade County Bar Association Bench and Bar Conference (February 26, 2016)
  • "Women’s Legal Contribution," Broward College (March 1, 2016)
  • Tracy Wilson Mourning’s Honey Shine “Aspire to Shine” Workshop (May 17, 2014)
  • "Practicing With Professionalism," The Florida Bar Young Lawyer Professionalism Panel (January 10, 2014)
  • "Making the Transition From Law Student to Lawyer," ABA Fall Leadership Summit at the University of Miami School of Law (October 23, 2010)
  • "The Condo Crisis in South Florida: A Glimpse from All Perspectives," University of Miami Business Law Review Symposium (April 10, 2010)



  • University of Miami School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 2009)
    • University of Miami Business Law Review
    • Articles Editor, University of Miami Race & Social Justice Law Review, formerly known as The Black Law Review
    • President, Robert H. Waters Black Law Students Association (2007–2008)
  • University of Miami (B.B.A., cum laude, 2005)


  • Florida


  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • Florida State Courts

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