Office Directory

Under the direction of Aileen M. Ugalde, vice president and general counsel, the Office of General Counsel advises officials of the University of Miami on legal and regulatory issues confronting a major educational and research institution. The General Counsel’s office, which includes five lawyers in addition to the General Counsel, three professional staff members, and four support staff members, provides a high level of professional legal service and counsel to the University by representing and advising University administrators and staff on matters of law, and implications of business and policy decisions. Much of the work is "preventive" practice, and requires an understanding of a complex educational and research institution with medical and marine schools, and the ability to anticipate problems before they arise and counsel upper level administration in this regard. Please refer to the list of Practice Areas for more information.

Through the Office of General Counsel, the University also engages outside counsel to represent its interests for legal matters requiring specialized and expert counsel. Please send all correspondence for attorneys and staff of the Office of General Counsel to their attention at the following address:

Attorneys

Aileen M Ugalde

Vice President & General Counsel

augalde@miami.edu

(305) 284-2700
Aileen Ugalde was appointed Vice President and General Counsel of the University of Miami in 2006. During her tenure with the University of Miami, Ms. Ugalde previously served as Vice President for Government Affairs, Assistant to the President, and as Secretary to the Board of Trustees. She was the Executive Director for the past two...

Marika Formoso

Attorney

mgf33@miami.edu

(305) 284-5453
Marika Formoso, assistant general counsel, joined the University’s General Counsel’s office in 2019. Prior to joining the University, Ms. Formoso represented the University as outside legal counsel at the law firm of Formoso-Murias, P.A. in Miami, Florida, where she focused primarily on real estate, corporate, business law,...

Judd J Goldberg

Assoc. VP, Assoc. General Counsel

jgoldberg@miami.edu

(305) 284-2700
Judd Goldberg, assistant vice president and associate general counsel, joined the University of Miami General Counsel's team in April 2007. Mr. Goldberg was formerly a litigation partner in the law firm of Kirkpartick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis LLP. He is a member of the Dade County Bar Association, the Florida Bar, and the National...

Steven Edward Stark

Chief Risk Officer and Sr. Counsel

sstark@miami.edu

(305) 243-1407
Steven Stark, assistant general counsel, joined the University of Miami General Counsel's team in March 2008. Prior to joining the office, Mr. Stark was, starting in 2004, the Executive Director of the University's Office of Patent Protection and Risk Prevention (Medical Risk Management). Prior to accepting a position at UM, he was a...

Robert Webster Vale

Assistant General Counsel

rwv10@miami.edu

(305) 284-2700
Robert W. Vale, assistant general counsel, joined the University of Miami General Counsel’s team in 2018. Prior to joining the University of Miami, Mr. Vale was a partner with the law firm Shutts & Bowen, LLP in Miami, Florida. Mr. Vale also previously worked with the law firm Goren, Cherof, Doody & Ezrol PA. in Fort...

Ondrej Staviscak Diaz

Attorney

oxs306@miami.edu

Ondrej Staviscak Diaz, Assistant General Counsel, joined the University of Miami’s Office of the General Counsel in 2019. Prior to joining the University, Mr. Staviscak Diaz was a Senior Associate in the securities litigation group of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP in New York and Miami. Mr. Staviscak Diaz is a member of the New York...

Javier Peral II

Attorney

jxp1961@miami.edu

(305) 284-2700
Javier Peral II, Assistant General Counsel, joined the University of Miami’s Office of the General Counsel in 2020. Prior to joining the University, Mr. Peral was a Senior Associate in the litigation and international arbitration groups of Hogan Lovells US LLP in Miami. While there, he served as Chair of the Miami Associates’...