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:


Aileen M Ugalde

Vice President & General Counsel

(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...

Cynthia Lou Augustyn

Assoc. VP, Deputy General Counsel

(305) 284-2700
Since 1982, Cynthia L. Augustyn, associate vice president and deputy general counsel, has served as one of the University’s leading in-house attorneys. Prior to joining the University, Ms. Augustyn was an associate in the litigation department of the Miami law firm of Mershon, Sawyer, Johnston, Dunwody and Cole. She is a member of the...

Marika Formoso


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

(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

(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

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...

Natalia Maria Salas

Assistant General Counsel

Natalia Salas joined the University of Miami’s Office of the General Counsel in 2018. Prior to joining the University, Ms. Salas practiced in the business litigation group as Senior Counsel of the Miami office of Foley & Lardner LLP. While there, she served on the Associates Committee, Chair of the Women’s Committee, and...