Angelica D. Roselló is an associate at Cortes Hodz, P.A., working exclusively in the area of marital and family law. She is admitted to practice law in both Florida and Pennsylvania, and has received training and certification in both mediation and collaborative practice.
Angelica received her B.A. in International Relations from Florida International University in 2006, and her J.D. from The Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of Law in 2010. In law school, Angelica was involved in several organizations, including acting as Vice-President for the Minority and Latino Law Student Associations. She also interned at the Centre County District Attorney’s Office and was a research assistant to Professor Jill C. Engle. Upon graduating law school, Angelica was the Clinical Fellow at the Penn State Law, Family Law Clinic. After completing her fellowship, she accepted a position as a family law associate with the firm Engle & Engle, P.C. Angelica then served as the judicial law clerk to the Honorable Thomas K. Kistler of the Centre County Court of Common Pleas for nearly two years.
In 2014, Angelica moved to Tampa, Florida with her family where she began practicing marital and family as an associate attorney in Hillsborough County. In addition to practicing law, she has taught legal writing as an Adjunct Professor at the University of South Florida.
Prior to joining Cortes Hodz, Sara practiced insurance defense with Pennington, P.A. Sara also practiced for six years as an Assistant Public Defender for the 13th Judicial Circuit in Hillsborough County. As an Assistant Public Defender, Sara tried 63 jury trials and 11 non-jury trials. In her time as an Assistant Public Defender Sara worked in all Divisions of the office to include Juvenile, Misdemeanor and Felony Court and tried cases ranging from petit theft to homicide.
Sara is a native of Tampa, Florida. She graduated with honors from the University of Tampa in 2007. While attending the University of Tampa, Sara was a student clerk for the United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida. Sara went on to attend and graduate from Stetson University College of Law. While in law school Sara interned for the Honorable Judge Anthony Porcelli of the Middle District of Florida, the State Attorney’s Office for the 6th Judicial Circuit, and the Public Defender’s Office for the 13th Judicial Circuit.
Sara currently serves as a member of the Florida Bar Professional Committee and is a graduate of the Florida Bar Leadership Academy, Class II. Sara is in the current class of the Hillsborough County Bar Association Bar Leadership Institute. She is an active member of the Hillsborough County Bar Association, the Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers and the Ferguson-White Inn of Court. Outside of work Sara is also very active in her church.
Sara resides in Tampa with her husband and two children.
Lawrence was born in 1977 in Jacksonville, Florida where he lived until moving to Orlando, Florida to attend the University of Central Florida.
Lawrence received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Central Florida in 1998, graduating in just three years. Immediately after graduating, Lawrence attended law school and received his Juris Doctor from Florida State University College of Law in 2001.
Following law school, Lawrence moved to Tampa, Florida and practiced insurance defense in the area of workers compensation. In 2002, Lawrence joined a prestigious national law firm with its home office in Tampa, Florida. Initially, Lawrence was an associate working in the Immigration and Nationality Law Department and also did some work in the Personal Injury/Civil Litigation Department. While there, Lawrence began taking cases and representing clients in the area of Marital and Family Law. As his case load grew, Lawrence began the firm’s Marital and Family Law Department and became a partner/shareholder with the firm before the age of 30. In 2010, Lawrence left the firm to join his wife Vivian in her practice, which was known as the Law Firm of Vivian Cortes Hodz, P.A. Upon Lawrence joining Vivian, the firm became known as Cortes Hodz Law Family Law and Mediation, P.A. and is now known as Cortes Hodz, P.A.
Lawrence continues to represent clients in the areas of marital and family law. Lawrence has represented clients from all walks of life from the unemployed to former and active professional athletes, doctors, lawyers, CEO’s and business owners. Lawrence also assists clients in personal injury matters as a result of auto accidents, slip and falls, and medical malpractice.
Lawrence has been recognized by Super Lawyers Magazine as a “Rising Star” in Family Law in 2015 and 2016. This recognition and honor is bestowed on less than 2.5% of lawyers each year.
Lawrence is a member of the Florida Bar, the Family Law Inn of Court for which is sits on the organizations executive committee, and the Hillsborough County Bar association. Lawrence also currently serves as Vice President on the board of directors for Are You Safe, Inc., which is a non-profit organization assisting domestic violence victims in Hillsborough County. Lawrence also devotes significant time to his children’s sports and extracurricular activities including coaching his son’s travel baseball team, the Bloomingdale Bandits.
Outside of the courtroom, Lawrence is an avid cook and loves to slow cook on his Big Green Egg. He even makes his own bar-b-que sauces from scratch. Lawrence is also an avid Seminole fan and has been a football season ticket holder and booster since 2004.
Vivian Cortes Hodz is the founding partner of the law firm of Cortes Hodz Family Law and Mediation, P.A. She has practiced exclusively family law her entire career. In her early years as an attorney Vivian had the opportunity to work as a staff attorney for Bay Area Legal Services as well as an associate in two small local family law firms. In 2008, Vivian opened her own law practice and has seen that practice grow from one attorney to a team comprised of three attorneys and four support staff employees.
Vivian received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology in 1999 from Florida State University and her Juris Doctor in 2002 from Florida State University College of Law. Vivian met her Husband and Partner, Lawrence Hodz, while in law school at FSU. They are Seminoles and enjoy returning to Tallahassee during the Fall. Vivian and Lawrence combined their personal and professional lives in 2010 and work together as partners of Cortes Hodz Family Law & Mediation, P.A. As parents, professionals and business owners they bring a unique perspective to the practice of family law in that they understand the challenges that daily life can hold and they recognize the importance of balancing all aspects of personal and professional life.
In addition to her family law litigation practice Vivian is a Supreme Court Certified Family Law mediator and conducts mediations for other attorneys and pro se litigants either in her downtown Tampa office or other locations within Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco counties.
Vivian is the 2016 President of the Tampa Hispanic Bar Association, a board member of Bay Area Legal Services, a graduate and fellow of Class II of the Florida Bar Leadership Academy, and Membership Chair of the Executive Council of Family Law Section of the Hillsborough County Bar Association. She was appointed to the Voluntary Bar Liaison Committee of the Florida Bar in 2015 and serves on the 13th Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee for the Florida Bar. In addition to her leadership roles in various local and statewide organizations Vivian is an active member of the Hillsborough Association of Women Lawyers, the Hispanic Professional Women’s Association, and Run Tampa.
Vivian has worked as an adjunct professor at Southwest Florida College and has presented on topics related to family law mediation and alternative dispute resolution during various continuing education seminars for the Florida Bar and the Hillsborough County Bar Association. She is a 2012 graduate of Leadership Tampa. Vivian has been recognized by Super Lawyers Magazine as a “Rising Star” in Family Law in 2015 and 2016. This recognition and honor is bestowed on less than 2.5% of lawyers each year. Vivian was also awarded the Leadership Excellence Award in Law by Hispanic Professional Women’s Association in May 2013.
Vivian was born in Tampa in 1978 to parents of Cuban and Puerto Rican descent. Her parents worked several jobs to provide Vivian with a strong educational foundation at Villa Madonna Catholic School. Vivian graduated from Bloomingdale High School in 1996 and still resides in Brandon with her family. Vivian is proud of her Hispanic heritage and strives to provide legal services in Spanish, both as an attorney and as a mediator, to Spanish speaking clients.