Attorneys / Staff


Samuel J. Kaufman

Former Assistant Public Defender & Trial Attorney


University of California, Los Angeles; B.A. History, 1995
University of Miami Law School, Juris Doctor, 1998, Magna Cum Laude

Bar Admissions

  • Licensed to practice in Florida, admitted 1998
  • Licensed to practice in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • Licensed to practice in the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh circuit

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • A Supreme Court of Florida Certified Family Law Mediator. Available to mediate divorce, paternity and adoption cases.
  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Treasurer, 2006 Monroe County Chapter
  • Monroe County Bar Association
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • National Lawyers Guild

Special Interests & Community Involvement

  • Florida Keys Outreach Coalition for the Homeless —
    Chairman of the Board of Directors 2002 to the present
  • Board Member – Key West Art & Historical Society
  • Friends of Higgs Beach, Key West, Fl — Committee Chairperson
  • Montessori Children’s School, Key West — Planning & Development Board Member
  • AYSO Soccer Coach
  • Graduate of the Key West Ambassador Academy Program
  • Current City Commissioner of Key West, District II

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IMG_9944Michael R. Anello

Attorney, Criminal Defense & Juvenile Law
Former Assistant State Attorney

Michael Anello has more than 15 years experience in the criminal justice system, having spent five years as a Probation Officer, including two right here in Key West. As a Private Attorney and former Prosecutor in two different Circuits, he has litigated thousands of cases, including more than 40 jury trials involving charges ranging from Robbery to Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol.


University of Florida Frederic School of Law, Gainesville, FL Juris Doctor, December, 2004

University of Florida, Gainesville, FL., B.A. in Criminology, December 1993

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Catherine P. Mueller
Attorney at Law
Civil Litigation, Foreclosure, Probate Administration


Thomas M. Cooley Law School, J.D. 2003

Dean’s List, Certificates of Merit in Bankruptcy and Taxation of Business Entities

Davenport University, BBA – Accounting; 1996

Bar Admissions

Licensed to practice in Florida – admitted 2009.

Licensed to practice in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Licensed to practice in the United States Bankruptcy and District Courts for the Middle District of Florida.

As an associate attorney with the firm, Catherine is responsible for handling the foreclosure defense and quiet title action caseload. She has a solid background litigating lien foreclosure actions that included practicing in federal bankruptcy court on behalf of homeowner and condominium associations. Prior to and while attending law school, Catherine was a paralegal in Michigan for almost ten years focusing primarily on civil litigation and medical malpractice insurance defense. After law school and before becoming licensed to practice law, Catherine worked for an international public accounting firm in both the federal tax and nonprofit tax departments where she specialized in international corporate tax, high wealth individual taxation and the taxation of exempt organizations. Catherine holds a “PTIN” designation with the I.R.S. and enjoys preparing tax returns for individuals and small businesses in her spare time during busy season.

Community Activities

American Bar Association – Military Pro Bono Project

Pro Bono Service Award Recipient in 2010 for providing more than 20 hours of pro bono legal service through Bay Area Legal Services, Tampa, FL.


“Financial Challenges,” Military Spouse JD Network, Volume 1, Issue 10, April 20, 2012.

Call Catherine at: 305-292-3926


Marilyn H. Smith

Paralegal, Civil & Probate
Florida Registered Paralegal #281010

Marilyn Stevenson Smith is an experienced paralegal who has worked in the areas of civil litigation, probate, estates and family law in law firms in Virginia, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Florida. Her education includes a Paralegal Certificate (with honors) from an ABA approved program, as well as B.A. and M. Ed. degrees. She is listed in Who’s Who in American Law, 6th Edition, for her work as founding president of Legal Assistants of Southeastern Connecticut, Inc. She has been an instructor for Introduction to Legal Assisting and Legal Ethic at Florida Keys Community College in Key West, FL where she resides.

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Monica Rodriguez
Office Administrator/ Legal Assistant

Monica Rodriguez has been in the legal field since 2002 and has been specializing in Personal Injury law for approximately 11 years.  She obtained a certificate in legal studies from Florida International University in 2002 and is currently obtaining her Associates in Arts degree. Once completed, Monica is looking forward to becoming a Certified Registered Paralegal. Monica is also fluent in Spanish.

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Maria Protopsaltis, MBA
For nearly a decade, Maria Protopsaltis has been professionally employed as a paralegal/legal assistant as well as in office management, executive administration, supervising staff and working with the public. Maria provides high-level support in a variety of industries and across multiple functional areas. Her colleagues and managers proudly credit her professionalism, organizational skills, dedication to her position and compassion to clients and fellow employees in speaking loudly to the type of person she is. Holding a Master’s of Business Administration with concentration on Entrepreneurship from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Maria has worked with the most prestigious companies in the world. We are lucky to have Maria working here with us at The Law Offices of Samuel J. Kaufman, PA.  Her professionalism, kindness and compassion make her a joy to work with. You will certainly appreciate her as the paralegal on your case!
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Caroline Speyerer
Receptionist/Accounts Receivable Clerk

Caroline Speyerer is the firm’s receptionist and accounts receivable clerk. She has a background in customer service, accounting, and billing. Caroline is extremely tech savvy and also speaks fluent Spanish. She is friendly, enthusiastic and always willing to help our team and our clients.

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Julia V. Kaufman
Office Manager

Julia has been managing our law firm since 2007. She has a strong background in Marketing, Advertising and Project Management. Julia earned her Bachelor of Science in Communication, with a minor in Marketing & Psychology from the  University of Miami . Additionally, she has a minor in Organizational Psychology from The University of  Tel Aviv, Israel.  Previously,  Julia worked at  Motorola, CBS and and brings those experiences and knowledge to our firm.  Julia continuously strives to improve our firm by implementing new policies and procedures with regards to billing, technology, administration, PR, and customer satisfaction. Julia is also fluent in Russian.  Please do not hesitate to contact Julia at the contact information below.

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