Fauzia Makar, Senior Associate Attorney
Mrs. Makar is a New York native that split her upbringing between New York, Puerto Rico, Egypt and Florida. She attended the University of Tampa where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminology and a double minor in Law and Justice and French. Amongst her accomplishments at the University of Tampa, Mrs. Makar won the oral arguments division of a Model United Nations competition and Criminology Student of the Year.
Mrs. Makar obtained her law degree from Florida A&M University College of Law where she participated in several internships. She completed an internship at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office where she aided Chief Counsel in preparation for Master Calendar Hearings and second chaired various hearings and immigration trials. Mrs. Makar also had the pleasure of aiding low income members of the community in matters relating to foreclosures, loan modifications, immigration and family issues. In addition, she aided Arthur Louv in the researching and editing of chapters eight and nine of the book Limited Liability Companies and Professional Service Corporations and Professional Limited Liability Companies of the Florida Small Business Practices, 6th Edition.
After obtaining her law degree and passing the Florida Bar, Mrs. Makar officially began her career aiding countless immigrants obtain legal status in the United States. While working at Colombo, Hurd & Brandt, PL, a full service immigration law firm, she focused on the preparation and filing of family based petitions both through the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services and Consular Processing. Mrs. Makar has also represented clients facing deportation proceedings. She has successfully obtained Asylum status for clients being persecuted in their own countries due to their religious and philosophical beliefs. She has even represented clients before the Board of Immigration Appeals.
In addition to her immigration experience, Mrs. Makar has amassed extensive experience in the fields of Bankruptcy and Real Estate law. More specifically, she has litigated foreclosure cases both on behalf of the banks and consumers. Mrs. Makar was employed by the Law Offices of Daniel C. Consuegra, a full service Creditors’ Rights law firm. Working for the bank has allowed her to have a unique advantage in that she has worked with them in developing legal strategies used in the litigation of their cases. As such, she has an understanding of their processes, strengths and weaknesses. She has been known to use this advantage to aggressively represent clients at trial and hearings against the banks.
With respect to her Bankruptcy law experience, Mrs. Makar was the Managing Attorney of Jacoby and Meyers – Bankruptcy, the largest consumer bankruptcy law firm at that time. She held this position for approximately two years where she trained and supervised bankruptcy attorneys and paralegals. She also tenaciously represented clients in all aspects of both Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 cases. In one case, her clients were facing losing their home and vehicles. Through her hard work her clients received a total discharge of their debt and only had to pay $2800.00.
Mrs. Makar recently joined the Law Offices of Robert Eckard & Associates where she handles the Foreclosure Defense, Bankruptcy and Immigration practice areas. She also aids clients in the negotiations of their debts and in obtaining loan modifications, short sales, deeds in lieu, etc. In her short time with the firm, she has already successfully litigated a foreclosure case at trial.
Mrs. Makar is admitted to practice law in the State of Florida, United States District Court for the Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Florida, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals and the Executive Office of Immigration Review. Due to her travels and background, she is fluent in both English and Spanish.