2022 Summer Associates
Megan is a 2L at the George Washington University Law School. She serves as an editor for the Business and Finance Law Review, as chairperson for the Alternative Dispute Resolution Board, and as a Writing Fellow. Last summer, she interned with the Department of Homeland Security and, over the school year, worked as a Judicial Extern for the NLRB Division of Judges.
Prior to law school, Megan graduated from the University of Central Florida, where she studied Communications. After college, she worked as a VIP concierge and tour guide at Disney and Universal Studios.
In her spare time, she enjoys reading historical fiction books, running, and eating sushi with friends.
Savannah Bergeron is a 1L at Harvard Law School. Savannah serves as Academic Chair for First Class, a first-generation affinity group for law students, and is Director of Community Development for the Harvard Law Entrepreneurship Project, a student-practice organization that gives legal assistance to start-ups in the Cambridge area. She also is a member of the submissions committee for Harvard’s Journal of Law and Technology.
Prior to law school, Savannah graduated cum laude with a B.S. in Biology and a B.A. in Business Administration from the University of Florida. In her free time, Savannah enjoys mountain biking, knitting, and gardening, and, as an 8th-generation Florida, Savannah also cares deeply about Everglades conservation and restoration.
Ridgana Bonne-Annee is a 2L at the Howard University School of Law. She is of Haitian descent and was born and raised in Naples, FL. Ridgana moved to Boca Raton to get her Bachelors degree in Criminal Justice & Political Science from Florida Atlantic University, where she graduated cum laude, and a Masters degree in Public Administration from Florida International University. Prior to law school, she worked at the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida as a Legal Assistant.
Ridgana moved to Washington, DC where she is now a rising 3L at Howard University School of Law. At Howard, she is a member of the Huver I. Brown Trial Advocacy Moot Court Team where she participated in AAJ’s Student Trial Advocacy Competition. She was also a Student Attorney for the Civil Rights Clinic where her most notable accomplishment was her contribution to the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization Amicus Brief. She also served as a Teaching Assistant for Contracts. Last summer, she was a legal intern for the D.C. Bar and worked on a range of pro bono matters, but the majority of her involvement surrounded landlord and tenant matters related to DC’s eviction moratorium.
During her free time, she enjoys watching reality TV or mockumentaries, hanging out with her family, going on Carnival cruises, and experiencing different cultures around the country and the world, with her favorite travel destination being Saint Maarteen. Most importantly, she is excited and looking forward to an enriching summer at Bilzin Sumberg.
Sarah is a 1L at Washington University in St. Louis School of Law. She is the Vice President of marketing and communications for the Graduate & Professional Council, as well as a member of Women’s Law Caucus, International Law Society, Business and Law Society, and the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund.
Prior to law school, Sarah was a Foote Fellow that graduated magna cum laude in 2021 from University of Miami, earning a degree in Honors Communication with minors in Public Health and Sociology. During her time in college, she was a contributing writer and illustrator for Distraction Magazine and Hurricane Newspaper, Vice President of Recruitment for University of Miami Panhellenic Association, and a junior account executive at GreenRoom Public Relations Firm.
In her free time, Sarah enjoys trying new restaurants to review in her food blog, drawing, and spending time with her kitten.
Aaron Finkel is a Miami native and 2L at the University of North Carolina School of Law in Chapel Hill. He serves as a Comments Editor on the North Carolina Law Review and received UNC Law’s Eugene Gressman & Daniel H. Pollitt Oral Advocacy Award. Last summer, Aaron interned for the Honorable Judge Donald L. Graham at the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida. During his upcoming 3L fall semester, Aaron will extern for the Honorable Justice Samuel Ervin at the North Carolina Supreme Court. In the spring, he will round out his law school career by representing startups and entrepreneurs as a member of UNC’s Startup NC Law Clinic.
Prior to law school, Aaron earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Politics magna cum laude from Brandeis University in Greater Boston. At Brandeis, he served as Vice President of the undergraduate student body. He was also awarded the Leonard Bernstein Music Fellowship, allowing him to perform as a clarinetist and saxophonist with various music ensembles.
In his spare time, Aaron enjoys practicing his instruments, traveling, and relaxing with his 12-year-old cockapoo, Cody. Aaron looks forward to joining the Bilzin team this summer, and to building strong relationships with his colleagues.
Lazaro Gonzalez is a 1L at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the incoming Latinx Law Students Association (LALSA) Conference Chair. He attended Florida International University for his BA in Political Science with summa cum laude honors. Before and during his time at Florida International University, he worked at GLZ Sprinklers, establishing the corporation, cultivating clients, and helping during installs. The summer before law school, he visited Philadelphia for the first time, signed his first lease, and made sure that all the boxes were checked before class began. It was his first real break, after graduating in December of 2020, since he started grade school.
In his spare time, he enjoys catching up on AMD and computer technologies, trying to put together computers, and following index funds. He also enjoys watching sports, he is a life-long fan of FC Barcelona and the Miami Heat.
His current legal fields of interest are corporate, real estate, and intellectual property law. He visited Bilzin’s office in high school, through the Street Law program, and is beyond excited at this opportunity. He looks forward to working and sharing with the Bilzin Sumberg family
Teodora Elena Maftei is a 2L at the University of Miami School of Law. She is a member of the University of Miami Business Law Review, the treasurer of the Health Law Association, and the vice-president of Miami Law’s Federal Bar Association Student Division.
Teodora was born in Romania and grew up in New York City. She graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in Neuroscience and minors in Healthcare Management and Chemistry. She also has a Master’s in Health Administration from the Miami Herbert Business School. Prior to law school, she worked in healthcare innovation and strategy.
During her 1L summer, Teodora served as a law clerk at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida in the Economic Crimes Section. During her 2L year, she worked at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in Miami.
Teodora enjoys watching and playing soccer, walking her dog, and cooking in her free time.
Carlos is a current 1L student at the University of Miami. As a former city planner, Carlos is passionate about urbanism and has years of experience guiding development projects through the administrative approval process. Carlos hopes to bring his experience to the forefront of his legal career, helping clients bring quality development projects to fruition.
Prior to law school, Carlos was a Senior Planner for the City of Miami Beach’s Planning Department. During his six years with the City of Miami Beach, he received the American Planning Association Award of Excellence in Florida for Sustainability. He is part of the American Institute of Certified Planners and a LEED Associate.
Carlos is a native Spanish speaker and is proficient in Portuguese.
Lucas is a 2L at the George Washington University Law School in Washington D.C. where he is part of the Public Contract Law Journal and a member of the Latin American Law Student Association. Last summer Lucas was worked at Bilzin as a Summer Associate and he’s glad to be back!
Prior to law school, Lucas graduated magn cum laude in 2019 from FIU, earning a degree in Political Science and after graduation, worked in political campaigns and lobbying efforts all around Miami-Dade County, in which he garnered an interest in Public-Private Partnership and government relations law. In his spare time, Lucas enjoys cooking, drinking one (or maybe two) of his favorite glasses of wine, and swimming.
Ariana Wagner is a 1L at Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law on a full-tuition scholarship. At Northwestern, Ariana is involved with the Latinx Law Student Association and has been elected as the organization’s Vice President of Academic Affairs. After her first semester, she was named to the Dean’s List. Outside of school, Ariana volunteers as a mentor with Dear Future Colleague where she provides guidance on the law school admissions process for applicants from diverse backgrounds.
Before law school, Ariana attended the University of Florida where she studied Economics. She was involved with UF’s chapter of She’s the First, a nonprofit organization that raises scholarship money to ensure that girls in the developing world have access to education. In her free time, Ariana enjoys exercising, cooking (especially pasta), and spending time with her family and friends.