Katerine Lopez serves as Chief Assistant Public Defender for the Early Representation Unit of the Law Office of the Public Defender. Ms. Lopez obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, with a minor in Biology, from Hofstra University. Ms. Lopez then attended St. Thomas University School of Law where she graduated cum laude, earning her Juris Doctorate in 2013. Ms. Lopez served as a Staff Editor for the St. Thomas Law Review. She is a member in good standing of the Florida Bar, the New York Bar and the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida. Ms. Lopez previously served as head of the Forensic Unit at the Broward County Public Defender’s Office. In her spare time, Ms. Lopez coaches law students competing on the St. Thomas University School of Law Mock Trial Team.
The Early Representation Unit provides legal representation for newly arrested defendants in First Appearance Court 365 days a year. Our dedicated attorneys handle the unfiled cases following first appearance court, investigating the allegations made by law enforcement, litigating motions before the court, conducting legal research and engaging the State of Florida’s criminal case filing attorneys. We also advocate to ensure that our incarcerated clients receive appropriate medical and mental health care and are treated with dignity and respect while housed in the Broward County Jail.