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The Suarez Law Firm, P.A. » Diego M. Pestana


Diego Pestana joins the Suarez Law Firm after gaining extensive experience as a judicial law clerk at different levels of the federal judiciary—from the discovery phase at trial court to the appellate process. He clerked first for U.S. Magistrate Judge Amanda Arnold Sansone at the Middle District of Florida. While clerking for Judge Sansone, Diego worked on a wide range of matters in civil and criminal cases, including discovery disputes, dispositive motions, jury trials, motions to suppress, Garcia hearings, and Social Security appeals. He then went on to clerk for Judge Michael P. Allen of the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims in Washington, D.C. With Judge Allen, Diego gained insight into the appellate process, learned how to identify appealable issues, and worked extensively on matters dealing with statutory and regulatory interpretation. Diego then returned to the Middle District to be among the first law clerks to U.S. District Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle. With Judge Mizelle, Diego helped with case management as well as matters in a wide variety of legal areas, including trade secrets, antitrust law, civil RICO, False Claims Act, and bankruptcy appeals. Diego also served briefly as an Assistant Public Defender at the Hillsborough County Public Defender’s Office for the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit.
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Diego is a native of the greater Tampa Bay area, having grown up in Spring Hill. After briefly attending the University of Tampa, he obtained his undergraduate degree from Saint Leo University. During college, Diego was a member of University of Tampa’s men’s soccer team as well as Saint Leo University’s men’s soccer team. He was a member of the 2009 UT men’s soccer team that won the Sunshine State Conference. And he was a member of the 2013 Saint Leo men’s soccer team that won the Sunshine State Conference.

Diego graduated cum laude from Stetson University College of Law, where he concentrated in advocacy. He was awarded the Victor O. Wehle Award for excellence in trial advocacy. And he was awarded the E. Harris Drew Memorial Award for dedication to the law and ability to express thoughts orally and in writing. He earned highest-grade designations in Trial Advocacy, Negotiation & Mediation, and Federal Courts. He also excelled in White Collar Crime taught by Professor Ellen S. Podgor. Diego participated in a Study Abroad course entitled Comparative Trial Advocacy at the University of Oxford in England. Diego was an associate of Stetson Law Review and a member of the Moot Court Board. He competed in the Robert Orseck Moot Court Competition (where he argued before the Florida Supreme Court), the National Veterans Law Moot Court Competition, and the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition (the oldest and largest moot court competition in the world).

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Professional and Civic Activities

Federal Bar Association

  • Public Service Task Force, 2019-2020
  • Federal Bar Association, Washington D.C. Chapter

  • Board Member, 2019-2020
  • Young Lawyers Division Committee, 2019-2020
  • Federal Bar Association, Tampa Bay Chapter
  • Board Member, 2021-present
  • Young Lawyers Division Committee, 2017-2019
  • Staying in the Game Committee, 2019
  • Tampa Hispanic Bar Association
  • Board of Directors, 2020-present
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association
  • Bar Leadership Institute, 2021-2022
  • J. Clifford Cheatwood American Inn of Court, 2021-present
    The Federalist Society
    Knights of Columbus
  • Officer, Epiphany of Our Lord Catholic Church Council
  • Ancient Order of Hibernians
  • President, Pinellas Division 2
  • State Legal Chair
  • Bar Admissions

    U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida



    Panelist, Insight into the Judicial Clerkship Experience, Federal Bar Association Tampa Bay Chapter (July 2021)


    Moderator, Judicial Panel, HCBA State Court Trial Webinar (June 2021)


    Diego M. Pestana, Originalism as Faith, Fed. Law., January-February 2021 at 70 (book review).


    Natalia Reyna-Pimiento & Diego M. Pestana, The International Child Abduction Remedies Act: Recovery of Attorney’s Fees and Costs in Pro Bono Cases, 35 Family Law Commentator, Fall 2020, at 17.


    Diego M. Pestana, The “Feel” of a Case: Virtue Decision-making as the Correct Approach for Deciding Cases in Equity, 31 St. Thomas L. Rev. 17.


    Diego M. Pestana, A Debt Against the Living: An Introduction to Originalism, Fed. Law., Oct. 2018 at 66 (book review).


    Diego Pestana, Recent Developments, 46 Stetson L. Rev. 716 (discussing Chmielewski v. City of St. Pete Beach, No. 8:13-CV-3170-T-27MAP, 2016 WL 761032 (M.D. Fla. Feb. 26, 2016)).

    Previous Experience


    Law Clerk to the Honorable Kathryn Kimball Mizelle (2021)


    Assistant Public Defender, Thirteenth Judicial Circuit (2020)


    Law Clerk to the Honorable Michael P. Allen (2019-2020)


    Law Clerk to the Honorable Amanda Arnold Sansone (2017-2019)