Francisco Martinez Diaz-Granados

Francisco is a second-year Juris Doctorate candidate at St. Thomas University College of Law.

He was born and raised in Santa Marta, Colombia, and moved to the United States for college. 

A merit scholarship recipient, Francisco obtained a spot on the Dean’s List and sits on the board of the St. Thomas Law Moot Court Honors Society. He received the “CALI Book Awards” for Arbitration and Alternate Dispute ResolutionLegal Research and Writing, and Advanced Legal Research and Writing. Additionally, he obtained special recognition for the best appellate brief on the Moot Court Course.

While in law school, Francisco clerked for five months at Horr, Skipp, and Perez, P.A. (“HSP”), a maritime law firm specializing in defense litigation. At HSP, he conducted complex legal research and wrote time-sensitive legal memoranda and motions. He also drafted an appellate brief to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. 

Before law school, Francisco was the Manager at the Council of the Americas, an international business organization. For seven years, he created spaces of dialogue—business-oriented policy discussions— between corporate leaders and public officials from across Latin America and the United States. Specifically, Francisco managed clients from Fortune 500 corporations, multinationals, and multi-latinas. He provided value to C-suite, V-suite, and D-level executives by building revenue-oriented partnerships that helped advance his client’s strategic regional business interests. Francisco also worked in Washington, D.C., gaining broader professional experience in public affairs, strategic communications, and business associations. 

Francisco obtained a dual bachelor’s degree in economics and political science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He also completed public policy and economics courses at the National University of Singapore (NUS).

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