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Maria-Cristina Del-Valle obtained an Associate of Arts Degree in applied music (piano) from St. Joseph College with honors in philosophy and earned her Bachelor of Arts in Art Education with double minors in English Literature and Philosophy from Florida State University. She became professor at, and crew-member of, the tall ship TeVega – an American accredited college preparatory school ship – sailing around the world for over two years. She earned her Juris Doctor Degree from Nova University School of Law, where she received a Moot Court Silver Tongue Award and served as staff member of the Law Review.
Ms. Del-Valle clerked at Colson & Hicks, P.A. during law school and upon graduation became the Senior/ Managing Partner of Del-Valle & Netsch, P.A. concentrating in the areas of real estate, art & entertainment. In 1985, she formed Del-Valle & Reichenbacher, expanding the real estate services and representing foreign and domestic clients in the fashion, modeling, recording, film, television, fine arts and events production industry. Her involvement with the then fledging entertainment industry led her to represent producers and actors of the highest-rated Spanish language soaps – the firsts to be produced in Miami. Additionally, Ms Del-Valle has herself negotiated, managed and produced live concerts of performing artists, such as the sold-out premiere of the Gypsy Kings from France and Maria Bethania from Brazil.
During the 80’s, Miami witnessed the birth of several major arts organizations. Ms Del-Valle, with years of experience in the arts, a law degree and a commitment to community service, joined the Executive Committees of the Miami Film Festival and Miami International Book Fair. It was during those crucial founding years that she served as Treasurer and Chairman of the Entertainment Committee of the Book Fair and as President of the Film Festival ('84 - '88). In 1987 she co-founded the Miami Film Festival’s Jazz Club.
As a result of a lifelong interest, education and experience in the arts, Ms Del-Valle’s client base expanded to include architects, designers, galleries, art dealers, collectors, museum professionals, art consultants and painters from Cuba and from New York, whose rapid influx commenced to enrich the South Florida arts-scene exponentially during the late 80’s and are still doing so. She became President of the Cuban Museum of Art and Culture in 1994 and was successful, as a lead negotiator, in merging the collection with that of the University of Miami's Lowe Museum - thus providing for the collection a long-needed optimum conservation-environment. She remained as a member of the collection’s Advisory Board.
Throughout the years she has continued to remain active in the arts community as a regular contributor to fledging organizations, as well as established ones and responding gladly to requests for contributions to organizations of special interest to her clients. See Section Titled Community Involvement.
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