My name is Yasmin Tirado-Chiodini. I am an attorney, author, and entrepreneur. I enjoy challenge, and I am always looking for the next growth opportunity.
One of my favorite quotes is:
“A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.” by Robert A. Heinlein
Although I have not literally experienced all of the above (particularly the invasion planning, butchering, ship conning, and–hopefully not for a bit longer–the dying part…) I am a Renaissance person all-the-way, yet somehow I manage to have laser-focus when needed, particularly when I am writing, researching, or planning.
About My Professional Career
I have worked with major corporations and smaller companies, as well as on my own. I left my job as a U.S. Space Shuttle engineer at Kennedy Space Center for law school in 1993, graduated from GWU Law School in 1996, worked with some great companies–including government contractors, nonprofit “think tanks,” consulting firms and law firms–worked for a famous astronaut, and eventually established my virtual law practice in business and intellectual property law in Florida.
During the past fifteen years, while continuing to practice law, I launched a start-up technology company, enjoyed teaching as an adjunct professor of legal ethics and negotiations for a top-rated Executive M.B.A. program in Florida, wrote and published six books, served my community in various leadership roles, and raised an amazing daughter with my husband of 20 years.
My diverse preparation, experiences, successes and failures have enabled me to strategically spot the “dos and don’ts” of business ownership and operation. I leverage this knowledge for the benefit of my clients.
Besides helping my law practice clients, I also love to write and share my knowledge and experiences with others through teaching, coaching and speaking engagements.
About My Writing and Other Interests
I am an “indie author” and enjoy self-publishing. Now in its 3rd edition, my book “Does Your Compass Work? A Legal Guide for Florida Businesses” helps businesses understand the importance of following legal and business guidelines to maximize business success. The book is also available in Spanish.
I released my first novel in 2014, “Antonio’s Will: A Story of Sacrifice, Love, Tragedy and Injustice,” exposing the story of injustice of a man executed in the electric chair in the United States in 1916. (It was on the Amazon Best Seller and Top Rated Kindle lists for Caribbean and Hispanic American Literature for a couple of years after publication in 2014.) Check out the article I wrote about the novel on this blog by clicking here!) I published “Antonio’s Grace: An Island’s Plea for a Native Son” (Book 2 of the Antonio’s Series) in 2015. It is a nonfiction book containing a selection of photographs, historical documents and commentary on the fascinating story and the legal case in “Antonio’s Will.”
Last spring, I wrote and illustrated a short story, “How the Colonel got His Name,” based on a real story about one of the descendants of the family in Antonio’s Will. Learn more about how to get it for free here. On December 2016, I published the Spanish version of Antonio’s Will, “La Voluntad de Antonio: Una Historia de Sacrificio, Amor, Tragedia e Injusticia.”
I am also working on my second novel–centered on historical murders that occurred within my family in 15th century medieval Spain–and have other projects in the works. Please click on the book covers on the sidebar for more information about my books!
I publish in various media, hold speaking engagements, and I am active in my community. I love genealogy, reading, art, and music. I live with my husband, daughter and our awesome rescued labradors.
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Please visit my websites at www.TiradoChiodini.com, www.doesyourcompasswork.com, www.AntoniosWill.com, and www.AntoniosGrace.com. Follow my Facebook author page at www.facebook.com/Yasmin.Tirado.Chiodini.Author for more information about me, as well as my books. I am also on Linkedin, Google+ and Twitter (@TiradoChiodini).