FINANCIAL FREEDOM ADVOCATES, PLLC.
MEET OUR ATTORNEYS
Ilona D. Anderson, Esq.
Andrea Grillon, Esq.
R Martin Saenz, Esq
Attorney, Co. Founder
Attorney, Co. Founder
Ilona has broad and extensive legal background. In addition to being the owner of Financial Freedom Advocates, PLLC, she also co-owns Saenz & Anderson, PLLC – one of Florida’s leading Plaintiff-side employment law firms. Prior to forming Saenz & Anderson, Ilona was Managing Partner of The Law Firm of Ilona Demenina Anderson, P.L. in Miami, practicing general civil litigation; Attorney at The Ferraro Law Firm in Miami, practicing catastrophic personal injury and medical malpractice; Senior Legal Consultant at KPMG in Moscow, practicing international corporate law; and Associate at Akerman Senterfitt in Miami, practicing commercial litigation.
Ilona decided to venture into consumer bankruptcy law because of her passion for social justice. She believes that a society that encourages financial risk should also have a civilized mechanism for letting people start fresh if that risk doesn’t pan out in their favor. Many people discount bankruptcy as a viable option for starting fresh because of shame and stigma. Ilona is on a mission to break the stigma around bankruptcy and instead demonstrate that it is a valuable tool that puts the debtor (not the creditors) in the driver’s seat on the road to financial freedom.
A 2006 cum laude graduate of St. Thomas University School of Law, Ilona is admitted to The Florida Bar and has litigated cases in various other states. In law school, Ilona served as Editor-in-Chief of the St. Thomas Law Review and was a member of the International Moot Court Team, receiving an oralist award at the Philip C. Jessup regional moot court competition, where she argued international maritime and piracy issues. Ilona was also a member of the Phi Delta Phi International Honors Fraternity and the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund. In addition, she was a recipient of the Best Student Award in Trial Advocacy Practice and International Law.
While in law school, Ilona was a Research Assistant to Professor Tamara F. Lawson, a Certified Legal Intern at the Broward County Attorney’s Office, a student law clerk to the Honorable U.S. Magistrate Judge Barry S. Seltzer of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, and a law clerk at Rosen, Switkes & Entin, P.L. Ilona’s article, entitled “Genetically Modified Foods in the International Arena: Trade Conflicts, Labeling Controversy, and the Importance of Informed Consumer Choice” was published in the Brigham Young University’s International Law and Management Review in 2006.
Ilona’s bar admissions include the U.S. Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, and the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida, and Florida’s state courts.
Ilona has been selected as a Rising Star by the Super Lawyers Magazine for 5 consecutive years (2016-2020) and named among 500 Leading Plaintiff Employment Lawyers by LawDragon 2020.
Ilona has been involved with several non-profits aimed at helping women and children, benefitting the environment, and improving animal welfare. In her spare time she enjoys healthy vegan cooking, martial arts, personal development, reading, boating, and spending time with her husband and their 3 kids and 2 dogs.
Andrea Grillon is a proud veteran of the United States Air Force. After being honourably discharged from the military she moved to the beautiful state of Hawaii. In 2007, Andrea earned her bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Hawaii. That year she was chosen as the Class Commencement Speaker and received a standing ovation for her enthusiastic oratory performance.
Thereafter, she attended the William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawaii, Manoa, and earned her Juris Doctorate in 2011. Mrs. Grillon returned to her native Florida and was admitted to the Florida bar in 2012. Andrea has focused her practice on helping consumers protect their rights.
Andrea is passionate about helping Floridians realize their financial goals. She has been a bankruptcy attorney since 2013 and has assisted many individuals in the United States Bankruptcy Court (Chapter 7 and 13) in getting a fresh financial start. She also defends homeowners against foreclosures, negotiates with creditors and defends credit card lawsuits.