Rene Suarez was born in Pahokee, Florida to Cuban immigrant parents and grew up in Miami. At an early age, Rene learned the virtues of hard work from his blue collar, practical family. Rene’s father was a welder and his mother was a lab tech at a sugar refinery. Rene received his bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, with high honors, from Florida International University where he was first in his class. Mr. Suarez received his law degree from St. Thomas University School of Law in Miami where he graduated Magna Cum Laude and ranked third in a class of 130. Rene passed the bar exam on his first try in July 2001 with one of the highest scores recorded for that testing session and the highest score of any student from a Florida school.