Samanta Franchim, Esq. is an attorney with Baker & Hostetler LLP. She specializes in commercial real estate and is excited to be a part of transactions that help shape Orlando and its community. Samanta is not only an advocate for her clients, but she is also an advocate for diversity and inclusion. She is originally from Brazil and moved to the United States as a child. She uses her perspective as an immigrant to bridge the divide between people with differing viewpoints. Samanta actively participates in her law firm's recruitment and interview process and serves as a mentor to summer associates at the law firm. Additionally, she is involved with the Orlando Chapter of Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW), which strives to transform the commercial real estate industry by advancing women. Samanta is currently the education co-chair of the Future Leaders Committee for CREW and is a member of the Scholarship and Recruitment Committee for the Ohio State Alumni Club of Central Florida.
Samanta received her bachelor's degrees in Italian and International Studies, summa cum laude, from The Ohio State University in 2013. She earned her Juris Doctorate, magna cum laude, in 2017 from the University of Florida. Throughout her academic career, Samanta held several leadership positions, interned with the Center for American Progress in Washington, D.C., and served as a research assistant to Associate Dean Jason Nance. During her time as a research assistant, Samanta assisted with drafting a report published by the American Bar Association regarding the school-to-prison pipeline nationwide.
In her spare time, Samanta enjoys volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, spending time with her husband and two dogs, and ballroom dancing.