Santiago Cueto is the founding president of the Doral Bar Association
Santiago Cueto is the founding president of the Doral Bar Association (Andres Hernandez Studio, Inc)

If it was good enough for Donald Trump, thought attorney Santiago Cueto, then it was good enough for him.

When Donald Trump announced he was buying the Doral Golf Course-now called the Trump National Doral Miami—attorney Santiago Cueto started thinking about business and legal opportunities in the sprawling Miami suburb.

He googled “Doral Bar Association” and discovered none existed.

So Cueto took matters in his own hands and launched the Doral Bar Association. Some 70 people attended the launch party last week, held at the Mercantile Bank.

“I’m board certified in international law, and there are a lot of international businesses in Doral,” said Cueto, who runs Cueto Law Group in Coral Gables. “I wanted to get involved from a legal aspect. Why should I wait forever for someone else to do this.”

The Doral Bar already has a website,, and several officers, including Cueto as founding president; Miami personal injury attorney Spencer Aronfeld as vice president; Coral Gables immigration lawyer Leslie Snyder as vice president; and Coral Gables solo attorney Aura Olivas as secretary. The treasurer position is vacant.

The organization is open to lawyers and non-lawyers alike, noted Cueto, who said The Florida Bar has no prohibitions about non-lawyers joining bar associations.

Doral has been growing rapidly in recent years. In 2008, Fortune Small Business and CNN Money ranked Doral as 51 on a list of 100 cities with the best mix of business advantages and lifestyle appeal. Carnival Corp. and subsidiary Carnival Cruise Lines, Benihana, Perry Ellis International and Amadeus North America are all headquartered there, and The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta Miami Branch Office, one of the five Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta branch offices, is located in Doral.

Last year, the Miami Herald moved its operations there.