Séverine Gianèse-Pittman, the new President of the FACC Miami

Since May 24th, 2013, the French-American Chamber of commerce of Miami has a new leader. The elected President is Séverine Gianèse-Pittman, a Paris and Florida Bar certified lawyer, specialized in contract law and international law. At the law firm where she works, she brings her expertise in the field of investment and international contracts. At the FACC Miami, she will bring her energy and knowledge of the French and American cultures she gained her last ten years of action and personal investment. About the Chamber, Ms. Gianèse-Pittman talks about “continuity and consolidation of the gains, maybe with a different spirit”.


  • e-Toile: Hello, Ms. Séverine Gianèse-Pittman, since May 24th 2013, you are the President of the French-American Chamber of Commerce of Miami. Can you introduce yourself to our readers?

Séverine Gianèse-Pittman: I am a lawyer licensed to practice in Paris, France and in Florida.

I dedicate myself to practice law in International affairs after spending 10 years in the Robert PITTMAN PA firm specialized in international business law, commercial transactions and commercial litigation.

I have a degree in contract law from the Pantheon-Assas University, a master’s in international law from the University of Miami and a Juris Doctor from Nova Southeastern University College.

After being an associate of the Parisian law firm Weissberg-Gaetjens-Ziegenfeuter & associates, I developed my international practice with the opening of an office in Miami specializing in Franco-American contracts.

Then I returned to the firm Robert W. PITTMAN, P. A. specializing in domestic and international commercial litigation in order to contribute with my experience in the field of investment and international contracts.

My day to day is basically to advise French companies in establishing their franchise network in Florida (especially in the field of fast food) and to intervene in conflicts over violation of exclusive distribution contracts or franchise within Europe as in the United States and France.

  • e-Toile: Why did you chose to represent this Franco-American organization here in South Florida and what is the first message you wish to send to the FACC’s members?

Séverine Gianèse-Pittman: Being a French-American lawyer and being married to an American citizen for 10 years, I find myself at the confluence of the two cultures and so I can appreciate the differences.

With a clientele that is largely French, I have been able to apperceive that these differences may lead to misunderstandings and sometimes act as barriers to the development of commercial relations between our two countries.

So I started to get involved in activities and organizations that seemed to go towards a better mutual understanding.

That is why I joined the French-American Chamber of Commerce of Miami (FACC Miami) where I was elected to the Board before being elected President.

As for my first message to the FACC’s members, which I will elaborate in more detail directly with them, without a doubt, will be a message of continuity and consolidation of the gains maybe with a different spirit.

  • e-Toile: The FACC Miami which just celebrated its 30th anniversary, has announced a tripling of the number of its members, a more extensive calendar of events and an increased budget.
    How do you forsee your role at the Head of the organization, which seems ready for the battle?

Séverine Gianèse-Pittman: We must avoid triumphalism or complacency based on the results since they have yet to be confirmed with the passage of time.

The role of president, I see more as a facilitator of a team in which each member must assume responsibility rather than a person who as president makes all the decisions.

I will endeavor to find this dynamic with the members of the board.

Article published on May 29, 2013.

Last modified on 11/06/2013

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