Laura Pereira is an associate attorney at The Downs Law Group in Coconut Grove, Florida. Ms. Pereira was born in Havana, Cuba and at the age of seven immigrated to Miami, Florida. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Psychology from Florida International University. Thereafter, she earned her Juris Doctor from St. Thomas University School of Law and graduated Cum Laude in 2016.
During law school, Ms. Pereira was a recurring Dean’s list and scholarship recipient and served as the Symposium and Article Procurement Editor for the St. Thomas Intercultural Human Rights Law Review. She organized and took part as a panel speaker focusing her discussion on Cuban social movements in the St. Thomas University School of Law Intercultural Human Rights Law Review, 11th Annual Symposium. Ms. Pereira was able to excel academically in law school while simultaneously interning at the Family Division of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit in Miami-Dade County, and as a law clerk for prestigious law firms, wherein she gained valuable experience in family and probate law, business and corporate litigation, transactional law, and mediation.
After graduating from law school, Ms. Pereira began her legal career by practicing in the areas of family and marital law, probate and guardianship administration. She then went on to represent individuals and businesses in contested and complex matters in state and federal courts in a wide range of legal matters including, family and probate litigation and administration, corporate and commercial litigation, transactional law and personal injury matters.
Ms. Pereira brings her knowledge of negotiation and litigation to assist in the practice of the firm’s mass tort litigation, particularly involving advocating for victims of the Deepwater Horizon disaster of 2010. Ms. Pereira takes great pride in representing and protecting individuals and family’s facings hardships and injustices and is well known for her creative approach and solution-oriented focus.
In her personal time, Ms. Pereira enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling to new destinations, and giving back to her community. Ms. Pereira is fluent in both Spanish and English with deep roots in the Hispanic community.