Diane P. Perez

Diane P. Perez

Diane P. Perez

Sole Practitioner
Board Certified Specialist
Location:
Coral Gables, Florida
Phone:
305-985-5676
800-639-9018 (Toll-Free)
Fax:
305-985-5677
Email:
The Florida Bar | Board Certified | Labor and Employment Law

As a native of Florida, born in Hialeah and raised in Hollywood, Diane P. Perez understands the dynamics of the state, especially the residents and companies she serves throughout Miami-Dade and Broward counties. As a second-generation Cuban-American, the law firm she put her name to, Diane Perez, P.A., focuses on employment law litigation and counseling and represents both employers and employees in federal and state courts and before federal, state and local agencies.

Ms. Perez served as an Associate Editor for the University of Miami International and Comparative Law Review while earning her Juris Doctor from the University of Miami School of Law. Before opening her firm, she gained practical experience in the field of employment law during her tenure with three national labor and employment law firms, exclusively representing management in a variety of labor and employment law matters. She also taught on employment-related issues before the Florida Institute of CPAs and the Cuban-American CPAs Association. She has spoken at the ABA's Mid-Year meeting on equal pay and on hiring, firing and disciplining for The Seminar Group. She has also spoken to the Dade County Bar Association on other labor and employment law matters.

Ms. Perez has authored and co-authored various articles, including on FLSA class-action lawsuits, revisions to Florida's unemployment compensation benefits law, and the National Labor Relations Act. Ms. Perez also published an article on pregnancy discrimination under The Florida Civil Rights Act for the Dade County Bar Association's "Bulletin."

Ms. Perez is admitted to practice law by the Florida Bar and before the United States District Court for the Southern, Middle and Northern Districts of Florida and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit. She is a Florida Bar Board Certified Labor and Employment Law Specialist. Ms. Perez serves as the current President of the Coral Gables Bar Association is also a member of the Cuban American Bar Association and the Dade County Bar Association. In addition, she has served on the Board of Directors of the Coral Gables Bar Association since September 2012, serving as Secretary in 2013 and Treasurer in 2015 and is a former Editor-in-Chief of the Cuban American Bar Association's quarterly magazine, "CABA Briefs".

Areas of Practice

  • 100% Labor and Employment Law (Employers and Employees)

Litigation Percentage

  • 75% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Labor and Employment Law, Florida Bar, 2017

Bar Admissions

  • Florida, 2007
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida, 2008
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida, 2008
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 2009

Education

  • University of Miami School of Law, Coral Gables, Florida
    • J.D. magna cum laude - 2007
    • Honors: Dean's List
    • Law Review: University of Miami International and Comparative Law Review, Associate Editor
  • University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida
    • B.S. cum laude - 2003
    • Honors: President's List
    • Honors: Dean's List
    • Major: Magazine Journalism
    • Minor: Business Administration

Published Works

  • Co-Author, “Pre-Notice Communications with Potential FLSA Class Members May Get Attorneys in Hot Water When They Run Afoul of Florida’s Ethics Rules”, The Checkoff, April, 2010
  • Co-Author, "Approved Legislation Revises Florida's Unemployment Compensation Law", CABA Briefs, May, 2012
  • Author, “Does the Florida Civil Rights Act Prohibit Pregnancy Discrimination”, The Bulletin, 2012-2013
  • Author, “Eleventh Circuit: National Labor Relations Board Erred in Finding Stagehands are Employees of Referring Agency Under the Common Law of Agency”, The Checkoff, July, 2016

Classes/Seminars

  • Speaker, Florida Institute of CPAs
  • Speaker, Cuban American CPAs Association
  • Speaker, Dade County Bar Association
  • Speaker, ABA Mid-Year Meeting
  • Speaker, The Seminar Group

Honors and Awards

  • “Rising Star”, Florida Super Lawyers, 2012 - 2017
  • Super Lawyers, Florida Super Lawyers, 2018 - Present

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Hispanic National Bar Association, Member
  • Coral Gables Bar Association, President, 2017 - Present
  • Coral Gables Bar Association, President Elect, 2016 - 2017
  • Coral Gables Bar Association, Treasurer, 2015 - 2016
  • Coral Gables Bar Association, Director, 2014 - 2015
  • Coral Gables Bar Association, Secretary, 2013 - 2014
  • Cuban American Bar Association, Member, 2007 - Present
  • Cuban American Bar Association, Editor in Chief of “CABA Briefs”, 2012 - Present
  • Dade County Bar Association, Member

Past Employment Positions

  • Jackson Lewis LLP, Attorney, December 2011-June 2012
  • Meyer White LLP, Attorney, January 2010-December 2011
  • Ford & Harrison LLP, Attorney, September 2008-January 2010
  • Weiss, Serota et al., P.A., Attorney, September 2007-August 2008; May 2006-August 2006

Pro Bono Activities

  • Read2Succeed
  • Cuban American Bar Pro Bono Project

Languages

  • English
  • Spanish

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