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Manuel Perez-Leiva

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Persuasive Advocacy & Litigation Skills: Civil, Commercial, Probate, and Foreclosure Litigation, including appeals (presented oral argument to U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals). Criminal Defense. Transactional work in Labor & Employment Law, Contracts, and Estate Planning. Excellent written and oral communication skills are brought to bear on persuasive argument and zealously advocating my client's rights and claims.


Effective Depositions, Motion Calenda, & Litigation Strategies: Extremely adept at preparing and conducting aggressive and effective depositions of opposing parties, often eliciting incriminatory or contradictory responses, or revealing weaknesses in the opponent’s case. Evidentiary advantages thus gained result in a quicker resolution of the dispute. Prepare and argue persuasive motions that successfully advance the case. Result-driven, outside-the-box litigation strategies.


Successful Mediation & Negotiation Skills: Participated in numerous successful mediation sessions and settlement negotiations for clients with win-win results. Effective negotiations that produce major time and monetary savings for clients, avoiding protracted litigation or excessive settlement amounts.


Cost-Effective Time & Case Management: High level of proficiency in organizing and preparing for trial and conducting discovery. Provide innovative and cost-effective solutions to legal and business problems, including efficient use of contact and case management software.


Certified International Business Acumen & Award-Winning Business Development: Capable of generating financial growth and nurturing client relationships. Persuasive written, verbal, and presentation skills that create quality legal and business results. Strong multicultural human relations, management, and negotiation skills are dynamically applied to successful advocacy, litigation, and dispute resolution.


Dual Law Degrees & International Law: Juris Doctor, with an International Law Concentration and Civil Law Certification, and a Licentiate of Laws, thus licensed to practice in Spain as well as pro hac vice in the E.U. and Latin America. A multi-disciplinary/-jurisdictional approach, for example, saved a Spanish client thousands of dollars by defeating a breach of contract case brought by a major U.S. bank.



Effective Mediation of Civil Disputes: Impartial, professional mediation of civil litigation, bringing over 15 years of corporate business experience, as well as my litigation experience in the civil arena, to bear on resolving the dispute with win-win solutions. Extremely experienced with Residential Mortgage Foreclosure cases.


Certified International Business Acumen & Award-Winning Business Development: Strong multicultural human relations and negotiation skills are dynamically applied to successful dispute resolution.


Languages spoken: French, Spanish, Portuguese, English

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Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 40%
    9 years
  2. Foreclosure: 40%
    9 years, 500 cases
  3. Mediation: 20%
    5 years



Hourly ($250-300/hour)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

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  • Ramon A. Abadin

    I have known Manny for many years. He is a true professional who cares about his clients. He works hard to resolve legal challenges as an advocate or a mediator. Manny is also a decent and honest person.


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Contact info

Law & Mediation Office of Manuel Perez-Leiva

8233 Harding Avenue, Suite 402
Miami Beach, FL, 33141


FLMember in Good Standing200509/08/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Up & Comers Award Winner, Sales & MarketingPriceWaterhouse Coopers & Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce1993
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit & County Civil MediatorPrivate Practice2010 - Present
Attorney & Counselor at LawPrivate Practice2009 - Present
AttorneyBen-Ezra & Katz, P.A.2009 - 2009
AttorneyPrivate practice2008 - 2009
AttorneyRichard S. Gendler & Associates, P.A.2006 - 2008
AttorneyMiami-Dade Public Defender's Office2006 - 2006
Association namePosition nameDuration
The Forida Bar Journal Editorial BoardVice-Chair2011 - 2012
Collins Center for Public PolicyMediator2010 - Present
FL Supreme Court Dispute Resolution CenterCertified Circuit Civil Mediator2010 - Present
American Arbitration AssociationMediator2010 - Present
American Bar Association, International Law Section, Latin American and Caribbean Law CommitteeCo-chair2007 - 2008
American Bar Association, Young Lawyer's Division, International Law CommitteeCo-chair2007 - 2008
Miami Beach Bar AssociationPresident Elect (2016); Director & Website Chair2006 - Present
The Florida Bar Journal Editorial BoardEditor2006 - Present
The Florida Bar Journal Editorial BoardEditor2006 - 2012
Hispanic National Bar AssociationMember2004 - 2007
Cuban-American Bar AssociationMember2004 - 2007
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Okafor v. GonzalezPetition denied
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Publication nameTitleDate
ILSA Journal of International & Comparative LawThe Political Economy of Violence and Insecurity in the Borderlands of Northern Kenya (Spanish Translation)2002
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Barcelona Law SchoolCivil LawLicentiate of Laws2005
Nova Southeastern University - Shepard Broad Law CenterLawJD - Juris Doctor2004
Yale UniversitySociologyBA - Bachelor of Arts1978
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
MBBA Law MonthThe Rule of Law2015