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Manuel Perez-Leiva

Foreclosure Attorney at Miami Beach, FL

4.7   13 reviews
  • Licensed for 19 years
    State FL
    Acquired 2005
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Manuel

Learn Manuel’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Foreclosure
    Experienced in both Defense & Plaintiff Litigation cases in Residential Mortgage Foreclosure.

    500 cases

  2. Litigation

  3. Lawsuits and disputes
    General Civil and Torts, including Breach of Contract, Fraud, Wrongful Termination/Whistle-blower cases, Landlord/Tenant Disputes, to name a few practice areas.

    100 cases

  4. Mediation
    Impartial mediation as a Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit & County Civil Mediator. Additionally Certified in Residential Mortgage Foreclosure Mediation by the American Arbitration Association & Collins Centers for Public Policy.

    120 cases

  5. Probate
    Probate filing and representation to establish rights as testate or intestate beneficiary.

    5 cases


Persuasive Advocacy & Litigation Skills: General Civil/Torts, Breach of Contract, Probate, Wrongful Termination/Whistleblower, Landlord/Tenant Disputes, and Foreclosure Litigation, including appeals (presented oral argument to U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals on a case of first impression in Immigration Law; not a specialty area of practice). Some transactional work in Labor & Employment Law, Contracts, and Estate Planning, including Wills and Trusts. Excellent written and oral communication skills are brought to bear on persuasive argument and zealously advocating my client's rights and claims.


Effective Depositions, Motions, and Litigation & Trial 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 and trial strategies.


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


Certified International Business Acumen & Award-Winning Business Development Experience: Extensive International Business Development experience prior to becoming an Attorney and Mediator. 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, whether domestic or international.


Dual Law Degrees & International Law: I am a Common Law and Civil Law Attorney. I have a Juris Doctor with an International Law Concentration and Civil Law Certification, as well as a Licentiate of Laws, a Spanish Law Degree, specializing in European Union Law. I am thus capable of practice in Spain, as well as pro hac vice in the E.U. and Latin American countries where Civil Law is the norm. 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.



Successful Mediation & Negotiation Skills: I have mediated a multitude of successful mediation conferences and facilitated 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.


Effective Mediation of Civil Disputes: Impartial, professional mediation of civil litigation in Florida Circuit and County Courts, bringing over 15 years of corporate business experience, as well as my litigation experience, to bear on resolving the dispute with win-win solutions and cost-effective settlements. Extremely experienced with Breach of Contract and Residential Mortgage Foreclosure cases.


Certified International Business Acumen & Award-Winning Business Development: Certified by the Michigan State University Eli Broad Graduate School of Management, the business skills and experience outlined above are brought to bear in my mediations as well. Strong multicultural human relations and negotiation skills are dynamically and impartially applied to successful dispute resolution.

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MPL Law & Mediation, LLC
8233 Harding Ave #402
Miami Beach, FL, 33141


4.7 / 5.0
  13 customer reviews
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Posted by anonymous | January 20, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Good responses
Mostly good responses Spoke to him will contact me for further discussion if he can be if any assistance
Posted by David | November 5, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommended! Integrity!
Very knowledgeable and I'm impressed that he gave me an honest assessment despite the fact that he was recommending against me pursuing alternatives and thus not to hire him. Integrity!
Posted by Stu | May 20, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Florida Bar Complaint
Mr. Manuel Perez-Leiva's response to filing a bar complaint was spot on. I liked the fact he furnished the information so that a non-lawyer like me can understand. Kudos
Posted by juan hernandez | February 20, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
amazing lawyer!
i really apreciate the help from the lawyer manuel perez leiva he did a great job on my case thanks for the support and the help !
Posted by Bruce | December 23, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
My Experience with Attorney Perez-Leiva
It is probably very rare that an opposing party will write a positive review on the attorney that initiated suit against him, but after seeing Mr Schu's review (I believe this was the same individual, whose real name is Schuster, that initiated suit against me that was represented by Attorney Perez-Leiva) I felt compelled to offer my perspective. Attorney Perez-Leiva was extremely professional and ethical in every respect. He genuinely sought to resolve the dispute as fairly, rapidly and inexpensively as possible while remaining a strong advocate for his client. While we were not able to resolve our matter to his client's satisfaction, I wanted to set the record straight as he made a genuine attempt to do so. In any circumstance that would not represent a conflict for me to engage him, I would be the first to utilize his services and I highly recommend him to anyone else.
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Posted by Ervin | December 22, 2016
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| Consulted Attorney
Manuel is an excellent lawyer and mediator. He is hard working, intelligent and honest.
Posted by Zel Remo Saccani | December 16, 2016
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| Consulted Attorney
Attorney review
I have known Manuel since 2009, and can vouch for his integrity and professionalism. He is a fine attorney with a keen intellect, and he has my highest personal and professional recommendation.
Posted by Carolyn | December 8, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Lawyer Review
I hired Manuel Perez-Leiva to represent me in a renter vs landlord dispute. I was very pleased with his knowledge of this field of the Law. He showed up to court and for the mediation on time and very well prepared. He explained everything to me and kept me informed. His fees were very reasonable. I was very pleased with all aspects of his service.
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Posted by anonymous | October 19, 2016
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CEO / Hope For Tomorrow Outreach Ministries
Thank you for the professional service that our organization received from your firm. Attorney Manuel perez-leiva has been a blessing to our organization, by serving us with the best legal representation in our years of service. We will recommend this firm to any non-profit organizations or religious organizations that needs professional services. Once again Thank you.
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Posted by Blanca | September 15, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I was very appreciative that I had Manuel Perez - Leiva in court as we negotiated a settlement. His professionalism came through time and time again. He is quite knowledgeable, always returned phone calls in a timely manner, and was most thorough in explaining each step of the process. I would recommend him to anyone seeking a great attorney. Thank you, Blanca
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Posted by Luis | May 31, 2015
Bilingual review / Recomendacion bilingue
El abogado Manuel Pérez-Leiva se dedicó a ayudarme a defender contra una demanda judicial por ejecución hipotecaria. Personalmente se ocupó con todos los detalles y logró la negociación de una modificación del préstamo hipotecario, evitando un juicio final, salvando mi hogar, y preveniendo que mi familia sufriera ninguna molestia. También me ayudó a desalojar a los inquilinos que habían dejado de pagar la renta cuando se enteraron de y trataron de sacar provecho de la ejecución hipotecaria. Nos trajo tranquilidad de mente. Recomiendo el Dr. Pérez-Leiva para ayudarlo con cualquier problema legal. Attorney Manuel Pérez-Leiva dedicated himself to helping me defend against a legal complaint for foreclosure. He personally dealt with all the details and managed the negotiation of a mortgage loan modification, avoiding a final trial, saving my home, and preventing my family from suffering any inconvenience. He also helped me evict tenants who had stopped paying rent when they learned of and tried to take advantage of the foreclosure. He brought us peace of mind. I recommend Dr. Pérez-Leiva to help you with any legal problem.
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Posted by anonymous | May 11, 2015
I am highly recommending Attorney Manuel Perez-Leiva because he has taken an excellent care of my legal needs. He is not only experienced but his dedication produces results.
Posted by Maria Blanco | August 8, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Worst legal rep ever
We hired Manuel Perez Leiva along with Mr Martin McCarthy for a fairly simple law suit in July of 2018 for fraud committed by my father to my mother right after they got divorced. A fraud of hiding a sale of marital goods. Countless malpractice steps (purposely or due to a lack of legal knowledge and preparation either way disastrous outcome) were taken by Manuel until we had to fire him in 2019 and stay with the rest of attorneys which turned out to be also a big fiasco. We are seriously studying the case for malpractice against this corrupted and poor excuse for attorneys. We are presently paying thousands of dollars in liability for this guy's legal rep. Awful and totally untrusted behavior but specially Mr Manuel Perez Leiva should not be allowed to exercise any legal function, he is not suited at all. We believe there are several cases of unsutisfied clients but somehow just like all sleazy lawyers, he finds the way to erase any proof of his unacceptable behavior. We don't think he is suited for legal practice in any way. Anyone who exposes to his legal rep will undoubtedly suffer his unhonorable doings and poor legal execution to say the least. Do not hire this guy. ______ Spanish Contratamos a Manuel Pérez Leiva junto con el Sr. Martin McCarthy para una demanda bastante simple en julio de 2018 por fraude cometido por mi padre a mi madre justo después de que se divorciaron. Un fraude de encubrimiento de una venta de bienes matrimoniales. Manuel tomó innumerables medidas de mala praxis (a propósito o por falta de preparación legal con resultados desastrosos) hasta que tuvimos que despedirlo en 2019 y quedarsnos con el resto de los abogados contratados, lo que resultó ser también un gran fiasco. Estamos estudiando seriamente el caso por mala praxis contra esta corrupta y pobre excusa de abogados. Actualmente estamos pagando miles de dólares en responsabilidad por la pobre representacion legal de este tipo. Comportamiento horrible y totalmente desconfiado, pero especialmente el Sr. Manuel Pérez Leiva no debería poder ejercer ninguna función legal, no es apto para nada. Creemos que hay varios casos de clientes insatisfechos, pero de alguna manera, como todos los abogados sórdidos, encuentra la manera de borrar cualquier prueba de su comportamiento inaceptable. No creemos que sea adecuado para la práctica legal de ninguna manera. Cualquiera que exponga a su representante legal, sin duda, sufrirá sus actos deshonrosos y su mala ejecución legal, por decir lo menos. No contraten a este tipo.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 250-275 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit & County Civil Mediator
  • MPL Law & Mediation, LLC
  • 2010 - Present
  • Attorney & Counselor at Law
  • MPL Law & Mediation, LLC
  • 2009 - Present
  • Senior Litigation Attorney
  • Ben-Ezra & Katz, P.A.
  • 2009 - 2009
  • Attorney & Counselor at Law
  • Private Practice
  • 2008 - 2009
  • Associate Attorney
  • Richard S. Gendler & Associates, P.A.
  • 2006 - 2008
  • Volunteer Attorney
  • Miami-Dade Public Defender's Office
  • 2006 - 2006
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  • University of Barcelona Law School
  • Licentiate of Laws
  • 2005
  • Nova Southeastern University - Shepard Broad Law Center
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2004
  • Yale University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1978

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Okafor v. Gonzalez
  • Petition denied


  • FL Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Dade County Bar Association
  • Board of Directors
  • 2016 - Present
  • FL Supreme Court Dispute Resolution Center
  • FL Supreme Court Certified Circuit & County Civil Mediator
  • 2010 - Present
  • Miami Beach Bar Association
  • Board of Directors
  • 2006 - Present
  • The Forida Bar Journal
  • Vice Chair
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Collins Center for Public Policy
  • Mediator
  • 2010 - 2012
  • American Arbitration Association
  • Mediator
  • 2010 - 2012
  • American Bar Association, International Law Section, Latin American and Caribbean Law Committee
  • Co-chair
  • 2007 - 2008
  • American Bar Association, Young Lawyer's Division, International Law Committee
  • Co-chair
  • 2007 - 2008
  • The Forida Bar Journal
  • Editorial Board
  • 2006 - 2012
  • Cuban-American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - 2007
  • Hispanic National Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - 2007
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Languages Spoken

  • French
  • Spanish
  • Portuguese
  • English
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Honors and Awards

  • Up & Comers Award Winner, Sales & Marketing
  • PriceWaterhouse Coopers & Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce
  • 1993


  • ILSA Journal of International & Comparative Law
  • The Political Economy of Violence and Insecurity in the Borderlands of Northern Kenya (Spanish Translation)
  • 2002

Speaking Engagements

  • MBBA Law Month
  • The Rule of Law
  • 2015

Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (8)
Endorse Manuel
Unknown Attorney | Apr 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is extremely knowledgeable and seeks to serve his clients interests at all times."
Family Attorney | Feb 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. His answers have been right on point with the law. He's a very knowledgeable lawyer."
Mediation Attorney | Dec 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this Mediator. Mr. Perez-Leiva was hired to mediate a dispute between my client and an intractable opponent. He kept the atmosphere business like and productive. His firm, professional yet friendly manner kept the parties on point and relatively amicable under emotional circumstances. I will seek him out again, when I need a Mediator."
Litigation Attorney | Jul 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Manuel is dedicated to getting the right result for his clients whether as an attorney in litigation or as a mediator working to reach a resolution that brings contested issues to an end.. He makes terrific effort to find a practical solution to legal contests."
Litigation Attorney | Jun 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Manuel is not only a highly skilled attorney practicing in the area of general civil and commercial litigation including, but not limited to, breach of contract, wrongful termination, whistleblower actions and foreclosure defense, but he is an excellent mediator."
Mediation Attorney | Jun 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Manuel and I have known each other for over a decade. As the immediate past president of the Miami Beach Bar Association I witnessed his zealous pursuit in completing projects for our legal community. I am proud to be associated with Manuel as an attorney and friend."
Litigation Attorney | Aug 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
Mediation Attorney | Apr 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Miami Beach Foreclosure Lawyer Manuel Perez-Leiva
Manuel Perez-Leiva
Foreclosure Attorney
Miami Beach, FL
Licensed for 19 years