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Manuel Perez-Leiva

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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.


Languages spoken: French, Spanish, Portuguese, English

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Practice areas


  1. Foreclosure: 50%
    10 years, 500 cases
  2. Lawsuits & Disputes: 40%
    10 years
  3. Mediation: 10%
    6 years, 120 cases



Hourly ($250-275/hour)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Maria Luisa Rubio

    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.


    Maria Rubio Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

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    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.


    David Alschuler Foreclosure Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Law & Mediation Office of Manuel Perez-Leiva

8233 Harding Ave #402
Miami Beach, FL, 33141


FLMember in Good Standing200506/19/2016
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
Collins Center for Public PolicyMediator2010 - Present
FL Supreme Court Dispute Resolution CenterCertified Circuit Civil Mediator2010 - Present
American Arbitration AssociationMediator2010 - Present
Miami Beach Bar AssociationPresident Elect (2016); Director & Website Chair2006 - Present
The Florida Bar Journal Editorial BoardEditor2006 - Present
The Forida Bar Journal Editorial BoardVice-Chair2011 - 2012
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
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