Publications, Papers and Presentations:
Pamela I. Perry
For over thirty years, Pamela I. Perry has represented people being investigated or prosecuted for alleged criminal conduct by federal and state authorities. In addition, she is a highly respected mediator who writes and speaks frequently on the mediation process. Pam regularly mediates a wide variety of disputes including commercial, employment, labor, insurance, class action, health care, zoning, antitrust, personal injury, and other matters. She is also a respected Umpire and Special Master, and has extensive experience litigating professional malpractice and commercial claims.
In addition, Pam represents health care providers in connection with licensure, overpayment, termination, revocation, and other issues in investigations and proceedings brought by Florida's Agency for Health Care Administration, the Florida Department of Health, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Office of Inspector General, and other state and federal agencies. She has also represented hospitals in matters involving privilege, advance directives and guardianship issues.
Pam has published several articles concerning mediation and related issues including, "The Elephant Not In the Room," co-authored with Retired Circuit Judge Ellen Leesfield, (Daily Business Review, December 11, 2015); "Counsel Should Prep Mediators On Issues, Dynamics of Case" (Daily Business Review, July 20, 2012); and "Mediator Responds to Rodent: Present Your Case, Not Just Your Number" (Daily Business Review, September 17, 2012). She has also lectured extensively on alternative dispute resolution. In February of 2013, she served on a panel with five highly respected mediators and addressed the importance of preparing the mediator at the "Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution" panel discussion at the Dade County Bar Association’s Bench and Bar Conference. She also gave the Keynote address on mediation at the Spellman-Hoeveler American Inn of Court South Florida Trial Lawyers Luncheon in July of 2012, and participated in the ABA Panel, "Top Ten Mistakes We're Making in Mediation and Didn't Even Know It" in April of 2011. In addition, she co-authored articles and papers on other issues including, "Lawyers Must Get Hip to HIPAA: Avoiding the 'Wall of Shame,'" published by the Daily Business Review on March 31, 2014; the Change of Venue Chapter in "Jury Work: Systematic Techniques," published by the National Jury Project (2d Ed. 1986); "Answering the Tough Questions, presented at the 1996 Criminal Law Conference" in Vail, Colorado; and "International Drug Cartels: Miami Vice or Government Spice," published by the American University Law Review. She also taught Federal Criminal Practice as an adjunct professor at the University of Miami School of Law for many years.
Pam served as Chair, Vice-Chair, and member of the Judicial Nominating Commission for the Eleventh Judicial Circuit, and was a member of the Florida Bar Committee on Judicial Independence. She was the first woman president of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Miami Chapter, served on the Miami-Dade Charter Review Task Force, and was a director of the Dade County Bar Association. In addition, she served on the Executive Board of the Miami-Dade County Community Relations Board and the Regional Board of the Anti-Defamation League. Pam is also a member of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the American Bar Association, and the Spellman-Hoeveler Inn of Court.
A Florida native, Pam clerked for the Honorable Daniel S. Pearson on Florida's Third District Court of Appeal, and was a shareholder at Bierman, Shohat, Loewy, Perry, and Klein, P.A and Kenny Nachwalter, P.A. She has been "AV" rated by Martindale-Hubbell since 1990, and received the G. Kirk Haas Humanitarian Award from the Florida Bar in 2000. She is frequently listed in Florida Super Lawyers, Florida Trend's Legal Elite, and the South Florida Legal Guide's "Top Lawyers in South Florida."
Pam earned her J.D., cum laude, from the University of Miami School of Law, where she received the American Jurisprudence Book Award in Labor Law and served as a member of the Moot Court Board and the Lawyer of the Americas, Journal of International Law. She earned her B.A. with honors from Brandeis University where she was awarded the Butman Award for Outstanding Scholarship and Leadership and served as the first woman student representative to the Board of Trustees. Although she didn't realize it at the time, she conducted her first mediation in undergraduate school when she successfully negotiated the resolution of a building take over by securing a written commitment from the University to divest itself from investments in companies that did business in South Africa unless they signed onto a code of conduct that treated Black employees fairly, and engaged in practices that conflicted with the segregation policies of the Apartheid regime that governed South Africa at the time.
In addition to the Florida Bar, Pam is admitted to the Bar of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court.