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Freddy Perera is a founding partner of Perera Barnhart. Freddy has elite academic accomplishments, a big firm background, but a passion for personal service—the type of passion that is at the heart of the Firm.

Before attending law school, Freddy obtained his bachelor’s degree from Florida Atlantic University where he graduated number one (1) in his class with a perfect 4.0 GPA. Following his undergraduate degree, Freddy worked as a law clerk at the City of Hialeah, where he became acquainted with public sector law. Thereafter, Freddy attended law school at night and worked as a year-round law clerk at the national labor and employment firm Ford & Harrison, LLP for several years. Prior to his graduation from law school, Freddy also worked as a law clerk at another national labor and employment firm—Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

Despite his demanding work schedule, Freddy graduated summa cum laude and valedictorian of his graduation class at Nova Southeastern University, Shepard Broad College of Law. Freddy received the Book Award (highest grade) in several courses during law school, including Employment Law, Contract Law, and Legal Writing. In addition to the awards received at Nova, Freddy received the Most Outstanding Labor and Employment Law School Student award issued by the Labor & Employment Section of the Florida Bar.

Following his law school graduation, Freddy joined Stearns, Weaver, Miller, Weissler, Alhadeff & Sitterson, P.A.—a well-respected full-service law firm in Florida. Freddy worked at Stearns Weaver for approximately five and a half years. During that time, Freddy also served as General Counsel for the Florida Atlantic Research and Development Authority—a public sector special district—for approximately three and a half years. Freddy served as the lead negotiator in multi-million-dollar labor negotiations, lead counsel in numerous labor and employment litigation cases, lead counsel in arbitration, and handled a wide array of legal matters for many large corporations and several public entities while working at Stearns Weaver.

Although the Firm represents companies and public entities, it also frequently and proudly represents individuals. As a first-generation immigrant raised by a heroic single mother, Freddy learned the importance of helping those in need. Helping workers obtain justice by recovering unpaid compensation or prevailing on cases of unfair treatment is one of the Firm’s great joys. While many law firms specialize in either defense or plaintiff work, particularly in the labor and employment law arena, Perera Barnhart believes its experience on both sides gives it a unique advantage in litigation.

Freddy is as a regular lecturer and author with respect to labor and employment matters. Some examples of the presentations he has given include:

  • Speaker, “’The Art of the Deal’: Negotiation and Psychology In The Workplace,” Human Resource Association of Broward County, July 8, 2015.
  • Speaker, “Employment Law Issues for Accountants and Financial Professionals,” Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants Miami-Dade Chapter, June 30, 2015.
  • Speaker, “What Every Employer Needs to Know about Labor and Employment Laws in Florida,” Doral Chamber of Commerce, June 3, 2015.
  • Speaker, “Labor & Employment Law Essentials for Employers and Management,” Doral Chamber of Commerce, November 5, 2014.

Freddy has been selected as a Super Lawyers, Rising Star. In addition, Freddy served as the Chair of the Law School Liaison Committee of the Florida Bar Labor and Employment Law Section for multiple years. Currently, Freddy is a member of the Cuban American Bar Association and New Dawn Church—a Christian church Freddy represents as General Counsel.

Practice Areas
  • Labor And Employment
  • Complex Business Litigation
Admission Details
  • Florida Bar
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • United States Disctrict Court for the Northern District of Florida
Law School Attended
  • Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center J.D, summa cum laude, Class Rank 1
Undergraduate School Attended
  • Florida Atlantic University B.A., summa cum laude, Class Rank 1