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Richard J. Preira

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Overview

Richard J. Preira is a shareholder in Greenspoon Marder’s Family Law practice group. He has successfully handled complex matrimonial cases and high-profile criminal defense litigation for more than thirty years in South Florida.

Mr. Preira is devoted to serving the South Florida community. A long-time resident of Miami Beach, he has served on the Miami Beach Board of Adjustment and Miami Beach Charter Review Board. He is on the Board of Directors of Kidside, the fundraising arm to Miami-Dade County Family Court Services. He was a charter member of the First Family Law American Inn of Court and later served as its President. He is also the former President of the Miami Beach Bar Association and a former chairman of a Florida Bar Grievance Committee.

Mr. Preira is a Supreme Court of Florida Certified Family Mediator, Guardian ad Litem, qualified expert witness in marital and family law matters, and a pro bono advocate on behalf of petitioners seeking marriage annulments before the Metropolitan Tribunal of the Archdiocese of Miami. He is a frequent lecturer on Florida family law.

He is admitted to practice law in all Florida state courts, before all federal district courts in Florida, the 4th, 5th and 11th Circuits of the United States Court of Appeals, and the Supreme Court of the United States of America. He has also been admitted pro hac vice to practice law in federal courts in New York, North Carolina, and California.

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • Supreme Court of the U.S.

Bar Admissions

  • Florida

Education

  • J.D., University of Miami School of Law, 1980
    • American Jurisprudence Book Award, Constitutional Law
    • Trial Advocacy Program’s Outstanding Trial Advocate, 1980
  • B.B.A., University of Miami, cum laude
  • Broward Community College, Accounting
    • Student Government Association, President
    • Tau Kappa Epsilon, President
Experience

Representative Experience

Marital and Family Law:

Mr. Preira handles all aspects of marital and family law, including: Dissolution of Marriage; Paternity; Jurisdiction Disputes; Name Changes; Parenting Plans; Relocation; Modification; Enforcement; Hague Convention (International Child Abduction); Division of Assets and Liabilities; Child Support; and Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements. He has also extensively testified as an expert witness on the issue of attorney fees in marital and family law proceedings. He is regularly appointed by Circuit Court Judges to serve as a Special Master in order to preside over depositions and adjudicate discovery disputes. He is often court-appointed to serve as a Guardian ad Litem in family proceedings. He was privileged to serve as a Guardian ad Litem in a highly contested multi-jurisdictional custody dispute involving children with special needs.

Criminal Defense:

Mr. Preira has represented criminal defendants in Aruba, Colombia, Ecuador, Panama, Guatemala, Mexico, Washington D.C., New York, California, Florida, Texas, North Carolina, Connecticut, Michigan, and Maryland. He has successfully defended individuals accused of Narcotics and Drug Trafficking; White Collar Crimes, Real Estate Fraud, Mortgage Fraud, Medicare/Medicaid, Insurance Fraud, Money Laundering, Public Corruption, RICO Racketeering, Internet Crimes, Grand Jury Investigations, Congressional Investigations, Domestic Violence, Asset Forfeitures, Sentencing Hearing/Sentence Reductions, Criminal Appeals, Criminal Investigations, Weapons charges, Assault, Theft, Burglary, Robbery, Juvenile Offenses, Probation violations, Perjury, Murder, Conspiracy to Murder, and Foreign Enemy Cases.

Notably, in State v. Thompson, 507 So.2d 1074 (Fla. 1987), Mr. Preira persuaded the Florida Supreme Court to reverse an en banc opinion of the Third District Court of Appeal and determine that the United States Constitution required that Florida law be changed in order to permit a testifying criminal defendant to confer privately with counsel while giving testimony, thereby reversing the conviction of his client, Wayne Thompson.

Litigation and Dispute Resolution:

Mr. Preira recognizes that successful litigation and the advantageous resolution of disputes require timing, deliberation and tactic. He has experience with resolution of contentious cases on a regular basis. Mr. Preira is also a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator. He frequently works as a Family Law Mediator with the Circuit Court Family Division and judges in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties.

Professional and Community Involvement

  • Miami Beach Bar Association, Board of Directors
  • Court-appointed pro bono Guardian ad Litem, Put Something Back
  • St. Patrick’s Church, Parish Counsel

Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, Annual Nuts & Bolts of Family Law Seminar, Dade Legal Aid, November 15, 2016
  • Lecturer, “Airtight Premarital Agreements,” Miami-Dade County Family Court Committee
  • Presenter, “Assessing Child Sexual Abuse Allegations in High Conflict Cases,” Miami-Dade Family Courts 16th Annual Nuts & Bolts of Family Law Divorce Seminar
  • Presenter, “Assessing Child Sexual Abuse Allegations in High Conflict Cases,” Miami Beach Bar Association Lunch and Learn Series
  • Presenter, First Family Law American Inn of Court
  • Guest Lecturer, “Role of the Lawyer in Family Law Proceedings, Mediation Techniques,” University of Miami School of Law
  • Panelist, Helping Professionals” in Family Law Cases, University of Miami School of Law
  • Co-creator, Kira Willig, “Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Them! Counterintuitive Mediation Techniques That Will Settle Your Case,” Mediation Workshop
Awards

Recognitions

  • Martindale-Hubbell, Rated AV® Preeminent ™
  • U.S. News & World Report, “Best Lawyers in America,” Family Law and Family Law Mediation, 2013 – 2017
  • Avvo, “Clients’ Choice Award,” 2016
  • Super Lawyers magazine, “Florida Super Lawyers,” 2011-2016
  • Florida Trend magazine, “Legal Elite,” Marital and Family Law
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