9130 South Dadeland Boulevard Datran Two - Suite 2000 Miami FL 33156
Hometown : Tallahassee, Florida.
Bar Admissions :
- Florida Bar 2009
- United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida.
- United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida.
- United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida.
Preparatory Education : Florida State University (B.A. English 2001).
Legal Education : Nova Southeastern University, Shepard Broad Law Center (J.D. 2009).
Awards & Recognition:
Professional Associations :
- American Bar Association
- Dade County Bar Association, Board of Directors (2011-2014)
- Coral Gables Bar Association
- Director (2015-Present)
- Immediate Past President (2014-2015)
- President (2013-2014)
- President Elect (2012-2013)
- Treasurer (2011-2012)
- Secretary (2010-2011)
- August 2018 – Chicago, IL – American Bar Association Annual Meeting “Let the Ethical Games Begin (Again)”
- May 15, 2018 – ABA/BNA Lawyers’ Manual on Professional Conduct “Recent Cases in Lawyer’s Professional Liability“
- December 17, 2018- ABA/BNA Lawyers’ Manual on Professional Conduct “Recognizing and Protecting the Privileges Held by Your Attorney Client’s Clients.“
Biography/Professional Highlights :
Kayla A. Riera-Gomez was born and raised in Tallahassee, Florida. She graduated from Florida State University with a B.A. in English Literature in 2011 before earning her J.D. from Nova Southeastern University, Shepard Broad Law Center, in 2009. She was admitted to The Florida Bar in 2009.
Prior to practicing law, Kayla held various positions in state government. She served as a legislative assistant for members of both the Florida Senate and the Florida House of Representatives. In addition, she ran local campaigns and served as a regional political director for a gubernatorial campaign. Kayla’s political background has enabled her to bring a high level of communication and negotiation skills to her legal practice.
Kayla focuses her litigation practice on insurance matters involving the representation of nonprofit agencies, including foster care agencies, schools, churches, day care facilities and camps, in litigation matters. She is part of the legal team that litigates cases in state and federal courts, and in alternative dispute resolution. Kayla has handled cases of first impression alleging wrongful adoption, culpable negligence and delayed reunification. Additionally, Kayla has litigated numerous cases involving wrongful death and other significant exposure personal injury, third party insurance coverage, premises liability, general liability and other matters in Florida’s state and federal courts for individual and corporate clients throughout the United States.
Kayla is choice counsel, representing entities throughout Florida’s community based care system in all phases of multi-party, multi-million dollar death and injury claims, with a focus on unique, complex resolutions of the claims and related insurance and contractual issues. Kayla’s state government experience has created an understanding of the unique issues involved with litigation involving government contractors. Her knowledge of the procurement process and sensitivity to the relationships between government agencies and their subcontractors has enabled her to better assess the broader needs for her clients in relation to the pending litigation. Kayla is known for her extensive knowledge of the child welfare system in Florida and her unique ability to develop practical strategies to address clients’ present and future needs.