Laura Fariñas practices in the Labor & Employment Department. She earned her J.D., cum laude, from the University of Miami School of Law.
Laura assists employers in navigating federal and state employment laws and regulations. Laura also handles traditional labor matters such as grievances, arbitrations, and labor negotiations.
While in law school, Laura served as a Judicial Intern for the Honorable Judge Jose Rodriguez of the 11th Judicial Circuit Court for the State of Florida.
In 2013, Laura was elected student body President at Florida International University with a record voter turnout of over 10,000 students. As President, Laura successfully lobbied for crucial issues affecting higher education, including student financial aid, gainful employment opportunities and reduction and awareness of student loan debt. Through her efforts and creative collaboration, she initiated a student scholarship fund that raised over $200,000 for first generation students.
Laura also served as member of the University’s Board of Trustees from 2013-2014. As a Trustee, Laura served and participated in many committees affecting key leadership decisions within the University such as the: Campus Mater Plan Steering Committee, University Health Fee Committee, University Athletic Fee Committee, University labor negotiations, Search and Screen Committee for Dean of Libraries, and Search and Screen Committee for Vice President of Student Affairs. Additionally, Laura chaired the Activity and Service Fee Budget Committee that administered a $15,400,000 budget.
Professional & Community Involvement
- Cuban American Bar Association, Member, 2018
- Night with the Marlins (benefiting CABA Pro Bono Project), Committee Member, 2018
- University of Miami Bankruptcy Assistance Clinic, Student Advocate, 2016-2017
- Campaign Manager for Miami Beach City Commissioner
- Intern for Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart
- Florida International University Board of Trustees, 2013-2014
- Florida Students Association Board Member, 2013-2014
Publications & Presentations
Nose Out of Joint? What's the Law on Joint Employer Status?
Stearns Weaver Miller's 28th Annual Labor and Employment Law Seminar|April 2018
Do You Know What Your Employees Really Want?
BeLabor The Point Blog|March 2018
Stearns Weaver Miller Adds Seven Associates Across Five Practice Areas