Alberto “Papo” Manrara, Esq.
Sr. Litigation Associate
Alberto “Papo” Manrara has extensive experience in all facets of litigation. After five years in the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office as a trial prosecutor, he has the expertise and ability to assist clients obtain a timely and cost effective resolution of legal matters.
He prosecuted hundreds of felony cases from start to finish, ranging from drug possession and violent crimes to life felonies and non-bondable offenses. As a prosecutor, Mr. Manrara tried over 50 bench trial cases to verdict, was lead counsel for jury selection in many jury trials and tried over a dozen cases to verdict before a jury. In an era where few attorneys ever set foot inside a courtroom, he successfully argued extensive motions, including pre-trial hearings, sidebar objection conferences, and summary judgment motions during trial. This experience benefits our clients by ensuring that navigating through the court and legal system is handled by a very experienced attorney.
Mr. Manrara’s litigation skills were recognized when he was chosen to serve as Assistant Chief of the Juvenile Division. There he was responsible for the supervision, training and trial preparation of dozens of attorneys. Mr. Manrara was also selected to represent the State of Florida before Associate Administrative Judge Maria Sampedro-Iglesia in the Juvenile Human Trafficking GRACE Court, and worked closely with Administrative Judge Orlando Prescott to ensure the success of the Juvenile Drug Court program.
Alberto, or “Papo” as he is widely known, worked as a Litigation Paralegal at the Manhattan office of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP prior to attending law school. There he attended hearings before the Department of Homeland Security in defense of asylum petitions, facilitated document review for productions involving hundreds of thousands of documents, translated for a multi-plaintiff wage discrimination case, and served in a litigation support capacity for Lehman Bros, UBS, and Warner Music Group.
Papo earned his undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Florida, with honors. There he was a proud member of the Honors College, the Florida Cicerones, Florida Blue Key Leadership Honorary, and Delta Tau Delta Fraternity. He was chosen to serve as Cabinet Chairperson for the UF Student Government, and oversaw the UF Student Alumni Association as Vice President of the Florida Cicerones. He remained at UF to earn a Master of Science in Management, with honors. He was selected as a Poe Ethics Fellow and participated in the European Summer Study Programme through the University of Manchester, in the United Kingdom.
Papo attended Villanova University School of Law under the prestigious Deirdre L. Bailey Leadership Scholarship, graduating with honors. His oral and written advocacy skills were recognized by his selection to the Moot Court Board and to serve as a Teaching Assistant for the first year legal writing course. He was selected as a representative for Villanova’s Inclusiveness Commission and to participate in the prestigious Pepper Hamilton Business Law and Entrepreneurship Externship. During his summers, Papo interned for Federal Magistrate Judge David Strawbridge, clerked for Judge Gil Freeman in Miami’s Complex Business Litigation Division, and worked for Griesing Law, a renowned NAMWOLF boutique firm in Philadelphia.
Papo was born and raised in Miami, Florida, and currently lives in Coral Gables with his wife and pet French Bulldog, Porkchop. He attended Belen Jesuit Preparatory School where he played multiple varsity sports and was editor of the yearbook. He remains an active member of the Belen Alumni Association, the University of Florida Alumni Association, and serves on the Board of Directors for both the League of Prosecutors and the Coral Gables War Memorial Youth Center. He is active in the Cuban American Bar Association (CABA), as well as the Coral Gables Bar Association.
- Belen Jesuit Preparatory School
- University of Florida
- Villanova University School of Law
On a Personal Note:
Papo and his wife enjoy watching Gator sports, homebrewing craft beers, and visiting national parks.