Dario A. Perez is a partner in the Miami office of Shutts & Bowen, LLP, where he is a member of the Business Litigation Practice Group.

Dario has been recognized as a “Top Lawyer” in Corporate and Business Litigation by the South Florida Legal Guide. He has more than two decades of litigation experience handling real estate, construction and general business disputes. He counsels real estate developers, property owners, construction firms, and insurance companies when faced with issues that can disrupt their business. He has defended developers, owners, and other building professionals against construction claims. He has also handled complicated commercial disputes involving tenants, municipalities and insurance companies.

Dario is an experienced trial and appellate litigator, having represented his clients in federal and state courts, public administrative bodies and private arbitration tribunals. He has worked with businesses across multiple industries, including insurance, finance and manufacturing and has litigated fraud claims, antitrust disputes and class action cases.

Outside of his practice, Dario is actively involved in pro bono work in the community. He has served as treasurer of the Virginia Key Bicycle Club and is a past president of The Bicycle League of Miami and was a board member of the Metropolitan Center at Florida International University.

Representative Cases

  • Negotiated and settled a case and avoided a costly trial for a national retail developer in a dispute with its anchor tenant in a regional shopping center.
  • Secured a favorable settlement on a multi-million dollar dispute for a large developer.
  • Defended a nationally known insurance company in a multi-million dollar class action.



  • Florida State University College of Law, J.D., with honors, 1995
  • Florida International University, M.A., International Studies, 1992
  • Florida International University, B A., Political Science, 1990

Bar Admissions

  • Florida

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida


  • Spanish

Professional and Civic

  • President, Miami Velo Racing
  • Past Treasurer, Virginia Key Bicycle Club
  • Past President, The Bicycle League of Miami
  • Former Board Member, Metropolitan Center at Florida International University

News & Insights


  • South Florida Legal Guide, Up & Comer, 2005, 2006, 2007; Top Lawyers, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

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