Andrea B. Freire Paralegal
Andrea Briones Freire is a Florida Bar Registered Paralegal and National Coalition Against Domestic Violence Certified Legal Advocate. She is affiliated with the Florida Bar Association, the Florida Justice Association, Harvard Alumni Association, and the Harvard Club of the West Coast of Florida.
Prior to graduating, in 2004, she interned for the Consulate of Ecuador in Boston, where she performed duties of as the assistant to the Honorary Consul of Ecuador. She attended numerous diplomatic, academic, and social events with or on behalf of the Consul in the New England area. In 2001, she worked Nova Southeastern University and received the Heart and Soul Award for her work assisting disabled students.
She moved to the state of Florida after completing her college work at Harvard University in Boston, Massachusetts in June of 2005. While at Harvard she became involved with several student groups including the Student Government, Fuerza Latina, Harvard DEMS, and Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity.
Upon graduation, Freire started working as a legal advocate at C.A.S.A, Community Action Stops Abuse, a non-governmental organization which advocates for victims of domestic violence. She became involved with this organization after doing college research into cultural and social endorsements of violence as well as the evolving historical definitions of the female role in society. At the same time, she worked for Make-a-Wish foundation facilitating “dreams” and last wishes for children with terminal diseases.
In late 2005, she started working at a Personal injury firm assisting injured victims of automobile accidents. Later, she became interested in doing criminal defense work and obtained employment at a prestigious white-collar criminal defense firm where she defended the most expensive case (to defend) in the history of the United States.
Later, she returned to civil litigation and spent the last ten years at a prominent Plaintiff Personal Injury firm in Tampa. During her tenure as a senior paralegal at this firm, the firm was awarded the Krupnick Award by the Florida Justice Association.
Her principal interests are: (1)underlying social concepts which influence the
development of legal definitions; (2) political and economic structures of less developed countries; (3) cultural factors in international relations; and (4) development of the female identity.
Freire holds a Bachelor’s of Liberal Arts Degree with a concentration in Comparative Government from Harvard University. In 2000, she was an undergraduate student in Legal Studies and International Business at Nova Southeastern University with a 4.0 GPA. Freire made the Dean’s List every semester while working on campus an average of 50 hours per week and attending classes.
In 2023, she was informed by The Marquis Publications Board that they will be publishing Freire’s biographical record in the Who’s Who in America, 2024 Edition, inclusion in which is limited to individuals who possess professional integrity, demonstrate outstanding achievement in their respective fields and have made innumerable contributions to society as a whole.
Her hobbies include reading economics/social justice books, traveling, and writing poetry in Spanish.
She lives in Valrico with her husband and her two children Emiliano and Martina.