Esperanza Segarra focuses her practice in complex commercial and civil litigation in the areas of banking litigation, labor and employment, mortgage brokerage litigation, securities litigation, director and officer liability, bankruptcy, receiverships and liquidations of insurance companies, residential and commercial landlord-tenant litigation, real property litigation, contract disputes, general commercial matters and corporate transactions. She also has an appellate practice.
Ms. Segarra has substantial trial experience at both state and federal levels.
Ms. Segarra’s clients have included the Florida Department of Financial Services, as Receiver, and White Mountain Insurance Company. Her representative cases include Florida Department of Financial Services, as Receiver of Southern Family Insurance Co., Atlantic Preferred Insurance Co. and Florida Preferred Property Insurance Co. v. Poe Financial Group, Inc., et al., the largest insolvency case in Florida’s history and one of the largest in the country, involving complex legal issues before state receivership court, district court tax proceedings, federal bankruptcy court Chapter 11 reorganizations and liquidations, several bankruptcy adversary proceedings and district court bankruptcy appeals.
Ms. Segarra joined Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP in May 2010. Previously she was for four years a partner at Lydecker, Lee, Berga & de Zayas, LLC, in Miami.
Ms. Segarra began her legal career in 2001 as an associate at Weissman, Dervishi, Borgo & Nordlund, P.A., in Miami. In 2003 she moved to Murray, Marin & Herman, P.A., in Coral Gables, and then to Zorrilla & Associates, P.L., in Miami, where she stayed until 2006.
Prior to law school, Ms. Segarra served an internship as a law clerk at the Department of Children and Families, in Miami. She was a summer law clerk with Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc.
In addition to her other law school accomplishments, Ms. Segarra was a finalist in the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition in 1999. She was a member of the Student Bar Association and a member of the Executive Board of the Diversity Committee of the Latina(o) Law Students Association. Ms. Segarra participated in the Visiting Student Program at the University of Miami School of Law, where she took first place in their Litigation Skills Mock Jury Trial program.
- District of Columbia Bar
- The Florida Bar
- New York State Bar Association
- International Section, Florida Bar Chapter, Co-Chair
- International Section, Executive Committee, Member
- International Section, Insurance & Reinsurance Committee, Member
- "Lender Liability: Staying Out of Hot Water," Commercial Loans - Summer Heat Seminar, live videoconference, July 2013
- "Using Loan Documents to Help Avoid Losing Your Shirt in Foreclosures and Bankruptcies," Commercial Loans―Building Lender Protections From Start to Finish Seminar, October 2012
- "Latest Legal Battles, It Could Happen to You (English)" / "La Defensa Contra Recuperaciones De Clientes en Bancarrota (Spanish)," presented in Spanish, 2012 FIADA Annual Convention, Boca Raton, Florida, October 2012
- "Use of Social Media in Hiring, Retaining and Firing Employees," Hispanic National Bar Association's 37th Annual Convention," Seattle, Washington, August 2012
- Co-author of "Formal Steps Need to be Taken to Acknowledge Unconscious Bias," which appeared in the January 23, 2012 edition of Daily Business Review.
- During her service in the U.S. Air Force, Ms. Segarra assisted in the preparation of the 1997 8th Quadrennial Review of Military Compensation’s Executive Report: "Rewarding, Organizing and Managing People in the 21st Century."
- February 2, 2015
- April 19, 2012Corporate / Financial Institutions Alert
Ms. Segarra served her country for seven years as an enlisted service member of the U.S. Air Force, stationed at the Pentagon and the U.S. Capitol. During her first years of law school, she worked as an executive assistant to former OMB Director and Presidential Cabinet member, Richard G. Darman, at The Carlyle Group. Ms. Segarra is the proud mother of her son, Alexander.
- Waves For Change Alliance, Inc., a nonprofit organization, Co-Founder and the President
- Dade County Bar Association
- "Put Something Back Pro Bono Project," Member; Young Lawyers Division's eMentoring Program, Past Member
- Lawyers for Children America, Inc., Volunteer
- Special Olympics and other child advocacy organizations, Volunteer
J.D., University of Illinois College of Law, 2001
- Lincoln Scholar
B.A., with high distinction, Government and Politics, George Mason University, 1997
- District of Columbia
- New York
- U.S. Bankruptcy Court for Southern District of Florida
- U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida
- U.S. Court of Federal Claims
- U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida