Jairo Lanao, Esq. is a Junior Partner and heads up the PIP team in the Fort Lauderdale office. Prior to joining the firm, Jairo was Inhouse counsel for 3 major insurance carriers where he represented the insurance companies from lawsuits arising from firstparty and PIP coverage of policies from discovery to trial. He has an LL.B. from Los Andes University in Bogotá, Colombia as well as a J.D. (1995) and an LL.M. (1992) in Comparative Law from the University of Miami, School of Law. He was formerly employed as an assistant public defender at the Office of the Public Defender of Miami Dade County and as inhouse counsel for the Inter American Press Association. Jairo is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Miami, School of Law and currently teaches a seminar on Latin American Contracts in the Spanish language. He is admitted in Florida (1996) and a member of the Colombian Bar Association (1989). Jairo is bilingual.