Layal Souwed

Associate

Mrs. Souwed graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminology and a Minor in Arabic Language and Studies. She obtained her Juris Doctorate Degree from Nova Southeastern University’s Shepard Broad College of Law, where she graduated with her Pro Bono Honors Certificate and Litigation Track Certificate.

While in law school, Mrs. Souwed interned for an Honorable Judge of the 17th Judicial Circuit for Broward County, as well as the City Prosecutor’s Office, and the State Attorney’s Office where she interned in their Sexual Battery Unit and worked with victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

While attending college and law school, Mrs. Souwed was heavily involved in community outreach projects, serving as the Ambassador of Community Service Relations at Florida State University and the Public Relations Director and Volunteer Director for the Public Interest Law Society, which is a non-profit, student run organization that is dedicated to helping the community by providing access to legal services and public service projects. Mrs. Souwed spent most of her college career working with a major non-profit, wherein she obtained her Counseling Certificate, and handled counseling callers for multiple crisis help lines.

Mrs. Souwed also has experience working as a Property Manager for single-family and multi-family properties. She is well versed with Chapter 83 of the Florida Code and has experience managing properties, evicting tenants, and resolving tenant disputes.

Mrs. Souwed has been published. She wrote an article entitled Rebecca Lee Falcon v. State of Florida: Extreme Sentences Given to Minors, which was published in the Florida Bar’s Public Interest Law Journal, Volume 4, Issue 1, Fall 2014. She also wrote an article entitled Resurgence of COVID-19 and its Variants Transforms the Employment Landscape, which was published in the Checkoff, a Publication of the Florida Bar’s Labor & Employment Law Section, Volume LXI, No. 1, September 2021.

Prior to joining Lewis Brisbois, Mrs. Souwed specialized in First Party Property and Insurance Defense, as well as Labor & Employment law. Mrs. Souwed has experience representing both plaintiffs and defendants. She has not only represented plaintiffs in labor & employment disputes, but she has also represented large insurance carriers in various disputes, in addition to other large companies and corporations throughout the state of Florida. Mrs. Souwed has proven herself to be an exceptional litigator and has demonstrated extensive civil litigation experience in both County and Circuit Courts throughout the State of Florida. Mrs. Souwed is dedicated to ensuring that her clients receive the best representation with optimal results.

Publications

  • Author, “Rebecca Lee Falcon v. State of Florida: Extreme Sentences Given to Minors,” The Florida Bar Journal Public Interest Law, Volume 4, Issue 1, Fall 2014.
  • Co-author, “Resurgence of COVID-19 and its Variants Transforms the Employment Landscape,” The Checkoff, a publication of The Florida Bar Labor & Employment Law Section, Volume LXI, No. 1, September 2021.

Certifications

  • Pro Bono Honors Certification
  • Litigation Track Certificate

Pro Bono & Philanthropy

  • Public Interest Law Society, Board Member, Volunteer Director, and Public Relations Director
  • Completed over 260 hours of Pro Bono during law school.

Foreign Language Capabilities

Arabic

Admissions

  • State Bar Admissions
    • Florida

Associations

  • The Young Lawyers Division
  • The Trial Lawyers Section

Education

Nova Southeastern University's Shepard Broad College of Law

Juris Doctor with a focus in litigation

Florida State University

Bachelor of Science, Criminology

Minor, Arabic Language & Studies

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