Miami, FL | June 1, 2021 – Ian Ross and Erica Perdomo were recently featured in the Daily Business Review for their recent recognition as recipients of the 2021 Florida Legal Award for Social Impact for their pro bono work representing asylum seekers and separated families.
Social Impact: Ian Ross and Erica Perdomo Worked Pro Bono For Asylum Seekers, Families Separated at US Border
“Making an impact is the byproduct of seeing oneself as an agent of change, however small and insignificant the changes may seem,” Erica Perdomo said.
By Raychel Lean | June 01, 2021
Ian Ross, left, and Erica Perdomo, right, with Stumphauzer Foslid Sloman Kolaya & Ross.
Title: Ian Ross, partner; Erica Perdomo, associate Firm: Stumphauzer Foslid Sloman Kolaya & Ross
What does making an impact mean to you?
Ross: Erica and I have been lucky. We both spent most of our careers at great national firms mentored by fantastic lawyers who were always focused on their responsibilities to their communities and always dedicated to improving those communities. For us, trying to make an impact is simply trying to follow the model they provided.
Perdomo: Making an impact is the byproduct of seeing oneself as an agent of change, however small and insignificant the changes may seem. It does not take a law degree, money or special training. It simply involves going through life attuned to the needs of others, and taking incremental actions that make the world just a little bit better than you found it.
What’s the biggest social challenge facing Florida at the moment and what can lawyers and law firms do about it?
Ross and Perdomo: Last year was so hard for so many people. We all focused more on our own needs and the needs of our own families. For those of us lucky enough to have our health and the health of our families, it will be an important time to broaden our perspective and redouble our efforts to help those less fortunate.
What professional lessons have you learned from the COVID-19 pandemic?
Ross: Bring more empathy and understanding with you to work. We all need it — we all deserve it.
Perdomo: Strong bandwidth is the most important tool we currently have as lawyers, followed closely by a dedication to keep cases moving forward.
If you weren’t a lawyer, what would you be?
Ross: Hopefully, a professor of American literature. Probably, not a very good one.
Perdomo: Museum curator, national park ranger, travel writer or recipe developer.
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About Stumphauzer Foslid Sloman Ross & Kolaya, PLLC
Stumphauzer Foslid Sloman Ross & Kolaya, PLLC (SFS) is a boutique full-service litigation firm based in Miami, Florida, that focuses on civil litigation, government regulatory enforcement matters, white collar criminal litigation, internal investigations, and whistleblower suits. The SFS lawyers litigate large, high-stakes or bet-the-company cases, but its attorneys take immense pride in their ability to efficiently handle disputes of all sizes. The firm is comprised of former BigLaw partners and high-ranking federal prosecutors, including the former chair of the Miami litigation practice of one of the largest law firms in the world and the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida. Colleagues, clients, and legal observers recognize the SFS lawyers as experts and leaders in their respective fields of practice. The firm and its lawyers have been recognized in Chambers & Partners, The Legal 500 United States, The Best Lawyers in America, Florida Super Lawyers, Florida’s Legal Elite, and U.S. News – Best Lawyers. For more information, visit http://www.sfslaw.com.