Pedro A. Freyre
Lecturer in Law
Pedro A. Freyre is a partner and Chair of the International Practice Group at the law firm Akerman LLP. He is a nationally recognized authority on the U.S. Embargo on Cuba. Mr. Freyre advises U.S.-based companies on the types of business transactions that are legal in Cuba under the U.S. embargo, helps U.S. entities that are engaged in authorized activities in connection with entering the Cuban market, and advises foreign entities that are involved in Cuba business on implications with U.S. law.
After graduating from Belen Jesuit Preparatory High School in Miami, he received his B.A. in Latin American Studies (Magna Cum Laude 1971) and his J.D. (1974) from the University of Miami.
He is a member of The Florida Bar, the State Bar of Michigan and the Cuban-American Bar Association (CABA) and that organization's CABA on Cuba Committee.
Mr. Freyre is on the Board of Directors of the U.S. Cuba Business Council for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and frequently participates in frontline discussions between U.S. government and industry leaders on the future of U.S.–Cuba relations. He is current Co-Chair of the Cuban Juridical Forum, an umbrella organization of Cuban legal institutions dedicated to facilitating a peaceful transition to the rule of law and democracy in the island. Mr. Freyre is also a Trustee of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, immediate past Chairman of its Cuba Committee, and Co author of the "Trade Impact of a Post Castro Cuba" report.
He is also a member of the Board of Directors the School of International and Public Affairs of Florida International University.
Mr. Freyre is past Chairman of FACE (Facts About Cuban Exiles); a non-profit, non-political organization dedicated to providing information on the Cuban Community in exile. He was a member of the Steering Committee of the "Memory, Truth and Justice" project sponsored by Florida International University and the Ford Foundation, which focused on the challenges of addressing human rights violations in Cuba in a transition to democracy.
Mr. Freyre has been an Adjunct Instructor in the Political Science Department of Florida International University and has taught courses in International Law, International Relations and U.S. Constitutional Law. He is a contributing author in the International Transactions Volume published by the Continuing Legal Education Committee of the Florida Bar. He has written several Law Review Articles on the impact of U.S. Embargo regulations and Cuban National Reconciliation. He has also written articles in the Miami Herald, El Nuevo Herald and Exito Magazine. He has appeared in Nightline, The Today Show, Good Morning America, the Paula Zahn Show, This Week in South Florida and various other TV shows on the subject of Cuba. He is a past Chairman of the Miami-Dade County Community Relations Board and the recipient of the Ghandi-King-Ikeda Award for Community Relations. He is fluent in Spanish, English, and Portuguese.