M. Thérèse Vento

Title: General Counsel and Deputy Director for Legal and Government Affairs

Company: Pérez Art Museum Miami

Location: Miami, Florida, United States

Thérèse (“Terry”) Vento, General Counsel and Deputy Director for Legal and Government Affairs at the Pérez Art Museum Miami, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Lawyers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in Business Litigation.

As an AV Rated Attorney of Martindale-Hubbell and a recipient of the Dade County Bar Association 2017 Top In-House Counsel Award, Ms. Vento has been with the Pérez Art Museum Miami since 2015, using her legal, artistic, and cultural brain to great professional effect. She started out as a journalist wanting to cover the U.S. Supreme Court, but while in law school, she realized she had advocacy talents she never knew she had. She practiced law in the area of business litigation and appeals for 37 years, and was very active in Florida Bar work. In addition to her professional role, she held a civic one as an officer and, for 27 years, a member of the board of trustees of the Center for the Fine Arts, which became the Miami Art Museum, and later was renamed the Pérez Art Museum Miami. Ms. Vento performed decades of pro bono legal work for the museum in a multitude of areas, which resulted in the museum dedicating its café lounge to her, and ultimately tapping her to become its first in-house general counsel. Ms. Vento is the recipient of an Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award, and was selected for inclusion in the pages of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Law, Who’s Who in the South and Southwest, Who’s Who in the World, and Who’s Who of American Women.

Ms. Vento studied journalism at the University of Florida, earning a BS with highest honors, a scholarship internship as a press aide to a U.S. Senator in Washington, D.C., and a nationwide Hearst Award for feature writing. She went on earn a JD with honors at the University of Florida, and passed the state of Florida bar exam in 1977. Her first legal position was with the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida as law clerk to Judge William O. Mehrtens. Over the course of her years in private practice, 25 of which were with Shutts & Bowen LLP during two different time frames, Ms. Vento became a talented litigator. She was a founding partner of Gallwey, Gillman, Curtis & Vento PA from 1995 to 2004. She left her partnership with Shutts & Bowen in 2015 to accept her current role as General Counsel and a deputy director of the Pérez Art Museum Miami.

Ms. Vento has been admitted to practice with the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. District Court in two districts, as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and the 11th Circuit. She has been an ardent patron of the arts. Ms. Vento has been named a 2006 Florida Super Lawyer, a 2002 Leading American Attorney, and a Business Litigation Leading American Attorney. She is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation, in addition to supporting numerous local and national legal societies. Ms. Vento is the proud mother of two children who are both attorneys, and she is married to an attorney.


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