Jairo E. Lanao is a partner at Luks Santaniello Petrillo & Jones in Fort Lauderdale where he performs insurance defense litigation. He has been in-house counsel for Nationwide Mutual Automobile Insurance Company, State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company and United Automobile Insurance Company defending personal injury claims. He has an LL.B. from Los Andes University in Bogotá, Colombia, as well as a J.D. and an LL.M. 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 in-house counsel for the Inter American Press Association, he advocated freedom of the press throughout the Americas. Lanao teaches a seminar in the Spanish language geared to providing a competitive edge to students in the area of writing and preparing contracts in Latin America. He has taught Press Freedom in the Americas, a seminar that studied some of the most current legal issues relating to the freedom of the press in the Western Hemisphere and applicable solutions by various national and local laws.