Born in Managua, Nicaragua, Marcio Valladares emigrated to the United States during Nicaragua’s civil war. In 1990, he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from the University of Florida. In 1993, he obtained his Juris Doctor degree, magna cum laude, from Florida State University. He is pursuing a Masters in Law (LL.M.) degree from Columbia University, focusing his studies in federal and comparative law.
Before joining Morgan & Morgan, Mr. Valladares worked in both the public and private sectors. For five years, he served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Steven D. Merryday, United States District Judge, Middle District of Florida. For two years, he served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Susan H. Black, United States Circuit Court Judge, Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. For five years, he served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Middle District of Florida. In the private sector, he practiced commercial litigation and insurance defense at Holland & Knight LLP. Mr. Valladares also worked as in-house counsel for the Mayo Clinic.
Mr. Valladares served on the Florida Bar’s Grievance Committee in Orange County (2011-2012) and was the Judicial Relations Chair for the Hispanic Bar Association of Central Florida (2009-2012).
He is fluent in English and Spanish. He brings his diverse experience and vantage to Morgan & Morgan’s Complex Litigation Group, handling class actions, mass torts, complex litigation, and consumer protection cases.