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Ferguson, Laura
Direct Tel: +1 (786) 850 3612
Tel: +1 (305) 402-4880 Fax: +1 (305) 901-2975

Laura is an associate in Quinn Emanuel’s Miami office. Laura regularly handles high stakes business disputes in a variety of practices, including white collar investigations and defense, with a particular emphasis in cross-border disputes, as well as state and federal appeals, fraud, civil RICO, and contractual disputes, among other forms of complex commercial litigation. Laura has experience in both state and federal court, and on both sides of the aisle. 

Laura maintains an active pro bono practice. Laura has served as counsel of record before the en banc Eleventh Circuit and acted as lead counsel in amicus briefing before the Supreme Court of the United Sates. Laura has previously represented wrongfully convicted persons seeking to establish their innocence, human trafficking victims, individuals seeking asylum, and death row inmates in civil rights litigation.

Laura joined the firm shortly after the Miami office opened in 2021, following her judicial clerkships with Judge Morgan B. Christen, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and Judge Darrin P. Gayles, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. Laura previously worked as an associate at another international law firm, where she handled both complex litigation and state and federal appeals. Laura graduated with high honors and as a member of Order of the Coif from The George Washington University Law School. She served on The George Washington Law Review, and during her third year, she participated in the year-long Criminal Appeals & Post-Conviction Services Clinic, where she argued and briefed cases before the Maryland Court of Special Appeals. Laura also won the Judge Albert H. Grenadier award and the Grenadier International Law Moot Court Competition, and served as a member of the law school’s 2016 Philip H. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition team. Laura has since returned to her alma mater as an Associate Professorial Lecturer in Law.

  • The George Washington University Law School
    (J.D., with High Honors, 2016)
    • Order of the Coif
    • The George Washington Law Review:
      • Associate
    • Grenadier International Law Moot Court Competition:
      • Winner
  • Drew University
    (B.A., Political Science, cum laude, 2012)
  • The District of Columbia Bar
  • The State Bar of Florida
  • Law Clerk for the Honorable Morgan B. Christen
    • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit , 2020-2021  
  • Law Clerk for the Honorable Darrin P. Gayles
    • United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, 2018-2020
  • Revisiting the Public Rights Doctrine: Justice Thomas’s Dissent in Wellness International and the Expanding Application of Originalism to Administrative Law, 84 Geo. Wash. L. Rev. 1315 (2016)