Laura Russo represents the best of Coral Gables

Laura Russo represents the best of Coral Gables

Laura Russo

Laura Russo represents the best of Coral Gables as a person, lawyer and for her love of the city.

She was born, raised and educated in Coral Gables. From birth at Doctors Hospital to high school at the Convent of the Sacred Heart Carrollton School for Girls, and then the University of Miami, she remained in the “City Beautiful.” It was at Carrollton that she was taught the importance of giving back and serving the community, something that has been part of her life. She often does things behind the scenes with no recognition.

Her brilliance was apparent early on as she earned her Bachelor of Arts (BA) at the University of Miami in1978, graduating summa cum laude. She went on to receive her Juris Doctorate (JD) at thed University of Miami in 1984. and was a member of the Editorial Board Law Review from 1982 to 1984.

Her Coral Gables law firm of Laura L. Russo Esq. grew out of the original Coral Gables firm of Mayes, Sutton, Murphy & Russo established in 1952.

Her professional affiliations include the Florida Bar Association, 11th Circuit Court of Appeals and Dade County Bar Association. A born leader, she served as president of the Coral Gables Bar Association, 1989-90, and has served on the CGBA’s board of directors since 2011. From 1998, she served for six years on the Attorney’s Title Insurance Advisory Board and was Special Master – Code Enforcement for City of Coral Gables for five years beginning in 2005.

Laura, a gem on any board of directors, shines with her business savvy, common sense and passion for the city. The Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce was fortunate to have Laura on its board of directors from 2010 to 2015 and on the Executive Committee from 2012 to 2015. In addition, she was parliamentarian on that board, 2014-15.

Yet another great Gables institution lucky to have her involvement was the Coral Gables Museum, where she serve on the board from 2012 to 2014. Most recently, Laura joined the board of directors of the Coral Gables Community Foundation.

Laura is single with two adult sons, 24 and 28. When she is not working or volunteering her time and talent to various organizations, she enjoys Pilates and yoga. She has a passion for the arts and loves traveling and reading.


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Gloria Burns
A graduate of the University of Florida with a major in Spanish, Burns has an extensive background in advertising, marketing and reciprocal trade, travel as well as non profit consulting and management. Burns' volunteer activities led her to become a columnist writing Gloria’s Gab, a column that focuses on the non-profit activity. Burns was Executive Director of the Jr. Orange Bowl Committee for 6 years and then served as the first Executive Director of Coral Gables Community Foundation for 14 years after which she helped the emerging Community Foundation of Pinecrest. Active in many non profits, she received the 2015-16 President's Best Member Award from the GFWC Coral Gables Woman's Club, 2012-13 CGWC Leadership Award, 2012-2013 Rotarian of the Year Award as RCCG Public Relations Chair and Fund raising Co-Chair, 2011 Florida Federation of Women’s Club Volunteer of the Year for the District 11 and honored by the City of Doral as one of their first recipients for the Doralian Women's Award. Among her list of current responsibilities, Burns co-chairs two annual student recognition breakfasts for the Coral Gables Friends of Education; helps coordinate charity partners for the Westin Colonnade's Annual Give Kids the World Breakfast; serves on the board of directors of Doral Business Council; is Parliamentarian and serves on the board of the GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club; serves the board of the Rotary Club of Coral Gables and is Publicity Chair; and is a member of the Jr. Orange Bowl Committee. Gloria is also an active member of the Music Ministry at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church where sings sings in the choir. She can be reached at gloria@communitynewspapers.com

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