Judge Gladys Perez
Judge Gladys Perez ()

Miami-Dade County Court Judge Gladys Perez has announced she is leaving the bench.

In an email to “friends and colleagues,” Perez said her last day on the bench will be Nov. 30.

Perez told the Daily Business Review that she would join Shutts & Bowen in Miami in the firm’s class action and mass litigation defense practice group.

“I’m excited for this fabulous opportunity,” she said. “It’s a well-established older firm. I’m thrilled they would consider me.”

Shutts & Bowen partner Bowman Brown, chair of the firm’s executive committee, said Perez “is a powerful addition to our firm, with a record of great accomplishment and even greater promise for the future.”

Douglas Brehm, co-chair of the firm’s class action and mass litigation practice group, said Perez is much needed.

“Our practice group is growing, particularly in the area of insurance defense, and we believe her experience will be invaluable,” he said.

Perez said she has “mixed emotions” about her departure and praised her staff.

She submitted her letter of resignation to Gov. Rick Scott, who will name her replacement.

Perez was appointed by then-Gov. Charlie Crist in 2009 and was elected in 2012 to a term that expires Jan. 8, 2019.

Perez served as assistant general counsel to Govs. Jeb Bush and Crist and on the South Florida Water Management District governing board. She was an assistant attorney general in Fort Lauderdale from 2003 to 2005 and a senior staff attorney for the Fourth District Court of Appeal from 1998 to 2003. She worked as a solo practitioner from 1997 to 1998.