Education: In addition to his law degree from the University of Panama (LL.B., 1964), Dr. Pereira obtained his Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of La Sorbonne, Paris, France (1976), as well as completing specialised studies at the Interamerican College of Defense, Washington, D.C. (1986).
Achievements: Dr. Pereira has served as Alternate Ambassador of Panama for UNESCO, Paris (1972 – 1975). He served as advisor for the Negotiation Team on the Panama Canal Treaty (Torrijos-Carter), signed in 1977. Further accomplishments include: Chief Commissioner for Commercial Affairs at the Panamanian Embassy in France (1982- 1985); Minister of Justice, 1989; President of the Board of Directors of the National Telecommunications Institute (INTEL), 1989.
Membership: Dr. Pereira is a member of the National Bar Association, as well as Founding Member of the “Diálogo Centroamericano permanente para la paz, la seguridad y la desmilitarización de la fundación Oscar Arias para la paz y el progreso humano”, in San Jose, Costa Rica. [Permanent Central American dialogue for peace, security and demilitarisation of the Oscar Arias Foundation for peace and human progress]
Areas of Practice: Litigation (Administrative& Criminal) and Commercial Law.
Dr. Pereira is an established public speaker, serving as a panellist at University Conferences and on television. He conducts a daily open radio debate on RPC radio, the national station.
Languages: He is fluent in English, Spanish and French.
Dr. Pereira joined Shirley & Associates following the merger of Pereira & Pereira with Shirley & Associates on March 1st, 2000.