Foley & Mansfield
Foley & Mansfield

Viviana P. Varela

Attorney - Miami


Bar Admissions: Florida; U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida

Practice Groups: Medical Malpractice Defense; General Liability

Education: University of Florida College of Law, JD with Honors, 1995; University of Florida, B.A. Anthropology, 1992

Memberships: Vice Chair, Florida Bar Standing Committee on Advertising (2018 – present); Member, Florida Bar Standing Committee on Advertising (2014 – present); Board of Directors, Dade County Bar Association (2014 – 2017); Board of Directors, Catholic Legal Services, Miami Florida (2010 – 2018)


Viviana Varela is a civil litigator in the Miami office of Foley & Mansfield, where she focuses her practice in the defense of medical malpractice claims against healthcare providers, including physicians, hospitals, and nurses.

With more than twenty-two years of litigation experience – sixteen as a civil trial attorney – Viviana has represented a range of clients including individual medical providers, hospital systems, insurance carriers, big-box retailers, premises owners and employers in all phases of litigation. She also  has extensive appellate experience, having successfully represented parties in the First, Second and Third District Courts of Appeal of Florida.

Prior to private practice, Viviana served as an Assistant State Attorney of the Tenth Judicial Circuit, Polk County, Florida, where she individually conducted more than 40 jury trials, garnering a high conviction rate for felony prosecutions.


Representative Appellate Matters 

  • Jose Urea v. Hyperion Development Group, Inc. et al., 105 So.3d 535 (Fla. 3d DCA 2013)
  • City of Bartow v. Darlene Brewer, 896 So. 2d 931 (Fla. 1st DCA 2005)
  • Ronald Dahly v. Department of Children and Family Services, et al., 876 So. 2d 1245 (Fla. 2d DCA 2004)


  • Viviana has provided pro bono legal services to the Animal Legal Defense Fund, working to stop illegal slaughterhouse operations in Florida.


  • As Vice-Chair of the Florida Bar’s Standing Committee on Advertising, Viviana, along with the other members of the Committee, reviews advertisements submitted by members of the Florida Bar to confirm that the advertisements comply with the Florida Rules of Professional Conduct and makes recommendations to the Florida Bar’s Board of Governors.

  • As an Executive Board Member of Catholic Legal Services, a non-profit organization that provides low-cost immigration legal services, Viviana participated in long-range planning and fundraising activities for the organization for eight years.