M. Thérèse (“Terry”) Vento, longtime partner with the Florida law firm Shutts & Bowen and passionate advocate for the arts, has joined Pérez Art Museum Miami (“PAMM”) as Deputy Director for Legal and Government Affairs and General Counsel.
Vento, who had been with Shutts & Bowen and a related firm for 35 years, took her new position Monday, Jan. 5 after serving 26 years on the board of trustees for PAMM and its predecessors, the Miami Art Museum (“MAM”) and the Center for Fine Arts. During much of that time, she was also the museum’s pro bono general counsel, while working full-time as a Shutts & Bowen business litigation partner. While a partner at Shutts & Bowen LLP, she practiced general civil and business litigation, with an emphasis on representation of financial institutions. She has been listed as a Florida Super Lawyer in Business Litigation, a Leading American Attorney in Florida in Commercial Litigation, has been elected a lifetime Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, and is A-V rated by Martindale Hubbell law directory. She is profiled in the book "Beyond Julia's Daughters", which celebrates women of vision who have made exceptional contributions to Miami-Dade County's history. She is an ex officio president of The Miami Forum, and served for nine years on The Florida Bar Trial Lawyers Executive Council.
Both Vento and the firm were major contributors to the museum in time and treasure. In honor of Vento’s volunteer work, PAMM created the M. Thérèse Vento Café Lounge when it opened in December 2013. Shutts & Bowen, founded in 1910, celebrated its 75th anniversary in 1985 at the museum, then next to the Miami Public Library on Flagler Street, by co-sponsoring the Picasso in Miami exhibit.
Bowman Brown, chair of Shutts & Bowen’s executive committee, said: “We’re delighted to see Terry pursue her passion on a full-time, in-house basis after working for more than a quarter century as the museum’s outside general counsel and legal adviser as part of her pro bono duties with our firm, in addition to her distinguished work on behalf of our clients. It has been a privilege to have made this contribution, and we look forward to working with the museum, and with Terry Vento, for years to come.”
Thom Collins, PAMM’s director said, “Terry has played a vital role in advising the museum as plans for our new, world-class facility took shape. From assisting with contracts of all types, risk management, human resources protocols, documentation for acquisition of artwork, corporate compliance, and oversight of intellectual property issues. Terry has been instrumental in this museum’s success, and we are very lucky that she has chosen to permanently focus her efforts on the best interests of Miami’s flagship art museum.”
Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) promotes artistic expression and the exchange of ideas; advancing public knowledge and appreciation of art, architecture, and design; and reflecting the diverse community of its pivotal geographic location at the crossroads of the Americas. Designed by world-renowned architects Herzog & de Meuron, the facility opened in Downtown Miami’s Museum Park on December 4, 2013, is a state-of-the-art model for sustainable museum design and progressive programming. The facility features 200,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor program space with spacious galleries; shaded outdoor verandas; a waterfront restaurant and bar; a museum shop; and an education center with a library, media lab, and classroom spaces. For more information, please visit www.pamm.org, find us on Facebook (facebook.com/perezartmuseummiami), or follow us on Twitter (@pamm).
About Shutts & Bowen LLP
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