Adriana focuses her practice on the defense of corporations in complex tort and product liability matters. She has experience in all stages of trial preparation, including fact investigation, depositions and motion practice, and discovery strategies. Adriana has served on several trial teams at Shook, where she has gained experience in expert witness examinations, medical defenses and legal issues.
After practicing at Shook for nearly four years, she joined Checkers & Rally’s, the largest double drive-thru quick service restaurant company in the country, as in-house counsel. She oversaw all of the company’s litigation and threatened litigation, including employment discrimination, wage and hour, personal injury, franchisee disputes, and other contractual disputes. Adriana represented the company before various governmental agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the National Labor Relations Board, the Department of Labor and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and she mediated numerous cases on behalf of Checkers & Rally’s. Adriana also managed the company’s general liability and workers’ compensation programs. She played an integral part in the company’s preparation for a private equity sale.
Adriana also was a summer associate with Shook, and interned with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security where she first-chaired two asylum cases resolved in favor of the government.
In addition to her litigation practice, Adriana serves as pro bono attorney to children in foster care and to children in delinquency court. She also serves as a judge in Hillsborough County Teen Court.
Adriana M. Paris, Women Meet The State: Protection for Domestic Workers in the United States, 24 Fla. J. Int'l L. 213 (2012).