Mia Yugo practices in the firm’s Criminal & Government Investigations group. Prior to joining Gentry Locke, Mia served as a law clerk for a general practice firm in Florida handling both criminal and civil matters, a legal intern for a university in Virginia, and also worked extensively on qui tam whistleblowing issues focusing on taxpayer fraud and false claims. During law school, Mia was Editor-in-Chief of The Legal Journal and Articles and Book Reviews Editor on Law Review. Mia is admitted to practice law in New York and focuses her practice on white-collar criminal defense in federal courts.
Outside of work, Mia coaches teams preparing to compete in the ABA Regional Negotiations Tournament and National Basketball Negotiation Competition. She is also an award-winning playwright who speaks several languages and is passionate about opera, theatre, and tennis.
Comedies/plays written, produced, directed by age 17
Countries in which I've lived
Unusual and devilishly handsome dog
What do you do in your spare time?
I don’t have any, but if I did, I imagine I’d write a comedy, or two.
When did you start writing comedies?
When I was 14. Before that, I penned news articles, poems, and skits.
What is one thing you never skip in your morning routine?
An Italian espresso. Double shot. Served in a demitasse, naturally
You like classical music. Would you listen to anything else?
Yes, of course. Elvis, Johnny Cash, and Conway Twitty.
- University of Toronto, Trinity College, Hon. B.A., with high distinction (2013), Margaret MacMillan Trinity One Program (2010)
- Liberty University School of Law, J.D. cum laude (2016)
- Drafted complaints and motions for various civil and criminal matters
- Prepared cross-examination reports and performed legal research in preparation for trial
- Drafted and revised employment contracts, administrative pleadings, and policy statements
- Drafted memoranda of law on regulatory and compliance issues
- Prepared legal briefs for filing in support of plaintiff and defense counsel motions on various criminal and civil matters
- Served as Assistant Negotiations Coach for student teams in preparation for the ABA Regional Negotiations Tournament and National Basketball Negotiation Competition
- Member, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) (2017-Present)
- Member, White Collar Crime Section, American Bar Association (admission pending)
- Member, New York State Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section (2017-Present)
- Member, New York State Bar (2017-Present)
- Champion, NBA National Basketball Negotiation Competition, Fordham Sports Law Forum, New York, NY (2016)
- First Runner-up, National Tax Moot Court Competition, Florida Bar Association, FL (2015)
- Finalist, ABA Regional Negotiation Competition, VA (2015)
- Finalist, Top Five, World Negotiation Competition representing Team USA, Switzerland (2016)
- Champion, Oral Argument, 2L/3L Moot Court Competition, Liberty University (2014)
- Best Brief Award, 2L/3L Moot Court Competition, Liberty University (2014)
- University of Toronto Elizabeth Comper Scholarship for Academic Excellence
- Trinity College Award of Academic Excellence, four-time recipient (2009-2013)
- Viewers’ Choice Award for Tangent on a Tangent, an Original Comedy, University of Toronto Drama Festival, Hart House Theatre, Toronto, ON (2010)
- Wayne Fairhead New Play Award, The Impressionist Wing, Sears Drama Festival, Playwrights Canada Press
- First Place, NBA Raptors Journalism Competition, Toronto, ON (2006)
- First Place, Human Rights and Race Relations Essay Competition, Toronto, ON (2008)
- Co-Author, Settlement Restrictions on False Claims Act (FCA) Qui Tam Actions: A Strict Application of Law or a Waste of Judicial Resources? The Liberty Lawyer, A Publication of Liberty University (2017 Edition)
- The Impressionist Wing, An Original Comedy, Festival Voices, Playwrights Canada Press (May 2010)