Paul is an attorney | CPA whose practice covers Outsourced General Counsel, Federal Government Contracting, Business Succession Planning, Estate Planning, Asset Protection, and Probate.
He is also an officer in the United States Army Reserves.
His service includes two combat deployments to Iraq, a deployment to Africa, one combat tour in Afghanistan as a Company Commander, two years on the Joint Chiefs of Staff crafting US policy and strategy for Africa, and 18 months with United States Central Command (“US CENTCOM”) working US policy and strategy for Russia and South East Asia.
He recently completed a successful Battalion Command.
A first generation American, Paul was born and raised in the tight-knit, working-class predominantly Portuguese neighborhood known as the “Ironbound” in Newark, New Jersey. “Growing up in that community, you were taught family, integrity, and work ethic mattered most.”
Paul earned a Bachelor of Science in accounting from Fairleigh Dickinson University because that was the family business. “It was my plan “B” if I did not make it into law school.” After earning his Juris Doctorate from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York City, Paul began his career as a Prosecutor.
Admitted to the Federal, New York, and New Jersey bars in 1989, founder, attorney, Certified Public Accountant, Certified Fraud Examiner, and decorated war veteran, Paul Ferreira has served from the battlefield to the boardroom. He has practiced in the Greater Tampa Bay Area since 2016.
Paul conducted complex financial fraud investigations for foreign and domestic insurance companies after transitioning to the private sector. Eventually, becoming a Certified Public Accountant to understand the underlying financial transactions better, I investigated.
On September 10, 2001, Paul was an accomplished attorney/CPA practicing in the New York Metropolitan area. He was also an officer in the United States Army Reserves. “The next day, I watched the towers come down from the New Jersey side of the Hudson River and realized my professional life was about to go on a serendipitous detour.”
Between 2003 and 2017, Paul spent over eight non-consecutive years on active duty, including two tours in Iraq, a mission to Africa, a tour in Afghanistan, and a two-year stint working for the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Some of my most purposed filled professional moments happened during my service. I met the most amazing Americans and developed lifelong friendships. Together, we accomplished things I never imagined. I cherish those memories and would not change a thing.
Paul came to Tampa in 2015 in uniform and immediately fell in love with the city, especially its edgy entrepreneurial vibe, and decided to stay when he ended his tour at MacDill Air Force Base. After completing Veteran Florida’s Entrepreneurship Program and being admitted to the Florida bar in 2016, Paul served as Chief Legal and Chief Financial Officer for a not for profit organization, helping solve challenging Warfighter problems.
After the State of Florida recognized his professional credentials and completing his tour of duty at US CENTCOM, Paul decided to remain and continue the practice of law in Tampa, Florida.
Paul is a servant leader. He loves to help people. Whether it’s assisting a young entrepreneur in kick-starting his/her business or a senior executive managing wealth, it’s about helping people achieve their goals.
Paul is a member of the Hillsborough Bar Association, the Florida Institute of CPAs, the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, the National Contracting Manager’s Association, the Armed Forces Communications & Electronics, and the National Defense Industrial Association.
Outside of his legal practice, Paul is still serving as a Colonel in the United States Army Reserves. He serves on the Board of Action Zone, a not for profit helping Veteran-owned businesses transform the community’s strength and growth.