Laura LaBianca Puente


Ms. Puente, shareholder in our Pensacola office, is admitted to practice in Florida and Oklahoma. Ms. Puente represents clients in general liability and casualty claims, including automobile litigation, trucking litigation, construction defect litigation, commercial litigation, bad faith claims, pre-suit investigations, products liability, wrongful death claims, employment discrimination actions, malicious prosecution claims, defamation claims, first-party property and coverage, and professional liability. She has appeared in jury trials in state and federal court, as well as in arbitration proceedings.

Before joining Wade, Palmer and Shoemaker, Ms. Puente practiced high profile defense, complex civil litigation, business litigation, and white collar criminal defense. She also represented elected public officials with claims of violating public trust, bribery, misconduct, impropriety, ethics violations, and public record requests.

Practice Areas

  • Automobile Litigation
  • General Liability & Casualty
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Professional Liability
  • First Party Property and Coverage
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Insurance Fraud & Misrepresentation
  • Premises Liability
  • Construction Defect
  • Arbitrations

Admitted to Practice

  • Florida, 2015
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida, 2020
  • Oklahoma, 2012
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Oklahoma, 2012
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, 2015


  • Oklahoma City University School of Law, Juris Doctor, 2012
  • SUNY Stony Brook University, B.A., cum laude, 2009

Professional Affiliations

  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • American Inn of Courts
  • Florida Association of Women Lawyers
  • Escambia Santa Rosa County Bar Association

Speaking Engagements

  • "First Party Property Claims, Start to Finish," Co-Presenter, Escambia/Santa Rosa County Bar, June 2022
  • "Understanding Social Media and Making It Work For You In Your Case," Co-Presenter, Webinar, July 2021
  • "Late to the Party Challenges in Defending Late Report Claims, STOL and Case Law Update," Co-Presenter, Webinar, July 2021
  • "Bad Faith Update 2021," Co-Presenter, Webinar, April 2021