Immediate Past President
Ricardo earned his undergraduate degree in only three years at the University of Miami (B.A. cum laude 1997) and his Juris Doctorate at Yale Law School (J.D. 2000) where he was the William S. Beinecke Scholar. While a law student, Ricardo was a director at Yale’s renowned clinical program. He served on the Board of Directors of the Latino Law Students Association, and was an editor of the Yale Journal of International Law. Before joining the firm, Ricardo served as a law clerk to the Honorable James Lawrence King on the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida. He joined the firm in 2002 and was named a partner in 2006.
He is a Co-Chair of the Aviation and Space Law Committee of the American Bar Association; Chair- elect of the Aviation Law Section of the American Association for Justice; and serves on the Board of Directors of the Cuban American Bar Association as well as the Belen Jesuit Preparatory School Alumni Association.
Although much of Ricardo’s practice involves personal injury, wrongful death, and product liability cases with a focus on aviation litigation, he also handles admiralty and commercial matters. Ricardo has represented victims of many commercial aviation disasters including Spanair Flight 5022, Spain, 2008; TACA Flight 390, Honduras, 2008; Santa Barbara Airlines Flight 518, Venezuela, 2008; TAM Flight 3054, Brazil, 2007; GOL Flight 1906, Brazil, 2006; Comair Flight 5191, Lexington, Kentucky, 2006; Chalk’s Ocean Airways Flight 101, Miami Beach, Florida, 2005; Helios Airways Flight 2U522, Cyprus, 2005; Tropical Air Flight 1301, Haiti, 2003; SAS Flight 686, Milan, Italy, 2001; TAESA Airlines Flight 725, Mexico, 1999; and Silk Air Flight MI 185, between Jakarta and Singapore, 1997. He also handles numerous general aviation cases including fixed wing and rotary aircraft.
Ricardo has authored and published work for the American Bar Association, the American Association for Justice and its former incantation, the Association of Trial Lawyers of America. The Miami Herald, the Sun–Sentinel, the Daily Business Review, and various international newspapers have interviewed and quoted him with reference to aviation law and his trial successes. He has lectured for various bar organizations and on the faculty of the Al J. Cone Trial Advocacy Institute for the past two years.
Ricardo is Board Certification in Aviation Law, thereby accrediting him as an expert within the field of practice. According to The Florida Bar, certification is the highest level of evaluation of competency and experience within an area of law, as well as professionalism and ethics in practice.
Ricardo speaks English, Spanish, and Portuguese.
Past Speaking Engagements
• AAJ Annual Convention, Vancouver, Lecture: Recent Developments in International Aviation Cases, 7/12/2010;
• AAJ Annual Convention, San Francisco, Lecture: Recent Developments in Aviation Cases Involving the Doctrine of Forum Non Conveniens, 7/25/2009;
• American Bar Association Litigation Section on Aviation Program: Trial Lecture: Tips for Effective Opening Statements, 6/4/2009;
• AAJ, Annual Convention, Lecture Topic: International Air Carrier Disasters, 7/27/2008;
• SMU Air Law Symposium, Dallas, Lecture: Handling Foreign Aviation Cases–From the Plaintiffs’ Perspective (Representing Victims of Aviation Disasters), 2/21/2008;
• AViCON, New York, Panel Discussion Member: Aviation Disasters–Investigating the Causes, Resolving the Claims, 5/12/2009;
• American Bar Association Aviation and Space Law Committee, Washington, D.C., Lecture: Other Act Evidence in Aviation Cases, 10/16/2008;
• American Bar Association Aviation and Space Law Committee, Washington, D.C., Ethics Panel Moderator: Plaintiff’s Ethical Marketing Strategies in the New Millennium, 10/26/2006;
• AViCON, London, Lecture: Handling Foreign Aviation Cases in the United States and Abroad, 10/9/2008