Ramon A. Rasco
Ray was born on August 18, 1976 in Miami, Florida. He earned his undergraduate degree with a concentration in Government from Harvard College (A.B. magna cum laude 1999) and his Juris Doctorate degree from Columbia University School of Law (J.D. 2002). Following law school, Ray worked in the corporate department of Greenberg Traurig, P.A., where he gained extensive experience in the areas of corporate, securities and financial institutions law, including numerous representations relating to the formation, regulation and disposition of state- and federally-chartered financial institutions. Ray joined the firm in November 2005 and has primarily focused his practice on commercial litigation, including plaintiffs’-side business and securities disputes and litigation arising from Ponzi schemes, personal injury/wrongful death litigation, including aviation litigation, complex class actions and white collar criminal defense. Ray’s notable representations include the following.
• Representing a key executive of the largest private equity investor in the $1.2 billion Ponzi scheme orchestrated by Scott Rothstein in several, related commercial litigation matters and federal government civil and criminal investigations;
• Handling a $40 million federal securities action against a large pharmaceutical company on behalf of its former Vice Chairman;
• Representing the estate of a minor in a wrongful death action arising from an ATV accident;
• Representing the former CFO of a telecommunications company in an action by the Department of Justice with respect to violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA);
• Representing American victims of the Colombian terrorist organization FARC in a large MDL (Multi-District Litigation) brought under the Anti-Terrorism Act against Chiquita Brands International, Inc. for its admitted support of the FARC;
• Representing the estate of a pilot and CEO of a New York-based utility company in a wrongful death action against the FAA culminating in a two-week bench trial, currently awaiting ruling;
• Various representations of judgment creditors in federal actions seeking the domestication, recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments under the Uniform Foreign Money-Judgment Recognition Act;
• Representation of the victims of the TAM Airlines crash, Flight 3054, Congonhas Airport, Sao Paolo, Brazil, 2007;
• Representation of victims in numerous wrongful death and personal injury actions arising from general aviation accidents, including fixed wing and rotary aircraft;
• Representation of the Russian Federation in a multi-billion dollar RICO action against the Bank of New York arising from the admitted money laundering of former employees;
• Representation of Gustavo A. Cisneros in a large business and litigation dispute concerning ownership interests in various entities;
• Representation of 34,000 investors in a class action arising from the Ponzi scheme orchestrated by Mutual Benefits Corporation and its executives as part of the firm’s role as co-lead counsel to the class; and
• Representation of Flagler Development Group, Codina Construction and related entities in various commercial litigation matters.
Ray is actively involved in various community and civic activities. Ray serves on the board of the Chapman Partnership (f/k/a Community Partnership for Homeless, Inc.), the private sector partner of the Miami Dade County Homeless Trust, where he was a founder and chair of their junior board, the NextGen Council, and where he chaired the organization’s second-largest fundraiser from 2008 – 2010. Ray was elected to the Orange Bowl Committee in 2009 and is the organization’s youngest member. Since 2006, Ray has also served on the board of DFYIT, an organization focused on the prevention of drug and alcohol abuse among adolescents. He was profiled on the cover of Miami Today, September 11, 2008 for his professional and civic accomplishments. Ray was selected in Florida Trend’s Legal Elite in 2011 in the area of business litigation. Ray was profiled in SuperLawyers 2009, 2011 as a Rising Star and in a 2009 article on his work for the homeless. He was also selected in 2010 as one of the Top 40 Under 40 Outstanding Lawyers of Miami-Dade County by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Ray's professional memberships include the Cuban American Bar Association, the American Association for Justice, the Florida Justice Association, The Florida Bar and the Dade County Bar Association.
He is fluent in Spanish and proficient in Portuguese.