Raquel (Rocky) is the managing member of the firm’s Miami office. She has counseled clients on a wide variety of government, business, and litigation matters for nearly 30 years, providing unique insights and solutions to the legal, business, political, and public relations challenges that private and public companies face. Whether representing Fortune 500 clients, closely held companies, foreign governments, family businesses, nonprofit entities, or entrepreneurs, Rocky focuses on developing creative approaches and innovative strategies to complex issues. From 2002 through 2006, she was general counsel to former Florida Governor Jeb Bush. In that capacity, Rocky worked on some of the most complex and urgent issues facing the state. This included conceiving and co-drafting the legislation for and negotiating the largest economic development project in state history, a $310 million economic incentive grant to The Scripps Research Institute. She counseled Governor Bush with respect to over 200 judicial appointments at all levels of the Florida judiciary.
Rocky’s areas of concentration include:
- Litigation – banking, commercial, international, real estate, constitutional, administrative, and election law
- Client counseling on corporate governance and related employment matters
- Crisis and risk management
- Data breaches
- Dispute resolution and strategy
- Economic development and incentives
- Government affairs and lobbying
- Government investigations
Rocky has advised both U.S. and non-U.S. clients involved in disputes or transactions involving Latin America. Her experience includes counseling clients on compliance and due diligence with respect to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the USA Patriot Act and Inter-American Bank anti-corruption investigations.
In addition to her four years in the Florida Governor’s office, Rocky was executive director of the London-based MULTILAW, Multinational Association of Independent Law Firms. Rocky previously was a shareholder at Greenberg Traurig LLC, where she started her legal career in 1985, and a partner at McDermott Will & Emery LLP.