Raquel (Rocky) has more than 25 years of extensive experience counseling clients on a wide variety of government, business and litigation matters. She provides unique insight 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
- Dispute resolution and strategy
- Crisis and risk management
- Government affairs
- Economic development and incentives, such as life sciences, alternative energy, financial services and high tech
- In-bound and out-bound transactions
Rocky has advised both U.S. and non-U.S. clients involved in disputes or transactions in Latin America. Fluent in Spanish, Rocky is familiar with the civil law concepts that are prevalent in Spain and most Latin American countries, which enables her to work seamlessly with local counsel. She is also knowledgeable about key U.S. laws, such as the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the USA Patriot Act, which impose compliance requirements and risks to U.S. companies operating in foreign countries or working with foreign business partners.
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. Her law firm experience includes 15 years at Greenberg Traurig LLC, where she was a shareholder for six years, and four years as a partner at McDermott Will & Emery LLP.