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Raquel M. Fernandez

Partner
305-350-2353
Hablo Español
Area of Focus: Litigation
Raquel M. Fernandez
Partner
305-350-2353
  • OVERVIEW
  • EXPERIENCE
  • INSIGHTS
  • CREDENTIALS
  • PRACTICES
GET TO KNOW RAQUEL

Known for her excellence in written advocacy, Raquel has secured summary judgments at both the state and federal levels, and by doing so she has often saved her clients considerable time and resources.

Raquel has more than two decades of experience handling complex commercial litigation and is well-versed in all phases of pretrial, trial, and appeals. Her experience includes securities class actions, business torts, partnership disputes, deceptive and unfair trade practices claims, breach of contract, products liability, antitrust, and class action defense work, with an emphasis on consumer products and the food and beverage industry.

Fluent in Spanish, Raquel works with Spanish-speaking clients and witnesses, and has served as liaison counsel for U.S.-based clients and counsel in South America.

Q & A
What is one of your greatest strengths as a lawyer?
Bringing forth clarity through written and oral advocacy is the cornerstone of litigation and appellate work. To be persuasive, I need to understand my client's objectives and their business on a granular level. I become completely vested in the matters I'm involved with, almost as if my own business interests were at stake. My clients appreciate this level of commitment and I think it is one of the main reasons they have continued to come back to me over the years.
Can you share an example of a matter in which you worked collaboratively across practices?
I recently settled a case that resulted in my client acquiring commercial property. I worked closely with a member of the real estate team, who was instrumental in helping address complex leasing issues, which in turn made the resolution of the settlement more financially beneficial to our client.
EXPERIENCE
EXPERIENCE
Represented beverage manufacturer and distributor, All Market Inc.,in defense of a national federal class action consumer fraud, and deceptive advertising case regarding its Vita Coco coconut water. The plaintiffs alleged that the Vita Coco product packaging and marketing materials contained mislead...
EXPERIENCE
Representation of real estate lender, the seller, in a dispute relating to the sale of a pool of 298 loans for $22 million to a bank. A miscalculation by the seller at the closing caused the creation of a closing statement containing the wrong purchase price. At trial, the Judge determined there was...
EXPERIENCE
Represented call-center in defense of a national TCPA class action based on “wrong number” calls allegedly placed by call-center to individuals who were not intended recipients of calls. Obtained order denying class certification.
EXPERIENCE
Represented national furniture manufacturer in defense of breach of oral contract and fraud based claims. Obtained a dismissal with prejudice of all claims based on statute of frauds defense. Dismissal was affirmed in all respects by the Eleventh Circuit.
EXPERIENCE
Defense of insurer in appeal of order certifying class action of insureds and medical providers, which resulted in reversal of class certification and dismissal of complaint.
EXPERIENCE
Defense of an airline in a federal court age discrimination action where the plaintiff sought back pay and compensatory damages, including for mental anguish, punitive damages, and attorney fees. Successfully obtained summary judgment on behalf of the airline.
EXPERIENCE
Defense of an altimeter manufacturer in a wrongful death products liability action seeking millions of dollars in damages. Successfully obtained summary judgment on behalf of client.
EXPERIENCE
Representation of majority partner in partnership dispute. Dispute centered on managerial control of one of the most prized real estate properties in South Florida. Following significant litigation, obtained very favorable settlement for client.
EXPERIENCE
Defense of a flight management computer manufacturer in a products liability action involving $300 million in claims for personal injury and property damage. A favorable judgment was secured on behalf of client following a ten-week federal jury trial.
INSIGHTS
CREDENTIALS
  • University of Pennsylvania, J.D., Associate Editor, University of Pennsylvania Law Review,  magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, 1995
    Cornell University, B.S., 1992
  • Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
    U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
    U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • Florida Super Lawyers, 2010 - present
    The International Who's Who of Aviation Lawyers Leader in Aviation Law

     

  • Spanish