Ray Abadin is the immediate past president of the Florida Bar Association having served as president from June 2015 to June 2016. With more than 100,000 members, the Florida Bar is the second-largest mandatory bar association in the United States.
An active trial lawyer, Ray has tried more than 30 cases to verdict, focusing on complex commercial and tort matters, including class actions that frequently involve significant insurance components. He has tried cases in both state and federal courts in Florida, where he has represented some of the world’s largest multinational corporations and insurance companies facing claims on Florida-specific statutes, including the state’s Deceptive and Unfair Practices Act.
In addition to his successes advocating on behalf of clients, Ray is among the most prominent members of the greater Miami and state of Florida legal communities. Ray is a frequent speaker before many of Florida’s most influential business, bench and bar organizations, and frequently presents on how technology is changing the practice of law. Ray recently presented to the Florida Bar’s Section of General and Solo Practitioners on the subject of Data Privacy.
A native of Cuba, Ray is also past president of the Cuban American Bar Association. He is a native Spanish speaker and is conversational in Portuguese.
Ray is among the less than one percent of Florida attorneys invited to be a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He is a member of the Florida Chapters of the American Board of Trial Advocates, the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel and the International Association of Defense Counsel.
Ray also serves or has served on a number of distinguished committees that continue to shape the legal landscape in Florida. For example, Ray served on the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary, where he was one of only 15 members appointed to evaluate all prospective nominees to the federal bench in the 11th Circuit (Florida, Georgia and Alabama) and nationally. He also served on and was chairman of the Third District Court of Appeal Judicial Nominating Commission. Ray has served on the City of Miami’s City Attorney Selection Committee, recommending to the City Commission and ranking the top five candidates for the city attorney position. In addition, he is a member of the Florida Supreme Court’s Commission on Access to Civil Justice and was recently appointed to serve on the Court’s Long Range Strategic Planning Workgroup.
Ray is certified “AV” by the Martindale-Hubbell peer review rating system and has received numerous awards, including the prestigious G. Kirk Haas Award from the Florida Bar, which is awarded annually to just one attorney in Florida. He has also been recognized by the Haitian Lawyers Association with that group’s Significant Contribution Award, and has received the Passing on Leadership Award from the Cuban American Bar Association. Ray was also named to Florida Trend magazine’s 2017 “Legal Elite” list, which recognizes prestigious attorneys chosen by their peers, and represents fewer than two percent of the active Florida Bar members who practice in Florida.
Ray’s notable achievements include:
- Serving as a member of the Sedgwick class action team defending one of the world's largest automotive companies against consumer fraud claims in Florida and other U.S. jurisdictions.
- Served as lead trial lawyer defending a large reinsurance broker in a two-week jury trial in Florida state court involving claims for breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty and fraud (March 2014). At the close of the plaintiff’s case, the judge entered a directed verdict on six of the nine claims. The jury returned a defense verdict on the remaining claims.
- Served as lead trial lawyer and achieved a favorable settlement on behalf of the lead insurer in a high-profile, fire-loss case involving complex construction coverage issues. The demand in this case exceeded $120 million.
- Attained favorable results for numerous health care providers and insurers in high-exposure medical malpractice cases throughout Florida.
- Attained a favorable outcome as an advocate in multiparty arbitration involving a large failed construction project in Florida.
- 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
- U.S. District Court (S.D. Fla.)
- U.S. Supreme Court
- J.D. (1985) Loyola University New Orleans College of Law
- B.A. (1981) Tulane University
- AV certified by the Martindale-Hubbell peer review rating system
- Named to Florida Trend magazine’s 2017 “Legal Elite” list
- G. Kirk Haas award recipient from the Florida Bar Association
- Recipient of the Haitian Lawyers Association’s Significant Contribution Award
- Recipient of the Cuban Bar Association’s Passing on Leadership Award
Memberships and Affiliations
- Florida Bar Association immediate past president
- Florida International University School of Law Dean’s Advisory Council
- Cuban American Bar Association — past president
- Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers
- American Board of Trial Advocates — Florida Chapter
- The Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel
- The International Association of Defense Counsel