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Ralph B. Bekkevold has wide-ranging experience in real estate, finance, banking, workout and general business transactions. Ralph's background includes years of experience as a partner at a major international law firm and as an officer at two money center banking institutions. Ralph represents real estate developers, investors, financial institutions and borrowing entities in all forms of real estate transactions and financings including, but not limited to, acquisitions, dispositions, investments, JVs, development, leasing, construction, credit origination, workouts and restructuring of troubled credits, multi-bank syndications and participations and litigation-bankruptcy support. Ralph is also experienced in representing businesses in general corporate and transactional issues.


  • Finance
  • Real estate
  • Banking
  • General corporate



  • Dual Nationality, United States and Switzerland
  • Former Vice President, NCNB National Bank (predecessor to Bank of America)
  • Former Corporate Banking Officer, Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company (predecessor to JP Morgan Chase)

Recognition & Leadership

  • Team Member, Chambers & Partners USA Real Estate Law Firm of the Year, 2010, 2013, 2017-2018 and 2022
  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, Real Estate Law - Litigation, 2008-2015
  • Team Member, a Law360 "Real Estate Practice Group of the Year," 2011-2013, 2015, and 2022
  • Listed, Daily Business Review, Top Dealmaker, 2014
  • Team Member, The Legal 500 United States, "Top Tier" Firm in Real Estate, 2013 and 2014
  • Rated, AV Preeminent® 5.0 out of 5

°AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell DistinguishedSM and Martindale-Hubbell NotableSM are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell® certification procedures, standards and policies.

  • Adjunct Professor, University of Miami School of Law
  • Board Member, Junior Achievement
  • Lacrosse Coach, Fundraiser and Volunteer, Coral Reef Senior High School
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Cornell University and Cornell Hotel School Parents Association
  • Member, Florida Bar Association
  • Member, Fund for Florida International University, Executive Committee
  • Parent Coach, Fundraiser and Volunteer, Palmer Trinity School Lacrosse Team
  • Section Chair, United Way, Finance Committee
  • Treasurer and Board Member, Family Counseling Services of Greater Miami
  • Trustee Member, Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce
  • Volunteer, George Washington Carver Middle School
  • Volunteer, Habitat For Humanity
  • Volunteer, Henry S. West Laboratory School
  • Volunteer, Lawyers Legal Advice Clinic, Legal Services of Greater Miami
  • Volunteer, Saint Augustine Catholic Church, Community Projects and Fundraising
  • Volunteer, Saint Philip's Episcopal School, Fundraiser
  • Volunteer, Sunset Elementary School, International Program


  • J.D., cum laude, University of Miami School of Law, 1988
  • M.B.A., with distinction, Adelphi University, 1981
    • Graduate Research/Teaching Assistant
    • Assistant Varsity Lacrosse Coach, NCAA Division I Championship Team
  • B.A., Economics, Rutgers University, 1979
    • Varsity Lacrosse - Lettered four years
  • Florida