Rick Gonzalez is an experienced litigator and regulatory defense and compliance attorney who has been litigating cases in federal and state courts and before domestic and international arbitral tribunals for nearly two decades. Rick approaches each engagement from the client’s perspective, drawing on his experience on both sides of the courtroom to offer clients practical advice tailored to each case. His deep experience representing corporations across a wide range of industries gives him unique insights into understanding clients’ business objectives. Rick develops strategies for clients in litigations, arbitrations, and regulatory proceedings consistent with those objectives while allocating clients' resources in a cost-effective and efficient manner.
Rick focuses his practice on four major areas:
Rick also devotes time to pro bono matters. Rick was a member of the litigation team that represented two foster children pro bono in the landmark Florida "Gay Adoption Case" which declared a Florida statute banning the adoption of children by gays and lesbians unconstitutional on equal protection grounds. Rick also has represented indigent clients seeking asylum in the United States.
Rick has a proven record serving as lead, or "first chair," litigation and trial counsel. His successes include dozens of pre-trial and pre-hearing dismissals in court actions and arbitrations; complete defense verdicts (jury trials); final judgments for defendants (bench trials); and final awards in favor of the defendants in domestic and international arbitrations. A few of the high-profile matters he has handled have garnered significant local, national, and international media coverage