Ricardo A. Gonzalez

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Ricardo A. Gonzalez is a business litigator who focuses his practice on complex commercial disputes in federal and state courts and before domestic and international arbitration tribunals. Rick has a broad range of experience representing clients in the financial services industry including regional, national, and international banks; consumer finance companies; and securities broker dealers.  He also represents clients in officers and directors litigations and shareholder derivative actions.  In addition, Rick counsels and represents clients in internal corporate investigations and in the defense of regulatory and civil enforcement proceedings.

Rick formerly worked as an attorney at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in Washington, D.C., where he prosecuted consumer financial services actions on behalf of the agency against non-depository financial institutions and other financial services providers under the FTC Act, and other federal laws and regulations. Prior to joining the FTC, Rick worked as an associate at the Washington, D.C. office of an international law firm.

Concentrations

  • Complex commercial litigation and arbitrations
  • International arbitration and alternative dispute resolution
  • Banking litigation
  • Securities fraud defense
  • Jury and non-jury trials
  • Multidistrict litigation
  • Consumer financial services litigation and regulation
  • Regulatory investigations and civil enforcement proceedings

 

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取扱分野

実績紹介

  • Served as lead counsel in jury trial in federal district court defending Latin American subsidiary of major international bank against allegations by Mexican customer that bank mismanaged and made unauthorized investments in customer’s account. Result: Jury verdict for defendant.
  • Served as lead counsel in bench trial in federal district court defending Latin American subsidiary of major international bank against claims by Mexican customer that bank intentionally and/or tortiously interfered with customer’s business and contractual relationships with third parties by illegally “freezing” customer’s bank account to collect a debt owed to bank. Result: Final judgment for defendant.
  • Served as lead counsel in a two-week long, $50 million arbitration before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) defending major international bank and its Latin American subsidiary and broker-dealer affiliate against allegations of fraud, negligence, and breach of fiduciary duty in connection with the sale and marketing of investment securities – which turned out to be a Ponzi scheme – to bank’s Latin American customers. Result: All claims against respondents dismissed with prejudice by FINRA Tribunal.
  • Represented major technology company in federal district court action brought by Guatemalan plaintiff alleging claims for fraud, violation of RICO Act, and abuse of process against the company in connection with the company’s prosecution of its software anti-piracy program in Guatemala. Result: Case dismissed on forum non conveniens ground.
  • Served as lead counsel in high-profile federal district court action brought by the Central Bank of the Republic of Venezuela against a U.S.-based internet media outlet and news aggregator and its principals who allegedly engaged in an illegal conspiracy to manipulate the value of Venezuela’s currency by publishing a daily “black market” exchange rate on the company’s website to exacerbate price inflation in the Venezuelan economy and trigger the overthrow of the regime of Nicolas Maduro.  Result: Case dismissed with prejudice for lack of constitutional standing and federal subject matter jurisdiction. 
  • Served as lead counsel in a multi-million dollar arbitration before the American Arbitration Association (AAA) defending Latin American subsidiary of major international bank against allegations of fraud and negligence in connection with the sale and marketing of investment securities – which turned out to be a Ponzi scheme – to bank’s Latin American customers. Result: All claims against respondents dismissed with prejudice by AAA arbitrator.
  • Defended several major banks, securities broker-dealers, and other financial institutions in dozens of arbitrations before the AAA American Arbitration Association, FINRA, and the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR).
  • Served as co-counsel for two foster children in a landmark case in Miami-Dade County Circuit Court which struck down as unconstitutional a Florida statute barring lesbians and gay men from adopting children.

受賞歴・所属団体

  • Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Florida Super Lawyers, "Rising Star," 2013-2014
  • Honored by SAVE DADE Foundation with the Champions of Equality Award based on role in landmark Florida gay adoption case, May 2011
  • Team Member, Daily Business Review, "Most Effective Lawyer" Award, Appellate, 2010
  • Listed, Daily Business Review, "Most Effective Lawyer" Award, Pro Bono, 2009
  • Liaison to Managing Directors, Special Projects Committee, Section of Litigation, American Bar Association, 2014-2015
  • Member, Federal Bar Association
  • Member, Hispanic National Bar Association
  • Member, Dade County Bar Association
  • Campaign Committee, Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc.
  • Older Adults Impact Council, The United Way of Miami-Dade County, 2007-2009
  • Member, Georgetown University, Alumni Admissions Program (South Florida), 2008-2010

学歴・資格・言語

学歴
  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 1999
    • Member, Georgetown University Law Journal
    • Center for Applied Legal Studies, Immigration and Political Asylum Clinic
  • B.A., cum laude, Georgetown University, 1996
弁護士資格
  • Florida
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
言語
  • Spanish